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Allbäck secures Sweden success

Published: Thursday 3 April 2003, 0.58CET
Hungary 1-2 Sweden Two Marcus Allbäck goals give Sweden a deserved triumph in Budapest.

Match statistics

HungarySweden

Goals scored1
 
2
Yellow cards1
 
5
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 3 April 2003, 0.58CET

Allbäck secures Sweden success

Hungary 1-2 Sweden Two Marcus Allbäck goals give Sweden a deserved triumph in Budapest.

A controlled and disciplined performance gave Sweden an important win against Hungary at the Ferénc Puskas stadium in Budapest in UEFA EURO 2004™ Group 4.

First win
Two Marcus Allbäck goals gave Sweden their first victory in their third qualifying game, and moved Tommy Söderberg and Lars Lagerbäcks's side level with their opponents on five points.

Larsson returns
In a tight opening to the game, neither side were able to create a clear chance in the first 20 minutes, with both teams seeking to play long balls over the top of the opposing defence with little success. Henrik Larsson, who reversed his decision to retire from international football to play in the game, curled a 35-metre free-kick just wide before Anders Svensson tested Gábor Kiraly with another free-kick from similar range.

Kenesei goes close
However, urged on by a noisy 28,000 capacity crowd, Hungary came back into the game, and came close to taking the lead on the half-hour mark. Krisztián Kenesei's free-kick curled away from Sweden goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson, but hit the right-hand post and bounced agonisingly along the line and away to safety.

Allbäck on the spot
Buoyed by that escape, Sweden opened the scoring five minutes later, as Erik Edman's right-wing corner was met by a powerful header from Olof Mellberg, which Kiraly blocked. However, the rebound fell to Allbäck, who made no mistake with a low shot.

Near miss
The goal seemed to temporarily unnerve Hungary, although Attila Tököli, who was their liveliest player in the opening period, beat Michael Svensson and rounded Isaksson but lost control as he was forced wide and the chance was gone.

Strong start
Hungary began the second half strongly, and pressed the away side back in the opening ten minutes although they were again unable to find a way through. Allbäck nearly made them pay again after 56 minutes, bursting clear on to Anders Svensson's pass and steering his shot past Kiraly, only to see the ball hit the post and rebound back into the arms of the grateful goalkeeper.

Long-range equaliser
The chance led to a period of end-to-end football, before Hungary drew level after 65 minutes, as a high ball fell to Krisztián Lisztes, and his low, first-time shot from 30 metres beat Isaksson and nestled in the corner of the net.

Instant response
The goal sparked jubilant scenes, but the celebrations were cut short barely a minute later as Larsson's flick set Allbäck clear again, and the striker kept his composure to beat Kiraly with a tidy finish to restore his side's lead.

Crucial save
Hungary refused to give up, however, and Zsolt Löw forced Isaksson into a spectacular tip over the crossbar, but Sweden held firm in the closing stages and never looked like letting their slender advantage slip. 

Last updated: 03/04/03 12.07CET

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Lineups

Hungary

Hungary

Sweden

Sweden

1
KirályGábor Király (C)
1
IsakssonAndreas Isaksson
2
FehérCsaba Fehér
2
LucicTeddy Lucic
3
DragónerAttila Dragóner
3
MellbergOlof Mellberg
4
LöwZsolt Löw
4
Michael SvenssonMichael Svensson
Yellow Card68
5
JuhárTamás Juhár
5
EdmanErik Edman
6
UrbánFlórián Urbán
Substitution60
6
MjällbyJohan Mjällby
Yellow Card41
7
TököliAttila Tököli
Substitution67
7
Andreas AnderssonAndreas Andersson
8
DárdaiPál Dárdai
8
A. SvenssonAnders Svensson
Yellow Card52
Substitution59
9
KeneseiKrisztián Kenesei
9
LjungbergFredrik Ljungberg
Yellow Card90+2
10
LisztesKrisztián Lisztes
Goal64
10
AllbäckMarcus Allbäck
Goal33
Goal66
Substitution90+2
11
LipcseiPéter Lipcsei
Substitution79
11
LarssonHenrik Larsson

Substitutes

12
BabosGábor Babos
12
KihlstedtMagnus Kihlstedt
13
BodnárLászló Bodnár
Substitution60
15
JonsonMattias Jonson
Substitution90+2
14
SebökJózsef Sebök
Substitution67
Yellow Card74
16
KällströmKim Källström
Substitution59
Yellow Card90+1
18
BöőrZoltán Böőr
Substitution79
13
JakobssonAndreas Jakobsson
15
FüziÁkos Füzi
14
Anders AnderssonAnders Andersson
16
MiriutaVasile Miriuta
17
LantzMarcus Lantz
17
BódogTamás Bódog
18
NilssonMikael Nilsson

Coach

Imre Gellei (HUN) Tommy Söderberg (SWE)

Referee

Lucilio Cardoso Cortez Batista (POR)

Assistant referees

Paulo Jorge Januario Leite Ribeiro (POR), Jose Cardinal (POR)

Fourth official

Bruno Paixão (POR)

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