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Sweden's Toivonen rescues point against Russia

Sweden 1-1 Russia
Ola Toivonen's second-half effort earned a point for the hosts to leave the two rivals undefeated in Group G.

Highlights: Sweden v Russia

Aleksandr Kokorin puts visitors ahead in tenth minute
Igor Akinfeev saves penalty from Sebastian Larsson three minutes later
Ola Toivonen equalises from Jimmy Durmaz cross in second half
Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimović misses match due to Achilles injury
Next games: Sweden v Liechtenstein, Russia v Moldova (12 October)

Russia and Sweden both remain unbeaten in UEFA EURO 2016 Group G after Ola Toivonen's 49th-minute goal secured a point for the hosts in Solna.

Erik Hamrén's men came into the match without captain and talisman Zlatan Ibrahimović but the home side started positively. In just the second minute Toivonen almost put them in front but was a fraction away from connecting with Erkan Zengin's cross.

When Toivonen became the first player to actually hit the target, Igor Akinfeev denied the forward and Russia responded immediately. Stretching the Swedish defence as he drove forward on the counter, Aleksandr Kokorin composed himself 20 metres from goal, shifted the ball onto his right foot and side-footed into the corner, the deadly accuracy making up for any lack of power.

Sweden had a golden opportunity to equalise almost immediately. Jimmy Durmaz – their best player on the night – burst into the area and was tripped from behind by Igor Smolnikov, giving Sebastian Larsson the chance from the penalty spot. However, Akinfeev stretched high to his right to palm away the spot kick and keep his team ahead.

The rest of the first 45 was mostly a case of Russia enjoying control and dictating the rhythm of the game, but after the restart Durmaz again showed the way for Sweden. The Olympiacos FC man sprinted down the left flank, flew past his marker and curled in a perfect low cross which Toivonen fired in with relish from five metes to draw things level.

It could have gone either way after that, though Fabio Capello's Russia probably had the better opportunity to win it. It was goalscorer Kokorin whom the opening fell to, yet the FC Dinamo Moskva ace saw his effort from close range kept out by the legs of Andreas Isaksson, who rescued a point for his side.

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