Germany and Sweden set for semi-final showdown at UEFA Women’s Euro 2013
Hosts Sweden will face defending champions Germany in the semi-finals of UEFA Women's Euro 2013 following victories for both sides on Sunday.
The Swedes romped into the last four as they beat Iceland 4-0 with a scintillating display in Halmstad while the Germans edged a tough game against Italy 1-0 - setting up a mouther-watering tie in the next stage.
For Sweden it was Lotta Schelin who was the star of the show, scoring twice as she inspired her side to victory.
Marie Hammarström set the tone for the afternoon by scoring with a ferocious left-foot shot after only three minutes before Josefine Öqvist added to their lead, set up by a wonderful pass by Schelin.
Schelin's first goal of the match also came before half-time and the Swedes completed an almost faultless performance by scoring again through the same source after the break as the Olympique Lyonnais star tapped home her fifth of the tournament in front of a sell-out crowd. That puts her in the lead in the race for the Golden Boot.
Sweden will now face defending champions Germany - who have won the last five titles - in the semis after they battled to a tough victory over Italy, a tie in which the Italians had six players booked. Simone Laudehr scored the all-important goal from a corner after 26 minutes and the Germans also hit a post late on through Nadine Kessler and the bar through Dzsenifer Marozsan.