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Emil Forsberg celebrates after his free-kick gave Sweden the lead against France
Emil Forsberg celebrates after his free-kick gave Sweden the lead against France. Foto: Miguel Medina/AFP

Sweden coach sees progress despite defeat

Sweden have dropped to third place in World Cup qualifying Group A after Holland's 3-1 win away to Luxembourg on Sunday. The Swedes lost their latest qualifier away to France on Friday.

Goals from Paul Pogba and Dimitri Payet gave France a 2-1 victory over Sweden at an emotional Stade de France in a match which coincided with the first anniversary of the Paris attacks.

Emil Forsberg's free-kick in the 54th minute put Sweden ahead but his strike was quickly cancelled out by Pogba, who headed home Payet's free-kick. The West Ham man turned from provider to goalscorer in the 65th minute, stabbing home after goalkeeper Robin Olsen had fumbled.

"We are in a development phase, it is a process which got underway in our first match against Holland," said Sweden's coach Janne Andersson after the match.

"Since then we have played matches where we have begun to play our own game and now we mix in this performance against a good team. To be compact, work together, but also have courage and bravery when we play."

Sweden have a friendly in Hungary on Tuesday and play their next World Cup qualifier at home to Belarus next March.

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