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Solid start for Swedes

A rematch of the Rio Olympic final, on paper, this was supposed to be the game of the group stage. Unlike ITV's Love Island, though, the Women's Euros are about as real-world as professional football gets.

(Photo: Chelsea FC)
Still, the goalless draw gave encouragement to the Swedish underdogs, who had struggled in the build-up. Chelsea No.1 Hedvig Lindahl was the best defensive player in my book and her new club-mate made a cool cameo.

This is my match report from Breda. The real drama, however, unfolded afterwards. First, I had to recall Magdalena Eriksson from the team bus for her debut interview as a Blue. Then, I had to recall some journos who had already left the ground to hitch a ride after missing the last train back.


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