The Norwegian women’s soccer team faced a difficult task against Sweden on Thursday night in the international match and had to score a well-deserved 1-0 away from its neighbor in Kalmar.
The Norwegian team was without Caroline Graham Hansen, Guru Ritten and Marin Mjelde, among others. The three were reported due to the meeting.
Striker Stena Plaksteinius advanced to Sweden by 20 minutes in the second half, the only goal of the match.
– If we want to meet the best teams, we have to develop better in many things, as the national team coach Martin Segren told NRK.
– It’s as if the team we meet today is at a higher level than us. The distances are very large. Then you can say that you have to take advantage of opportunities. In extra time we could have made it 1-1, but that didn’t make the match come back. In short: We are too young for this game.
Amalie Ekland appeared near the post and headed away from the guard. Shortly thereafter, the Swedes’ role in failing to take the penalty became clear, when co-star Kosovare Aslani was punched in the back by Velde Boy Ressa before she finished.
The best of Sweden
Sweden, of course, had the best of the settling, but in extra time substitute Karina Civic had another chance to equalize with a shot from 16 yards, but the ball passed.
Sweden will compete in the Tokyo Olympics later this summer, while the mighty United States awaits in the first match. Next week, the Netherlands will be the opponent of the Norwegian national team.
In the first half, the yellow jerseys were the most creative. In many cases, Norway lost the ball in a dangerous area and created chances for the hosts.
Elizabeth Terland, who was on her way to an international debut, was close to the start of the tour, but her shot slipped. Jona Anderson was on the verge of scoring an own goal for Norway, but the Swedes survived in horror.
Elise Thorssens came after the break to claim her international record of 127, but her routine didn’t seem to immediately help the Norwegian team. Cecil Fiskerstrand quickly embraced Kosovare Aslani as he left the field.
Norway continued to struggle hard and Sweden scored their well-deserved goal against Blacksteinius after 66 metres. Only with Fiskerstrand did she shoot the ball between the goalkeeper’s legs towards the goal.
After the goal, two substitutions were made, and Norway got the ball a little more, but didn’t create any big chances. With the end of the match again approaching, Sweden showed why it was ranked 4th in the FIFA rankings, while Norway was ranked 12th, meaning that the Norwegian girls did not have the minimum chances. Only Sævik’s shot in overtime would have equalized the score.