LOADING ...

Sweden Snaps 24-Year Losing Streak Against Germany With 2-1 Victory

Gabe Fernandez Jun 30, 2019. 12 comments

Sweden entered their quarterfinal match up with Germany sick and tired of hearing about this damn losing streak that has plagued their national team for nearly two-and-a-half decades, but it’s hard to ignore something like that given the history between the two sides. Since 1995, Germany had defeated Sweden in every single major tournament they’ve faced off in before today. This streak featured four major finals, including the 2003 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, and a recent loss in the round of 16 at the 2015 World Cup.

With all that said, you can now imagine the immediate sense of dread that entered the hearts of Swedish supporters everywhere when Germany’s Lina Magull scored a gorgeous goal off of a half-volley just 15 minutes into the game.

But Sweden did not let this bring them down. As a matter of fact, they seemed to use it as immediate motivation. About five minutes after the Germans had finished celebrating the opening goal of the match, Swedish was able to hit back with a response of their own when Sofia Jakobsson took advantage of a defensive whiff to make a solo run down field and slot her shot just under Almuth Schult’s leg.

Unlike their German opponents, the Swedes were able to compose themselves after they scored to build momentum for the rest of the half. While no goals came out of Sweden’s efforts, it was enough to make Germany quite thankful that the halftime whistle was blown so that they could catch their breaths before the Swedes broke through.

That halftime relaxation helped Germany for less than three minutes into the second half, as an attack from Sweden forced Schult to parry the ball right back onto the feet of Stina Blackstenius, who was able to pop a shot into the back of the net to give her team the lead.

You’d be forgiven in thinking that Germany was the team that had years of heartbreak against Sweden weighing them down, instead of the other way around, with how both teams played for the remainder of the game. Germany had little to no composure in the midfield and were unable to get any scoring chances, save for a couple towards the end. Sweden, on the other hand, remained in total control all the way through the final whistle.

The celebrations over the upset will have to be brief for the Swedes as up next they’ll have to take on the offensive powerhouse that is the Netherlands, and their talented front six, in the tournament semifinals.

12 Comments

Other Gabe Fernandez's posts

Someone Should Put The Warriors In Rice Someone Should Put The Warriors In Rice

After the Clippers beat the brakes off the Warriors on Friday, coach Steve Kerr offered the following foreboding quote to reporters about what his team should expect for the remainder of the season:“This is not a one-off, this is the reality,” Kerr said. “There’s going to be nights like this this year. You’ve got to play through it, you’ve...

The Refs Screwed The Bucs Over By Making Them Rely On Jameis Winston The Refs Screwed The Bucs Over By Making Them Rely On Jameis Winston

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were given a lifeline late in their game against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. On a 4th-and-2, it certainly appeared as though the Titans were lining up to kick the field goal and extend their lead to 30-23. However, when the ball was snapped to Brett Kern he picked it up and tried to run...

The Bucs Just Can't Get Out Of Their Own Way The Bucs Just Can't Get Out Of Their Own Way

Tampa Bay’s offense is at its worst whenever Mike Evans doesn’t have the ball. Case in point is this 3rd-and-goal play with the offense just four yards from the end zone. What should have been a simple hand off to running back Dare Ogunbowale turned into a comedy of errors as Breshad Perriman jacked up his teammate while motioning...

Astros Accomplish Bare Minimum, Retract Statement Smearing Sports Illustrated's Stephanie Apstein Astros Accomplish Bare Minimum, Retract Statement Smearing Sports Illustrated's Stephanie Apstein

The Houston Astros have finally retracted their statement which claimed that Sports Illustrated’s Stephanie Apstein was “fabricating” her story about former assistant GM Brandon Taubman yelling “Thank God we got Osuna! I’m so fucking glad we got Osuna!” at a group of female reporters after the team’s Game 6 ALCS win over the Yankees. Closer Roberto Osuna—who was suspended...

Suggested posts

Seattle Sounders Advance To MLS Cup, Rewarding Fans Who Stood Up To Those In Power Seattle Sounders Advance To MLS Cup, Rewarding Fans Who Stood Up To Those In Power

After a season of fighting MLS’s draconian Code of Conduct , Seattle Sounders fans can celebrate a berth in the MLS Cup. Following Seattle’s 3-1 victory over LAFC, the Iron Front flag will surely find its way into the league’s final match of the year, much to the chagrin of those who desired profits over protests.LAFC jumped out to...

Arsenal Are Imploding Arsenal Are Imploding

What should’ve been, and what almost was, a desperately needed victory instead became more reason for acrimony and turmoil. A floundering Arsenal hosted Crystal Palace on Sunday, and after jumping out to a 2–0 lead early on, the Gunners threw away their advantage and wound up settling for a draw. From the result itself, to the context in which...

German Sunday League Player Knocks Referee Out Cold After Receiving Red Card German Sunday League Player Knocks Referee Out Cold After Receiving Red Card

It’s not clear what this unidentified player did to earn a red card in a German amateur soccer match between FSV Münster and TV Smend, but he definitely deserved a red and even more for his reaction to the card, which was to punch the referee’s lights out: According to the Echo, match officials immediately stopped the game and...

Sergiño Dest Announces He Will Play For USMNT Sergiño Dest Announces He Will Play For USMNT

The USMNT is currently looking like wet slop , Gregg Berhalter seems like a bad coach, and, until last weekend , Christian Pulisic was not earning as much playing time as he wanted over at Chelsea. It has been a bad month all told, especially with the future of the program’s best dual national suddenly up for grabs. Sergiño...

Report: Young Southampton Fan Somehow Still Believes In Team, Even After 9-0 Loss To Leicester Report: Young Southampton Fan Somehow Still Believes In Team, Even After 9-0 Loss To Leicester

At least one Southampton supporter was still behind the team well into a rout that ended up tying the record for largest victory in Premier League history: a 13-year-old named Tom. It’d be easy for any young teenager to jump ship from a team that they just witnessed be on the wrong end of a 9-0 loss, but Tom’s...

Christian Pulisic Finally Scored His First Premier League Goal [Updates] Christian Pulisic Finally Scored His First Premier League Goal [Updates]

American superstar Christian Pulisic made the most of his position in Chelsea’s starting lineup against Burnley on Saturday. A little over 20 minutes into the match, the wunderkind found himself on a breakaway with just on defender to his side. After slowing down to allow another Burnley defender to catch up and make the angle necessary for a goal...

The USWNT Is Making The Best And Easiest Choice For Its Next Manager The USWNT Is Making The Best And Easiest Choice For Its Next Manager

For once, U.S. Soccer is doing something smart. The federation confirmed that it will announce the next manager of the USWNT on Monday, and multiple reports, including from Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl, say the choice is going to be Reign FC boss Vlatko Andonovski. Rejoice, because this is the right choice.When manager Jill Ellis stepped down from the gig...

Carlos Vela And LAFC Finally Overcame Zlatan And The LA Galaxy Carlos Vela And LAFC Finally Overcame Zlatan And The LA Galaxy

LAFC finally did it. After three draws and two losses in five tries, the younger brother of Los Angeles triumphed over its bullying older sibling on Thursday night, defeating the LA Galaxy 5–3 and advancing to the Western Conference finals. It was the most hyped edition of El Tráfico  yet, with the highest of stakes on the biggest of...

Christian Pulisic Will Be Just Fine Christian Pulisic Will Be Just Fine

This season cannot be going the way Christian Pulisic would’ve hoped. After a promising start to his Chelsea tenure , the American phenom’s status on the team took a nosedive. At its lowest point, Pulisic dropped from being a regular starter to arguably being the fifth winger on the roster, an often unused substitute that was sometimes not even...

NYCFC Blew It Again, As Is Tradition NYCFC Blew It Again, As Is Tradition

NYCFC, a team that looked like an MLS Cup contender during the regular season, has found itself out of the playoffs at the conference semifinals. That sentence was true in 2016, 2017, 2018, and was made true in humiliating fashion once again after NYCFC lost to Toronto on Wednesday night. There was a whole game before the 88th minute,...

Language