Sweden qualified for the 2015 Women’s World Cup on Wednesday with a 2-0 victory over Scotland. Italy, Netherlands and Ukraine will join Scotland in a four-team playoff to determine the eighth and final team from Europe to qualify for next year’s World Cup.
Therese Sjögran opened the scoring for Sweden in the 7th minute and Lotta Schelin finished the job in the 76th minute. Schelin’s goal was her 72nd all-time for Sweden, tying Hanna Ljungberg for the most ever for the country.
Scotland were guaranteed at least a playoff place, but needed a win by at least two goals to overcome Sweden for top spot in Group 4 and automatic qualification.
Sweden join England, France, Germany, Norway, Spain and Switzerland as group winners and automatic qualifiers from Europe. Also qualified already are host Canada and, from Asia: Japan, Australia, China, South Korea, Thailand.
Qualifying for CONMEBOL (South America) is ongoing. CONCACAF qualifying takes place in late October across the United States.
The draw for the UEFA playoff takes place on Tuesday, with matches to follow in October and November:
• Play-off draw: 9 a.m. ET, Sept. 23, Nyon (streamed live on UEFA.com)
• Play-off semi-finals: 25/26 & 29/30 October
• Play-off final: 22/23 & 26/27 November
The World Cup draw for all 24 teams is on Dec. 6 in Ottawa.
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