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Sweden hangs by thread after draw with Aussies

Sweden could still advance to the next round despite drawing with Australia in their third match in the Fifa Women's World Cup late on Tuesday.

Sweden hangs by thread after draw with Aussies
Australia's Emily van Egmond and Sweden's Lisa Dahlkvist vie for the ball. Photo: Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP

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Australia advanced to the last 16 of the Fifa Women's World Cup after being held 1-1 by the Swedish ladies in Canada.

Captain Lisa De Vanna scored after five minutes for the Matildas but ten minutes later Sweden were on level terms thanks to Sofia Jakobsson's equalizer at Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium.

A draw was enough to see Australia through to the knockout round for a third consecutive time as they finish second in group D behind the United States.

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Meanwhile, the Swedish ladies were faced with disappointment on home turf. Coach Pia Sundhage had previously told The Local she believed her side had a chance of winning the tournament.

“The central line and the goalkeeper are important, if we can get ourselves together there we can go far. Caroline Seger, Lotta Schelin and Nilla Fischer are three world players who can inspire others to play well too,” she said.

The USA lead the group with seven points after beating Nigeria 1-0 in Vancouver, with Australia on four.

As second in Group D, Australia next play Brazil in Moncton next Sunday. Sweden have three points and could still advance to the next round as one of the four best third-placed finishers out of the six groups.

African champions Nigeria are eliminated with just one point.

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Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match

Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, a day ahead of the country's Nations League match with Sweden, the Croatian football federation (HNS) said.

Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match
Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic (left) tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP
“Brozovic's Inter Milan and Swedish epidemiologists were informed about the positive test,” an HNS statement said.
   
The player's positive result came two days after defender Domagoj Vida was informed of a positive Covid-19 test after playing the first half of a friendly with Turkey in Istanbul.
   
Apart from Brozovic, 27, one staff member also tested positive.
   
They were both isolated from other members of the national team.
   
After Sweden, Croatia play another Nations League game against Portugal on Tuesday.
   
Croatia, runners-up at the 2018 World Cup, are third in their Nations League group which also includes France, the team that beat them to the World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and Sweden.
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