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Sweden lose to France in qualification dress rehearsal

Sweden scored twice in Gothenburg on Wednesday but still lost by the odd goal to a France team struggling for form ahead of the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Veteran striker Henrik Larsson and Lyon’s Kim Källstron both got on the scoresheet for Sweden with first and last goals of the game.

Larsson scored for Sweden after just six minutes with a spectacular shot at waist height before Benzema equalized on 19 minutes.

Two goals from Sidney Govou after the break gave the impression France would romp away with a goal spree, but Källstrom’s penalty five minutes before time gave the Swedes a more respectable scoreline.

Sweden had a number of scoring chances, exposing serious frailties in the French defence.

“That’s part of the game,” said French coach Raymond Domenech.

“If you want to push forward, open the game a bit more, play more freely, you give chances to your opponents.”

AFP/The Local

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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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