Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt featured in the match in 2007 but was too busy this year. Photo:Tomas Oneborg SVD/Scanpix

Government beats opposition in football

The centre-right coaltion may be struggling in the opinion polls, but the Swedish government managed to beat the opposition when it came to the traditional annual parliamentarian football match.

After trailing 2-1 at half-time to the opposition, which had a team made up of politicians from the Social Democrat, Left and Green parties, the government stormed back to win 5-2, with players from the Moderate Party scoring all five.

Moderate politician Anders Hansson told news agency TT that his side had to respond after an early setback.

"We conceded two goals straight off and responded by upping the tempo and scored five quick goals," he said.

The match has been a tradition since the 1970's. One party in parliament was excluded, however. The opposition refused to have anyone from the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrat Party on its team.

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