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Svensson takes Sweden top

Published: Wednesday 11 June 2003, 20.56CET
Sweden 3-0 Poland Anders Svensson scores twice as the hosts move to the summit of Group 4.

Match statistics

SwedenPoland

Goals scored3
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:57 CET

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Published: Wednesday 11 June 2003, 20.56CET

Svensson takes Sweden top

Sweden 3-0 Poland Anders Svensson scores twice as the hosts move to the summit of Group 4.

Anders Svensson has not had the best of seasons following his breakthrough at international level during last summer's FIFA World Cup - but turned on the magic in Stockholm as Sweden defeated Poland 3-0.

Bright start
Sweden, knowing they would go top of UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying Group 4 with a win as previous group leaders Latvia were not playing, started the brighter and immediately pegged the visitors back. Svensson, restored to the starting line-up after being dropped for Saturday's 6-0 win against San Marino, pulled the strings in midfield and was behind most of his side's good work.

Svensson opener
The Southampton FC midfield player was rewarded for his efforts in the 15th minute when he gave Sweden the lead. Fredrik Ljungberg galloped clear on the right and found the on-rushing Svensson, who beat Jerzy Dudek with a low, hard shot.

Allbäck on target
Poland coach Pawel Janas must have hoped that the goal would spark his side into life, but instead the visitors struggled to threaten. Sweden were left to run the game at their will and went further ahead just before half-time. Svensson again was behind the goal as he picked up a Ljungberg pass inside the centre-circle and found Marcus Allbäck, who raced clear and coolly slotted past Dudek.

Sweden in charge
Janas, meanwhile, tried to change things around at half-time and replaced Marcin Baszczynski with Tomasz Klos and the away side upped the pressure in the opening exchanges of the second half.

Lonely Wichniarek
The home side's defence was rarely threatened as Artur Wichniarek, who was playing as a lone striker with Tomasz Dawidowski in support, failed to challenge Olof Mellberg and Andreas Jakobsson in central defence.

Dudek error
Sweden emphasised their dominance with a third goal to effectively end the game as a contest. Svensson scored his second when he curled in a free-kick from the edge of the penalty area that somehow evaded Liverpool FC's Dudek and crossed the line to make the score 3-0.

Top spot
The win saw Sweden move top of Group 4 with eleven points, level with Hungary but with a game in hand. Tommy Söderberg and Lars Lagerbäck's side edged a point ahead of Latvia and established a four-point advantage over Poland, who next travel to Lativa on 6 September, while Sweden are at home to San Marino the same night.

Last updated: 30/03/04 16.59CET

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Lineups

Sweden

Sweden

Poland

Poland

1
IsakssonAndreas Isaksson
1
DudekJerzy Dudek
2
LucicTeddy Lucic
Substitution88
2
SzymkowiakMirosław Szymkowiak
Substitution76
3
MellbergOlof Mellberg
3
StolarczykMaciej Stolarczyk
4
JakobssonAndreas Jakobsson
Yellow Card25
4
BaszczyńskiMarcin Baszczyński
Yellow Card29
Substitution46
5
EdmanErik Edman
5
KosowskiKamil Kosowski
Substitution64
6
MjällbyJohan Mjällby (C)
6
BąkJacek Bąk
7
NilssonMikael Nilsson
7
HajtoTomasz Hajto (C)
8
A. SvenssonAnders Svensson
Goal16
Goal72
8
KrzynówekJacek Krzynówek
9
LjungbergFredrik Ljungberg
Yellow Card64
9
DawidowskiTomasz Dawidowski
Yellow Card24
10
AllbäckMarcus Allbäck
Goal43
10
ZdebelTomasz Zdebel
Yellow Card74
11
JonsonMattias Jonson
Substitution69
11
WichniarekArtur Wichniarek

Substitutes

12
HedmanMagnus Hedman
12
NalepaMaciej Nalepa
14
Michael SvenssonMichael Svensson
Substitution88
16
ZającMarcin Zając
Substitution64
18
SvenssonMagnus Svensson
Substitution69
17
M. BurkhardtMarcin Burkhardt
Substitution76
13
C. AnderssonChristoffer Andersson
20
KłosTomasz Kłos
Substitution46
15
JohanssonAndreas Johansson
13
GłowackiArkadiusz Głowacki
16
KällströmKim Källström
14
ŻewłakowMichał Żewłakow
17
SelakovicStefan Selakovic
15
KuźbaMarcin Kuźba

Coach

Lars Lagerbäck (SWE) Pawel Janas

Referee

Gilles Veissiere (FRA)

Assistant referees

Serge Vallin (FRA), Bruno Faye (FRA)

Fourth official

Philippe Kalt (FRA)

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