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Sweden see off Montenegro with first-half flurry

Published: Sunday 14 June 2015, 23.15CET
Sweden 3-1 Montenegro
Marcus Berg scored the opener and Zlatan Ibrahimović struck twice as the hosts maintained their push thanks to a trio of first-half goals.
by Sujay Dutt
from Friends Arena

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Match statistics

SwedenMontenegro

Goals scored3
 
1
Possession (%)53
 
47
Total attempts13
 
17
on target6
 
6
off target5
 
6
blocked2
 
5
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners5
 
6
Offsides2
 
4
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed21
 
23
Fouls suffered22
 
20

Standings

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Published: Sunday 14 June 2015, 23.15CET

Sweden see off Montenegro with first-half flurry

Sweden 3-1 Montenegro
Marcus Berg scored the opener and Zlatan Ibrahimović struck twice as the hosts maintained their push thanks to a trio of first-half goals.

Sweden race into a commanding lead with three goals close to the interval
Marcus Berg leads the way with a 38th-minute opener
Zlatan Ibrahimović weighs in with his 55th and 56th international efforts
Dejan Damjanović pulls one back for Montenegro from the penalty spot
Next qualifiers: Russia v Sweden, Montenegro v Liechtenstein (5 September)

Sweden maintained their bid for a UEFA EURO 2016 berth with a comfortable victory against Montenegro, overpowering their visitors thanks to a trio of strikes late in the first half.

Held 1-1 by their opponents in November, Sweden suffered some early scares but took control via Marcus Berg on 37 minutes. Berg's strike partner Zlatan Ibrahimović then took centre stage, rattling in two goals in five minutes to leave the second-placed side in Group G well on course. Dejan Damjanović replied with a penalty after the break, but Montenegro could not muster a comeback.

Sweden won a pair of corners in the opening two minutes, but it was the visitors who attacked with more venom in the early stages. Indeed, right-back Žarko Tomašević went tantalisingly close when he applied a flicked touch to a corner. His finish sailed just wide of Andreas Isaksson's post.

Midway through the first half chances began emerging at both ends. On 29 minutes, Ibrahimović tried his luck with a volley following a sweeping Kim Källström cross, but Montenegro goalkeeper Vukašin Poleksić did well to palm the attempt away.

Sweden were finding their rhythm, however, and they got their first goal eight minutes before the interval. Albin Ekdal's cross from the right was met expertly by Berg, and the forward took advantage of hesitant defending to break the deadlock. The Blågult were not done there either.

Two minutes after the opener, Ibrahimović held off two defenders, made space for his right foot and struck low into the corner. The Sweden captain then added his second – and his 56th for his country overall – before the break. Sebastian Larsson crossed and the Paris Saint-Germain player controlled with his chest and ran free on goal, leaving Poleksić with no chance.

If a 3-0 scoreline at half-time looked more or less safe, the visitors had other plans. Damjanović and Tomašević both tested Isaksson from distance, and the former eventually scored from the spot after Erik Johansson brought down Stefan Mugoša. Isaksson then did well to deny Fatos Bećiraj as Sweden held their rivals at bay.

Last updated: 16/06/15 0.03CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2013969/postmatch/report/index.html#sweden+montenegro

Lineups

Sweden

Sweden

Montenegro

Montenegro

1
IsakssonAndreas Isaksson (GK)
1
PoleksićVukašin Poleksić (GK) (C)
2
BengtssonPierre Bengtsson
4
N. VukčevićNikola Vukčević
Yellow Card88
3
E. JohanssonErik Johansson
6
TomaševićŽarko Tomašević
Yellow Card54
7
S. LarssonSebastian Larsson
9
MugošaStefan Mugoša
8
EkdalAlbin Ekdal
Yellow Card80
10
DamjanovićDejan Damjanović
Goal64
9
KällströmKim Källström
Yellow Card67
Substitution72
11
BećirajFatos Bećiraj
10
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović (C)
Goal40
Goal44
Substitution90
15
SavićStefan Savić
15
MilosevicAleksander Milosevic
16
KašćelanMladen Kašćelan
Substitution46
17
WendtOscar Wendt
17
ZverotićElsad Zverotić
Substitution58
19
BergMarcus Berg
Goal37
19
MarušićAdam Marušić
22
Erkan ZenginErkan Zengin
Substitution64
22
SimićMarko Simić
Yellow Card48
Substitution74

Substitutes

23
OlsenRobin Olsen (GK)
13
JanjuševićIvan Janjušević (GK)
12
NordfeldtKristoffer Nordfeldt (GK)
12
M. BožovićMladen Božović (GK)
4
NilssonPer Nilsson
2
BalićSaša Balić
Substitution74
5
AugustinssonLudwig Augustinsson
3
SaveljichEsteban Saveljich
Substitution58
6
ForsbergEmil Forsberg
Substitution64
8
G. VujovićGoran Vujović
13
TinnerholmAnton Tinnerholm
14
GrbićPetar Grbić
14
J. OlssonJonas Olsson
18
BoljevićVladimir Boljević
Substitution46
Yellow Card55
16
WernbloomPontus Wernbloom
Substitution72
20
NikolićNemanja Nikolić
18
RohdénMarcus Rohdén
21
M. VukčevićMarko Vukčević
20
ToivonenOla Toivonen
Substitution90
23
BakićMarko Bakić
21
DurmazJimmy Durmaz

Coach

Erik Hamrén (SWE) Branko Brnović (MNE)

Referee

Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)

Assistant referees

Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR), Orkun Aktaş (TUR)

Fourth official

Serkan Ok (TUR)

Additional assistant referees

Barış Şimşek (TUR), Hakan Ceylan (TUR)

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