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Sensational Austria qualify in Sweden

Published: Tuesday 8 September 2015, 23.01CET
Sweden 1-4 Austria
Austria rubber-stamped their ticket for the finals in France with a clinical display that leaves Sweden down in third in Group G.
by Sujay Dutt
from Friends Arena

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Match statistics

SwedenAustria

Goals scored1
 
4
Possession (%)53
 
47
Total attempts11
 
16
on target6
 
12
off target3
 
2
blocked2
 
2
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners8
 
3
Offsides2
 
4
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed16
 
16
Fouls suffered15
 
16

Standings

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Published: Tuesday 8 September 2015, 23.01CET

Sensational Austria qualify in Sweden

Sweden 1-4 Austria
Austria rubber-stamped their ticket for the finals in France with a clinical display that leaves Sweden down in third in Group G.

  • Austria qualify as Group G winners with resounding victory in Sweden
  • Swedes fall to third place, two points behind Russia and only one ahead of Montenegro
  • Result equals Sweden's biggest competitive home loss
  • Next games: Liechtenstein v Sweden, Montenegro v Austria (9 October)

Austria did more than the necessary to reach UEFA EURO 2016. All they required in Solna was one point but Marcel Koller's pacesetters took all three – and left Sweden in a precarious position in qualifying Group G.

David Alaba has a knack of scoring early penalties against Sweden in qualification. He did so when the sides drew 1–1 in Vienna, and he did it again exactly a year later at the Friends Arena after Kim Källström had tripped Zlatko Junuzovic inside the Swedish penalty area. The ninth-minute breakthrough was the cue for Austria both to qualify and to clinch the group.

In a blistering start to the match, Alaba's Panenka-style penalty was nearly equalised only seconds later by Zlatan Ibrahimović. The Sweden captain curled a free-kick towards the top corner but Robert Almer did well to palm it away.

With Sweden dominating but creating few clear chances, Austria shocked the home crowd once more. Austria skipper Christian Fuchs's long throw was nodded on by Marc Janko, and before any Swedish defender could get to the ball, Martin Harnik sneaked in to head in from close range.

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David Alaba opens the scoring

At 45 minutes the home team were relieved to hear the whistle, because by then they had had Austria threatening again through Marko Arnautovic and Harnik. The first shot on goal of the second period was also Austrian. However, Alaba fired straight at Andreas Isaksson.

Isaksson's counterpart in the Austrian goal, Almer, had not conceded in 513 minutes prior to this match, and he showed why when he somehow got his hands up to Marcus Berg's fierce drive towards the top corner from close range.

Home coach Erik Hamrén added a third forward, bringing on Isaac Kiese Thelin, yet instead of getting one back Sweden conceded again. Fuchs found Alaba who slid a ball into the Swedish box, where Janko escaped the attentions of Andreas Granqvist to make it 3–0.

Alaba on 'dream come true'

As many of the home fans made early exits, Almer once again resisted as a double chance fell to Berg and Emil Forsberg. Behind Almer's goal stood the visiting supporter, singing "Frankreich hier kommen wir" (France, here we come) and they had another goal to celebrate through Harnik.

Zlatan Ibrahimović did pull one back at the very end but it was no consolation to a side now dropping to third in the section, two points behind Russia.

Last updated: 05/06/16 16.27CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2014021/postmatch/report/index.html#austria+qualify+sweden

Lineups

Sweden

Sweden

Austria

Austria

1
IsakssonAndreas Isaksson (GK)
1
AlmerRobert Almer (GK)
3
AntonssonMikael Antonsson
3
DragovićAleksandar Dragović
4
GranqvistAndreas Granqvist
Yellow Card15
5
FuchsChristian Fuchs (C)
5
M. OlssonMartin Olsson
Substitution82
7
ArnautovićMarko Arnautović
Substitution88
6
ForsbergEmil Forsberg
8
AlabaDavid Alaba
Goal9
7
S. LarssonSebastian Larsson
10
JunuzovićZlatko Junuzović
Yellow Card24
Substitution80
8
EkdalAlbin Ekdal
Substitution86
11
HarnikMartin Harnik
Goal38
Goal88
9
KällströmKim Källström
14
BaumgartlingerJulian Baumgartlinger
10
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović (C)
Goal90+1
15
PrödlSebastian Prödl
19
BergMarcus Berg
17
KleinFlorian Klein
22
Erkan ZenginErkan Zengin
Substitution62
21
JankoMarc Janko
Yellow Card30
Goal77
Substitution84

Substitutes

12
NordfeldtKristoffer Nordfeldt (GK)
23
ÖzcanRamazan Özcan (GK)
23
OlsenRobin Olsen (GK)
12
LindnerHeinz Lindner (GK)
2
BengtssonPierre Bengtsson
2
GaricsGyörgy Garics
11
Kiese ThelinIsaac Kiese Thelin
Substitution62
4
MadlMichael Madl
13
MilosevicAleksander Milosevic
6
IlsankerStefan Ilsanker
Substitution84
Yellow Card90+1
14
LewickiOscar Lewicki
9
OkotieRubin Okotie
15
J. OlssonJonas Olsson
13
SuttnerMarkus Suttner
16
WernbloomPontus Wernbloom
16
WimmerKevin Wimmer
17
WendtOscar Wendt
18
Yasin PehlivanYasin Pehlivan
18
KhaliliAbdullah Khalili
Substitution86
19
HinterseerLukas Hinterseer
20
ToivonenOla Toivonen
20
SabitzerMarcel Sabitzer
Substitution80
21
DurmazJimmy Durmaz
Substitution82
22
JantscherJakob Jantscher
Substitution88

Coach

Erik Hamrén (SWE) Marcel Koller (SUI)

Referee

Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)

Assistant referees

Roberto Alonso (ESP), Juan Yuste (ESP)

Fourth official

Marcos Alvarez Moreno (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

Javier Estrada (ESP), Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution