Germany survived a late fight back by Sweden to claim the gold medal at the Rio Olympics with a 2-1 win in the final of the women’s football competition at the Maracana on Friday.
Germany were considered clear favourites heading into the gold medal match and proved dominant early on with a number of chances in the first half, but Hedvig Lindahl was resolute in goal and kept them at bay.
However, their resolve was finally broken after the break as the German’s near constant pressure finally paid off a mere three minutes after the restart when Dzsenifer Marozsan put them ahead.
The goal spurred Sweden into action and they played themselves back into the game well, creating a couple of decent chances of their own.
Then disaster struck in the 62nd minute when Linda Sembrant suffered the ignominy of putting the ball into her own net to seemingly put the tie out of reach for the Swedes.
No one told them that however, and they struck back just five minutes later through Stina Blackstenius to make sure the match would go down to the wire and keep the fans of the edges of their seats.
In the end, they were unfortunately unable to draw themselves level and had to settle for the silver medal which, on the balance of play, was probably a fair result on the night considering Germany created more than twice as many chances through the 90 minutes.