Jubilant Sweden star Magdalena Eriksson is targeting the scalp of hosts England in the Euro 2022 semi-finals and admits it would be fun to “ruin their party”.
Sweden, ranked second in the world by FIFA, have quietly come through the rounds to reach the last-four stage.
They beat Belgium 1-0 in Friday night’s quarter-final at Leigh, with near-relentless pressure paying off in stoppage time when Linda Sembrant finally found the net.
Eriksson, who captains Chelsea in the Women’s Super League, is set to face club-mates including Fran Kirby and Millie Bright in Tuesday’s Bramall Lane semi-final clash.
England have reached the final four for a second consecutive Women’s European Championship, and they lost 3-0 to the Netherlands last time.
This time the Lionesses are riding the wave of popular support in England, with a huge audience of 9.1million tuning in on television and online to watch the 2-1 quarter-final win over Spain.
Quoted in Swedish newspaper Expressen after Friday night’s game, Eriksson said she was relishing the prospect of tackling Sarina Wiegman’s team at the home of Sheffield United.
“It is incredibly special. I was happy when they progressed, it will be an incredibly cool challenge,” Eriksson said.
“We want to do everything we can to ruin their party. They have done well and I know a lot of their players.”
This team is just amazing. We never give up and we always keep pushing. So proud of the girls. Next up, the semi final pic.twitter.com/RxNOSdhXwl
— Magdalena Eriksson (@MagdaEricsson) July 22, 2022
Match-winner Sembrant said it felt “absolutely magical” to get over the line against Belgium and tee up the England clash.
“It will be a hugely exciting match to meet them in England in a semi-final,” Sembrant said. “It will be really cool. Now we have to recover and recharge.”