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England & Sweden Draw at Euro 2025 Qualifiers

Updated: Jun 9

The Two Top-Ranking Teams Leave Wembley at 1-1


By: Emily Reid


PHOTOGRAPH: CHRIS SCHWEIGER FROM PIXABAY


In April, Sweden took on European Champions England at a packed Wembley Stadium as a part of the Euro 2025 Qualifiers. Before kick-off, Manager Sarina Wiegman was asked how England was going to stop Sweden, to which she responded, “How are they going to stop us?” The Lionesses had met Sweden during the semifinals of Euro 2022, where they won 4-0.

 

63,238 fans attended the match, which started with early danger for England. For the first few minutes, Sweden attacked the Lionesses’ backline, looking for the opening goal. A direct ball from Sweden’s Angeldal of Manchester City to Blackstenius, of Arsenal, allowed her to attempt a shot. Lotte Wubben-Moy blocks it and ends up in the hands of goalkeeper Mary Earps.

 

Grace Clinton has a positive impact on the game despite only having played two friendlies for England thus far. Fifteen minutes in and England start to come alive. Lauren Hemp and Lauren James pose a threat, but Sweden manage to snuff out the danger. England Captain Keira Walsh gives the ball away in midfield and Sweden runs with it. Fridolina Rolfo has sight of a goal opportunity and hits a low shot. A decent effort, but one that Earps has covered.

 

Twenty-four minutes in and England opens the scoring against Sweden. Stunning footwork from James sent the ball through from the right to Alessia Russo, who fired England ahead with a diving header. Despite a shaky start from the Lionesses, they had the all-important lead. After the goal, England can enjoy some possession and force Sweden to push forward. Despite the away side playing a positive 45 minutes of football, they trail at the break.

 

Sweden come out for the second half reinvigorated. The Blågult are tactical, attacking with precision when they get the ball. England struggle to cope with the Swedish forwards, as they push for an equaliser. While Sweden is on their front foot again, England’s Ella Toone prepares to come on, and Clinton is removed from her impressive Wembley debut.

 

At 60 minutes in, given the performance of Sweden so far, it was surprising to many that they had not yet scored. Seb Hutchinson, the ITV commentator says that Sweden has had five efforts on goal but none on target. Yet, two minutes later, Fridolina Rolfo equalises for Sweden with a headed finish, after England failed to clear their lines. At the same time, Beth Mead prepares to enter the game.

 

For the last remaining minutes, Sweden’s defence struggles, and England miss an opportunity to score. Three minutes is added at FT. Mead and Kelly attempt to score, but GK Jennifer Faulk stops them, ending the match. “It was a tough game, against a very good opponent”, Wiegman admitted.


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