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Lafferty leveller makes Sweden wait

Published: Thursday 18 October 2007, 0.19CET
Sweden 1-1 Northern Ireland
Kyle Lafferty's timely equaliser prevented the home side in Solna from booking their ticket to the finals.
Lafferty leveller makes Sweden wait
Gareth McAuley gets between Sweden's Johan Elmander (left) and Zlatan Ibrahimović ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SwedenNorthern Ireland

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target3
 
4
Attempts off target6
 
7
Corners4
 
3
Fouls committed15
 
18
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 18 October 2007, 0.19CET

Lafferty leveller makes Sweden wait

Sweden 1-1 Northern Ireland
Kyle Lafferty's timely equaliser prevented the home side in Solna from booking their ticket to the finals.

Kyle Lafferty's timely equaliser gave Northern Ireland a deserved draw in Sweden and prevented the home side from booking their place at UEFA EURO 2008™.

Sweden denied
Defeats in Latvia and Iceland last month had ended Northern Ireland's run at the top of Group F which had begun when they beat Sweden 2-1 in March. Sweden therefore knew a victory would lift them out of the reach of their visitors with two games left and into their fifth consecutive major finals – but Olof Mellberg's early header was cancelled out 18 minutes from time.

Breakthrough
The match was only 15 minutes old when the Sweden breakthrough came. Tobias Linderoth's free-kick was flicked on by Kim Källström and defender Mellberg leapt to turn the ball in at the far post. Sweden now gathered momentum and Anders Svensson headed over before Zlatan Ibrahimović made Maik Taylor save. David Healy, the leading scorer in qualifying, had been subdued but on the half-hour his overhead kick went not far above the bar. Christian Wilhelmsson was forced off by injury just before half-time and replaced by Mikael Nilsson.

Equaliser
In the second period Northern Ireland started to dictate play. Lafferty, George McCartney and Steven Davis all threatened in the first three minutes and Chris Brunt's strong shot from outside the area grazed the crossbar. It was Lafferty who eventually levelled the scores as he picked up a long ball, cut into the box by beating two defenders and curled a superb effort beyond Andreas Isaksson.

November deciders
Källström's late free-kick struck the crossbar and Healy prompted a late save from Isaksson, so leaders Sweden still need a point from next month's trip to Spain or the subsequent visit of Latvia. Northern Ireland will hope Sweden do not lose the first of those fixtures, against second-placed Spain, and must themselves collect maximum points against Denmark and in Spain.

Last updated: 18/10/07 0.36CET

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Lineups

Sweden

Sweden

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

1
IsakssonAndreas Isaksson (GK)
1
TaylorMaik Taylor (GK)
2
ConchaMatias Concha
Yellow Card45+2
2
McAuleyGareth McAuley
3
MellbergOlof Mellberg
Goal15
18
HughesAaron Hughes (C)
4
Pe. HanssonPetter Hansson
Yellow Card82
3
McCartneyGeorge McCartney
Substitution87
5
EdmanErik Edman
5
CraiganStephen Craigan
6
LinderothTobias Linderoth (C)
8
DavisSteven Davis
8
A. SvenssonAnders Svensson
6
ClinganSammy Clingan
7
WilhelmssonChristian Wilhelmsson
Substitution45
11
BruntChris Brunt
16
KällströmKim Källström
Substitution85
9
HealyDavid Healy
10
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović
7
SprouleIvan Sproule
11
ElmanderJohan Elmander
Substitution73
10
K. LaffertyKyle Lafferty
Yellow Card19
Goal72

Substitutes

12
ShaabanRami Shaaban (GK)
12
MannusAlan Mannus (GK)
13
NilssonMikael Nilsson
Substitution45
4
McCannGrant McCann
14
MajstorovicDaniel Majstorovic
13
WebbSean Webb
15
JohanssonAndreas Johansson
Substitution85
14
JonesStephen Jones
17
AllbäckMarcus Allbäck
Substitution73
15
CapaldiTony Capaldi
Substitution87
18
RosenbergMarkus Rosenberg
16
RobinsonStephen Robinson
9
LjungbergFredrik Ljungberg
17
HamiltonGary Hamilton

Coach

Lars Lagerbäck (SWE) Nigel Worthington (NIR)

Referee

Bertrand Layec (FRA)

Assistant referees

Christian Thoison (FRA), Eric Dansault (FRA)

Fourth official

Fredy Fautrel (FRA)

Legend:

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