Sweden midfielder Lisa Dahlkvist was obviously delighted about being the match-winner in a 1-0 defeat of Korea DPR, but claims all credit must go to her team-mate Therese Sjogran. The latter, winning her 164th cap, leapt high in the box to collect a cross from Linda Forsberg. On the volley, she teed up the grateful Dahlkvist, who made no mistake from close range.
“It’s was absolutely fantastic, but I couldn’t miss thanks to Therese’s great pass,” the 24-year-old told FIFA.com immediately after the game. “It was incredible, to see the ball hit the back of the net was absolutely amazing.
“I always felt that a goal was going to come, I’m just happy to have been the one to score it. I felt that we were in control of the game, and in the second half especially we had most of the possession and most of the game was played in Korea DPR’s half.”
Sweden stayed on the pitch for a full half-hour after the end of the match, signing autographs and posing for photos with fans, particularly those who had made the voyage from Scandinavia. The capacity crowd in Augsburg were also treated to a song and dance routine at the full-time whistle.
“That’s due to Lotta [Schelin],” said Dahlkvist, laughing. “It comes from a French song where they dance like that in the video, so she taught it to us. We’ve all been made to learn the song and learn the dance too. We do it in the dressing room before the game, and because we won we did it after the match too! It’s a lot of fun.
“We did it because of the fans really. The atmosphere here today was simply amazing. The fans were great: cheering, clapping, singing and waving for most of the 90 minutes. It was so great. I didn’t think the World Cup would be like this. I knew it would be big, but not this big.”
Dahlqvist, whose father Sven played 39 times for Sweden in the mid-1980s, is now hoping the 1-0 win over the North Koreans will be enough to see her team qualify for the quarter-finals. However, she also stressed that if progression is attained, they will not be taking things lightly against USA in Wolfsburg on Wednesday.
“We’re going to be watching USA v Colombia with interest to see whether we qualify for the quarter-finals tonight, but the result won’t make any difference to our approach for the next game,” she said. “We want to win every single game we play, and we want to top the group.”