Rio 2016 Sweden vs Germany Womens Football Final Match Live Score
Rio Olompic 2016 Germany vs Sweden for Gold Medal Match
The women’s national teams from Sweden and Germany will face off on Friday in the final at the Rio Olympics.The Olympic women’s football final will be contested by two European teams for the first time following last-four wins for Sweden and Germany on Tuesday. The showpiece will take place in Rio de Janeiro at 22:30CET on Friday.Two traditional powers have claimed spots in Rio 2016’s women’s soccer final, though the way Germany and Sweden reached Friday’s goal medal match creates a David versus Goliath feel.Goliath would be the Germans, who avenged their tournament’s only loss with a convincing 2-0 victory on Tuesday over previously unbeaten Canada. Out-executing and, ultimately, out-lasting London 2012’s bronze medalists, Germany retained the mantle many awarded it when the United States bowed out. The No. 2 team in the world is the team to beat Friday at the Maracana.
Good teams — teams with talent and styles that can compete against anybody — don’t do this, but Sweden’s choice to do so doesn’t make it cowardly. It makes the team realistic. It makes it smart. It makes the team humble, self-aware, and, potentially, Olympic champions.”Sweden, on the other hand, has only won one match all tournament. It has survived two penalty shootouts to reach the final but has done so playing what has become a controversial style. Drawing comparisons to Portugal’s run through this summer’s men’s European Championship, Pia Sundhage’s team has sparked more debates than goals. Fans seem torn on the merits of the approach, but with Tuesday’s shootout win over Brazil, the Swedes earned a deserved spot in their first Olympic final.
One virtue of Sweden’s approach, however, is predictability, in that we know how Friday’s match is likely to play out. Sweden will sit deep, force Germany to throw numbers at a compact defense, and hope to hit the favorites on the counter. In that way, Friday could look almost identical to Sweden’s last two games: One team walking the tightrope between pressure and exposure; the other waiting to pounce, should the aggressors fall off.An alternative, though, played out last year in Ottawa. When the teams met in last summer’s World Cup, Anja Mittag and Celia Sasic’s early goals undid any opportunity Sweden had to leverage its approach. Germany went on to win, 4-1, and send Sweden home without a victory in Canada.Beyond the matchup, here are three stories that should be in focus for this Friday’s Olympic gold-medal match
Silvia Neid says farewell
Thus will end the career of one of the world’s iconic bosses. Silvia Neid, who has followed a 111-cap playing career with 12 years on the bench for Germany, will walk away from her national team after Friday’s game. When she does, she’ll do so with one World Cup, two European titles, and, potentially, a gold medal.
Melanie Behringer can make this tournament her own
Aside from Marta, few stars have stood out this tournament. Even with her, most of the story is about her relationship with her home country, not necessarily her play. If Canada 2015 was the tournament of Carli Lloyd and Germany 2011 was about Homare Sawa, this year’s competition has been more like London 2012, where no single statistic defined the tournament.Melanie Behringer has a chance to change that. For three games running, she’s scored Germany’s opening goal, and while two of those tallies have come from the penalty spot, her five goals over the course of the tournament leave her two clear atop Rio’s scoring charts. Continue that production in Friday’s final, and the veteran will have made this tournament her own.
Sweden’s been resilient, but it hasn’t been good
This goes beyond the team’s tactics, which have been justified. As last year’s World Cup, Sweden’s record this tournament, and its goal difference over the last two major tournaments (minus-6 in nine games) hint, Sweden is not actually up to the level of the best teams in the world. Going back to the semifinal of Euro 2013 – a tournament Sweden hosted – Pia Sundhage’s team has one win in its last 10 games at major tournaments.
The match between Sweden and Germany kicks off at 3 p.m. EDT on Friday August 19.