SHEFFIELD, England (Reuters) – Sweden captain Caroline Seger’s hold out for a key worldwide title goes on just after her side collapsed in a 4- defeat to hosts England to crash out of Euro 2022 at the semi-closing phase on Tuesday.
The Swedes, whose only event victory arrived at the Euros in 1984, came into the levels of competition rated second in the globe, but once they went a target down the host country took about and easily cruised into the closing.
The Swedish attack misfired and their defence fell aside as their operate of 34 game titles unbeaten throughout 90 minutes arrived to a shuddering halt in Sheffield, and there will not be way too quite a few far more likelihood for the 37-12 months-previous Seger.
“It feels like in the to start with fifty percent, the initially 25 minutes factors have been going nicely for our component, then they obtained the goals and it got challenging, just after that we got a minor lesson in how speedily it can go,” the midfielder told broadcaster Tv4.
Seger was section of the workforce that experienced a shock defeat on penalties to Canada in the Olympic ultimate in Tokyo final yr, and despite making more than 200 appearances for the national team due to the fact her debut in 2005 she has nonetheless to gain a big event.
“It was psychologically tricky when they acquired a intention just before halftime,” Seger stated. “Over 90 minutes I don’t consider the consequence reflects the sport, but they are gifted, they are sharp and they are superior.”
The Swedes have now skilled for following year’s Planet Cup in Australia and New Zealand but Seger, whose title translates as “victory”, would not be drawn on whether or not or not she would make herself available for 1 last operate at a key trophy.
“I do not know, it is not something I want to determine now,” she mentioned as the English followers celebrated with their staff. “There’ll be no additional Euros, anyway.”
(Reporting by Philip O’Connor Modifying by Toby Davis)