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Sweden stun France with double turnaround

Published: Tuesday 14 October 2014, 22.45CET
Sweden 4-1 France (agg: 4-3)
The home side first overturned a 2-0 first-leg defeat before Oscar Lewicki snatched a finals spot from France two minutes from time.
Sweden stun France with double turnaround
Oscar Lewicki celebrates his dramatic winner for Sweden ©AFP/Getty Images

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Published: Tuesday 14 October 2014, 22.45CET

Sweden stun France with double turnaround

Sweden 4-1 France (agg: 4-3)
The home side first overturned a 2-0 first-leg defeat before Oscar Lewicki snatched a finals spot from France two minutes from time.

"It feels almost unreal," said Sweden coach Håkan Ericson after his side overturned a 2-0 play-off first-leg defeat by France to seal a place in the 2015 UEFA European Championship after a remarkable finale.

With three minutes to go France looked to have weathered the storm as Layvin Kurzawa made it 3-1 on the night, meaning the visitors were heading through on away goals. But moments later Sweden hit back in Halmstad as Oscar Lewicki's second of the game took them through – but only after goalkeeper Patrik Carlgren had denied Aymeric Laporte.

It was a thrilling end to a thrilling game. Sweden's deficit was wiped out by half-time courtesy of two goals from Isaac Thelin – largely against the run of play. Sweden went for the jugular as the French tired in the second period and 19 minutes from time Lewicki put them in front for the first time in the play-off tie when John Guidetti's presence confused the defence.

France were not done, though, and with the finish line in sight Kurzawa sparked celebrations as he met a long cross with a firm header. Back came Sweden, with visiting keeper Alphonse Aréola rebuffing Simon Tibbling at the expense of a corner from which Lewicki earned a famous win. Just.

Last updated: 04/06/15 4.03CET

http://www.uefa.com/under21/season=2015/matches/round=2000413/match=2015232/postmatch/report/index.html#sweden+stun+france

Lineups

Sweden

Sweden

France

France

1
CarlgrenPatrik Carlgren (GK)
16
AreolaAlphonse Areola (GK)
2
KrafthEmil Krafth
2
FoulquierDimitri Foulquier
3
MilosevicAleksander Milosevic (C)
3
KurzawaLayvin Kurzawa
Goal87
Yellow Card87
4
BaffoJoseph Baffo
5
UmtitiSamuel Umtiti (C)
5
KonatePa Konate
6
TolissoCorentin Tolisso
Substitution75
6
OlssonKristoffer Olsson
Yellow Card76
Substitution87
7
NtepPaul-Georges Ntep
7
KhaliliAbdullah Khalili
Yellow Card73
14
ThauvinFlorian Thauvin
8
LewickiOscar Lewicki
Goal71
Goal88
15
BahebeckJean-Christophe Bahebeck
Substitution65
9
HallbergMelker Hallberg
Substitution69
18
ImbulaGiannelli Imbula
Yellow Card54
10
GuidettiJohn Guidetti
Yellow Card72
Substitution90+1
19
KondogbiaGeoffrey Kondogbia
Yellow Card73
11
Kiese ThelinIsaac Kiese Thelin
Goal3
Goal35
20
LaporteAymeric Laporte

Substitutes

12
LindeAndreas Linde (GK)
1
BoucherZacharie Boucher (GK)
13
LindelöfVictor Lindelöf
Substitution90+1
8
FekirNabil Fekir
Substitution75
14
SsewankamboIsak Ssewankambo
10
SansonMorgan Sanson
15
BärkrothNiklas Bärkroth
12
B. MendyBenjamin Mendy
16
TibblingSimon Tibbling
Substitution69
17
VeretoutJordan Veretout
17
EngvallGustav Engvall
21
ComanKingsley Coman
Substitution65
18
IshakMikael Ishak
Substitution87
22
LandreLoïck Landre

Coach

Håkan Ericson (SWE) Pierre Mankowski (FRA)

Referee

Ivan Kružliak (SVK)

Assistant referees

Tomaš Somolani (SVK), Tomaš Mokoš (SVK)

Fourth official

Peter Kralović (SVK)

Legend:

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