- Sweden is the big favorite to get into the semi-final, where it will face England, who beat Spain, but Belgium will not make it easy for them
Belgium has already done its job. The red flames did not count in any pool to reach the quarterfinals. However, they got through with a brilliant win against Italy. Now they go into this round with much to gain and little to lose. Opposite, Sweden always starts from behind but in recent years has won bronze at the 2019 World Cup and silver at the Tokyo Olympics.
The pressure is on the Swedes, who arrive after a difficult week. An outbreak of COVID among their expedition has kept them on edge since they thrashed Portugal to come first in their group, unseating the current European champion, the Netherlands. Finally, Glas and Kullberg are the only casualties of the match against the Belgians. Manager Gerhardsson will have to replace the full-back, probably moving Ilestedt to the right and bringing in veteran Sembrant at center-back alongside Eriksson. The other big question for the coach is who will accompany Rolfö and Blacktenius at the point of attack. Hurting could return to the starting lineup with Asllani leading the attack. The former Real Madrid player is being fundamental and the cornerstone of the Swedish team. Three assists, one in each game, and a goal for her, who is also the one that generates the most danger.
Belgium arrives in a great moment of form and mentally. The victory against Italy gave him moral support, in addition to consolidating the idea of the game. The Belgians have their gala eleven for the duel despite the fact that Laura Deloose, Laura de Neve, and Marie Minnaert trained apart from the group. None is essential and it seems that all may be available to the technician. Wullaert will once again lead the attack with De Caigny, the top scorer in the group stage, behind her. Those of Seernels began drawing against Iceland and competed against France despite the defeat. They now know that they have much to gain and little to lose.
The stats favor the Swedes, who have won both times they’ve met, but the Belgians are counting on a third-time charm…