Lotta Schelin broke Sweden’s all-time scoring record with her 73rd international goal on Wednesday, but it wasn’t enough for Sweden in a 2-1 loss to Germany in Orebro.
Schelin opened the scoring in the 68th minute, deceptively charging toward Germany goalkeeper Nadine Angerer to intercept a backpass from an unsuspecting Jennifer Cramer. Schelin tapped the ball around Angerer on her first touch and calmly side-footed it into the back of the net to give Sweden the 1-0 lead.
But seven minutes later, Dzsenifer Marozsán rocketed the ball into the net on a free kick from 20 yards out, knuckling the ball through a Sweeden wall that broke apart.
With momentum then their favor, the Germans quickly found the game-winner. Luisa Wensing sent in a cross to Alexandra Popp, who beat Sweden defender Nilla Fischer to the ball and redirected it into the net with the outside of her right foot from 12 yards out.
Angerer preserved the win for Germany in stoppage time, saving Fridolina Rolfö’s shot with her knee.
Cramer nearly put Germany ahead midway through the first half, driving a left-footed shot off the crossbar.
Therese Sjögran also played in her 200th match for Sweden, becoming just the third European player to reach the milestone.
The match was played on artificial turf in Orebro as the teams prepare for the 2015 Women’s World Cup, slated to take place on artificial turf.
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