I should start with the standard SPOILERS disclaimer.
So, just finished watching the second half of the Sweden v Brazil match. The Swedes did a fine job in dispatching a Brazilian side that gets better every time around. The Brazilians are in a youth movement and the style of their game really reflects a lot of what you see in their men’s game. Speed and trickery, and sometimes a little slack on defense. Sweden scored the winner on a brilliant set piece kick from just outside the box, to the right of the penalty arc. Kick went over the wall and dipped down into the upper right hand corner of the goal, just past the diving attempt from the Brazilian keeper. I thought that the Swedes did well to stick to their game plan, which seemed to be a stifling defense and a quick build up to counter attack. Katia, one of the Brazilian star forwards, didn’t get a single shot on goal. In fact the Brazilian goal came on a penalty kick. Brazil wasn’t called for many fouls but received three or so yellow cards, and could have easily received a couple more. They are a very physical team and use their knees and elbows a bit much for my liking. The more annoying part is that they seem to dive and cry a lot when they get brushed.
Again, kudos to the Swedes for their well earned victory. Now the USA and Norway matchup in about an hour, also at Foxboro. Should be a nice cold night for a game.