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Källström ensures Sweden success

Published: Saturday 2 September 2006, 20.12CET
Latvia 0-1 Sweden Playmaker Kim Källström scored the only goal as the visitors deservedly defeated Latvia in Riga in qualifying Group F.
Källström ensures Sweden success
Sweden's Erik Edman vies for the ball with Latvia's Imants Bleidelis AFP

Match statistics

LatviaSweden

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target12
 
7
Attempts off target5
 
4
Corners5
 
4
Fouls committed7
 
5
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Saturday 2 September 2006, 20.12CET

Källström ensures Sweden success

Latvia 0-1 Sweden Playmaker Kim Källström scored the only goal as the visitors deservedly defeated Latvia in Riga in qualifying Group F.

Sweden got their UEFA EURO 2008™ campaign off to a solid start with a 1-0 victory in Latvia in qualifying Group F. Kim Källström scored the only goal with a fine shot after 38 minutes as Lars Lagerbäck's side avenged their UEFA EURO 2004™ defeat in Stockholm with a deserved win.

Shaaban shines
Lagerbäck welcomed back key players Zlatan Ibrahimović, Fredrik Ljungberg and Olof Mellberg following last month's friendly loss to Germany. However, injury deprived the Swedes of first-choice goalkeeper Andreas Isaakson and his replacement, Rami Shaaban, was one of the star performers early on. He produced excellent stops from long-range efforts from Andrejs Rubins and Andrejs Prohorenkovs as Latvia started the brighter.

Källström strikes
Sweden soon seized the initiative, though, with FC København midfielder Tobias Linderoth orchestrating a sustained spell of dominance. The pressure paid off with Källström's superb strike. The goal came after Aleksandrs Kolinko had saved from Ibrahimović and Johan Elmander saw his follow-up attempt cleared off the line - Källström showing great composure to fire home from just inside the area with his right foot.

Vital win
Sweden continued to look the better side in the second half but chances were at a premium. Although Latvia eventually pressed for an equaliser, the visitors held on for three vital points. They will hope to double that tally on Wednesday when they welcome Liechtenstein. Latvia's next engagement is not until October when they entertain group leaders Iceland.

Last updated: 03/09/06 1.12CET

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Lineups

Latvia

Latvia

Sweden

Sweden

1
KoļinkoAleksandrs Koļinko (GK)
1
ShaabanRami Shaaban (GK)
2
StepanovsIgors Stepanovs
Yellow Card13
2
NilssonMikael Nilsson
3
AstafjevsVitālijs Astafjevs (C)
Yellow Card58
3
MellbergOlof Mellberg
4
ZirnisDzintars Zirnis
Substitution83
4
Pe. HanssonPetter Hansson
5
LaizānsJuris Laizāns
Substitution86
5
EdmanErik Edman
7
SmirnovsMāris Smirnovs
6
LinderothTobias Linderoth
8
BleidelisImants Bleidelis
89
EkdalAlbin Ekdal
9
VerpakovskisMāris Verpakovskis
8
KällströmKim Källström
Goal38
Substitution73
10
RubinsAndrejs Rubins
9
LjungbergFredrik Ljungberg (C)
11
ProhorenkovsAndrejs Prohorenkovs
Substitution57
10
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović
Yellow Card42
17
KļavaOskars Kļava
Yellow Card15
11
ElmanderJohan Elmander
Substitution81

Substitutes

12
VaņinsAndris Vaņins (GK)
12
AlvbageJohn Alvbage (GK)
16
A. VišņakovsAleksejs Višņakovs
Substitution86
17
A. SvenssonAnders Svensson
Substitution73
20
KarlsonsĢirts Karlsons
Substitution83
20
WilhelmssonChristian Wilhelmsson
Substitution81
29
PaharsMarians Pahars
Substitution57
13
StenmanFredrik Stenman
13
GorkšsKaspars Gorkšs
14
K. SvenssonKarl Svensson
22
MorozsViktors Morozs
15
AllbäckMarcus Allbäck
25
KačanovsDeniss Kačanovs
16
AnderssonDaniel Andersson

Coach

Jurijs Andrejevs (LVA) Lars Lagerbäck (SWE)

Referee

Darko Čeferin (SVN)

Assistant referees

Andrej Kokolj (SVN), Milan Kogej (SVN)

Fourth official

Drago Kos (SVN)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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