Soccer-Sweden thump Iceland to book semi-final with Germany (Reuters)

By By Philip O’Connor STOCKHOLM, July 21 (Reuters) – Hosts Sweden crushed Iceland 4-0 and holders Germany beat Italy 1-0 on Sunday to set up a semi-final encounter at the women’s European championship. Three goals in the opening 20 minutes put Sweden on course for an easy victory in blazing sunshine in Halmstad. Marie Hammarstrom put the Swedes ahead after just three minutes, surging forward before firing a powerful left-footed shot across Iceland goalkeeper Gudbjorg Gunnarsdottir and into the net. …

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