Sweden-Slovakia 1-0: Isak enchants, Forsberg decides | Nationals

Sweden-Slovakia 1-0: Isak enchants, Forsberg decides | Nationals
Sweden-Slovakia 1-0: Isak enchants, Forsberg decides | Nationals

With a great second half of an overflowing Isaac, Sweden beat Skriniar’s Slovaccha 1-0 and moved to 4 points in the standings, one step away from the round of 16. The first half is very boring, but in the second half the Swedish talented player takes the chair.

FIRST HALF – The first half is, as expected, very boring. Neither team has the absolute need to win, but above all they both don’t want to lose for any reason. Slovakia starts very strong, even without creating anything special: the only chance comes in the 5 ‘: Kucka’s header that ends up far from the goal defended by Olsen. Then Sweden, always very well placed on the field, takes the measures and begins to manage the ball in the opposing half, but even for Andersson’s boys the opportunities are scarce. The last gasp is still from Slovakia, in the 43rd minute with a shot from distance by Hamsik, high over the crossbar. At 45 ‘comes the double whistle, without recovery.

SECOND HALF – Despite the lack of initiative shown by the two teams, no change is made. The second half starts along the lines of the first, but, after about ten interlocutors minutes, Sweden (which of the two most need points) comes out into the open and finds two great opportunities around 60‘, both leading, first with Augustinsson (Dubravka miraculous parry in counter-time) and then with Danielsson.

THE MAN OF THE MATCH – In the middle of the second half Alexander Isak, a very pure talent born in the ’99 of Real Sociedad, finally takes the chair. At 67 ‘he touches the header, at 70’ after a great personal action he kicks on Dubravka’s post that is not surprised. Five minutes later decides the game with a large vertical ball for the insertion of Quaison (who entered in place of Berg), who anticipates the opposing goalkeeper and is overwhelmed. It’s a penalty for Sweden and Forsberg doesn’t miss it. At 82 ‘sows panic near the opponent’s area, but loses the moment to kick. Slovakia reacts but creates nothing. After 5 minutes of recovery it ends 1-0 for Sweden who are now one step away from qualification. On the other hand, it is terribly complicated for Slovakia, who will have to face Spain in the last match.

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