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Three for Berg as Sweden stun Belarus

Published: Wednesday 17 June 2009
Sweden 5-1 Belarus
Marcus Berg scored a hat-trick as hosts Sweden got their campaign off to the perfect start with this resounding victory at the Malmö New Stadium.
by Michael Harrold
from Malmö New Stadium
Three for Berg as Sweden stun Belarus
Marcus Berg celebrates one of three goals ©Sportsfile

Match statistics

SwedenBelarus

Goals scored5
 
1
Attempts on target6
 
4
Attempts off target7
 
3
Corners6
 
3
Fouls committed23
 
9
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Group A(Host country: Sweden)

TeamsPWDLFA+/-Pts
1Sweden Sweden11005143
2Italy Italy10100001
2Serbia Serbia10100001
4Belarus Belarus100115-40

Legend:

P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Drawn   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Last updated: 30/11/2017 14:56 CET
Published: Wednesday 17 June 2009

Three for Berg as Sweden stun Belarus

Sweden 5-1 Belarus
Marcus Berg scored a hat-trick as hosts Sweden got their campaign off to the perfect start with this resounding victory at the Malmö New Stadium.

Marcus Berg hit a hat-trick as hosts Sweden got their 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship campaign off to a superb start with a 5-1 victory against Belarus at the Malmö New Stadium.

Berg brilliance
Berg came into the tournament with a glowing reputation and he was quick to prove why with three goals and a virtuoso display. Belarus opened the scoring with a long-range strike from Sergei Kislyak in the 33rd minute only for Sweden to hit back immediately, Aleksandr Martynovich deflecting in Rasmus Elm's effort to restore parity 60 seconds later before a Berg double on 38 and 44 minutes put the game beyond doubt. Further goals after the break from Berg and Gustav Svensson left a breathless home crowd with much to look forward to and the dream of seeing their side emulate the Netherlands who won this competition as hosts two years ago.

Kislyak strike
Initially, though, they had little to cheer. Having qualified automatically as hosts, Sweden had not played a competitive game at this level since October 2006 and they started tentatively. It took until the 29th minute for the Blågult to create a clear chance with Emir Bajrami stabbing the ball wide after a neat one-two between Berg and Ola Toivonen. Three minutes later Belarus struck first, Kislyak blowing the game open with a stunning strike from 30 metres.

Quality
Stung, Sweden responded in style. They had not managed a shot on goal up to that point, but suddenly they came to life with three goals in ten minutes. They were back on level terms within a minute when Elm's shot deflected in off the head of Martynovich. If that goal owed much to good fortune there was no doubting the quality of the second three minutes later, Berg jinking his way through three defenders before touching the ball beyond the advancing Pavel Chesnovski. The FC Groningen striker had not finished yet, adding Sweden's third just before the break when connecting first time with Toivonen's delightful chipped pass to drill in.

Bengtsson chance
Belarus were first out at the start of the second half, intent on repairing some of the damage, and came close on 51 minutes when Kislyak fizzed another powerful strike just over. Assistant coach Georgiy Kondratiev, standing in for the suspended Yuri Kurnenin, followed that with a double substitution to liven up his attack. The team briefly rallied with Kovel twice drawing saves from Johan Dahlin in quick succession, but they could not turn the yellow tide.

Berg hat-trick
With nine minutes to play, Martynovich and Chesnovski failed to deal with Elm's high pass forward and Berg coolly slotted the ball into the empty goal from the edge of the area to complete his treble. He was only denied a fourth by Chesnovski's diving save from his header, although there was still time for a fifth as Svensson curled in with a minute to play to ensure the hosts go into Friday's meeting against Italy with confidence soaring. Belarus have three days to regroup before tackling Serbia.

Last updated: 27/09/14 5.28CET

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Lineups

Sweden

Sweden

Belarus

Belarus

1
DahlinJohan Dahlin (GK)
1
ChesnovskiPavel Chesnovski (GK)
2
LustigMikael Lustig
2
OsipovichNikolai Osipovich
3
BjärsmyrMattias Bjärsmyr (C)
3
MartynovichAleksandr Martynovich
Goal34
Yellow Card77
4
BengtssonRasmus Bengtsson
4
ShitovIgor Shitov
5
JohanssonEmil Johansson
7
KrivetsSergei Krivets
Yellow Card36
Substitution78
7
ToivonenOla Toivonen
Substitution84
8
A. VolodkoAleksandr Volodko
9
BergMarcus Berg
Goal38
Goal44
Goal81
9
KovelLeonid Kovel
13
SvenssonGustav Svensson
Substitution89
Goal89
10
KomarovskiDmitri Komarovski
Substitution53
18
ElmRasmus Elm
11
AfanasievMikhail Afanasiev (C)
Substitution53
19
WernbloomPontus Wernbloom
15
KislyakSergei Kislyak
Goal33
20
BajramiEmir Bajrami
Yellow Card71
Substitution71
18
VerkhovtsovDmitri Verkhovtsov

Substitutes

12
HanssonPär Hansson (GK)
12
GomelkoArtem Gomelko (GK)
23
NordfeldtKristoffer Nordfeldt (GK)
22
KovalevskiAnton Kovalevski (GK)
6
KarlssonPer Karlsson
5
BordachevMaksim Bordachev
8
LandgrenAndreas Landgren
Substitution89
6
BalanovichSergei Balanovich
10
AvdicDenni Avdic
13
SachivkoAleksandr Sachivko
11
SöderRobin Söder
14
PutiloAnton Putilo
Substitution53
14
MolinsGuillermo Molins
Substitution71
16
VeretiloOleg Veretilo
15
HarbuziLabinot Harbuzi
Substitution84
17
GigevichSergei Gigevich
16
BengtssonPierre Bengtsson
19
YanushkevichAleksei Yanushkevich
17
M. OlssonMartin Olsson
20
YurchenkoVladimir Yurchenko
Substitution78
21
ÖzkanGabriel Özkan
21
SivakovMikhail Sivakov
22
EkstrandJoel Ekstrand
23
ChukhleiAndrei Chukhlei
Substitution53

Coach

Tommy Söderberg (SWE) Georgi Kondratiev (BLR)

Referee

Claudio Circhetta (SUI)

Assistant referees

Alain Hoxha (AUT), Oleksandr Voytyuk (UKR)

Fourth official

Björn Kuipers (NED)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution