16 Jul '11, 6pm

Football: Sweden beats France to finish third in Women's World Cup

Football: Sweden beats France to finish third in Women's World Cup

SINSHEIM, Germany: Sweden finished third at the women's World Cup after beating France 2-1 in Saturday's play-off despite the Scandinavians finishing the game with 10 players. Sweden striker Lotta Schelin put her side ahead in the first half only for French replacement Elodie Thomis to equalise on 56 minutes before Swedish striker Josefine Oqvist was sent off on 68 minutes. But in the dramatic closing stages, substitute midfielder Marie Hammarstrom won the game -- and the bronze medal -- for Sweden with a superb strike in the 82nd minute. Both teams had already secured the two available European places at the 2012 Olympic Games in London by reaching the semi-finals. Sweden's 3-1 defeat to Japan in Frankfurt on Wednesday and France's 3-1 loss to the USA in Moenchengladbach the same day brought the teams to the play-off. The Swedes took the lead when a pass by defender Sara ...

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