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Sweden look to finish the job in Finland

Published: Tuesday 4 October 2011, 15.10CET
The Netherlands, already assured of their place at the finals, can guarantee top spot in Group E with a point against Moldova, while victory for Sweden in Finland will seal a play-off place.
Sweden look to finish the job in Finland
Erik Hamrén knows his Sweden side will finish second in Group E if they win in Finland ©Getty Images
 
Published: Tuesday 4 October 2011, 15.10CET

Sweden look to finish the job in Finland

The Netherlands, already assured of their place at the finals, can guarantee top spot in Group E with a point against Moldova, while victory for Sweden in Finland will seal a play-off place.

The Netherlands may have already booked their place at next summer's finals but will guarantee top spot in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group E as long as they avoid defeat at home to Moldova. Sweden, meanwhile, have their destiny in their owns and, despite being level on points with Hungary, will seal a play-off berth with victory against Finland in Helsinki courtesy of their superior head-to-head record.

7 October: Finland v Sweden, Netherlands v Moldova

11 October: Sweden v Netherlands, Hungary v Finland, Moldova v San Marino

Latest standings

Netherlands (24 points) Q
There is mixed news for Bert van Marwijk, who welcomes Nigel de Jong and Rafael van der Vaart back from injury but cannot call on a number of regulars. Ibrahim Afellay misses out after sustaining cruciate knee ligament damage in training, as do Wesley Sneijder (groin), John Heitinga (knee) and Hedwiges Maduro (ankle), while Arjen Robben was a late withdrawal because of a long-standing pelvic problem.

No1 goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg was also named in the coach's original party but withdrew after failing to recover from a blow to his head sustained in a Serie A match. "Normally they would have been included, but it just was not possible, and that is a pity," said Van Marwijk. "The pressure on top players seems to increase. In the past they used to suffer from injury when they were over 30, now it often starts with 25."

Goalkeepers: Tim Krul (Newcastle United FC), Michel Vorm (Swansea City FC).

Defenders: Khalid Boulahrouz (VfB Stuttgart), Edson Braafheid (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim), Jeffrey Bruma (Hamburger SV), Joris Mathijsen (Málaga CF), Erik Pieters (PSV Eindhoven), Gregory van der Wiel (AFC Ajax), Ron Vlaar (Feyenoord)**.

Midfielders: Mark van Bommel (AC Milan), Nigel de Jong (Manchester City FC), Hedwiges Maduro (Valencia CF)*, Stijn Schaars (Sporting Clube de Portugal), Kevin Strootman (PSV Eindhoven), Rafael van der Vaart (Tottenham Hotspur FC), Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV Eindhoven).

Forwards: Eljero Elia (Juventus), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (FC Schalke 04), Luuk de Jong (FC Twente), Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool FC), Robin van Persie (Arsenal FC), Arjen Robben (FC Bayern München)*, Jeremain Lens (PSV Eindhoven).

Withdrawn *
Called Up **

Sweden (18 pts)
Olof Mellberg returns from suspension while Samuel Holmén and Pierre Bengtsson are recalled after missing the cut last time. Oscar Wendt and Behrang Safari, who both were part of the squad that faced Hungary and San Marino in September, are omitted. "We've got two crucial matches ahead of us, it's going to be very exciting," said Erik Hamrén. "All matches are important. If we'd lost against Moldova and Finland in June, these two matches would have meant nothing but we get to finish with everything in our own hands."

Goalkeepers: Andreas Isaksson (PSV Eindhoven), Johan Wiland (FC København).

Defenders: Andreas Granqvist (Genoa CFC), Mikael Lustig (Rosenborg BK), Daniel Majstorovic (Celtic FC), Olof Mellberg (Olympiacos FC), Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich Albion FC), Martin Olsson (Blackburn Rovers FC), Pierre Bengtsson, (FC benhavn).

Midfielders: Emir Bajrami (FC Twente), Rasmus Elm (AZ Alkmaar), Samuel Holmén, (İstanbul BB SK), Kim Källström (Olympique Lyonnais), Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland AFC), Anders Svensson (IF Elfsborg) Ola Toivonen (PSV Eindhoven), Pontus Wernbloom (AZ Alkmaar), Christian Wilhelmsson (Al-Ahli Club).

Forwards: Johan Elmander (Galatasaray AŞ), Tobias Hysén, (IFK Göteborg), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (AC Milan).

Hungary (18 pts)
Sándor Egervári has handed recalls to recovering injured duo Zoltán Gera and Balázs Dzsudzsák for their home encounter against Finland on 11 October. Hungary are bidding to complete their best international qualification campaign this century by sealing second place.

"Gera and Dzsudzsák are both building up their fitness after recent injuries and although they haven't played matches in recent weeks, they have participated in training sessions," said Egervári. "Both are very important to the team and so under the circumstances I decided to call them up. Even if they can't complete 90 minutes their help from the substitutes' bench could be invaluable."

Goalkeepers: Gábor Király (TSV 1860 München), Ádám Bogdán (Bolton Wanderers FC), Norbert Csernyánszki (Paksi SE).

Defenders: Pál Lázár (Samsunspor), József Varga (Debreceni VSC), Zsolt Korcsmár (SK Brann), Roland Juhász (RSC Anderlecht), Vilmos Vanczák (FC Sion), Zoltán Lipták (no club), Péter Halmosi (Szombathelyi Haladás).

Midfielders: Vladimir Koman (UC Sampdoria), György Sándor (Videoton FC), Ákos Elek (Videoton FC), Tamás Hajnal (VfB Stuttgart), Zoltán Gera (West Bromwich Albion FC), Balázs Dzsudzsák (FC Anzi Makhachkala), Krisztián Vadócz (NEC Nijmegen), Péter Czvitkovics (KV Kortrijk).

Forwards: Gergely Rudolf (Panathinaikos FC), Imre Szabics (SK Sturm Graz), Tamás Priskin (Ipswich Town FC).

Finland (9 pts)
Midfielder Markus Heikkinen retired from international football on 26 September, while Perparim Hetemaj is suspended. Finland lost 5-0 in Sweden in June and coach Mixu Paatelainen said: "That cannot happen again. We played positively against Moldova and Netherlands and we aim to carry on from that. However, we are facing two tough challenges."

Goalkeepers: Otto Fredrikson (PFC Spartak Naltchik), Lukas Hradecky (Esbjerg fB).

Defenders: Niklas Moisander (AZ Alkmaar), Petri Pasanen (FC Salzburg)*, Joona Toivio (Djurgårdens IF), Jukka Raitala (CA Osasuna), Markus Halsti (Malmö FF), Veli Lampi (FC Arsenal Kyiv), Kari Arkivuo (BK Häcken), Paulus Arajuuri (Kalmar FF)**.

Midfielders: Tim Sparv (FC Groningen), Mika Väyrynen (Leeds United AFC), Kasper Hämäläinen (Djurgårdens IF), Alexander Ring (HJK Helsinki), Daniel Sjölund (Djurgårdens IF), Mika Ojala (FC Inter Turku), Roman Eremenko (FC Rubin Kazan), Alexei Eremenko Jr (FC Rubin Kazan)*, Riku Riski (Örebro SK).

Forwards: Timo Furuholm (FC Inter Turku), Mikael Forssell (Leeds United AFC), Berat Sadik (HJK Helsinki), Teemu Pukki (FC Schalke 04), Roni Porokara (K. Beerschot AC).

*Withdrawn
**Called up

Moldova (6 pts)
Moldova coach Gavril Balint has recalled Semion Bulgaru to the squad for the first time since last October's defeat at the hands of Friday's opponents, the Netherlands. FC Lokomotiv Moskva midfielder Stanislav Ivanov is fit again to take his place while Artur Ioniţă, Gheorghe Andronic, Serghei Gheorghiev and Anatoli Cheptine will join up with the squad after playing against Russia in 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying. "We will try to finish our qualifying campaign in a decent way," said Balint. "We have to play a disciplined game defensively against the Netherlands and need a win against San Marino."

Goalkeepers: Stanislav Namaşco (PFC Spartak Nalchik), Artiom Gaiduchevici (FC Dacia Chisinau), Mihail Moraru (FC Milsami-Ursidos Orhei).

Defenders: Alexandru Epureanu (FC Dinamo Moskva), Iulian Erhan (FC Zimbru Chisinau), Maxim Potirniche (Academia UTM), Petru Racu (Norrköping), Victor Golovatenco (FC Sibir Novosibirsk), Igor Armaş (FC Kuban Krasnodar), Semion Bulgaru (FC Alania Vladikavkaz).

Midfielders: Igor Ţîgîrlaş (FC Chornomorets Odesa), Alexandru Suvorov (MKS Cracovia Kraków), Eugeniu Cebotaru (FC Ceahlaul Piatra Neamt), Denis Zmeu (FC Vaslui), Stanislav Ivanov (FC Lokomotiv Moskva), Artur Patraș (FC Timişoara), Artur Ioniţă (FC Aarau)¹, Gheorghe Andronic (IFK Värnamo)¹, Anatoli Cheptine (FC Sheriff)¹, Serghei Gheorghiev (FC Sheriff)¹.

Forwards: Igor Bugaev (FC Astana), Anatolie Doroş (FC Astana), Gheorghe Ovseannicov (FC Olimpia Balti), Serghei Alexeev (Kaposvári Rákóczi FC).

¹San Marino game only

San Marino (0 pts)
Defenders Nicola Albani, Alex Della Valle and Federico Nanni return to the squad, along with midfielder Maicol Berretti, after missing the games against the Netherlands and Sweden. Alessandro Bianchi is the only uncapped player in Giampaolo Mazza's 18-man squad as San Marino go in search of their first Group F point at Moldova.

Goalkeepers: Michele Ceccoli (SP Libertas) Aldo Simoncini (AC Cesena).

Defenders: Nicola Albani (S.S. Murata), Simone Bacciocchi (AC Juvenes-Dogana), Giacomo Benedettini (SP Tre Fiori), Alex Della Valle (Sanvitese ACD), Federico Nanni (SP Tre Penne), Damiano Vannucci (SP La Fiorita).

Midfielders: Maicol Berretti (S.S. Pennarossa), Alessandro Bianchi (S.S. Virtus), Fabio Bollini (SP La Fiorita), Matteo Bugli (S.S. Cosmos), Michele Cervellini (AC Juvenes-Dogana), Matteo Coppini (Pol. Campitello), Alex Gasperoni (SP Tre Penne).

Forwards: Paolo Montagna (S.S. Cosmos), Andy Selva (FC Fidene), Matteo Vitaioli (AC San Marino).

Last updated: 06/10/11 14.35CET

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