Sweden plays for gold

After defeating Brazil, Sweden's women's team goes on to the soccer final on August 19 against Germany. 

  • A jubilant Lisa Dahlkvist has just scored the 4-3 penalty kick against Brazil. Photo: Carl Sandin/Bildbyrån
  • The Swedish team, which was clobbered 5-1 by Brazil in the group stage last week, used a similar defensive tactic that was so efficient in the match with the U.S. to win. The match ended 0-0 and Sweden gained the upper hand in the shootouts, winning with 4-3 during the penalty kicks.

  • One of two saves by Swedish goalie Hedvig Lindahl during the penalty kicks against Brazil. Photo: Carl Sandin/Bildbyrån
  • Both the U.S. and Brazilian women's teams were considered favorites for the gold and the Swedish team has been criticized for using what many consider a boring defensive tactic to gain the upper hand.
    Be that as it may, Sweden is winning using a tactic that is considered former U.S. National Team coach Pia Sundhage's strongest suit.