Sweden’s women plot Olympic final revenge against Germany

Swedish captain Lotta Schelin says her team are hungry to avenge last year's Olympic final loss when they face Germany at the women's Euro championships in the Netherlands on Monday.

Sweden's women plot Olympic final revenge against Germany
Sweden's striker Lotta Schelin (L) and Germany's defender Tabea Kemme vie for the ball during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Gold medal match. Photo: Odd Andersen / AFP
Sweden have so far lost all 11 competitive encounters with the eight-time European champions, the last defeat dating back to Rio 2016 when they were beaten 2-1.
“We're always motivated when it comes to Germany — it's always tough games and it's always tight games,” said Schelin, who plays for Rosengard in the Swedish top flight, on Saturday.
“We have a bit of a feeling of a revenge when we look at the previous tournaments,” added the pony-tailed 33-year-old striker, who share's the captain's armband with Caroline Seger.
But she denied delving into history too much.
“We've been analyzing their team and what they're doing right now and what we can do to beat them,” said Schelin.
“I think that we just have to be here, in this moment, and think about the Euros and what we can do this summer to go all the way.”
Her German counterpart with the armband, midfielder Dzsenifer Marozsan, did not mind recalling the Olympic final.
“When I remember this final against Sweden and everything else at the Maracana stadium, it was unbelievable,” said the Hungarian-born, 25-year-old Olympique Lyon playmaker.
“But now it's a new tournament and I think it will be a really hard game. We start from 0-0.”
“We will see which team will win this fight because it's always a fight against Sweden,” added Marozsan.
The two teams face each other in Group B on Monday night, a day after the championships kick off with the Netherlands taking on Norway.


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.