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Sweden start with Kazakhstan win

Published: Tuesday 11 September 2012, 23.14CET
Sweden 2-0 Kazakhstan
Erik Hamrén's team began their qualifying Group C bid in victorious fashion in Malmo thanks to goals from Rasmus Elm and Marcus Berg.
Sweden start with Kazakhstan win
Rasmus Elm is mobbed by his Sweden team-mates ©Getty Images
Published: Tuesday 11 September 2012, 23.14CET

Sweden start with Kazakhstan win

Sweden 2-0 Kazakhstan
Erik Hamrén's team began their qualifying Group C bid in victorious fashion in Malmo thanks to goals from Rasmus Elm and Marcus Berg.

Sweden commenced their bid to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup with a two-goal victory against Kazakhstan.

Rasmus Elm opened the scoring at the Malmö New Stadium with a 37th-minute volley. Although Erik Hamrén's team seldom looked like hitting top gear against opponents who lost 2-1 to the Republic of Ireland in their qualifying Group C opener on Friday, Marcus Berg made the points safe in added time.

Elm showed his intent early on with a volley that flew high over the crossbar. Openings were scarce thereafter and with Sweden looking increasingly frustrated, the PFC CSKA Moskva midfielder chanced his arm again eight minutes before half-time.

Sebastian Larsson and Zlatan Ibrahimović initiated the move that led to the opener. After the visitors temporarily cleared Ibrahimović's delivery, Mikael Lustig crossed for Elm, who found the net with a left-footed volley.

In control for much of the second half without giving the Kazakhstan defence much cause for alarm, Sweden received a scare of their own 12 minutes from time. Sent clear into the penalty area, Sergei Gridin was denied the chance to shoot by outrushing goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson.

Berg made the points safe in the last of four added minutes. Having set Ibrahimović away down the left, the substitute made his way into the penalty area to turn in the captain's low centre.

Last updated: 11/09/12 23.57CET

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