Women’s football powerhouse Sweden start their world cup journey with a first-round game against Chile at Roazhon Park.
The teams: Chile and Sweden
How they qualified:
The FIFA Women’s World Cup match will be played between Chile and Sweden at Stade de la Route de Lorient (Roazhon Park), in Rennes, Brittany, France. The ground has a capacity of 29,778.
The game will start at 09:30 PM (IST), on Tuesday, June 11.
Sony Sports Network has the exclusive rights to broadcast FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 matches in India. Premier members can also enjoy the live action on the official SonyLiv App.
Recent form (Last six matches)
Chile – L L D L D L
Sweden – W L L L W W
Chile squad for the world cup:
Geraldine Leyton was the team’s first choice left-back before her shock retirement from football.
PSG’s Hanna Glas should feature prominently on the left side of the attack.
Probable XI: H Lindahl (GK), Hanna Glas, Amanda Ilestedt, Linda Sembrant, Magdalena Eriksson, Elin Rubensson, Nathalie Björn, Sofia Jakobsson, Kosovare Asllani, Lina Hurtig, Stina Blackstenius
Sweden Team for the World Cup:
Probable XI: Christiane Endler (GK), Rocío Soto, Camila Sáez, Carla Guerrero, Su Helen Galaz, Rosario Balmaceda, Francisca Lara, Karen Araya, Yanara Aedo, Daniela Zamora, María José Urrutia
Potential Game Changers:
María José Rojas
Stats and facts:
Captain and Vice-Captain options:
Stina Blackstenius: Caroline Seger’s injury problems and Lotta Schelin taking retirement, the powerful and the super fast Blackstenius will be the key to Sweden’s success in this world cup. She scored 3 times in seven games in the qualifying rounds.
Christiane Endler: Arguably the best women goalkeeper in the world at the moment, at 182 cm and considering her near un-human like reflexes, means Endler will be very hard to get past for any attacker.
Hedvig Lindahl – Lindahl will be there to challenge Chile’s Endler in goal. She is a veteran of the game and has the experience to shine in the tournament.
María José Rojas – She will head to the tournament high on confidence after an immensely successful season with Slavia Praha in the Czech Republic. She has netted 12 goals in 20 games for the national team, making her Letelier’s most dangerous weapon up front.
Both the teams boast highly talented young players who will be aiming to make a name for themselves.
Javiera Grez is the 2nd youngest player in the squad. She may be under five foot, but this diminutive forward has the chance to fly under the radar in France.
Anna Anvegård: Hailed as a player who knows how to find the back of the net by her national team manager, Anvegård could set the whole tournament on fire if her club form is anything to go by. The 22-year-old has racked up an incredible 104 goals in just 89 appearances for Växjö.
SWE-W vs CHI-W Dream11 potential winner:
Sweden head into the tournament in incredible form and will start this game as favorite.