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Sweden subdue Spanish surge

Published: Saturday 15 November 2003, 16.05CET
Sweden 2-0 Spain Goals from Alexander Farnerud and Kim Kallström put the Scandinavian side in charge.

Match statistics

SwedenSpain

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target2
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0

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Published: Saturday 15 November 2003, 16.05CET

Sweden subdue Spanish surge

Sweden 2-0 Spain Goals from Alexander Farnerud and Kim Kallström put the Scandinavian side in charge.

By Andy Hall in Halmstad

Sweden made full use of home advantage in the first leg of their play-off for the final tournament of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship with a 2-0 victory against Spain in Halmstad.

Two-goal cushion
The result gave the Scandinavian side a valuable lead to protect in the second leg on 19 November at CT Extremadura's Francisco de la Hera stadium in Almendralejo.

Treacherous conditions
The game began at a frenetic pace with both sides enjoying an equal share of possession, but the wet conditions at Halmstads BK's Örjans Vall stadium hampered any efforts in front of goal. The visitors, inspired by Rangers FC midfield player Mikel Arteta, took charge of the game midway through the half, and began to seriously threaten the home side's goal.

Isaksson in action
Despite the pressure, Sweden's solid defence held firm to repel the visitors' attacks, although Jorge Larena's low, skidding shot forced Andreas Isaksson into action. The Swedish goalkeeper was again called upon moments later, blocking Rubén Castro's effort from similar distance as Juan Santisteban’s side threw men forward in search of a breakthrough.

Farnerud strikes
The first period ended goalless, however, and it was the home side who began more positively after half-time. They might have taken the lead within five minutes of the restart, but Jon Jonsson's scrambled close-range effort was ruled out for a foul on Spanish goalkeeper Víctor Valdés. Sweden did take the lead four minutes later, however, with Alexander Farnerud given time and space to give Valdés no chance.

Swedish surge
The goal visibly lifted the home side, and Farnerud might have scored his and Sweden's second two minutes later, only for his first-time left-foot shot to rebound off a post. Spain tried desperately to get back in contention but found it difficult to penetrate a congested Swedish defence, although Asier Del Horno Cosgaya's powerful shot was parried by Isaksson.

Penalty miss
The visitors then had the perfect opportunity to equalise as Swedish defender Mikael Dorsin brought down Castro inside the penalty area, but substitute David Villa Sanchez sent the penalty high over the crossbar.

Kallström conclusive
Spain themselves then escaped at the other end when Johan Elmander's close-range strike hit the crossbar with the goal gaping. Their relief was short-lived, however, as Kim Kallström made the score 2-0 two minutes into added time, slotting past Valdés to put his side in pole position for the return match.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.52CET

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Lineups

Sweden

Sweden

Spain

Spain

1
IsakssonAndreas Isaksson (GK)
1
Víctor ValdésVíctor Valdés (GK)
2
GerrbandPatrik Gerrband
2
Ángel LópezÁngel López
3
DorsinMikael Dorsin
3
Del HornoAsier Del Horno
4
StenmanFredrik Stenman
4
Pablo IbáñezPablo Ibáñez
5
AntonssonMikael Antonsson
5
JarqueDaniel Jarque
8
JönssonJon Jönsson
Yellow Card41
6
ArzuArzu
Yellow Card90+4
9
ElmanderJohan Elmander (C)
7
ValdoValdo
10
FarnerudAlexander Farnerud
Goal55
8
ArtetaMikel Arteta (C)
Substitution82
13
A JohanssonAndreas Johansson
9
RubénCastro Rubén
16
KällströmKim Källström
Goal90+2
10
JorgeLarena Jorge
Substitution69
17
HysénTobias Hysén
Substitution71
11
RieraAlbert Riera
Substitution73

Substitutes

12
AlvbågeJohn Alvbåge (GK)
13
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
14
StefanidisHaralampos Stefanidis
Substitution71
Yellow Card90+4
16
GarcíaMiguel García
Substitution82
6
ÅlanderStefan Ålander
17
AganzoDavid Aganzo
Substitution73
7
IshizakiStefan Ishizaki
18
VillaDavid Villa
Substitution69
11
KarisikEldin Karisik
12
IraolaAndoni Iraola
15
DahlinMarcus Dahlin
14
David GarcíaDavid García
18
HolménSamuel Holmén
15
MelliMelli

Coach

Torbjörn Nilsson (SWE) Juan Santisteban Troyano (ESP)

Referee

Roberto Rosetti (ITA)

Assistant referees

Gabriele Contini (ITA), Alessandro Stagnoli (ITA)

Fourth official

Tiziano Pieri (ITA)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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