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Sweden Abysmal In Austria Loss

Sweden has had a rough week in the Euro 2016 qualifiers. After losing 1-0 to Russia on Saturday, they fell 4-1 to Austria on Tuesday.

Russia overtook Sweden in second place in Group G after demolishing Liechtenstein 7-0 on the road. Sweden now sits in third with 12 points after eight games, 10 points behind leaders Austria and two points behind Russia.

Austria dominated the game at Friends Arena in Solna, Sweden on Tuesday and took the lead after just nine minutes when David Alaba scored from the penalty spot after a bad challenge by Kim Kallstrom inside the penalty box.

Martin Harnik made it 2-0 before halftime. Sweden were particularly poor on defense, as they time and time again were beaten by the Austrians down the flanks. Austria were crisp in their passing, connecting a lot of short passes to get by the Swedes. Sweden played a lot of long balls, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcus Berg were too isolated up top to create any real chances.

Marc Janko made it 3-0 Austria in the 77th minute before Hanik scored his second of the game in the 88th minute to make it 4-0. Ibrahimovic got Sweden on the board in added time.

With two games remaining, Sweden will have to win out against Liechtenstein and Moldova and hope that Russia drops points against either Moldova or Montenegro in order to get back into second place and get an automatic spot to Euro 2016.

If the Swedes finish in third, they will have to get through the qualification playoffs. Ibrahimovic & Co. must also look out for Montenegro, as they are only a point behind the Swedes.

 

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