Two second-half goals from Antonia Goransson helped Sweden come from behind and defeat New Zealand 2-1 in their country’s first-ever appearance in a FIFA women’s youth tournament. The senior Sweden side have been an imposing opponent at senior level for many years and this result at the start of the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Germany 2010 will do their younger sides the power of good.
First, though, Swedish hopes suffered a blow in Bielefeld. In an enterprising start from both teams it was they who had the better chances in the first 15 minutes though Renee Leota was unfortunate to hit a post following a left-wing cross. The Scandinavian side were made to pay the penalty for those missed opportunities as Hannah Wilkinson took advantage of a high bouncing ball and confusion in the Sweden defence to score with a left-footed drive.
It was a different approach from Calle Barrling’s team in the second half as they became much more offensive. A low shot into the left-hand corner of the net in the 56th gave Goransson her first goal of the afternoon following impressive work from Olivia Schough and she followed that with a second 12 minutes later to give the runners-up at last year’s UEFA Women’s U-19 championship a welcome three points. This time Goransson showed a great burst of speed to get away from a couple of defenders before applying a neat finish past Erin Nayler.