Zecira Musovic took over as the first goalkeeper in the Swedish national team in the World Cup earlier this year. The 27-year-old also started the Nations League opener against Spain, but in the match against Italy she was suddenly relegated to the bench. Instead, Häcken goalkeeper Jennifer Falk, 30, got the chance between the posts.
"I got the message yesterday when we got the starting eleven. I think it has gone well in training this week. I felt happy and excited," she says.
Falk, making his 19th appearance for the national team, kept a clean sheet straight away in the 1-0 win over Italy.
"It was really nice. You always want to play a match, that's what you train for. Very nice to get confidence and that it went well.
Head coach Peter Gerhardsson did not want to reveal why he made the sudden change before the fateful match against Italy.
"I'll take that with the goalkeepers. Then all the rest of you have to keep guessing, speculating and thinking things. It's usually interesting," he says and continues:
"We've had a lot of discussions. Whether it's goalkeepers or right-backs, we discuss in the coaching team what is best for this match. Then there are details, but I'm not going to reveal it. I will tell you that sometime in the future. But someone will have to try to figure that out.
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Watch Johanna Rytting Kaneryd's winning goal against Italy. Photo: Bildbyrån