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On 10th Try, Sweden Finally Beat Germany In A Major Tournament And Their Faces Said It All

Sweden rallied past Germany 2-1 in one of the tournament’s biggest upsets.

To say Germany had Sweden’s number in major international tournaments would be an insult to number-having everywhere. In nine knockout-round matches between the two all time, the Germans had won all of them.

Well, all but one after Saturday.

Sweden overcame an early goal to rally past the second-ranked team in the world 2-1, providing perhaps the biggest upset of the Women’s World Cup to advance to the semifinals.

Sweden joined the U.S., England and the Netherlands in the final four and will play the Dutch on Wednesday.  

The list of defeats the Swedes have suffered at the hands of the Germans is astounding. Listed back to back it’s a wonder Sweden hasn’t decided to just invade the country or something. Particularly painful were losses in the 2003 Women’s World Cup final and the 2016 Olympics final.

Sweden vs Germany History (Major International Knockout Matches)

  • 1995 Euros Final
  • 1997 Euros Semifinal
  • 2001 Euros Final
  • 2003 Women’s World Cup Final
  • 2004 Olympics Bronze-Medal Game
  • 2008 Olympic Semifinals
  • 2013 Euros Semifinal
  • 2015 Women’s World Cup Round of 16
  • 2016 Olympics Final

The last time Sweden beat Germany in a major international tournament was in the group stage of the 1995 Women’s World Cup. 

The celebrations as the final whistle blew on Sweden’s historic win Saturday said everything you need to know about how much Sweden wanted this.

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Sweden vs Germany Highlights

For Sweden to overcome so much history took a lot of guts against one of the best teams in the world. Germany scored first and it looked like it might be a long day in the sun for the Swedes.

Lina Magull scored a brilliant scissor kick in the 16th minute and Germany looked like it would keep cruising considering Die Nationalelf had yet to allow a goal all tournament.

But Sweden didn’t trail long.

Six minutes after going behind, Sofia Jakobsson equalized with a lightning-quick counter attack.

Germany brought on Dzsenifer Marozsán, who had missed the last three matches with a broken toe, to start the second half. It didn’t have the desired effect.

Three minutes after halftime, Stina Blackstenius cleaned up a parried shot to supply Sweden the match winner.

Sweden’s win may end decades of disappointment against Germany, but the team won’t want to stop there, not with the possibility of reaching a second-ever Women’s World Cup final 90 minutes away. 

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