All smiles for Sweden
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After a disappointing early exit from the FIFA Women's World Cup in China in September of 2007, Scandinavian powers Sweden dusted themselves right off and booked passage to the Beijing Olympic finals with a 7-3 aggregate mauling of Denmark

The result sees the impressive and hard-running Swedes become the third and final European participant at the women's showpiece in the Far East next summer.

Both Sweden and Denmark finished tied on points after their Chinese campaigns at the Women's World finals and needed a two-game play-off (home-and-away) to decide who would join Germany and Norway next summer. England actually finished higher than both of them but are ineligible to play in the Olympic games.

The Swedes wasted no time winning the first leg marvellously on the road 4-2 on 8 November. They then went on to put the contest beyond doubt with a 3-1 win (7-3 aggregate) at their home base Rasunda Stadium on the 28th of November.

Reigning Swedish Player of the Year Lotta Schelin opened the scoring and veteran striker Victoria Svensson added a brace on the night to see the Swedes - fourth-place finishers at the 2004 Olympic games in Athens - move on to represent the Old Continent in the Far East.

"It feels good to go back to Beijing and take revenge," said Schelin, who will be keen to have a happier trip to China this time around. "We knew we had everything in our own hands, but we were very nervous during the first 30 minutes. This means a lot to Swedish football and even though we didn't play that well, we were more efficient and that was decisive."