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‘Roland Nilsson stole my goal’: Tomas Brolin

Tomas Brolin has been credited with 26 goals for Sweden. But the ex-Leeds United and Parma striker is now claiming that the figure should read 27.

'Roland Nilsson stole my goal': Tomas Brolin

“Roland Nilsson stole a goal,” Brolin told Sveriges Television’s morning programme on Wednesday.

Brolin claimed that in a match against Norway in 1991 he in fact scored the 1-1 equaliser and not, as the records show, former Sheffield Wednesday and Coventry full back Roland Nilsson.

“He shot at my back, it changed the direction of the ball and tricked the goalkeeper. You can see that my team mates came over to congratulate me,” Brolin said.

Tomas Brolin argued that it was no secret that he and the Swedish media did not see eye to eye at the time and claimed that they did not want to see him given credit for the goal.

“I couldn’t be bothered to make a fuss. At that time, ‘Rolle’ had not scored in any of his matches for Sweden so I figured I couldn’t take it away.”

Roland Nilsson later scored a further goal for Sweden and so Brolin thinks the time has come to put the record straight.

The television footage of the match clearly shows that Nilsson’s long speculative shot from outside of the penalty box deflects off Brolin and into the corner of the Norwegian goal.

Brolin gains support in his claims from Tommy Wahlsten, a Swedish football historian who told SVT:

“The person who touches the ball last is usually counted as the goalscorer,” Wahlsten confirmed.

Tomas Brolin is one of Sweden’s top ten goalscorers of all time, with the highlight of an injury-plagued career coming in the 1994 World Cup in the USA when Sweden qualified for the semi-finals.

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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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