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As it happened: Sweden 1-2 Ukraine

by Chris Quinn
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Teams

UKRAINE – (4-2-3-1) Pyatov; Gusev, Khacheridi, Mikhalik, Selin; Tymoshchuk, Nazarenko; Konoplyanka, Voronin, Yarmolenko; Shevchenko 

SWEDEN – (4-2-3-1) Isaksson; Lustig, Mellberg, Granqvist, M. Olsson; Elm, Kallstrom; Larsson, Ibrahimovic, Toivonen; Rosenberg

Who to watch out for

Rasmus Elm has been in fine goalscoring form this season for Dutch side AZ Alkmaar and has proven himself to be lethal from set-pieces. If he can persuade Sebastian Larsson to step aside, he may get the chance to exhibit those talents. For the Ukrainians, Andriy Yarmolenko scored 12 goals for Dynamo Kiev this campaign and has a wonderful left-foot. The winger will be looking to free up domestic team-mate Artem Milevskiy who has bags of skill.

Prediction

With Ukraine having to resort to their fourth-choice ‘keeper and the squad overcoming a bout of food poisoning last week, it should be a fairly comfortable win for Sweden. Their new philosophy under Erik Hamren means they score more than they used to and Ibrahimovic and co should have enough firepower to brush the co-hosts aside. 2-0 to the Scandinavians.

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