Clinical Sweden beat Australia to clinch third place at Women’s World Cup

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Fridolina Rolfo and Kosovare Asllani score to seal 2-0 third-place playoff win over tournament co-hosts Australia.

Sweden have picked up their fourth Women’s World Cup bronze medal after beating co-hosts Australia 2-0 in the third-place playoff match.

The Swedes, ranked third in the world, were awarded a penalty in the 28th minute of the game on Saturday after a VAR review showed Australia’s Clare Hunt clipped Stina Blackstenius’ heels, and Fridolina Rolfo slotted home the resulting spot kick.

Sweden captain Kosovare Asllani doubled their lead just after the hour mark, rifling a sweet strike from the edge of the penalty area beyond goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold following another quick counter-attack.

While disappointed to sign off at the World Cup with another defeat, the Matildas still achieved their best result at the tournament having never previously gone beyond the quarterfinal stage.

The tournament has set attendance records, had packed fan zones around the country, and two of Australia’s matches became the most-watched programmes on domestic commercial TV in 20 years.

England play Spain in the final on Sunday.

More to follow.

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