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Sweden hit Thailand for five to seal knockout spot

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Sweden's forward Fridolina Rolfo (hidden) is congratulated by teammates
Sweden celebrate their win.

Sweden produced a breathtaking display of attacking football to thrash Thailand 5-1 in Nice on Sunday and book their place in the last 16 of the Women's World Cup.

Thailand, coming off a record 13-0 loss to defending champions United States in their Group F opener, conceded twice in the opening 20 minutes as they struggled to win aerial battles against a much taller Swedish team.

Centre-back Linda Sembrant broke the deadlock for Sweden with a thumping header off an Elin Rubensson free kick, before...

Sweden weather storm, Chile in Group F opener

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Madelen Janogy sealed Sweden's 2-0 victory over Chile on Tuesday.

Kosovare Asllani and Madelen Janogy scored late on as fancied Sweden laboured to a 2-0 victory over Women's World Cup debutants Chile in their Group F opener at Roazhon Park in Rennes on Tuesday.

The match was interrupted for 45 minutes by lightning and torrential rain in the second half, but Chile had to weather a storm of a different sort on the pitch as Sweden enjoyed the majority of possession and chances.

Sweden had found Chile goalkeeper Christiane Endler an impenetrable wall until Asllani...

2019 Women's World Cup team previews: Sweden

Among the top five in FIFA's rankings entering each of the previous four World Cups this century, Sweden enters this summer's tournament as a women's soccer nation at a crossroads.

Even after eliminating the United States and winning silver in the 2016 Olympics, Sweden briefly dropped out of the top 10 of the world rankings a year ago and currently stands ninth. It missed out on the semifinals in the 2017 Euros, the first tournament with an expanded field of 16 teams. Under pressure from more populated...