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Sweden edges closer to Euro finals

Sweden's participation in Euro 2008 looks ever more assured after a comfortable 3-0 victory away to Liechtenstein on Saturday.

With three games left to play, Sweden can guarantee themselves a place in the finals with a win over Northern Ireland on Wednesday.

Saturday’s victory in Liechtenstein was as professional as it was predictable.

Any fears the players may have had of a difficult evening against the group minnows were quickly dispelled when Freddie Ljungberg and Christian Wilhelmsson each netted inside the opening half hour.

A third from Anders Svensson in the second half put the result beyond any doubt.

Even if Sweden fail to secure qualification on Wednesday, they will retain their position at the top of Group F as they go into the last two games of the campaign, where they will meet Spain away and Latvia at home.

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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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