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EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING

Nya Ullevi Stadion

Referee: S Bennett | Attendance: 33056

* Local time based on your geographic location.

Sweden

  • Johan Elmander 10'
  • Marcus Allback 82'

2 - 0

FT

Sweden 2-0 Spain: Three wins in a row for Swedes

STOCKHOLM, Oct 7 (Reuters) - The pressure mounted on Spain

coach Luis Aragones on Saturday as his side were beaten 2-0 by

Sweden in a Euro 2008 qualifying tie.

It was Spain's second defeat in a row in Group F, after

their humiliating 3-2 defeat in Northern Ireland, and leaves

them fifth in a group they started as favourites.

A first half goal by striker Johan Elmander and another by

Marcus Allback in the second period gave an impressive Sweden

side their third win in a row to head the group.

Afterwards Aragones, who offered to resign after the defeat

by Northern Ireland, said his future now depended on the Spanish

Football Federation.

'When you lose two important games in succession things are

obviously very difficult, but I've spent a long time in football

and dealt with situations like this before,' he told reporters.

'My future depends on the Federation and the press.'

'From my point of view we were the better side but they were

physically very strong and played incredibly well on the break,'

he added.

Sweden, who previously beat Latvia and Liechtenstein, hardly

allowed Spain a chance in the opening half.

Elmander, replacing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, fired the home side

into the lead in the 10th minute, breaking into the right side

of the box after receiving the ball from Anders Svensson and

drilling the ball under Spanish keeper Iker Casillas.

Elmander came close to making it 2-0 before halftime when he

beat Casillas from 20 meters only to see his fierce drive

rebound off the crossbar.

PRESSED FORWARD

Spain pressed forward in the second half and nearly

equalised in the 48th minute when Miguel Angel Angulo poked the

ball inches wide after after latching on to a cross.

Sweden keeper Rami Shaaban also made fine saves from David

Villa and Fernando Torres.

With eight minutes remaining Sweden made a lightning break

after a Spanish near-miss and Christian Wilhelmsson crossed low

for Allback who controlled the ball and left defender Carles

Puyol and Casillas for dead before slotting into an empty net.

Sweden are now in a dominant position going into their match

in Iceland on Wednesday and coach Lars Lagerback was happy with

his side's form.

'We scored two so I am pretty happy right now,' he said.

'Tactically we played pretty much as we had planned.'

Despite their poor start Aragones still believes Spain can

recover to qualify.

'We are in a complicated situation, without doubt,' he said.

'But there are still many games to play and we still have time

to rectify the situation.'

Scoring Summary

  • Sweden
  • Spain
 

Match Stats

  • Sweden
  • Spain
0(0) Shots (on goal) 0(0)
0 Fouls 0
0 Corner kicks 0
0 Offsides 0
0% Time of Possession 0%
2 Yellow Cards 6
0 Red Cards 0
0 Saves 0

Teams

  • Sweden
  • Spain
Substitutes
Substitutions
Yellow Cards
Joan Capdevila (35')
Carles Puyol (42')
Andrés Iniesta (65')
Sergio Ramos (88')
Luis Garcia (90 + 2')
Xavi (83 + 5')