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Sweden hit out at Germans for ‘rubbing it in’ with World Cup celebrations

Fuming Sweden coach Janne Andersson accused Germany of "rubbing it in our faces" as they celebrated the dramatic late goal from Toni Kroos that gave them a 2-1 win in their crucial World Cup clash in Sochi on Saturday.

Sweden hit out at Germans for 'rubbing it in' with World Cup celebrations
Sweden's midfielder Sebastian Larsson reacts after the final whistle of the Russia 2018 World Cup Group F football match between Germany. Photo: ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP
Germany were in real danger of a group-stage exit from the tournament, with a draw only likely to give them a temporary reprieve, until Kroos curled in a 95th-minute free-kick to take the points.
 
The World Cup holders then set off to celebrate wildly, having come from behind in the Group F encounter at Sochi's Fisht Stadium, but their behaviour provoked anger on the opposition bench.
 
“Some of Germany's leaders celebrated by running in our direction and rubbing it into our faces. That got me angry,” said Andersson. “We fought it out for 90 minutes and when the final whistle blows you shake hands and you leave so I was very angry with that.”
 
Ola Toivonen's goal had given Sweden a first-half lead, but Marco Reus equalised early in the second half.
 
Even a draw would have left Germany needing to win their final game against South Korea while hoping the Swedes lost to Mexico. But suddenly Joachim Loew's team — who had Jerome Boateng sent off late on — have their fate in their own hands again, while Sweden have it all still to do.
 
The Scandinavian side, though, were also unhappy at not being given an early penalty when Marcus Berg was fouled in the area by Boateng on the point of shooting.
 
“We played excellently and scored a beautiful goal. We won't cast any blame but we have spoken to those who say it was a penalty on Berg, and that is maybe what we needed against a team like Germany,” said Andersson, who was 
unhappy that the Video Assistant Referee did not intervene.
 
“If we have the system it's very unfortunate that (the referee) doesn't feel he can go and have a look. If that's his decision we have to live with it.”
 
He added: “The whole group is still alive so we will have to lick our wounds and come back for the last game.”

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Nordic countries to launch joint bid to host 2027 World Cup

Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland want to jointly host the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2027.

Nordic countries to launch joint bid to host 2027 World Cup
Sweden players during this year's World Cup in France. Photo: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

The five Nordic nations want to share hosting duties for the 2027 edition of the World Cup finals and are to present the idea to the Nordic Council at a meeting in Stockholm on Tuesday, Danish football association DBU has confirmed.

FIFA is already positively disposed to joint bids for future finals tournaments, which has lent encouragement to the Nordic project, according to DBU's chairman Jesper Møller.

“We can see that support for women's football is here to stay, most recently at the (2019) World Cup in France, where matches were played in front of full stadiums and television viewers' interest was huge,” Møller said.

“A joint Nordic World Cup would not only ensure a fantastic experience for many football fans but will also strengthen important Nordic partnerships and community, and hopefully inspire many football-keen women and girls,” he continued.

“That's why support from the Nordic Council is important,” he added.

The Nordic Council (Nordisk Råd) is the official body for inter-parliamentary co-operation among the five Nordic countries and three territories of the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and the Åland Islands.

DBU is also looking into the possibility of hosting the 2025 European Championships in Denmark.

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