Sweden takes 3rd place in WWC, beats France

Sweden’s veterans proved to be too much for France, even a woman down, as the Swedish defeated the upstart French team 2-1 to claim third place in the Women’s World Cup, ESPN.com reports.

It looked as though Sweden might get another crack at the U.S. after being matched with Japan in the semifinals, however the strong Swedish side was taken off-guard and had to settle for playing a French team looking for their best WWC result ever.

After 81 minutes, and down a player, it looked as though France might be able to pull out a victory, however in the 82nd minute, Marie Hammarstrom scored a brilliant goal off a cleared corner kick to put the Swedes ahead for good.  Hammarstrom faked her defender with a side-step left and after another touch blasted a thunderous left-footed goal into the upper 90.

The goal was Hammarstrom’s first for Sweden.

France’s fourth place finish was their best ever in WWC history, although they would’ve enjoyed a medal.  Unfortunately, France played without goalkeeper Berangere Sapowicz who collided with Lotta Schelin of Sweden as she was scoring the game’s first goal in the 29th minute.  France also had to do without Louisa Necib for most of the match as she went down in the 32nd minute.  Her replacement, Elodie Thomas, scored France’s only goal.

The two teams were the highest European finishers allowing both to travel to London for the next summer’s olympics.  The WWC Final between the U.S.A. and Japan will be at 2 p.m. ET.

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