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Sweden success throws Russia a lifeline

Published: Saturday 5 September 2015, 20.45CET
Russia 1-0 Sweden
Artem Dzyuba's first-half strike helped the hosts back into Group G contention as Leonid Slutski enjoyed a winning start at the Russia helm.
by Richard van Poortvliet
from Otkrytie Arena

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Match statistics

RussiaSweden

Goals scored1
 
0
Possession (%)52
 
48
Total attempts13
 
12
on target5
 
6
off target4
 
3
blocked4
 
3
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners4
 
3
Offsides5
 
6
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed16
 
13
Fouls suffered12
 
14

Standings

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Published: Saturday 5 September 2015, 20.45CET

Sweden success throws Russia a lifeline

Russia 1-0 Sweden
Artem Dzyuba's first-half strike helped the hosts back into Group G contention as Leonid Slutski enjoyed a winning start at the Russia helm.

  • Artem Dzyuba makes difference with his third goal in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying
  • Leonid Slutski celebrates winning start in his first outing as Russia coach
  • Hosts move within a point of second-placed Sweden in Group G
  • Zlatan Ibrahimović withdrawn at half-time with suspected injury
  • Next games: Liechtenstein v Russia, Sweden v Austria (8 September)

Artem Dzyuba struck the only goal as Russia made a winning start under new coach Leonid Slutski, edging qualifying Group G rivals Sweden to boost their hopes of an automatic place at UEFA EURO 2016.

A capacity crowd at the Otkrytie Arena came hoping to see improvements from the home side in their first match since Fabio Capello departed in July, and they were not disappointed.

Needing victory to maintain their chances of a top-two finish, Russia triumphed courtesy of a well-worked effort on 38 minutes, Zenit forward Dzyuba getting the final touch.

Recalled into the starting lineup by Slutski, Dzyuba proved a handful right from the start with some fine link-up play. His team-mates proved unable to provide the necessary finish, yet it was a different story when the 27-year-old found himself on the end of a move as half-time approached.

Igor Smolnikov and Roman Shirokov combined brilliantly down the right, and Smolnikov slotted a pass across to his Zenit colleague to beat Andreas Isaksson via a post.

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Zlatan Ibrahimović shows his frustration

Sweden coach Erik Hamrén sprung a surprise at the break when he took off Zlatan Ibrahimović, who looked to be carrying a slight injury, and that left Ola Toivonen in charge of leading the Blågult line.

The 29-year-old had found the net when these teams drew 1-1 in Solna last October, though it was Emil Forsberg who enjoyed Sweden's first real chance. Stinging the palms of Igor Akinfeev with a fierce drive, Forsberg could only hit the side netting from the rebound.

The visitors continued pressing for an equaliser as Russia began to tire, but Slutski's side – backed by a vociferous crowd – managed to hold on for a hard-fought win and move to within a point of the Swedes, who remain second.

Last updated: 06/06/16 13.33CET

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Lineups

Russia

Russia

Sweden

Sweden

1
AkinfeevIgor Akinfeev (GK)
1
IsakssonAndreas Isaksson (GK)
4
IgnashevichSergei Ignashevich
2
BengtssonPierre Bengtsson
Substitution60
7
DenisovIgor Denisov
3
AntonssonMikael Antonsson
9
KokorinAleksandr Kokorin
4
GranqvistAndreas Granqvist
10
DzagoevAlan Dzagoev
Yellow Card34
5
M. OlssonMartin Olsson
14
V. BerezutskiVasili Berezutski
6
ForsbergEmil Forsberg
Yellow Card90
15
ShirokovRoman Shirokov (C)
Substitution83
7
S. LarssonSebastian Larsson
17
ShatovOleg Shatov
8
EkdalAlbin Ekdal
Substitution82
18
ZhirkovYuri Zhirkov
Substitution71
10
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović (C)
Substitution46
19
SmolnikovIgor Smolnikov
16
WernbloomPontus Wernbloom
Yellow Card52
22
DzyubaArtem Dzyuba
Goal38
Substitution79
21
DurmazJimmy Durmaz

Substitutes

16
RebrovArtem Rebrov (GK)
23
OlsenRobin Olsen (GK)
12
LodyginYuri Lodygin (GK)
12
NordfeldtKristoffer Nordfeldt (GK)
2
KuzminOleg Kuzmin
Substitution71
Yellow Card82
9
LewickiOscar Lewicki
3
GazinskiYuri Gazinski
11
Kiese ThelinIsaac Kiese Thelin
Substitution82
5
MamaevPavel Mamaev
13
MilosevicAleksander Milosevic
6
A. BerezutskiAleksei Berezutski
Substitution83
14
TinnerholmAnton Tinnerholm
8
GlushakovDenis Glushakov
15
E. JohanssonErik Johansson
11
CheryshevDenis Cheryshev
17
WendtOscar Wendt
13
ErokhinAleksandr Erokhin
18
KhaliliAbdullah Khalili
20
SmolovFedor Smolov
19
BergMarcus Berg
Substitution60
21
IonovAleksei Ionov
Substitution79
20
ToivonenOla Toivonen
Substitution46
23
D. KombarovDmitri Kombarov
22
Erkan ZenginErkan Zengin

Coach

Leonid Slutski (RUS) Erik Hamrén (SWE)

Referee

Mark Clattenburg (ENG)

Assistant referees

Simon Beck (ENG), Stuart Burt (ENG)

Fourth official

Gary Beswick (ENG)

Additional assistant referees

Anthony Taylor (ENG), Craig Pawson (ENG)

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