The UEFA Champions League winner had arguably her best game for the Blagult in Augsburg, helping her side book a semi-final match with Japan on Wednesday in Frankfurt.
Schelin was named as the player of the match for her efforts, but was quick to praise the efforts of her team-mates and her Australian opponents when interviewed after the final whistle.
FIFA.com: Lotta, how do you feel? Was that Sweden’s best performance so far?
Lotta Schelin: I’m delighted. Reaching the semi-finals is a great achievement, so I’m really, really happy. It’s not a dream just yet but it’s becoming one. I’m not sure whether that’s our best game so far - obviously we played against USA in the last game and we did really well, so we’ve had a few good performances. Of course this is a bit special because it’s a quarter-final.
How do you think Australia played?
Australia didn’t give up, they’re a good team and they tried really hard. Of course when we were 2-0 and 3-1 up, we didn’t want to relax, we wanted to take control, but they kept on going. I think the third goal came at a very important time for us.
That must have been one of the easiest goals you’ve scored?
You have to be there and I was there and it was really nice to see the ball hit the back of the net. Finally, a goal on paper for me! I should have scored before, so it’s a weight off my mind. It’s always nice to score but the most important thing is that we’re through.
It’s Japan next. How do you feel about meeting them?
I know a bit about Japan – we’ve played them twice this year - but I haven’t started to think about that game yet. I have to celebrate tonight and tomorrow we’ll think about Japan. We were confident about reaching the semi-finals but we’ve been taking small steps, talking about every game as it comes along.