Hammarstrom golazo earns Swedes third

[VIDEO PICK] In a tournament filled with marvelous goals, Marie Hammarstrom's golazo for Sweden against France stands out as the best of the lot. She picked up a loose ball at the top of the penalty area, lifted the ball past one defender, pushed the ball to her left to elude and second defender and then unleashed a thunderous left-footed strike from the edge of the box to give short-handed Sweden a 2-1 win over France in the third-place game at the Women's World Cup.

Star Lotta Schelin had given Sweden the lead in the 29th minute. On the play, French goalkeeper Berangere Sapowicz collided with Schelin, injured her right ankle and was soon removed from the game.

The Bleues also lost playmaker Louisa Necib to an injury in the 32nd minute, but they equalized in the 56th minute on a goal by Elodie Thomas.

As the top European finishers at the Women's World Cup, Sweden and France qualified for the 2012 London Olympics.

1 comment about "Hammarstrom golazo earns Swedes third".
  1. Robert Lanza, July 17, 2011 at 7:34 a.m.

    Sweden and France are going to the Olympics, not Sweden and Germany. The Germans can thank the cheapskates at UEFA for that.

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