Sweden bows out of 2016 U20 Women’s World Cup race

Sweden fought hard to stay in the competition but it was crowd favourites Brazil who held off Sweden's attack in the second half.

 Both teams attempts to register more goals failed after they ended the first half  deadlocked at 1-all.

A penalty to Sweden saw a corner kick find class forward Stina Blackstenius (9)  who headed the first goal into Brazil's goal net  in the 13th minute putting Sweden in front 1-0.

Brazil came back equalising the score 1-all in the 30th minute with a goal from Gabi Nunies.

Brazil and Sweden tie 1-all at halftime

They wasted no time attacking the Sweden goal mouth but missed two goals in the first six minutes of the match in Group A of the 2016 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup.

Both teams have won and lost one match each and they played a fast game tonight with a lot of aggression on both sides between the players.

A penalty to Sweden saw a corner kick forward Stina Blackstenius (9)  head the ball into Brazil's goal mouth in the 13th minute putting Swedes in front 1-0.

Brazil came back equalising the score at 1-all in the 30th minute with a goal from Gabi Nunes.

Sweden in a must-win situation against Brazil

The Group A match will kick off tonight at 7pm local time (Sunday, November 20) at the PNG Football Stadium which has a seating capacity of 5 000.

Both teams share three points however Brazil is running second to North Korea due to points for and against.

Both teams have each registered a loss and a win so far in the tournament.

Brazil defeated PNG 9-0 in their first match but lost to North Korea 4-2 in the second match.

Sweden lost to North Korea in their first game and defeated PNG 6-0 in the second game.

Sweden’s Stina Blackstenius is leading goal scorer

The World Cup, underway in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, from November 13-December 3, has 336 players from 16 countries participating.

Blackstenius is leading with four goals out of 59 goals scored so far in the tournament.

The 20-year-old overtook Japan’s forward Mami Ueno, who led after round one with three goals.

Blackstenius’ four goals were all scored during Sweden’s victory match against PNG 6-0 on Wednesday, 16 Nov, at the Sir John Guise Stadium.

PNG loses its 2nd match to Sweden

 In the earlier pool match, Korea DPR defeated Brazil 4-2, to remain the unbeaten team in Group A.

Sweden striker Blackstenius bagged a double to make host, PNG, trail 2-0 at half-time, and added another double in the second half to increase her match tally.

Sweden substitute Johanna Kaneryd and Anne Anvegard also scored a goal each in the match.

The home girls failed to play basic soccer with many passes going astray, giving the visitors a stroll in the park in front of 9, 123 spectators.

Sweden leads PNG 2-0 at half time

With a capacity crowd cheering the host country, PNG, inaccurate passes by the girls in the first 45 minutes gifted Sweden with all the ball possession.

 Blackstenius scored on the 8th and 42nd minutes using her height and size to her advantage.

The PNG side was starved of ball possession and had themselves to blame with many poor plays in their own half.

Sweden to improve on skills for upcoming matches

The European team lost to North Korea 2-0 on Sunday, November 13 at the Sir John Guise Stadium, Port Moresby.  

Sweden head coach Calle Barrling said after the match that his team needs to improve on their attacking skills in order to score goals.

Barrling explained that the Swedish women defended very well in their opening match however the North Koreans were very skillful in their attacking.

“North Korea is a very good team and probably besides Japan they’re big favorites in the tournament.

PNG coach Cole pleased with PNG’s efforts

PNG lost to Brazil 9-0 last night in their first FIFA U20 Women's World Cup match at the Sir John Guise (SJG) stadium in Port Moresby.

Cole said she was very proud regardless of the result and effort that the girls displayed.

“It’s a big task playing your first world cup against a team such as Brazil.

“Obviously we wanted the score to be a little bit different but I’m happy with the effort.

“Our aim was to continue to fight from the beginning till the end and we really want to make sure that we improve from one half to the next half,” Cole explained.

Korea DPR registers first win at World Cup match

The women in red stole the show with an outstanding performance, leaving Sweden scoreless, 2-0.

Korea DPR played a fast and dominating game, securing 1-0 in the first half, 24 minutes into the game, through Hyang Sim Ri.

They displayed highly skilled techniques with their fast movements and ball works.

Korea kicked off second half on a high note, scoring their second goal through So Hyang Kim 47 minutes into the game.

She drove the ball into the net from a metre away.

Final countdown to FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup kick-off

Four matches will be played today at two separate venues.

Pool A matches will be played at the Sir John Guise (SJG) stadium and Pool B matches will be played at Bava Park.

The first two matches will kick off at 4pm.

Sweden and Korea DPR will take the field after the opening ceremony at the SJG stadium in front of an expected sellout crowd.

Sweden will be banking on key players Stina Blackstenius, Nathalie Bjorn and Tove Almqvist. Korea DPR has key players Ri Un Sim and Ri Kyong Hyang to help them through to victory.