France vs Sweden 2011: France Folds Under Pressure Against Sweden
Running with its country’s reputations of bowing down and letting others dominate them, France folded under pressure earlier today against Sweden. Clearly distraught from their epic meltdown against USA, France lost 2-1 to Sweden to finish fourth in the 2011 Women’s World Cup.
It was only fitting for France to lose in the final minutes of the duel to shorthanded Sweden. They had the opportunity to finish Sweden off to capture bronze, but Marie Hammarstrom put the kibosh on that noise.
“Down a player for almost 15 minutes after Josefine Oqvist was sent off for kicking Sonia Bompastor in the chest, Sweden won a corner kick that the French managed to clear at the near post. But the ball popped out to Hammarstrom, who faked out a defender with a small side-volley, touched the ball a second time and then let fly with a thunderous left-footed strike from the edge of the box,” according to ESPN.com.
With tournament hopes and dreams on the line, Hammarstrom scored her first and only goal for Sweden. It was clearly a triumphant moment for Hammarstrom, who threw the hammer down on France’s heart. France is known for lacking the heart to compete with the best of the best in other facets of life and they proved it here on the field.
France will have to live with two stunning defeats as they fly home, though one would imagine that only France is the one that is stunned by their losses. This was a calculated team, but they lacked the overall grit and perseverance of the likes of Sweden, Japan and USA.
For this, they should walk away with their heads held high with a fourth place finish. Not many expected them to advance this far in the tournament. If they could clearly advance further in this tournament if they inject ice in their veins. Until then, they will forever be viewed as a squad who cannot break through the glass ceiling.
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