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Runners-up Sweden beat Netherlands to qualify

Published: Tuesday 11 October 2011, 22.11CET
Sweden 3-2 Netherlands
Sweden ensured qualification as best runners-up and in doing so denied the Netherlands a perfect campaign as Group E winners.
by Sujay Dutt
from Råsundastadion
Runners-up Sweden beat Netherlands to qualify
Kim Källström enjoys his opener ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SwedenNetherlands

Goals scored3
 
2
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts10
 
12
Attempts on target6
 
7
Attempts off target4
 
3
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners2
 
13
Offsides0
 
0
Yellow cards0
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed16
 
13
Fouls suffered11
 
16

Standings

Last updated: 13/02/2013 10:53 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 11 October 2011, 22.11CET

Runners-up Sweden beat Netherlands to qualify

Sweden 3-2 Netherlands
Sweden ensured qualification as best runners-up and in doing so denied the Netherlands a perfect campaign as Group E winners.

Sweden have qualified for UEFA EURO 2012 as best runners-up and in doing so denied the Netherlands a perfect campaign as Group E winners.

Sweden, knowing a win would ensure their finals place despite not being able to catch their visitors at the summit, led early through Kim Källström before Klaas-Jan Huntelaar levelled swiftly with his tournament-leading 12th goal. Five minutes after the restart, Dirk Kuyt put the Netherlands ahead, but Sebastian Larsson and Ola Toivonen turned the game in Sweden's favour almost instantly to ensure they will join the 1988 champions in the 2 December finals draw.

Expectations were high among the sell-out Råsundastadion crowd and Källström brought early cheer thanks to a superbly struck free-kick on 14 minutes, the Olympique Lyonnais midfielder curling the ball past Michel Vorm after Johan Elmander had been fouled just outside the area. Buoyed by nine wins from their nine previous qualifiers, the Netherlands promptly redoubled their efforts and they drew level when left-back Erik Pieters found space to send in a deep cross, which Huntelaar rose highest to head in.

The scoreline remained the same until a frenetic four-minute spell after the interval, started by Kuyt nodding beyond Andreas Isaksson after the Sweden No1 had parried Robin van Persie's initial effort. Unperturbed, Sweden delivered an immediate response, Larsson burying a low penalty awarded for Joris Mathijsen's handball. Toivonen then put the hosts back in front a minute later, the PSV Eindhoven forward powering in the winner as the Oranje defence failed to deal with Elmander's marauding run.

Another Netherlands-based Swede, AZ Alkmaar's Rasmus Elm, nearly made it 4-2 with four minutes remaining, but Vorm was equal to his audacious lob. The attempt brought gasps of appreciation from the Råsundastadion faithful, and they were soon back on their feet to celebrate qualification at the final whistle.

Last updated: 12/10/11 0.51CET

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Lineups

Sweden

Sweden

Netherlands

Netherlands

1
IsakssonAndreas Isaksson (GK)
1
VormMichel Vorm (GK)
2
LustigMikael Lustig
2
Van der WielGregory van der Wiel
3
MellbergOlof Mellberg
3
BrumaJeffrey Bruma
4
MajstorovicDaniel Majstorovic
4
MathijsenJoris Mathijsen
5
M. OlssonMartin Olsson
5
PietersErik Pieters
7
S. LarssonSebastian Larsson
Goal52
6
Van BommelMark van Bommel (C)
8
A. SvenssonAnders Svensson (C)
7
Van PersieRobin van Persie
9
KällströmKim Källström
Goal14
8
StrootmanKevin Strootman
Substitution81
11
ElmanderJohan Elmander
9
HuntelaarKlaas-Jan Huntelaar
Goal23
20
ToivonenOla Toivonen
Goal53
Substitution74
10
Van der VaartRafael van der Vaart
Yellow Card90+3
22
ElmRasmus Elm
11
KuytDirk Kuyt
Goal50
Substitution73

Substitutes

12
WilandJohan Wiland (GK)
16
KrulTim Krul (GK)
6
BajramiEmir Bajrami
12
BoulahrouzKhalid Boulahrouz
13
GranqvistAndreas Granqvist
13
BraafheidEdson Braafheid
14
HysénTobias Hysén
14
N. De JongNigel de Jong
16
WernbloomPontus Wernbloom
Substitution74
15
SchaarsStijn Schaars
17
BengtssonPierre Bengtsson
17
EliaEljero Elia
Substitution73
18
HolménSamuel Holmén
18
L. de JongLuuk de Jong
Substitution81

Coach

Erik Hamrén (SWE) Bert van Marwijk (NED)

Referee

Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)

Assistant referees

Bahattin Duran (TUR), Tarik Ongun (TUR)

Fourth official

Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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