Swedes Invade Denmark for Vital Match
The long road to South Africa comes to an end in the next few days with the final two qualifying matches for the 2010 World Cup taking place this Saturday and the following Wednesday.
While some teams such as England and Brazil have already booked their place for next Summer, qualification in many groups is still up for grabs, none more so than in Sweden's group which is set to go down right to the wire with four teams, Denmark, Sweden, Portugal and Hungary, all still in with a chance of going through.
Thousands of Swedes will be in Copenhagen on Saturday for Sweden's mouthwatering qualifier against Denmark, one of the most eagerly awaited Scandinavian derbies for many a year.
Matches between Sweden and Denmark are incendiary affairs at the best of times, when the two sides last met at Parken two years ago the match was abandoned in the 90th minute after a drunken Danish fan ran onto the pitch and took a swing at the referee, but throw in a place in next year's World Cup finals into the mix then Saturday's qualifier in the Danish capital bis sure to be a red hot affair.
When the two sides met in Stockholm in their first World Cup qualifying game back in June, the 100th meting between the old rivals, it was Denmark who triumphed 1-0 after Sweden's Kim Källström had missed a penalty. That defeat and a series of draws beforehand left Sweden trailing Denmark by a massive ten points, albeit with a game in hand but with the danes dropping points in their next two matches, Sweden capitalised with maximum points against Hungary (2-1) and Malta (0-1).
With two games to go Denmark lead Sweden by 3 points, a win for the danes on Saturday will see them through, or a draw and another draw against Hungary in their final match will be enough for top spot.
If Sweden win, and Portugal and Hungary draw their match then both those teams will be eliminated with Sweden guaranteed at least second spot which would mean a two legged play-off with another group runner up; but if sweden also win their last match against Albania and Denmark can only manage a draw against Hungary then Sweden top the group. Simple!
Ten thousand Swedish supporters are said to be converging on the Dnish capital although only half that number will be inside the ground.