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Sweden survive tough Serbia test

Published: Tuesday 5 June 2012, 22.17CET
Sweden 2-1 Serbia
Ola Toivonen and Zlatan Ibrahimović struck as the UEFA EURO 2012 contenders got the better of a testing encounter.
by Sujay Dutt
Sweden survive tough Serbia test
Ola Toivonen scores for Sweden in their 2-1 friendly victory against Serbia ©AFP

Match statistics

SwedenSerbia

Goals scored2
 
1
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red Cards0
 
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International Matches

Published: Tuesday 5 June 2012, 22.17CET

Sweden survive tough Serbia test

Sweden 2-1 Serbia
Ola Toivonen and Zlatan Ibrahimović struck as the UEFA EURO 2012 contenders got the better of a testing encounter.

Sweden overcame a tough challenge from Serbia to claim a win in their last friendly match before UEFA EURO 2012, Ola Toivonen and Zlatan Ibrahimović on target in Solna.

Sweden won by a single-goal margin for a second friendly in succession, but this was a tougher encounter than last week's 3-2 victory against Iceland. Toivonen pounced on a goalkeeping error to put them ahead after 23 minutes, but Neven Subotić replied within three minutes. Ibrahimović, though, had the last word, converting from the spot seven minutes after the break.

Iceland had given Sweden plenty of room to attack down the flanks, but Serbia proved much less accommodating at the Råsunda, denying their hosts time on the ball and showing greater intent going forward. Toivonen nonetheless got the first chance of the match after right-back Mikael Lustig crossed, but the PSV Eindhoven man failed to connect properly. He would swiftly make amends.

In the 23rd minute, Rasmus Elm sent in a corner from the left that goalkeeper Branimir Aleksić seemed on the verge of catching, but the ball slipped from his hands and gave Toivonen the chance to finish from a metre out. The euphoria, however, was short-lived, with Serbia's tall defender Subotić rising above his marker Andreas Granqvist to steer a ball from a corner beyond Andreas Isaksson.

Sweden imposed themselves much more in the second half. Elm, who had been peripheral in the opening period, sent Toivonen through on goal and when he was felled by substitute goalkeeper Damir Kahriman, up stepped Ibrahimović to plant the resulting spot kick firmly into the corner. Sweden held firm thereafter, and Kim Källström fired in a fierce left-foot shot after a string of nearly a dozen Swedish passes, but the keeper stood firm.

The big concern for Sweden, though, was Isaksson, who was substituted after complaining of pain in his thigh. However, according to the goalkeeper, there is no cause for alarm – his withdrawal was merely a precaution.

 
Last updated: 05/06/12 22.15CET

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Lineups

Sweden

Sweden

Serbia

Serbia

1
IsakssonAndreas Isaksson (GK)
Substitution71
1
AleksićBranimir Aleksić (GK)
Substitution46
2
MellbergOlof Mellberg
2
LukovićAleksandar Luković
3
M. OlssonMartin Olsson
3
SubotićNeven Subotić
Goal27
4
GranqvistAndreas Granqvist
4
ObradovićIvan Obradović
Substitution77
5
LustigMikael Lustig
Substitution74
5
MaksimovićNikola Maksimović
6
KällströmKim Källström
6
TošićZoran Tošić
7
SvenssonAnders Svensson
Substitution87
7
LazovićDarko Lazović
8
ElmRasmus Elm
8
PetrovićRadosav Petrović
9
ToivonenOla Toivonen
Goal23
Substitution55
9
IgnjovskiAleksandar Ignjovski
Substitution63
10
LarssonSebastian Larsson
Substitution87
10
TomićNemanja Tomić
11
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović
Goal52
Substitution81
11
LekićDejan Lekić
Substitution46

Substitutes

12
HysénTobias Hysén
Substitution55
12
KahrimanDamir Kahriman (GK)
Substitution46
13
WilandJohan Wiland (GK)
Substitution71
13
S. ŠćepovićStefan Šćepović
Substitution46
14
J. OlssonJonas Olsson
Substitution74
14
MatićNemanja Matić
Substitution63
15
WernbloomPontus Wernbloom
Substitution81
15
KolarovAleksandar Kolarov
Substitution77
16
WilhelmssonChristian Wilhelmsson
Substitution87
17
HolménSamuel Holmén
Substitution87

Referee

Felix Brych (GER)

Assistant referees

Mark Borsch (GER), Guido Kleve (GER)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
 
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