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Speedy Sweden wrap up top spot

Published: Monday 10 September 2012, 22.27CET
Sweden 2-1 Ukraine
Hakan Ericson's side progressed to the play-offs from Group 2 after early goals from Astrit Ajdarević and Mikael Ishak put paid to Ukraine.
by Ulf Nilsson
from Guldfageln Arena
Speedy Sweden wrap up top spot
Serhiy Kryvtsov reacts to Ukraine's defeat ©Getty Images
Published: Monday 10 September 2012, 22.27CET

Speedy Sweden wrap up top spot

Sweden 2-1 Ukraine
Hakan Ericson's side progressed to the play-offs from Group 2 after early goals from Astrit Ajdarević and Mikael Ishak put paid to Ukraine.

A flying start from Sweden earned them the victory they needed against Ukraine to clinch top spot in UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 2.

Sweden's defeat by Slovenia on Friday had left them requiring three points to finish first, but they dispelled any doubts with two goals inside the opening seven minutes in Kalmar. Astrit Ajdarević broke the deadlock when he headed in from a Miiko Albornoz corner after five minutes and it was quickly two as the goalscorer fed Mikael Ishak to place the ball calmly into the top corner.

Oleg Pushanko's Ukraine would have won the group themselves with a win, but instead they had to settle for third place behind Slovenia, who finished in the runners-up spot with 20 points. They never really recovered from those two early blows and might have lost a third goal in the second half as Ishak spurned a couple of good chances.

Although Andriy Bogdanov threw them a lifeline in the 82nd minute, when he found some space and struck a terrific goal from 25 metres, Sweden survived a late attack of nerves to claim their place in the play-offs. "We played a good game, although at the end we got a little nervous," said Sweden coach Hakan Ericson.

Last updated: 09/05/13 11.07CET

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Lineups

Sweden

Sweden

Ukraine

Ukraine

1
JohnssonKarl-Johan Johnsson (GK)
1
BerezovskiyIgor Berezovskiy (GK)
2
JohanssonMattias Johansson
2
KushnirovDmytro Kushnirov
3
JanssonPontus Jansson (C)
3
PartsvaniyaTemur Partsvaniya
4
PetterssonTom Pettersson
7
KorkishkoDmytro Korkishko
Yellow Card90+1
5
AlbornozMiiko Albornoz
Yellow Card55
9
RybalkaSerhiy Rybalka
Yellow Card11
Substitution41
6
ÇelikMervan Çelik
Yellow Card88
10
FedotovVitaliy Fedotov
Yellow Card38
7
HiljemarkOscar Hiljemark
14
ShakhovYevhen Shakhov
8
J. JohanssonJakob Johansson
15
KryvtsovSerhiy Kryvtsov (C)
9
HultNiklas Hult
Substitution78
20
KaravayevOleksandr Karavayev
10
AjdarevićAstrit Ajdarević
Goal5
Substitution46
21
LyulkaSerhiy Lyulka
11
IshakMikael Ishak
Goal7
Substitution90
22
GrechyshkinDmytro Grechyshkin

Substitutes

12
SandbergMarkus Sandberg (GK)
12
LevchenkoIgor Levchenko (GK)
13
KrafthEmil Krafth
Substitution90
4
PutrashIurii Putrash
14
RohdénMarcus Rohdén
Substitution78
5
OpanasenkoYevhen Opanasenko
15
ÖhmanLudvig Öhman
8
BogdanovAndriy Bogdanov
Substitution64
Goal82
16
ThernSimon Thern
16
PlastunIgor Plastun
17
JönssonRasmus Jönsson
Substitution46
17
KaverinVitaliy Kaverin
18
NymanChristoffer Nyman
18
BalashovVitaliy Balashov
Substitution41
Substitution64

Coach

Hakan Ericson (SWE) Oleg Pushanko (UKR)

Referee

Danny Makkelie (NED)

Assistant referees

Rob van de Ven (NED), Bas van Dongen (NED)

Fourth official

Kevin Blom (NED)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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