The best attack of the World Cup against one of the best defenses. Sweden have only conceded one goal during the World Cup so far but will now face Japan, who have slammed in 14 goals in four games.
It would not be a wild guess that the match picture will be similar to the one that arose against the United States, where Sweden was pushed hard for long periods and the firm Magdalena Eriksson / Amanda Ilestedt had to fight hard to protect the Swedish penalty area.
"You're a defensive player for a reason. There's a small part of you who thinks it's pretty cool even when you get besieged like that and see how you can still make sure they don't get clear scoring chances. In a way, your big purpose comes at stake and you get to show off, it's still defensive players we are. We like to defend both Amanda and I, says Magdalena Eriksson.
"With Japan, things happen"
Against the USA, Sweden conceded a lot of chances and were often under a lot of pressure. Afterwards, Sweden was not entirely satisfied with that effort.
"I think it was impressive against the USA how we still managed to keep a dialogue throughout the game, even though it was so stressful. It's an experience we bring into the game. There was a lot of pressure throughout the game but we managed to stay calm and constructive and were able to find positions out of that pressure. Of course we hope we can play better but we are ready for anything.
At the press conference, next to Eriksson, was fellow centre-back Amanda Illestedt, who has accounted for three goals in the tournament.
"You have to be connected and we know that with Japan things happen. They are good at exploiting small spaces, at playing in between the back line and the early entries along the ground. We must be prepared for a lot to happen," says Amanda Ilestedt.
Sweden will face Japan in the quarter-finals that begin at 9.30 tomorrow, Friday.
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