Chelsea defender Magda Eriksson described herself as ‘super happy’ after late goals from Kosovare Asllani and Madelen Janogy helped Sweden to a 2-0 victory over Chile in Rennes in their opening match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 last night.
The game was goalless at a storm-battered Roazhon Park in North West France right up until Eriksson’s teammate Asllani scrambled in the opener with just seven minutes remaining. Substitute Janogy added a stunning second in injury time as she weaved her way through the heart of the Chile side before lashing the ball into the top corner of the net.
After the match, Eriksson could not hide her delight at the hard fought three points which had been eventually collected by her side.
“I am super happy with the win” the Chelsea defender told FAWSL Full-Time. “We knew that if we didn’t get an early goal they would fight until the very end.
“I am really proud of the team because we didn’t stress, we took our time and remained patient and we knew that a goal would come in the end.”
Despite their lack of FIFA Women’s World Cup experience, Chile put in a plucky performance which saw them break into the Swedish half and register the occasional effort on goal, albeit from long range. Eriksson told us that she was not surprised by Chile’s solid performance.
She added “We knew that they would try and play.
“We have seen them play, we have seen them score three goals against Australia for example.
“We were prepared and I think we did really well.
“We knew they would take some shots from distance but we trusted Hedvig (Lindahl) to take them, I thought we managed it really well.”
While Eriksson was only called into occasional action in defence, the player had a role to play in Sweden’s attacking plays and she in putting in some dangerous crosses from the left. The full-back revealed that the team had been instructed to take advantage of a height difference before the match.
“We knew that we are a bigger side than them” said Eriksson. “Putting in crosses usually ends up with something.
“We want to mix our attacks, sometimes put in early crosses and sometimes be more patient.
“I think we did very well to have so much variation in our attack.”
Eriksson played the full match for Sweden along with former Chelsea teammate Hedvig Lindahl. Blues defender Jonna Andersson was an unused substitute in Rennes.