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Victory in vain as Sweden face the play-offs

Published: Monday 12 October 2015, 20.05CET
Sweden 2-0 Moldova
Zlatan Ibrahimović made it eight goals in eight qualifiers, but victory elsewhere for Russia means Sweden must come through the play-offs.
by Sujay Dutt
from Friends Arena

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Match statistics

SwedenMoldova

Goals scored2
 
0
Possession (%)59
 
41
Total attempts12
 
2
on target4
 
0
off target6
 
1
blocked2
 
1
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners7
 
3
Offsides1
 
5
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed11
 
3
Fouls suffered3
 
11

Standings

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Pts: Points   
Last updated: 17/11/2017 10:10 CET
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Published: Monday 12 October 2015, 20.05CET

Victory in vain as Sweden face the play-offs

Sweden 2-0 Moldova
Zlatan Ibrahimović made it eight goals in eight qualifiers, but victory elsewhere for Russia means Sweden must come through the play-offs.

  • Sweden win but Russia's victory over Montenegro means they finish third in Group G
  • Sweden will take their place in Sunday's play-off draw, with ties next month
  • Zlatan Ibrahimović scores his eighth goal in as many qualifiers
  • Erkan Zengin nets third Sweden goal a year to the day after his second
  • Moldova end with two points, their worst EURO qualifying campaign

Sweden signed off from Group G with a comfortable victory over Moldova, but Russia's triumph over Montenegro means Erik Hamrén's team must now go through next month's UEFA EURO 2016 play-offs.

As usual, captain Zlatan Ibrahimović led from the front and opened the scoring for Sweden, his well-taken 23rd-minute effort maintaining his goal-a-game qualifying record. The Paris man would play a part in the second, too, forcing a hurried clearance that John Guidetti capitalised on, rolling the ball into the path of Erkan Zengin to make it 2-0.

The only problem was that, by then, second-placed Russia's advantage was identical. Hamrén opted to substitute Ibrahimović and Kim Källström, with both veterans a booking away from a suspension that would rule them out of the first leg of the play-off in November.

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Guidetti shone on his first Sweden start

Guidetti will hope to feature in that tie after impressing on his first senior start for Sweden in familiar surroundings at the Friends Arena. He was a threat throughout, impudently teeing himself up for a half-volley inside 30 seconds to roars of approval from the 25,351 crowd. Three minutes later he hit the post from Martin Olsson's cross.

Ibrahimović also went close before breaking the deadlock, chesting down Mikael Lustig's long pass and wrong-footing goalkeeper Ilie Cebanu with a dummy before rolling the ball in from close range. Two minutes after the interval it was 2-0 as Cebanu, under pressure from Ibrahimović, cleared to Guidetti and Zengin floated the ball into the abandoned goal.

The three points were never in doubt for Sweden but Russia's win meant it mattered not. So on to next month's play-offs for the third-placed Scandinavians.

Guidetti and Sweden's Under-21 triumph last summer

Last updated: 14/10/15 0.04CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2014064/postmatch/report/index.html#sweden+vain

Lineups

Sweden

Sweden

Moldova

Moldova

1
IsakssonAndreas Isaksson (GK)
1
CebanuIlie Cebanu (GK)
2
LustigMikael Lustig
Substitution83
4
ErhanIulian Erhan
Substitution63
3
AntonssonMikael Antonsson
5
GolovatencoVictor Golovatenco
4
GranqvistAndreas Granqvist
6
I. JardanIon Jardan
Substitution80
5
M. OlssonMartin Olsson
7
CebotaruEugeniu Cebotaru (C)
6
LewickiOscar Lewicki
9
BordianVitalie Bordian
7
S. LarssonSebastian Larsson
16
BurghiuŞtefan Burghiu
9
KällströmKim Källström
Substitution57
18
PatraşArtur Patraş
Substitution61
10
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović (C)
Goal23
Substitution57
19
IstratiSerghei Istrati
15
GuidettiJohn Guidetti
20
VremeaAlexandru Vremea
22
Erkan ZenginErkan Zengin
Goal47
21
PotîrnicheMaxim Potîrniche

Substitutes

12
NordfeldtKristoffer Nordfeldt (GK)
23
KoşelevAlexei Koşelev (GK)
23
OlsenRobin Olsen (GK)
12
CalanceaNicolae Calancea (GK)
8
EkdalAlbin Ekdal
2
ArmaşIgor Armaş
Substitution63
11
Kiese ThelinIsaac Kiese Thelin
10
A. AntoniucAlexandru Antoniuc
Substitution61
13
HelanderFilip Helander
11
MilinceanuNicolae Milinceanu
14
TinnerholmAnton Tinnerholm
Substitution83
14
SpătaruDan Spătaru
Substitution80
16
WernbloomPontus Wernbloom
15
AmbrosVladimir Ambros
17
BengtssonPierre Bengtsson
17
OnicaAlexandru Onica
18
KhaliliAbdullah Khalili
22
CarpCătălin Carp
19
SvenssonGustav Svensson
Substitution57
20
ToivonenOla Toivonen
Substitution57

Coach

Erik Hamrén (SWE) Ștefan Stoica (MDA)

Referee

Luca Banti (ITA)

Assistant referees

Alessandro Giallatini (ITA), Filippo Meli (ITA)

Fourth official

Gianluca Vuoto (ITA)

Additional assistant referees

Davide Massa (ITA), Daniele Doveri (ITA)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution