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Sweden’s Kosovare Asllani: ‘30,000 people came to celebrate our medal’

The midfielder on how Sweden went ‘crazy’ for the Women’s World Cup and why the bronze medal win over England wasn’t nonsense

Sweden’s Kosovare Asllani has a very different view of the Women’s World Cup third-place match to Phil Neville, who labelled it a “nonsense” game, and it is fair to say that plenty of her compatriots agree. When the Sweden team returned from the victory over England that secured a bronze medal they were greeted by 30,000 fans in Gothenburg.

“A sign of a nation that is proud of us,” says Asllani, the midfielder who scored her country’s opening goals against Chile and England. The staggering reception came as a pleasant surprise to a squad not wholly aware of the momentum building back home during their run to the semi-finals.

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