Australia will look to pick up their first-ever medal at a World Cup when they take on Sweden in the Bronze Medal Match tonight in Brisbane.
Tony Gustavsson talked about his side heading into the bronze medal match, “This is a third-placed game – we’re playing for a medal. I’m going to make sure we have a line-up that is the strongest line-up we can have, but also the strongest finishing line-up."
“I’m going to plan what I think is best for the team in this one game, and not look at it as a bigger picture than that."
“We have gone with a strategy where we think relationships and continuity in tournaments is key. It’s just a strategy we believe in.”
Alanna Kennedy has been sidelined from this match, after subsequently exhibiting delayed concussion symptoms stemming from Australia’s quarter-final victory over France.
Goalkeepers: Lydia Williams, Teagan Micah, Mackenzie Arnold
Defenders: Courtney Nevin, Aivi Luik, Clare Polkinghorne, Steph Catley, Alanna Kennedy, Clare Hunt, Ellie Carpenter, Charlotte Grant
Midfielders/Forwards: Cortnee Vine, Clare Wheeler, Alex Chidiac, Caitlin Foord, Emily van Egmond, Mary Fowler, Tameka Yallop, Hayley Raso, Kyah Simon, Katrina Gorry, Sam Kerr, Kyra Cooney-Cross
Sweden kicked off their FIFA Women's World Cup campaign with a come-from-behind victory over South Africa, claiming a 2-1 victory.
The side then went on to record a 5-0 win over Italy and a 2-0 victory over Argentina to book their spot in the knockout stages and advance first out of their group.
A dramatic penalty shoot-out would be in store for their Round of 16 clash, sending the reigning FIFA Women's World Cup champions, USA, packing after defeating the side 5-4 on penalties after the scores were locked at 0-0.
Sweden then advanced to the semi-finals after a 2-1 win over Japan, the first side to hand them a defeat in the tournament so far.
The side then took on Spain for a spot in the final, with both sides unable to find a goal the two looked set to go to extra time to find a winner. However, Spain found the back of the net in the 81st minute through Salma Paralluelo.
Rebecka Blomqvist scored the equaliser for Sweden 7 minutes later, with Spain scoring the matchwinner in the final minute of normal time through Olga Carmona.
Goalkeepers: Zecira Musovic, Jennifer Falk, Tove Enblom
Defenders: Jonna Andersson, Linda Sembrant, Hanna Lundkvist, Magdalena Eriksson, Nathalie Björn, Anna Sandberg, Amanda Ilestedt
Midfielders: Kosovare Asllani, Filippa Angeldahl, Caroline Seger, Johanna Rytting Kaneryd, Hanna Bennison, Elin Rubensson
Forwards: Madelen Janogy, Sofia Jakobsson, Stina Blackstenius, Rebecka Blomqvist, Fridolina Rolfö, Lina Hurtig
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FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™ - Third-place match
Sweden v Australia
Date: Saturday, 19 August 2023
Venue: Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane
Kick-Off: 6:00 pm (AEST)
Broadcast: Optus Sport and Channel 7
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