Women's World Cup TV Schedule: Sweden Shocks France, US Prepare for Japan
Women's World Cup TV Schedule Recaps Third-Place Match and World Cup Final
Coverage for USA vs. Japan will begin at 1:00 PM EST on ESPN. The match is set to kickoff at 2:45 PM EST.
Sweden Knocks off France 2-1 in Third-Place Match
Sweden and France faced off in the 2011 Women's World Cup third-place game, which saw a lot of fireworks and not all of them were in the form of goals.
Sweden jumped on the board first with an early goal in the first half, but France was able to equalize in the second half.
Then the match got physical and the fireworks started to fly. Josefine Oqvist was sent off with a straight red card in the 68th minute after she was taken to the ground in an aggressive fashion by Sonia Bompastor. Oqvist was very upset about the tackle and thought it was extremely dirty, thus she retaliated.
Oqvist kicked Bompastor in the chest and was immediately sent off the field. She let her emotions get the best of her and forced her side to play a player down for the remainder of the match.
Sweden then picked up the tempo, much like the United States did against Brazil, and converted late with a stunning goal from Maria Hammarstrom. Hammarstrom, a 29-year old defender, had never scored a goal for her country before until she struck gold. Sweden were able to hold off France once they scored and came away with the bronze medal at the World Cup.
Sweden played extremely well in this tournament and deserved to be honored as the third place team. After knocking off the United States in the group stages it would have been a serious disappointment for them to go home with anything less.
The Americans will face Japan on Sunday for a chance to bring home the World Cup. The United States are the No. 1 ranked team in the world and enter the match as the favorite.
The United States seem poised and confident entering the match after coming off of back to back dramatic victories over Brazil and France. They certainly enter the match with a lot of momentum. Both of these teams have been through an emotional roller coaster over the past two matches and it will take all their mental and physical strength to win on Sunday afternoon.
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