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Sweden and Denmark in thrilling stalemate

Sweden's Euro 2008 qualifier against rivals Denmark ended goalless on Saturday night, a result which effectively ends Denmark's hopes of qualifying but leaves Sweden in pole position in Group F.

The goalkeepers were the heroes of the night. Denmark’s Thomas Sörenson repeatedly denied Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Johan Elmander, who dispelled the notion that they are incompatible in the Swedish forward line.

Sweden dominated the first half and Ibrahimovic was at the heart of it, dazzling early on with a fierce volley after controlling the ball on his chest and juggling it a couple of times before unleashing his shot direct at Sörenson.

Elmander was lively too, forcing Daniel Agger into a foul after 20 minutes which prompted the second yellow card of the game. Denmark’s Daniel Jensen picked up the first yellow on 8 minutes after he brought down Christian Wilhelmsson.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will rue the 80th minute punch that led to his booking – the yellow card means he will be suspended for Sweden’s next match.

With Sweden’s 21 shots on goal to Denmark’s 12, coach Lars Lagerbäck felt that his team deserved more than one point from the game.

“Sörensen made a couple of amazing saves,” he said after the game.

“We’re in a good position to qualify.”

Sweden’s next Euro 2008 qualifying match is away to Liechtenstein on October 13th.

FOOTBALL

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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