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Argentina vs Sweden

Sweden to win 2-0 against Argentina- 6/1!


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Argentina vs Sweden

August 02, 2023

8:00 am GMT+1

Argentina vs Sweden match preview

Will Sweden end a World Cup group stage campaign with maximum points for only the second time, after 2011?

The Blågult began this campaign with an unconvincing come-from-behind 2-1 victory over South Africa, requiring a stoppage time winner to take the points from that one.

Then, on Saturday, Peter Gerhardsson’s side seemed set for another frustrating evening in Wellington, with the score 0-0 against Italy with 39 minutes on the clock, after very little noteworthy, goal-mouth action.

However, Sweden then came to life on the cusp of half time, with both Amanda Ilestedt and Fridolina Rolfö scoring via corners from close-range, before Stina Blackstenius made it three with a tap-in.

Shortly after the interval, Ilestedt scored her third near-identical header of the tournament, with Rebecka Blomqvist bursting in-behind in injury time to put the icing on the cake.

This is Sweden’s biggest World Cup victory since demolishing Japan 8-0 at the inaugural edition 32 years ago.

At this competition, the Blågult are through to the round of 16, needing just a point here to rubber stamp top spot, although, even if they are beaten, it would require a ten-goal swing to deny them first place.

Based on what they produced at the weekend, no one will want to face this Swedish side in the knockout rounds, with reigning champions USA set to be their opponents in the round of 16 in Melbourne on Sunday.

As for Argentina, when they began this antipodean adventure, their aim was to win a first-ever World Cup match, although that wait is set to go on.

First up, la Albiceleste were beaten 1-0 by Italy in Auckland, the only goal coming just three minutes from time.

Then, on Friday afternoon, Germán Portanova’s team found themselves 2-0 down to South Africa in Dunedin, following some of the least coordinated offside traps you’re ever likely to see.

Sophia Braun got her team back in it with an absolute rocket from long range before, moments later, Romina Núñez headed home an equaliser, flicking in Yamila Rodríguez’s cross.

It was all Argentina in the closing stages at Forsyth Barr Stadium and, had the game gone on for another five minutes or so, they surely would’ve completed the turnaround, but 2-2 it finished.

The South American side are bottom of this group, still yet to win a World Cup fixture in 11 attempts, highly unlikely to change that fact in Hamilton.

Sweden won their one and only previous meeting with Argentina, prevailing 1-0 in Tiānjīn at the 2008 Olympics, with this clash at Waikato Stadium highly likely to go the same way.

Argentina team news

Centre-back Miriam Mayorga is suspended, having been booked in both matches so far, with Julieta Cruz likely to come in.

Yamila Rodríguez was surprisingly only a substitute against South Africa but, having changed the game off the bench, will surely be in the XI this time.

In attack, Estefanía Banini could lead the line, chosen over Mariana Larroquette.

Predicted XI (4-3-3): Correa; Braun, Cometti, Cruz, Stábile; Falfán, Núñez, Benítez; Rodríguez, Bonsegundo, Banini.

Sweden teams news

With top spot almost wrapped up, Peter Gerhardsson may rest and rotate his XI, with Sunday’s round of 16 clash in mind.

Amanda Ilestedt is currently the joint-top scorer at this tournament, alongside Sophie Román Haug, Alexandra Popp and Ary Borges, which is remarkable given that she’s a centre-back.

Midfielder Caroline Seger has come off the bench in both matches so far, taking her tally to 237 caps, set to feature again here.

Predicted XI (4-3-3): Mušović; Björn, Ilestedt, Eriksson, Andersson; Angeldal, Rubensson, Asllani; Rytting Kaneryd, Blackstenius, Rolfö.

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