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Guidetti seals Sweden win in Malta

Published: Wednesday 5 March 2014, 17.47CET
Malta 1-2 Sweden
John Guidetti scored a free-kick with 20 minutes left as Sweden rallied from a goal down against their lowly qualifying Group 7 opponents.
by Domenic Aquilina
from Ta' Qali National Stadium
Guidetti seals Sweden win in Malta
John Guidetti (No10) celebrates scoring what proved to be the winning goal ©Domenic Aquilina

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Published: Wednesday 5 March 2014, 17.47CET

Guidetti seals Sweden win in Malta

Malta 1-2 Sweden
John Guidetti scored a free-kick with 20 minutes left as Sweden rallied from a goal down against their lowly qualifying Group 7 opponents.

A goal 20 minutes from time by John Guidetti earned Sweden victory and condemned Malta to their seventh defeat in as many UEFA European Under-21 Championship Group 7 qualifiers.

The on-loan Stoke City FC striker completed a comeback that started when Aleksander Milošević equalised just before the half-hour mark, cancelling out Ryan Scicluna's early opener for the hosts. Sweden are third in the five-team section, five points behind leaders Poland with a game in hand.

Scicluna profited from a mistake by Filip Helander and calmly slotted the ball away from Sweden goalkeeper August Strömberg. Captain Milošević levelled after 29 minutes, bundling in Ludwig Augustinsson's corner, while before the half was out Guidetti's close-range header elicited an excellent save from Jurgen Borg.

However, Borg could get nowhere near Guidetti's 70th-minute free-kick, awarded after Daniel Zerafa had brought down Oscar Lewicki. Jean Paul Farrugia almost emulated Guidetti but his set piece hit the woodwork, and he was frustrated again late on when Strömberg repelled the forward's shot.

Lewicki told UEFA.com: "Winning today was very important. Malta were a difficult side to break down but I am very satisfied with the result. It all now depends on our two last home matches against Greece and Turkey."

Last updated: 04/06/15 8.37CET

http://www.uefa.com/under21/season=2015/matches/round=2000412/match=2011519/postmatch/report/index.html#guidetti+seals+sweden

Lineups

Malta

Malta

Sweden

Sweden

12
BorgJurgen Borg (GK)
1
StrömbergAugust Strömberg (GK)
2
AttardCain Attard
2
JohanssonMattias Johansson
3
GrechChristian Grech
3
MiloševićAlexander Milošević (C)
Goal29
Yellow Card74
10
S. PisaniStephen Pisani
Substitution67
4
HelanderFilip Helander
16
C. BorgClyde Borg (C)
5
AugustinssonLudwig Augustinsson
17
J. PisaniJurgen Pisani
Substitution77
6
ClaessonViktor Claesson
18
CutajarLouis John Cutajar
7
LewickiOscar Lewicki
20
CamenzuliRyan Camenzuli
8
BlomqvistAndreas Blomqvist
Substitution71
21
SciclunaRyan Scicluna
Goal10
9
QuaisonRobin Quaison
Substitution58
22
D. ZerafaDaniel Zerafa
Yellow Card89
10
GuidettiJohn Guidetti
Yellow Card29
Goal70
23
FarrugiaJean Paul Farrugia
Yellow Card29
11
IshakMikael Ishak
Substitution85

Substitutes

1
Calleja CremonaMatthew Calleja Cremona (GK)
12
CarlgrenPatrik Carlgren (GK)
4
TantiKeith Tanti
13
SilverholtOliver Silverholt
5
B. FarrugiaBrooke Farrugia
14
HolménSebastian Holmén
7
MicallefLydon Micallef
Substitution67
Yellow Card68
15
BärkrothNiklas Bärkroth
9
MicallefRyan Micallef
Substitution77
16
KroonSimon Kroon
Substitution58
13
S. BorgSacha Borg
17
OlssonKristoffer Olsson
Substitution71
14
GauciShaun Gauci
18
NymanChristoffer Nyman
Substitution85

Coach

Raymond Farrugia (MLT) Håkan Ericson (SWE)

Referee

Enea Jorgji (ALB)

Assistant referees

Denis Rexha (ALB), Egin Doda (ALB)

Fourth official

Andi Koçi (ALB)

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