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Sweden loses World Cup qualifier

Published lördag 8 juni 2013 kl 11.02
Photo: Hans Punz/Björn Lindgren/Scanpix. Montage: Sveriges Radio

Sweden lost against Austria in a disappointing World Cup qualifier in Vienna Friday night, making it tricky for the team to qualify for the finals in Rio de Janeiro next year.

The Swedes were beaten 2 - 1, with the only Swedish goal scored by Johan Elmander. Players called for a penalty in extra time, after Andreas Grankvist was pulled down in the penalty area, but no penalty was given by the referee.

Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was disappointed after the game.

"It doesn't feel good at all", he told Swedish Radio's Sports Department, "we shouldn't have lost this match. They weren't better than us, but we made a couple of mistakes and it led to their two goals against us."

Sweden is now fourth in its qualification group, only the top top team is guaranteed a ticket to Rio, the second placed team can still make it via another qualification round.

World Cup qualification : Group C

1) Germany 16 points
2) Austria 11
3) Ireland 11
4) Sweden 8
5) Kazakhstan 1
6) Faroe Islands 0 
Germany, Austria, Ireland and Kazakhstan have played 6 matches, Sweden and the Faroes 5 matches.

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