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Sweden leave it late for victory

Published: Friday 4 September 2009, 2.45CET
Montenegro 0-2 Sweden
Two late goals ensured the 2009 UEFA European U21 Championship hosts began their 2011 qualifying campaign with a victory in Group 6.
by Aleksandar Radovic
Sweden leave it late for victory
Sweden hosted the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship ©UEFA.com
Published: Friday 4 September 2009, 2.45CET

Sweden leave it late for victory

Montenegro 0-2 Sweden
Two late goals ensured the 2009 UEFA European U21 Championship hosts began their 2011 qualifying campaign with a victory in Group 6.

Two goals in the closing six minutes ensured that 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship hosts and semi-finalists Sweden began their campaign for the 2011 tournament with victory in Montenegro.

Long wait
Sweden's hopes of home success were dashed by England little more than two months ago, but they were quickly back to winning ways in Podgorica as they turned their attentions to reaching Denmark in two years' time. Despite their dominance on Friday evening, the visitors had to wait until the 84th minute to take the lead their performance merited thanks to Albin Ekdal's effort from the edge of the penalty area. Substitute Agon Mehmeti latched on to Denni Avdić's pass five minutes later to ensure all three points for Sweden.

Missed chances
Such superiority could have been gained far earlier had it not been for first-half profligacy from the likes of Erton Fejzullahu and Emir Bajrami, the latter of whom hit a post. The hosts offered the odd glimmer of a threat but chances for Slobodan Lakicevic and Admir Adrović went unconverted and Sweden duly capitalised in the closing stages. They now sit third in Group 6 behind Kazakhstan and Israel who have played four and two fixtures respectively, while Montenegro are bottom on goal difference after two matches.

Last updated: 27/03/13 5.15CET

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Lineups

Montenegro

Montenegro

Sweden

Sweden

1
GiljenVlado Giljen (GK)
1
NordfeldtKristoffer Nordfeldt (GK)
2
D. BožovićDraško Božović (C)
Yellow Card10
2
LundErik Lund
3
LakićevićSlobodan Lakićević
3
NilssonMarcus Nilsson
5
NovakovićMilko Novaković
4
EkstrandJoel Ekstrand
6
KecojevićIvan Kecojević
5
M. OlssonMartin Olsson
7
N. NikolićNemanja Nikolić
6
MolinsGuillermo Molins
Substitution85
8
BulajićBoris Bulajić
Yellow Card32
Substitution46
7
EkdalAlbin Ekdal
Goal84
9
AdrovićAdmir Adrović
8
ErikssonSebastian Eriksson (C)
10
KasalicaFilip Kasalica
Substitution21
9
BajramiEmir Bajrami
Substitution90+1
11
BećirajFatos Bećiraj
10
FejzullahuErton Fejzullahu
Substitution72
15
BojovićMijuško Bojović
11
AvdicDenni Avdic

Substitutes

12
DragojevićMiloš Dragojević (GK)
12
NoringVictor Noring (GK)
4
MartinovićVuk Martinović
Substitution46
13
SalomonssonEmil Salomonsson
13
DelićMilivoje Delić
14
BengtssonPierre Bengtsson
Substitution90+1
14
GrbićPetar Grbić
15
AlmebäckMichael Almebäck
16
StevovićMilos Stevović
Substitution21
Substitution76
16
LandgrenAndreas Landgren
Substitution85
Yellow Card90+1
17
TomaševićŽarko Tomašević
17
NordmarkDaniel Nordmark
18
NikolićStefan Nikolić
Substitution76
18
MehmetiAgon Mehmeti
Substitution72
Goal89

Coach

Dušan Vlaisavljević (MNE) Tommy Söderberg (SWE)

Referee

Alan Black (NIR)

Assistant referees

Gareth Eakin (NIR), Andrew Neeson (NIR)

Fourth official

Arnold Hunter (NIR)

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