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Sweden crush Iceland

Sweden beat Iceland 5-0 in Wednesday's Euro 2008 qualifier in Stockholm, in front of an enthusiastic crowd in the capital's Råsunda stadium on Sweden's National Day.

The Swedes sealed Iceland’s fate early on in the match, with goals from Marcus Allbäck, Anders Svensson and Olof Mellberg all before half time. The second half delivered more of the same, with one goal from Markus Rosenberg and a second from Marcus Allbäck.

The victory puts Sweden in a good position to win a place in next year’s European Championships in Austria. The result of last week’s abandoned match against Denmark will be decided by UEFA officials, but it is widely expected that Sweden will be awarded victory.

Sweden now tops its group with 18 points. It’s next match will be against Denmark in September, followed by Liechtenstein, Northern Ireland, Spain and Latvia.

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Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match

Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, a day ahead of the country's Nations League match with Sweden, the Croatian football federation (HNS) said.

Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match
Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic (left) tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP
“Brozovic's Inter Milan and Swedish epidemiologists were informed about the positive test,” an HNS statement said.
   
The player's positive result came two days after defender Domagoj Vida was informed of a positive Covid-19 test after playing the first half of a friendly with Turkey in Istanbul.
   
Apart from Brozovic, 27, one staff member also tested positive.
   
They were both isolated from other members of the national team.
   
After Sweden, Croatia play another Nations League game against Portugal on Tuesday.
   
Croatia, runners-up at the 2018 World Cup, are third in their Nations League group which also includes France, the team that beat them to the World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and Sweden.
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