Sweden have reached the women’s football final at the Olympics for the second successive time after beating Australia 1-0 through Fridolina Rolfo’s solitary second-half strike.
Peter Gerhardsson’s side, seeking to go one better than Rio 2016 when losing to Germany in the final, will face the United States’ conquerors Canada in Friday’s gold medal match.
USA, who had won 36 games in a row against Canada prior to their surprise 1-0 loss earlier on Monday, will now take on Australia for the bronze medal.
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Rolfo was on target twice when Sweden ran out 4-2 winners against Australia in the group stage and went closest to scoring in the first half of this semi-final showdown.
The Barcelona star thumped a shot against the crossbar from the edge of the box, though she did not have to wait much longer to find a breakthrough.
A heavily deflected shot from range bounced awkwardly off the wet surface and a backpedalling Teagan Micah parried it onto the crossbar, with the ball looping back into play.
Stina Blackstenius helped the loose ball to Rolfo and the forward hooked a first-time shot away from Micah from four yards to score what proved to be the match-winning goal.
Australia enjoyed spells on top but a 96th-minute red card shown to Ellie Carpenter for dragging down Lina Hurtig signalled the end of the Matildas’ hopes of reaching a first final.
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