UEFA Euro 2017 Qualifier: Poland 0-4 Sweden: Visitors march on with a big win

The previous hosts of the European Championship gained another three points away to Poland.

UEFA Euro 2017 Qualifier: Poland 0-4 Sweden: Visitors march on with a big win
Schelin was on the scoresheet for the dominant Swedes. (Photo: uefa.com)
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Poland: Szymanska; Sikora, Siwińska, Guściora, Konsek; Dudek (Kamczyk, min. 46), Matysik, Wróblewska, Wiankowska; Chojnowski (Grabowska, min. 90), Pajor (Kaletka, min. 73).
Sweden: Lindahl; Samuelsson, Ilestedt, Berglund, Ericsson; Schough (Rolfö, min. 62), Rubensson (J. Johansson, min. 74), Dahlkvist, Asllani; Jakobsson (Blackstenius, min. 62), Schelin.
SCORE: 0-1, min. 40, Ilestedt. 0-2, min 60, Schelin. 0-3, min. 70, Asllani. 0-4, min. 87 Rolfö.
REFEREE: Olga Zadinová (CZE). Yellow Card: Matysik (min. 47), Szymanska (min. 60), Ericsson (min. 64), Kamczyk (min. 81), Samuelsson (min. 90), Berglund (min. 93), Konsek (min. 94)

In Group 4 of the qualifying stages for the 2017 UEFA Women's European Championship, Poland hosted group leaders Sweden as both teams bid to secure qualification for the tournament next summer.

The visitors had few problems in getting the result they were after though, securing a 4-0 victory with relative ease.

Poland were at full strength for the clash whereas Sweden were missing influential defender Nilla Fischer, who was given a rest after her exploits for VfL Wolfsburg in the UEFA Women's Champions League.

Sweden were happy to have the services of captain Lotta Schelin though, who recovered from her injury and featured for Olympique Lyonnais in the later stages of the season, with the veteran striker on the scoresheet in this win.

Uninspiring start

Both team started the match with some solid defending but barely any chances at goal. Neither could find the final pass to create chances and it continued to be a theme for most of the first half. The first real chance of the match fell to Poland's Agata Guściora who headed just wide from a free-kick. Sweden's first real look at goal was a wayward shot from outside the box by Elin Rubensson in the 17th minute.

The best chance of the half fell to Olivia Schough in the 21st minute when a poor backpass left her one-on-one with Poland's Anna Szymanska. Schough rounded the goalkeeper but her shot from a tight angle was cleared away for a corner. From the resulting corner, Emma Berglund could only lift her effort over the crossbar as the game remained scoreless.

The rest of the half featured Sweden probing at a resolute Polish backline but failing to capitalise on any of their build-up due to great tackles by Polish defenders or poor final passes in the box by the Swedes. 

The first goal of the match came late in the first half as Amanda Ilestedt opened the scoring for Sweden. A good ball in from the corner by Lisa Dahlkvist found Ilestedt at the far post and the Swede nodded it home to give her side the lead.

Quick start to the second half

The second half started in bright fashion as both teams stepped it up another gear and traded chances on goal.

Kosovare Asllani came closest to extending the lead for Sweden in the 50th minute when some great buildup left her with just the goalkeeper to beat, but her shot was deflected off the post and cleared away.

Poland then raced down the other end where Silvana Chojnowski dragged her shot wide from outside the box.

Sweden gain the upper hand

The Swedes then found their groove and began to show their quality in attack. Some more great buildup led to a corner for Sweden on the hour. Schough sent in the corner only for Poland's goalkeeper to mishandle her catch. The ball bounced around a few times before Schelin capitalised on a header towards goal by Sofia Jakobssen and beat her marker to the ball to score Sweden's second of the match. The second goal seemed to break Poland's will and Sweden gained full control of the match from this point on.

Sweden's third goal of the match came from Asllani in the 70th minute and put the game to bed. The Manchester City forward found the ball at her feet after Rubensson's intended pass was deflected into her path. Asllani made no mistake and slotted it coolly past the goalkeeper.

Sweden continued to push for more goals as both Dahlkvist and substitute Fridolina Rolfö both shot wide and hit the crossbar respectively. Another substitute, Stina Blackstenius had her chance to add her name to the scoresheet when a deft touch by Schelin put her through one-on-one with Poland's Szymanska, only for the goalkeeper to atone for her earlier mistake and block the shot.

Rolfö finished off the scoring for Sweden in the 87th minute when Dahlkvist found her just onside with a neat pass from midfield. The Swede did not make any mistakes and fired her shot into the roof of the net to round off the goals for the match.

Sweden had one last chance to add to their tally when Schelin found herself through on goal but she went too wide and could not keep the ball in play.