Sweden beat Australia to take third place at FIFA Women’s World Cup

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Fridolina Rolfo (18 Sweden) celebrates after scoring her team’s first goal. (James Whitehead / SPP)

Sweden defeated tournament co-hosts Australia 2-0 in the third/fourth place play-off match at FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.

Mackenzie Arnold had to make a smart early save from Stina Blackstenius, while Zećira Mušović turned a Hayley Raso effort round the post.

Fridolina Rolfo headed against the bar but converted a penalty before the half-hour mark, given by referee Cheryl Foster after a VAR check showed Clare Hunt had caused Blackstenius to go down in the box.

Arnold was again in action with a sharp stop to deny Philippa Angeldahl, Mušović keeping out a Sam Kerr strike in first-half added time.

Sweden doubled their advantage on the break, Kosovare Asllani exchanging passes with Blackstenius and firing home from the edge of the area.

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Kosovare Asllani celebrates after making it 2-0 to Sweden. (James Whitehead / SPP)

Clare Polkinghorne was denied by Mušović, as Sweden maintained their two-goal cushion through to the end.

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