Published: Mon, July 08, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Lucy Bronze: 'Third place meant more to Sweden than England'

Lucy Bronze: 'Third place meant more to Sweden than England'

They had qualified for the semifinal defeating host Canada in the quarterfinal in Vancouver.

England manager Phil Neville and his players look dejected after losing to Sweden.

"It's more about the way we won".

This put Telford under regular pressure early on, which she compounded with a few ponderous moments in possession followed by a hurried pass to a defender in an equally bad position.

A manager who has consistently maintained his new possession-heavy style is non-negotiable is adamant this philosophy will pay dividends but there was concern on several occasions when mix-ups between the goalkeeper Carly Telford and her backline almost gifted Sweden goals as England endeavoured to play out from defence.

White ran through on goal and finished well but she was judged to have handled in the build-up and the goal did not stand.

Kosovare Asllani's opener was her third goal at the 2019 Women's World Cup - the most by a Sweden player at a single edition of the tournament since 2011 (Lisa Dahlkvist, 3). No one made an attempt to close her down, so she waltzed into the box before unleashing a screamer toward the far post.

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"Well done to Sweden but it is a nonsense game". England lost to the USWNT on Tuesday, a day before Sweden fell at the hands of the Netherlands.

And 90 seconds from time Lucy Bronze powered in a superb volley from Greenwood's corner only for Swedish centre-half Nilla Fischer to head the effort off the line.

This isn't a snarky swipe at Millie Bright for being unavailable through red card suspension in the semifinal against Netherlands. I don't know how...' She just didn't explain it.

Sweden nearly doubled its lead five minutes later but Jakobsson's effort came off the right post and went out off of Telford's knee. The Lionesses' left back and left centreback were their most vulnerable positions in the first half. The Swedes need her motor in the middle and they can't have that if she's constantly getting beat up on the ball. No serious injury has been detected but if concussion is an issue she won't play. Four years ago, they followed up a 2-1 defeat against Japan in what was their first World Cup last-four match by beating Germany to claim bronze.

It appears on Saturday any penalty duties prior to a shoot-out will not fall White's way, with Neville saying: "I don't think she'll be on penalties tomorrow, if she's on the pitch". On Saturday, VAR overturned her goal for a handball. She's the type of player a coach can build things around, and Neville has overall done a good job organizing this squad. Above all, the players' way of tactically, mentally and physically tackling it was awesome.

Within two minutes it looked as the Lionesses had drawn level through White only for VAR to dash her hopes once again.

"But when it happens to you, a decision goes against you and you have a goal taken away from you [such as the one White thought she had scored in the semi-final against USA] it's a nightmare".

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