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Kosovare Asllani’s stunning second-half strike sealed victory for Sweden as they beat Australia to finish third at the Women’s World Cup.She rifled in a shot from the edge of the area to add to Fridolina Rolfo’s first-half penalty as Sweden won the bronze medal match for the second World Cup in succession.Despite the defeat, this represents co-hosts Australia’s best ever World Cup finish but the Matildas were unable to end on a high.Rolfo’s penalty gave Peter Gerhardsson’s side the lead after a video assistant referee (VAR) check confirmed that Claire Hunt had clipped Stina Blackstenius in the box after 26 minutes.And on the hour mark, Blackstenius played a superb square ball to Asllani, who stroked in a first-time shot to double their lead.Australia capture the nations’ imaginationThe Matildas’ achievement in finishing fourth cannot be understated in a country where football is not the number one sport.Their 3-1 semi-final defeat by England was the most watched TV event in Australian history with 11.15 million viewers tuning in.But they seemed deflated on Saturday and put in a tired performance, with even their talisman Sam Kerr struggling to make an impact on the game – in fact, she had the fewest touches of any player on the pitch in the first half.Their best chances fell to Hayley Raso and Clare Polkinghorne, but they were both denied by Sweden goalkeeper Zecira Musovic. Australia, who had only ever reached the quarter-finals once previously, in 2015, were the first hosts to reach the semi-finals since United States in 2003.Their efforts in this tournament have certainly captured the hearts of the fans in green and gold and the hope will be that that leaves a lasting legacy.Sweden win bronze againSweden have plenty of experience of playing in the third-fourth place match, having reached the semi-finals on five occasions but only making the final once – in 2003, when they were beaten by Germany.And they dominated the game to win bronze for a fourth time.They were already on on top before Rolfo beat the dive of Australia keeper Mackenzie Arnold with a well-placed penalty into the bottom left corner to give them the lead.And Asllani’s super strike secured victory in a game of a few clear cut chances.It has been another fine tournament for the Scandinavians who topped their group with maximum points before knocking out defending champions the United States in the last 16.An impressive victory over Japan followed, but their failure to successfully negotiate a semi-final once against after their dramatic exit at the hands of Spain, will be their lasting memory of this tournament.Sweden players celebrate another third-place finish at the Women’s World CupPlayer of the matchAsllaniKosovare AsllaniSwedenSquad number9Player nameAsllaniSquad number18Player nameRolföSquad number23Player nameRubenssonSquad number11Player nameBlacksteniusSquad number19Player nameRytting KanerydSquad number16Player nameAngeldahlSquad number13Player nameIlestedtSquad number14Player nameBjörnSquad number6Player nameErikssonSquad number3Player nameSembrantSquad number2Player nameAnderssonSquad number1Player nameMusovicSquad number15Player nameBlomqvistSquad number8Player nameHurtigAustraliaSquad number16Player nameRasoSquad number9Player nameFoordSquad number18Player nameArnoldSquad number20Player nameKerrSquad number19Player nameGorrySquad number23Player nameCooney-CrossSquad number7Player nameCatleySquad number11Player nameFowlerSquad number21Player nameCarpenterSquad number5Player nameVineSquad number15Player nameHuntSquad number2Player nameNevinSquad number8Player nameChidiacSquad number4Player namePolkinghorneSquad number10Player namevan EgmondLine-upsSwedenFormation 4-2-3-11Musovic14Björn13Ilestedt6Eriksson2Andersson16Angeldahl23Rubensson19Rytting Kaneryd9Asllani18Rolfö11Blackstenius1Musovic14Björn13Ilestedt6Eriksson2Andersson16Angeldahl23RubenssonBooked at 88mins19Rytting KanerydSubstituted forSembrantat 89’minutes9AsllaniSubstituted forHurtigat 67’minutesBooked at 90mins18Rolfö11BlacksteniusSubstituted forBlomqvistat 67’minutesSubstitutes3Sembrant4Lennartsson5Sandberg7Janogy8Hurtig10Jakobsson12Falk15Blomqvist17Seger20Bennison21Enblom22SchoughAustraliaFormation 4-4-218Arnold21Carpenter15Hunt4Polkinghorne7Catley16Raso19Gorry23Cooney-Cross9Foord11Fowler20Kerr18Arnold21CarpenterSubstituted forNevinat 74’minutes15Hunt4PolkinghorneSubstituted forChidiacat 74’minutes7Catley16RasoSubstituted forVineat 60’minutes19GorryBooked at 45minsSubstituted forvan Egmondat 60’minutes23Cooney-Cross9Foord11Fowler20KerrSubstitutes1Williams2Nevin3Luik5Vine6Wheeler8Chidiac10van Egmond12Micah13Yallop14Kennedy17Simon22GrantReferee:Cheryl FosterAttendance:49,461Live TextMatch ends, Sweden 2, Australia 0.Second Half ends, Sweden 2, Australia 0.Attempt missed. Caitlin Foord (Australia) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.Lina Hurtig (Sweden) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Foul by Lina Hurtig (Sweden).Alex Chidiac (Australia) wins a free kick on the right wing.Rebecka Blomqvist (Sweden) wins a free kick on the left wing.Foul by Kyra Cooney-Cross (Australia).Attempt missed. Emily van Egmond (Australia) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.Attempt missed. Kyra Cooney-Cross (Australia) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.Foul by Fridolina Rolfö (Sweden).Steph Catley (Australia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Substitution, Sweden. Linda Sembrant replaces Johanna Rytting Kaneryd.Elin Rubensson (Sweden) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Foul by Elin Rubensson (Sweden).Alex Chidiac (Australia) wins a free kick on the right wing.Foul by Fridolina Rolfö (Sweden).Kyra Cooney-Cross (Australia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Foul by Amanda Ilestedt (Sweden).Caitlin Foord (Australia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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