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Sweden travel seeking Moldova double

Published: Wednesday 11 May 2011, 11.10CET
Two first-time international scorers found the net for Sweden when they beat Moldova at Råsundastadion in March, and they are looking for three more points in the Chisinau return.
Sweden travel seeking Moldova double
Moldova will be out to avenge their previous loss to Sweden ©Boris Kharchenko
 
Published: Wednesday 11 May 2011, 11.10CET

Sweden travel seeking Moldova double

Two first-time international scorers found the net for Sweden when they beat Moldova at Råsundastadion in March, and they are looking for three more points in the Chisinau return.

Sweden will look to raise their game on the road in UEFA EURO 2012 Group E as they take on Moldova, having beaten their opponents 2-1 in Solna in their last competitive game.

• Mikael Lustig and Sebastian Larsson both scored their first international goals in the fixture on 28 March, either side of a Zlatan Ibrahimović penalty which was saved by Stanislav Namaşco. Alexandru Suvorov's 92nd-minute effort gave Moldova late hope.

• This is only Sweden's second Group E away game; they lost 4-1 to section leaders the Netherlands in their previous one.

• Moldova's two Group E home games ended in a 2-0 win against Finland and a 1-0 loss to the Dutch.

• The nations met in 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifying, with Sweden winning both fixtures without conceding.

• Substitute Marcus Allbäck scored two late goals as Sweden won their first meeting 2-0 in Chisinau on 28 March 2001.

• Now assistant to Sweden coach Erik Hamrén, Allbäck told UEFA.com: "That was actually the first time I got to play in a competitive match for Sweden. Those minutes in Chisinau meant a lot. The two goals meant I was given my first start in the following qualifier. We beat Slovakia 2-0 and once again I scored twice."

• The return fixture in Gothenburg on 6 June 2001 ended in a 6-0 win for the hosts; Henrik Larsson hit a hat-trick, Niclas Alexandersson and Allbäck struck to make it 5-0 and then Larsson added his fourth of the game.

• It was the only occasion in his career that Larsson scored four goals in an international game for club or country.

Last updated: 16/05/11 13.44CET

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