Kosovare Asllani pounced on Alex Greenwood’s miscued clearance to place Sweden forward on 11 minutes. England goalkeeper Carly Telford obtained a hand to Asllani’s shot however was unable to maintain it out.
The marauding Sofia Jakobsson was excellent for Sweden and after hitting the put up, the Montpellier ahead did discover the online, curling an beautiful shot previous Telford.
England had misplaced to the US Ladies’s Nationwide Soccer Group within the different semifinal and on a baking day in Good struggled to search out their rhythm within the face of Sweden’s blistering opening.
However after Fridolina Rolfö went off with an harm — she was changed by Lina Hurtig — Fran Kirby rejuvenated England with a superb end, streaking down the wing earlier than slicing inside and leaving Sweden goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl stranded with a curling shot.
Seconds later England degree just for Ellen White’s objective to be dominated out for handball following a VAR examine. Simply earlier than half-time, White had one other probability however her effort was saved by Lindahl.
The second half was a extra cagey affair with neither aspect capable of set up ascendancy. With 15 minutes to go, Chelsea ahead Karen Carney got here on to make her 144th — and remaining — look for England who got here desperately near equalizing late within the sport.
A fierce volley from Lucy Bronze, who has been one in all this World Cup’s excellent gamers, heading for the online, just for Nilla Fischer to fantastically head clear.
“I believe it was a keep it up from the semifinal,” England coach Phil Neville instructed BBC Sport, referring to England’s gradual begin after the frustration of shedding the semifinal to the USWNT on Tuesday.
“It is a nonsense sport,” added Neville as he mirrored on the custom of groups taking part in the third-place playoff. “We got here to this match to win it, to not end third or fourth.”
White pointed to Sweden’s two early objectives as the important thing purpose behind England’s defeat.
On Sunday, the USWNT will face the Netherlands within the Ladies’s World Cup remaining in Lyon.