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Stina Blackstenius stabbed home from close range in the second half to send Sweden into the last four of the women's World Cup with a 2-1 victory over Germany in Rennes on Saturday, ending a 24-year winless streak against their rivals at major tournaments.Â
Stina Blackstenius ended one drought in the women's World Cup last 16 and now she, and Sweden, need to end another on Saturday and beat Germany at a major tournament for the first time in almost three decades.
Megan Rapinoe scored two penalties for the United States against Spain, while Sweden overcame Canada to book their place in the last eight.
Stina Blackstenius scored the only goal of a cagey match as Sweden beat Canada 1-0 in Paris on Monday to reach the women's World Cup quarter-finals.
The United States made it a perfect three wins out of three at the Women's World Cup on Thursday by beating Sweden 2-0 to top Group F, as Chile missed a late penalty to lose out on the knockout stages at the death.
Sweden cruised into the knockout stages of the Women's World Cup on Sunday after comfortably seeing off Thailand 5-1 to move top of Group F.
Kanjana Sungngoen scored a late consolation for Thailand as they trailed Sweden 4-1, becoming her nation's first goalscorer at this World Cup. The 32 year-old midfielder could not contain her emotions and broke down crying as she celebrated.
Holders the United States finally kicked off their defence of the women's World Cup on Tuesday after Sweden got the better of Chile in a match that was held up by 40 minutes due to a violent storm.
The Swedish women's football team have replaced their names on the backs of their blue and yellow jerseys with quotes they hope will inspire and motivate girls, they said Friday.