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Sweden's winning combination

Ah, a story that wrote itself. Hedvig Lindahl and Magdalena Eriksson really are a dream Chelsea duo in matches as much as off the field.

(Photo: Chelsea FC)

Their meeting with Russia ended threw up a second clean sheet for the Blues goalie and an assist for our new signing, whose free-kicks were works of art, in her first start at a championship. Here's how it went down in Deventer.

A warm-down, doping control, and an hour and a half later, they were still chatting: the mood in the camp, the strategy going into the game, the task ahead, goalkeeping in general, a cheeky Chelsea angle, the ladies delivered.

The only downside of the night, at least for Netherlands and England fans, is Sweden now stand a chance of winning their group, thus shoving Germany onto the other side of the draw. There are some tasty encounters to come.


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