Sweden leave it late for victory

Published: Friday 4 September 2009, 2.45CET
Montenegro 0-2 Sweden
Two late goals ensured the 2009 UEFA European U21 Championship hosts began their 2011 qualifying campaign with a victory in Group 6.
by Aleksandar Radovic
Sweden leave it late for victory
Sweden hosted the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship ©UEFA

Match statistics

MontenegroSweden

Goals scored0
2
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0
Goal attempts7
 
10
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners2
 
13
Fouls committed17
 
20

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Published: Friday 4 September 2009, 2.45CET

Sweden leave it late for victory

Montenegro 0-2 Sweden
Two late goals ensured the 2009 UEFA European U21 Championship hosts began their 2011 qualifying campaign with a victory in Group 6.

Two goals in the closing six minutes ensured that 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship hosts and semi-finalists Sweden began their campaign for the 2011 tournament with victory in Montenegro.

Long wait
Sweden's hopes of home success were dashed by England little more than two months ago, but they were quickly back to winning ways in Podgorica as they turned their attentions to reaching Denmark in two years' time. Despite their dominance on Friday evening, the visitors had to wait until the 84th minute to take the lead their performance merited thanks to Albin Ekdal's effort from the edge of the penalty area. Substitute Agon Mehmeti latched on to Denni Avdić's pass five minutes later to ensure all three points for Sweden.

Missed chances
Such superiority could have been gained far earlier had it not been for first-half profligacy from the likes of Erton Fejzullahu and Emir Bajrami, the latter of whom hit a post. The hosts offered the odd glimmer of a threat but chances for Slobodan Lakicevic and Admir Adrović went unconverted and Sweden duly capitalised in the closing stages. They now sit third in Group 6 behind Kazakhstan and Israel who have played four and two fixtures respectively, while Montenegro are bottom on goal difference after two matches.

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Last updated: 04/09/09 22.16CET

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Lineup

Montenegro

Montenegro

Sweden

Sweden

1Vlado Giljen (GK)1Kristoffer Nordfeldt (GK)
2Draško Božović (C)
Yellow Card10'
2Erik Lund
3Slobodan Lakićević3Marcus Nilsson
5Milko Novaković4Joel Ekstrand
6Ivan Kecojević5Martin Olsson
7Nemanja Nikolić6Guillermo Molins
Substitution85'
8Boris Bulajić
Yellow Card32'
Substitution46'
7Albin Ekdal
Goal84'
9Admir Adrović8Sebastian Eriksson (C)
10Filip Kasalica
Substitution21'
9Emir Bajrami
Substitution90+1'
11Fatos Bećiraj10Erton Fejzullahu
Substitution72'
15Mijuško Bojović11Denni Avdic

Substitutes

12Miloš Dragojević (GK)12Victor Noring (GK)
4Vuk Martinović
Substitution46'
13Emil Salomonsson
13Milivoje Delić14Pierre Bengtsson
Substitution90+1'
14Petar Grbić15Michael Almebäck
16Milos Stevović
Substitution21'
Substitution76'
16Andreas Landgren
Substitution85'
Yellow Card90+1'
17Žarko Tomašević17Daniel Nordmark
18Stefan Nikolić
Substitution76'
18Agon Mehmeti
Substitution72'
Goal89'

Coach

Dušan Vlaisavljević (MNE) Tommy Söderberg (SWE)

Referee

Alan Black (NIR)

Assistant referees

Gareth Eakin (NIR), Andrew Neeson (NIR)

Fourth official

Arnold Hunter (NIR)

Legend:

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

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