Goransson comes good for Sweden
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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. 

Sweden will try and make it six points out of six when they face Brazil, who lost their opening game against Korea DPR, in Bielefeld on Friday. The same day, North Korea face New Zealand.