USWNT Rival Watch: Sweden at the 2012 Algarve Cup (Catch-Up)

In the 2012 Algarve Cup, Sweden suffered two straight 0:4 losses, first to Germany, and then to the USA. In its first two matches, Sweden defeated China 1:0 and Iceland 4:1.

Notables: (1) The back-to-back 0:4 losses; (2) Dennerby’s continued experimentation with the 4-2-3-1 formation; (3) Lotta Schelin earned her 100th cap in the China match; and (4) 21 year-old midfielder Antonia Göransson has 4 goals this year, to lead the team.

Sweden 1, China 0 (29-Feb-2012).
84: Antonia Göransson (unassisted)
SvFF write-up with box score.

Starting XI: Hedvig Lindahl, Charlotte Rohlin, Caroline Seger, Sara Thunebro, Linda Sembrant, Lotta Schelin, Sofia Jakobsson, Emma Berglund, Therese Sjögran, Nilla Fischer, Marie Hammarström.

Sweden 4, Iceland 1 (02-Mar-2012).
01: Lotta Schelin (Sara Thunebro)
12: Antonia Göransson (unassisted)
32: Jessica Landström (Lisa Dahlkvist)
37: Antonia Göransson (Lotta Schelin)
SvFF write-up (with box score).

Starting XI: Kristin Hammarström, Stina Segerström, Annica Svensson, Sara Thunebro, Lotta Schelin, Jessica Landström, Antonia Göransson, Emma Berglund, Johanna Almgren, Lisa Dahlkvist, Nilla Fischer.

Sweden 0, Germany 4 (05-Mar-2012).
SvFF write-up (with box score).

Starting XI: Sofia Lundgren, Charlotte Rohlin, Annica Svensson, Caroline Seger,  Linda Sembrant, Lotta Schelin, Sofia Jakobsson, Therese Sjögran, Lisa Dahlkvist, Nilla Fischer, Marie Hammarström.

Sweden 0, USA 4 (07-Mar-2012).
SvFF write-up (with box score).

Starting XI: Hedvig Lindahl, Charlotte Rohlin, Stina Segerstrom, Sara Thunebro, Emma Berglund, Caroline Seger, Antonia Göransson, Johanna Almgren, Therese Sjögran, Lisa Dahlkvist, Lotta Schelin.

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TABLE: PLAYING TIME, SWEDISH WNT, 2012 Algarve Cup

Player              P.    CHN  ISL  GER  USA   Total
Hedvig Lindahl      GK     90    0    0   90     180
Kristin Hammarström GK      0   90    0    0      90
Sofia Lundgren      GK      0    0   90    0      90
Sara Thunebro       DF     90   67   22   90     269
Emma Berglund       DF     90   90    1   84     265
Charlotte Rohlin    DF     90    0   90   45     225
Linda Sembrant      DF     90    0   90   45     225
Johanna Almgren     DF     32   90   33   45     200
Stina Segerström    DF      0   90    0   90     180
Annica Svensson     DF      0   90   89    0     179
Caroline Seger      MF     90   23   90   90     293
Lisa Dahlkvist      MF     45   67   90   90     292
Therese Sjögran     MF     58   45   57   88     248
Nilla Fischer       MF     45   90   57   45     237
Sofia Jakobsson     MF     68   19   78   28     193
Antonia Göransson   MF     32   45   33   62     172
Marie Hammarström   MF     58   23   68    6     155
Lotta Schelin       FW     79   45   68   69     261
Jessica Landström   FW     11   71    0   21     103
Madelaine Edlund    FW     22   45   12    0      79
Susanne Moberg      FW      0    0   22    2      24

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Bonus:

Sweden 2, Norway 0 (17-Jan-2012, La Manga).
20: Nilla Fischer (unassisted).
85: Antonia Göransson (unassisted).
SvFF box score

Starting XI: Hedvig Lindahl, Charlotte Rohlin, Linda Sembrant, Annica Svensson,     Caroline Seger, Sara Thunebro, Lotta Schelin, Sofia Jakobsson, Lisa Dahlkvist, Nilla Fischer, Marie Hammarström.