Sweden booked its spot to the Olympics by winning the 2016 UEFA Women’s Olympic Qualification Tournament. The tournament contained the four European teams which lost in the Round of 16 at the 2015 Women’s World Cup as they played in a round robin format for the final European Olympic spot. The UEFA Women’s Olympic Qualification Tournament was held in The Hague and Rotterdam, Netherlands from March 2nd to March 9th 2016.
The first day had a third minute goal by Sweden’s Lisa Dahlkvist which became the game winner as Sweden defeated Norway 1-0. The other match contained seven goals as Switzerland took an early lead, conceded four goals and attempted to make a comeback only to come short against the Netherlands as they lost 4-3.
The second day had Norway build up a 2-0 lead before the Netherlands scored their first goal. It looked as if the match was going to have a tense finish, but Norway’s Ada Hegerberg scored two goals in the final parts of the game to win the match 4-1. A 44th minute goal by Sweden’s Caroline Seger was all that stood between Sweden and Switzerland as the team won 1-0. The second lost effectively ended Switzerland’s hope for a berth at the Olympics.
The final day of the round robin had Switzerland score the winning goal three minutes into stoppage time of the second half to win their first match 2-1 over Norway. In the other match the Netherlands scored in the fifth minute via Vivianne Miedema though just before half-time Sweden’s Olivia Schough tied things up. The deadlock would never be broken as the game finished 1-1 meaning Sweden won the tournament with two wins and a draw and qualified to the Olympics.
With Sweden’s qualification all 12 nations for the women’s tournament have been decided. The women’s football tournament will be the first event to begin at the Olympics, starting two days before the opening ceremony.
- UEFA. Sweden join France and Germany at Olympics. Access on March 9 2016.