Chelsea pair Magda Eriksson and Jonna Andersson helped Sweden to record a 1-1 draw with world champions the United States in Stockholm this evening.
The defensive duo returned to the side after missing February’s fixtures in the Visit Malta Women’s Trophy due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. Eriksson played as a left centre-back while Chelsea teammate Andersson played in-front of her in midfield.
It was Sweden who struck first at the Friends Arena towards the end of the first half when a corner kick found the head of Lina Hurtig who made no mistake in finding the back of the net. Despite coming under plenty of pressure in the second period, it looked as though Peter Gerhardsson’s side would hold on for the win until Kelley O’Hara was fouled in the box three minutes from time and the United States were awarded a penalty kick. Megan Rapinoe stepped up to take the spot kick and she successfully slotted the ball into the bottom corner from 12 yards.
While Chelsea pair Eriksson and Andersson played the full 90 minutes for Sweden, their club teammate Zecira Musovic was an unused substitute. Manchester City midfielder Rose Lavelle started for the United States, as did Manchester United’s Christen Press, while Sam Mewis was a second half substitute.
Sweden now travel to Lodz to take on Poland in their next match on Tuesday while the United States face France in Le Havre.