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San Marino look to buck Sweden trend

Published: Saturday 4 September 2010, 19.15CET
San Marino will look to change the course of history when they meet Sweden in Group E of qualifying having lost 6-0 and 5-0 in their two previous encounters.
San Marino look to buck Sweden trend
Sweden and San Marino met twice in UEFA EURO 2004 qualifying ©Getty Images

Tournament statistics

SwedenSan Marino

Goals scored31
 
0
Total attempts170
 
39
Attempts on target77
 
11
Attempts off target79
 
23
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork1
 
0
Corners64
 
8
Offsides24
 
19
Yellow cards12
 
30
Red Cards1
 
2
Fouls committed122
 
146
Fouls suffered118
 
123
 
Published: Saturday 4 September 2010, 19.15CET

San Marino look to buck Sweden trend

San Marino will look to change the course of history when they meet Sweden in Group E of qualifying having lost 6-0 and 5-0 in their two previous encounters.

Sweden are gearing up to face San Marino for the third time and will be hoping for another emphatic result in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group E.

Team news
•  Two Pontus Wernbloom goals – his first at this level – ensured Sweden of a 2-0 win against Hungary in Solna. However, goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson suffered a groin injury and is out against San Marino, meaning a call for Daniel Örlund. Midfielder Anders Svensson hurt his thigh and is rated doubtful. Albin Ekdal has been called up as cover but Johan Elmander is fine despite a knock to the head on Friday.

Sweden squad
Goalkeepers:
Daniel Örlund (Rosenborg BK), Johan Wiland (FC København)
Defenders: Andreas Granqvist (FC Groningen), Mikael Lustig (Rosenborg BK), Daniel Majstorovic (Celtic FC), Olof Mellberg (Olympiacos FC), Behrang Safari (FC Basel 1893), Oscar Wendt (FC København)
Midfielders: Emir Bajrami (FC Twente), Kim Källström (Olympique Lyonnais), Sebastian Larsson (Birmingham City FC), Anders Svensson (IF Elfsborg), Pontus Wernbloom (AZ Alkmaar), Christian Wilhelmsson (Al-Hilal), Albin Ekdal (Bologna FC)
Forwards: Marcus Berg (PSV Eindhoven), Johan Elmander (Bolton Wanderers FC), Tobias Hysén (IFK Göteborg), Zlatan Ibrahimović (AC Milan), Ola Toivonen (PSV Eindhoven)

•  San Marino suffered a 5-0 home defeat by the Netherlands, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scoring a hat-trick.

San Marino squad
Goalkeepers: Michele Ceccoli (AC Libertas), Aldo Simoncini (AC Bellaria Igea Marina)
Defenders: Simone Bacciocchi (AC Juvenes/Dogana), Maicol Berretti (S.S. Pennarossa), Nicola Chiaruzzi (SP Tre Penne), Alessandro Della Valle (Sanvitese ACD), Davide Simoncini (Santa Giustina S. Vito), Carlo Valentini (Sammaurese AC), Fabio Vitaioli (Sammaurese AC)
Midfielders: Giovanni Bonini (Fontanelle PD), Matteo Bugli (S.S. Cosmos), Alex Gasperoni (SP Tre Penne), Pier Filippo Mazza (ASD Sant'Ermete), Damiano Vannucci (AC Juvenes/Dogana)
Forwards: Nicola Ciacci (S.S. Pennarossa), Manuel Marani (ASD Riccione), Andy Selva (Hellas-Verona FC), Matteo Vitaioli (S.S. Fiorentino)

Match background
• Sweden's record in two matches against San Marino reads W2 D0 L0 (W1 D0 L0 at home).

• The teams met twice in the space of three months during qualifying for UEFA EURO 2004, with Sweden running out 6-0 winners in the first encounter in Serravalle on 7 June 2003. Mattias Jonson helped himself to a hat-trick, while Marcus Allbäck scored twice and Fredrik Ljungberg also hit the target.

• Jonson struck again in the return fixture in Gothenburg on 6 September, opening the scoring in the first half before Zlatan Ibrahimović (2), Andreas Jakobsson and Kim Källström earned Sweden a 5-0 triumph.

Last updated: 05/09/10 20.29CET

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