Sweden 3, Denmark 1
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ Malin Swedberg scored twice in a six-minute span of the second half Thursday night, leading Sweden to a 3-1 victory over Denmark in the Olympic women’s soccer finale for both teams.
Lena Videkull added a goal for a 3-0 lead in the 76th minute. Denmark averted a shutout when Helle Jensen beat Swedish backup goalkeeper Ulrika Karlsson in the final minute at the Florida Citrus Bowl.
With both teams eliminated from contention for the medal round, the only thing at stake for the Scandinavian neighbors was national pride.
Sweden (1-2) snapped the scoreless tie when captain Pia Sundhage set up Swedberg with a perfect crossing pass that the striker nodded past goalkeeper Dorthe Larsen in the 62nd minute.
On Swedberg’s second goal, she sprinted in from the right to send a grounder into the net before a defenseless Larsen could even react.
Videkull got her goal off a pass from Ulrika Kalte that appeared to have a chance to roll into an unprotected net on its own.
Denmark (0-3) appeared to be headed to its second shutout loss of the tournament until Jensen caught up to a long pass and sent a well-placed grounder past Karlsson, who had replaced injured Sweden goalkeeper Annelie Nilsson in the 30th minute.
Nilsson was elbowed in the face when she and Videkull leaped for a ball just inside the penalty area. The goalkeeper suffered cuts that required two stitches above and three stitches below her left eye.