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Sembrant winner sends Sweden through to England semi-final showdown



Linda Sembrant’s stoppage-time winner scraped a dramatic 1-0 win over Belgium that sent Sweden through to the Women’s Euro 2022 semi-finals.

With Sweden’s 33rd and final attempt of the match, Sembrant fired home to break the hearts of a Belgium side who were contesting their first knockout game in Women’s European Championship history.

Peter Gerhardsson’s side will now take on hosts England in the semi-finals in Sheffield on Tuesday.

Stina Blackstenius thought she had given Sweden the lead in the 25th minute, but her goal was ruled out for offside following a VAR review.

Belgium mustered just one attempt on goal in the first half and Sweden continued their domination after the interval, but Nicky Evrard’s instinctive save kept Blackstenius’ close-range header out in the 73rd minute.

The Scandinavian side finally found the breakthrough in the second added minute. Belgium failed to defend a corner and although Evrard saved Nathalie Bjorn’s effort, Sembrant turned home on the follow-up.

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