With Germany out of the way, Sweden believes it can win it all in France.
Stina Blackstenius scored the go-ahead goal just minutes into the second half and Sweden defeated Germany 2-1 on Saturday in a Women’s World Cup quarterfinal match in Rennes.
It was Sweden’s first victory over Germany in a major tournament in 24 years, and it sent the ninth-ranked Swedes into the semifinals against the Netherlands.
“We’re going to go for it,” Sweden coach Peter Gerhardsson said.
The second-ranked Germans, who won back-to-back World Cup titles in 2003 and 2007, were the presumptive favorites on their side of the bracket. Instead, they’ll head home.
The eighth-ranked Dutch defeated Italy 2-0 earlier Saturday in Valenciennes, setting up the semifinal Wednesday in Lyon. The United States plays England in the other semifinal Tuesday.
Sweden’s victory came in a rematch of the 2003 World Cup final which Germany won 2-0 in Shanghai. The teams also met in the final at the 2016 Olympics, with Germany winning its first gold medal with a 2-1 victory.
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Sweden’s last win over Germany in a major tournament was in the group stage of the 1995 World Cup.
Netherlands 2, Italy 0: Vivianne Miedema and Stefanie van der Gragt headed in free kicks to send the Netherlands into its first Women’s World Cup semifinal.
The Dutch have made the semifinals in only their second World Cup appearance, having reached the round of 16 in 2015.
The Netherlands and Sweden joined England as Europe’s representatives at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
U.S. ratings: The Americans’ 2-1 victory over France set a record for the most-watched Women’s World Cup quarterfinal match on U.S. English-language television.
Fox drew 6.12 million viewers for Friday’s match, and peaked at 8.24 million. The game was the most-watched English-language soccer telecast in the country since last year’s men’s World Cup final.
In addition, last Sunday’s match averaged 211,000 viewers online, making it the most streamed Women’s World Cup game ever.
The U.S. 2015 quarterfinal win over Chile averaged 5.74 million, which aired in prime time.
Rapinoe accepts AOC invite: U.S. forward Megan Rapinoe has said she won’t go to the White House if the Americans win the Women’s World Cup, but she did accept an invitation to visit the House of Representatives.
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) made the offer on Twitter to Rapinoe and the entire team after it beat France.
“It may not be the White House, but we’d be happy to welcome @mPinoe & the entire #USWMNT for a tour of the House of Representatives anytime they’d like,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote.
Rapinoe responded about an hour later, “Consider it done.”
The exchange came after President Trump called out Rapinoe on Twitter for saying she would not visit the White House.
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