Fejzullahu feat sends Sweden top

Published: Sunday 15 November 2009, 13.45CET
Sweden 5-1 Kazakhstan
Erton Fejzullahu scored four times in Malmo to help Sweden to a win against Kazakhstan which returns them to the top of Group 6.
Fejzullahu feat sends Sweden top
Sweden's joint coaches Jörgen Lennartsson and Tommy Söderberg ©sportsfile

Match statistics

SwedenKazakhstan

Goals scored5
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
8
Red cards0
1
Goal attempts30
 
9
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners15
 
1
Fouls committed8
 
13

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Published: Sunday 15 November 2009, 13.45CET

Fejzullahu feat sends Sweden top

Sweden 5-1 Kazakhstan
Erton Fejzullahu scored four times in Malmo to help Sweden to a win against Kazakhstan which returns them to the top of Group 6.

Erton Fejzullahu scored four times to help Sweden to a victory against Kazakhstan which returns them to the top of UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 6.

Back on top
The NEC Nijmegen striker opened the scoring before the break and claimed three more in a 17-minute second-half period in which Albin Ekdal also found the target. Down to ten men late on, Kazakhstan pulled one back through Dmitri Shomko but having lost the group lead to Montenegro with their 1-0 win against Israel on Saturday, unbeaten Sweden restored their advantage on head-to-head record and still have a game in hand.

Early dominance
Sweden were dominant early on at the Malmö New Stadium, where they reached the 2009 semi-finals as hosts in June, but Samat Otarbayev held out until the 32nd minute when beaten by a fine solo run and shot from Fejzullahu. In a half-time interview he vowed to keep up the pressure and within five minutes had made it two after Rasmus Elm's corner had been touched on by Jasmin Sudic.

Victory sealed
His third followed six minutes later and on the hour mark another Elm corner was headed in by Ekdal. It was from the same Elm source that Fejzullahu added Sweden's fifth in the 67th minute. Visiting captain Marat Shakhmetov received a second yellow card late on before his team-mate Shomko claimed a consolation goal as Kazakhstan ended their qualifying campaign on five points, one ahead of bottom side Bulgaria.

Israel next
Elm, who will link up with the senior squad for Sweden's friendly in Italy on Wednesday, said: "We missed too many times in the first half and were not that consistent but we worked that out and improved after the break." Sweden and Montenegro would be joined on ten points by Israel on Wednesday if they beat Bulgaria. Jörgen Lennartsson and Tommy Söderberg's side resume their campaign in Israel on 4 June.

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Last updated: 16/11/09 8.46CET

Related information

Team profiles

Lineup

Sweden

Sweden

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan

1Kristoffer Nordfeldt (GK)1Samat Otarbayev (GK)
2Erik Lund
Substitution74'
3Alexey Makarov
Yellow Card43'
3Michael Almebäck4Talgat Adyrbekov (C)
Substitution76'
4Jasmin Sudic
Yellow Card87'
5Dmitri Shomko
Yellow Card45+1'
Goal89'
5Martin Olsson6Maxim Semyonov
6Guillermo Molins7Zhambyl Kukeyev
Yellow Card43'
Substitution73'
7Albin Ekdal
Goal60'
8Marat Shakhmetov
Yellow Card58'
Red Card88'
8Sebastian Eriksson (C)9Ulan Konysbayev
Yellow Card86'
9Emir Bajrami
Yellow Card25'
10Vitali Goloveshkin
Substitution90+2'
10Rasmus Elm
Substitution89'
11Sabyrkhan Ibrayev
Yellow Card25'
11Erton Fejzullahu
Goal32'
Goal50'
Goal56'
Goal67'
Substitution70'
15Vyacheslav Erbes
Yellow Card24'

Substitutes

12Victor Noring (GK)18Azat Bitabarov (GK)
13Emil Salomonsson
Substitution74'
12Grigoriy Dubkov
Substitution76'
14Niklas Backman14Serikzhan Muzhikov
15Pierre Bengtsson16Yerzat Kenbaev
16Jiloan Hamad
Substitution70'
17Yevgeniy Chikrizov
17Denni Avdic19Khassan Abdukarimov
Substitution90+2'
18Pär Ericsson
Substitution89'
20Akzhol Serikzhanov
Substitution73'

Coach

Tommy Söderberg (SWE) Samvel Kostandyan (KAZ)

Referee

Paulius Malzinskas (LTU)

Assistant referees

Arturas Pipiras (LTU), Darius Miklovas (LTU)

Fourth official

Audrius Žuta (LTU)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

See also