Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Women

3 August - 19 August

Olympic Football Tournaments 2016 - Women

Gold for Germany as Neid finishes in style

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Germany secured gold in the Women's Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016 with a 2-1 victory against Sweden at the Maracana. The win came thanks to Dzsenifer Marozsan's superbly-taken second-half strike and Linda Sembrant's own goal, with substitute Stina Blackstenius's effort unable to muster a comeback.

The Swedes offered stern resistance, as they had during their hard-fought knockout wins against USA and Brazil, but eventually succumbed to Silvia Neid's side, as the German coach ended her 11-year reign in style.

In the opening exchanges, Sweden offered far more going forward than in their previous knockout matches, with Lotta Schelin a menace to the German defence down the Swedish right. Early on, she crossed low for Olivia Schough, but the No12 fired over the bar.

Germany went on to squander some clear-cut chances of their own, with Melanie Leupolz heading over a Tabea Kemme cross from a good position, before Anja Mittag hit wide after Leonie Maier's shot was parried into her path in front of an almost open goal.

After the break, Marozsan made sure the Germans would not rue their missed opportunities. The No10 found space on the left-hand side of the Swedish penalty area after a Leupolz cross was deflected into her path, and curled home superbly.

Things then went from bad to worse for Sweden, with Marozsan involved again. The forward curled in a free-kick which hit the post and rebounded into the middle of the penalty area. In trying to clear, Linda Sembrant put the ball into her own net.

There was a glimmer of hope moments later, thanks to Blackstenius, who had scored against USA in the quarter-final. Olivia Schough was found on the Swedish right and crossed with precision to find the No11, who tapped home to finish off the sweeping Swedish attack. 

Sweden had a late chance to equalise, with Schough having two bites of the cherry after being found in space inside the penalty area by Schelin, the first a mishit and the second blocked and cleared.

Despite wave after wave of Swedish pressure in the closing stages, the Germans held on for the win. The victory sees Neid, who passes the reigns to assistant Steffi Jones after Rio 2016, finish with a much-coveted gold medal, having claimed bronze at Beijing 2008. The Swedes settle for silver, their first medal at any Women's Olympic Football Tournament, while they also claimed the Fair Play Award. 

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