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Rasunda Stadion (ATT 25,249) 11th August 2010 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: G Rocchi

Sweden Sweden vs Scotland Scotland

Sweden 3

Z Ibrahimovic (4)
E Bajrami (39)
O Toivonen (56)

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Live Commentary

Last Updated at 8:54 pm, August 11th 2010

  1. 90

    It's all over and Sweden have claimed a comfortable 3-0 victory over Scotland in this international friendly at Stockholm's Rasunda Stadion. While the hosts will take much-needed confidence into the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign, Scotland have been reminded just how much work needs to be done if they're to reach their first major tournament since France 98.

  2. 90

    Toivonen blasts one from range but it flies high over the bar and into the Scotland supporters.

  3. 89

    Obviously the amount of withdrawals ahead of this clash meant it was always going to be tough for Scotland to get an encouraging result tonight but it's hard to pin-point any individuals who have taken their chance to impress.

  4. 87

    There are few plus points to come out of this game from a Scottish point of view and they really must make big improvements if they're to trouble Spain and Czech Republic in their Euro 2012 qualifying group.

  5. 86

    Berg has a couple of opportunities to score Sweden's fourth but his first shot is saved by McGregor before firing the rebound high over the bar.

  6. 85

    This game is almost being played at walking pace right now as the full-time whistle nears.

  7. 83

    It's all about damage limitation now for Scotland - they don't want to concede anymore goals tonight.

  8. 81

    Sweden are finding it too easy to create chances tonight, but they are sure to get stiffer tests than this during the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign. They are of course in Holland's group.

  9. 80

    The ball falls for Boyd inside the box but under pressure from the Sweden defence he fires his shot high and wide.

  10. 79

    Sweden come forward looking for a fourth but McGregor comes to the rescue with a cracking reflex save to deny Wilhelmsson's cheeky chip.

  11. 78

    Chris Iwelumo is now brought into the game, replace Robson.

  12. 77

    Elmander is the latest player to be taken off, with Marcus Berg coming on in his place.

  13. 76

    This game has seemingly lost its competitive edge now as both teams took to run down the clock.

  14. 75

    Whittaker battles hard for possession down the right and overcomes a couple of sturdy challenges, but in the end the best he gets from it is a throw.

  15. 74

    Yet another change for Scotland as Steven Whittaker comes on to replace Broadfoot.

  16. 73

    The cross into the area fails to trouble Scotland and the danger is easily cleared.

  17. 72

    Before the corner can be taken, Svensson is replaced by Oscar Wendt.

  18. 71

    Larsson cuts inside on the right but strong defending from Kenneth forces a corner.

  19. 70

    McFadden aims the cross towards the back post where the towering Garry Kenneth heads it down but Isaksson gathers.

  20. 69

    Scotland keep plugging away and have won a corner on the right.

  21. 68

    Sweden come forward on the counter attack but the chance is wasted when Elmander slices a wayward shot well wide of the post.

  22. 67

    That was a rare moment of quality from Scotland and they need to produce more of that if they're to score at least a consolation goal.

  23. 66

    Fletcher chips a lovely ball into the box which finds Boyd, who drills his volley straight at Isaksson.

  24. 65

    Sweden are pushing for a fourth goal but Toivonen's powerful low cross is collected by McGregor.

  25. 64

    Scotland make a double change with James Morrison and Kris Boyd coming on for Adam and Steven Fletcher.

  26. 63

    Antoher substitution for Sweden now as Bajrami comes off to be replaced by Christian Wilhelmsson.

  27. 62

    Robson now finds himself in the book for dissent.

  28. 61

    Scotland enjoy a spell of pressure with a succession of corners. A James McFadden cross on the left nearly floats over Isaksson's jead but the goalkeeper manages to tip it over the bar.

  29. 60

    Elmander hits a low shot from just outside the box but McGregor makes a comfortable save down to his right.

  30. 59

    Those bagpipes had been silenced for all of four minutes, but they can now be heard again. The Scotland supporters are trying to enjoy themselves as much as they can in the circumstances.

  31. 58

    Ibrahimovic leaves the field to a standing ovation to be replaced by Tobias Hysen.

  32. 57

    Replays suggest the ball could just have gone out of play before Elmander's cross was played into the box.

  33. 56

    GOAL TOIVONEN - The game is as good as over now as Toivonen heads home from close range to put Sweden 3-0 up and silence those bagpipes.

  34. 55

    Scotland make a change with Scott Robertson coming on to replace KEvin Thomson.

  35. 54

    The sound of the bagpipes can be heard coming from the Scotland supporters behind the goal and this might have distracted the Sweden corner taker enough to fluff his delivery.

  36. 53

    Larsson does brilliantly to whip in a cross from the right but Scotland get it behind for a corner.

  37. 52

    Darren Fletcher looks to find Steven Fletcher with a long ball but it runs right through to Isaksson.

  38. 51

    Olof Mellberg cracks a rasping drive from distance which beats McGregor but clips the top of the bar.

  39. 50

    Sweden have a corner on the left but Kallstrom's delivery is headed clear.

  40. 49

    Adam is screaming at the referee for a free kick after feeling his shirt was pulled on the left wing, but his appeals are waved away.

  41. 48

    Robson's cross on the right takes a big deflection and floats high into the air but Sweden are alert to clear the danger.

  42. 47

    Lee Wallace gets down the left for Scotland before firing in a low cross which is turned away by Majstorovic.

  43. 46

    The hosts made two changes at the break, Sebastian Larsson and Kim Kallstrom coming on for Mikael Lustig and Wernbloom.

  44. 46

    Sweden get this friendly under way, looking to build further on their 2-0 lead tonight.

  45. Sweden are now 1/66 with Sky Bet to win tonight's clash while Scotland are 80/1 with the draw priced at 22/1. My initial scoreline tip of 2-0 is now 11/4 but I think the 3-0 is perhaps more appealing now at 5/2. Head now to skybet.com to place your bets.

  46. 45

    The half-time whistle sounds and Sweden have been good value for their 2-0 lead. It's hard to see a way back for Scotland but they can really only improve on that showing during the second period.

  47. 44

    Sweden advance down the left wing but the cross fails to beat the first man.

  48. 43

    Scotland strive to get forward but it's just not happening for them, as a throughball rolls tamely into Isaksson's arms.

  49. 42

    With just a few minutes before the break, the hosts will surely be happy just to contain and hold onto this advantage.

  50. 41

    Scotland look to make an immediate response as they attack down the left but the cross is cleared by the Sweden defence.

  51. 40

    Sweden are cruising now and it's a long way back for this rather experimental Scotland side.

  52. 39

    GOAL BAJRAMI - A long ball forward finds Bajrami inside the box and although his first shot is parried by McGregor, his follow-up shot finds the top corner of the net.

  53. 36

    Anders Svensson unleashes a fierce shot from distance but it swirls a few yards wide of the post.

  54. 35

    Robson swings a dangerous delivery into the box which Berra is close to reaching but Isaksson is there to push it clear to safety.

  55. 34

    This is a good spell for Scotland, who have a free kick on the right wing.

  56. 33

    Barry Robson goes to ground after being caught by a heavy challenge from Elmander, who is subsequently booked.

  57. 32

    The corner comes to nothing as Scotland defend it well.

  58. 31

    Toivonen tries to curl one from just outside the area but his shot deflects of Christophe Berra before going behind for a corner.

  59. 30

    The ball breaks for Ibrahimovic outside the box but the Barcelona star's fancy footwork is unable to get him past his marker.

  60. 29

    The visitors are looking more organised at the back now and Sweden are finding it tougher to find a way through.

  61. 28

    The Scotland supporters behind Isaksson's goal are not letting the goalkeeper forget his near-costly blunder!

  62. 27

    Isaksson drops a cross but manages to recover in time to stop Adam scoring from close range.

  63. 25

    Charlie Adam looks to charge forward through the middle for Scotland but Bajrami battles hard to tackle him.

  64. 24

    The corner causes panic among the Scotland defence but they eventually hack the ball clear to safety.

  65. 23

    Emir Bajrami attacks down the left and wins a corner when his attempted cross is blocked behind by Broadfoot.

  66. 22

    It's a bit of a scramble in the box and a high boot from Kirk Broadfoot catches Andreas Isaksson in the face and the Scotland man is shown the yellow card.

  67. 21

    Elmander needs a change of boots but in the meantime Scotland have a corner - and they won't wait for the Bolton striker.

  68. 20

    Scotland now come forward on the left with Steven Fletcher, but he drags his shot from a tight angle well across the face of goal.

  69. 19

    The resulting cross is curled into the box but the Scotland defence clear their lines.

  70. 18

    Sweden have a free kick in a dangerous position on the right wing after a foul on Ibrahimovic.

  71. 17

    Scotland look to launch an attack down the left but a deep cross into the area is cleared by Majstorovic.

  72. 16

    Here comes Ibrahimovic down the right, cutting through the Scotland defence before squaring a pass to Toivonen, who hits a tame low shot at McGregor.

  73. 14

    Scotland manager Craig Levein had urged his players to return home with their heads held high following this friendly but in order to do that, they really need to up their game.

  74. 12

    Scotland are struggling to keep the ball at the moment while their opponents look at ease while in possession.

  75. 11

    Despite seeing their side fall 1-0 down, the Tartan Army are in full voice tonight - as they always are.

  76. 10

    The resulting cross comes into the box but Daniel Majstorovic's header goes wide of the mark.

  77. 9

    Sweden are coming forward in waves and manage to win a corner on the right.

  78. 8

    Ola Toivonen tries his luck with a shot from just outside the box which Allan McGregor spills into the path of Johan Elmander but the Scotland goalkeeper reacts well to make the follow-up save.

  79. 7

    Scotland loft a free kick into the area but it drifts behind for a goal kick.

  80. 6

    Sweden are easily the most dangerous side going forward at the moment and Scotland need to respond quickly.

  81. 5

    Well, anyone who followed my rather obvious advice to back Ibrahimovic to score the first goal will be celebrating easy money right now!

  82. 4

    GOAL IBRAHIMOVIC - After a quiet opening few minutes, the game comes to life when a crisp move down the right wing results in Pontus Wernbloom sending a low cross towards Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who fires home from around eight yards out.

  83. 2

    Both these sides of course missed out on reaching the World Cup so they'll be hoping to build confidence heading into the forthcoming Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.

  84. 1

    Scotland get this clash under way at the Rasunda Stadion, where they are underdogs to claim victory against the hosts.

  85. Sweden are Sky Bet's 4/6 favourites to win tonight's friendly while Scotland are priced at 7/2, with the draw available at 12/5. I think a decent bet would be backing Sweden talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic to score the game's first goal at 4/1, while in terms of a correct score, I'll be tipping 2-0 to the hosts, which is 9/1. Head now to skybet.com to place your bets.

  86. Meanwhile, Sweden coach Erik Hamren names a 4-3-2-1 formation, with Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic leading the attack on his return to the team after coming out of international retirement. Tonight's referee is Gianluca Rocchi from Italy.

  87. As expected, goalkeeper Allan McGregor has been named in Scotland's starting line-up in place of the injured Craig Gordon and will make his first appearance since his involvement in the 'Boozegate' affair, which led to an initial ban from the national team 17 months ago. Meanwhile Craig Levein has picked a slightly inexperienced defence due to several injury withdrawals, with Kirk Broadfoot and Lee Wallace at full-back and Garry Kenneth and Christophe Berra given the opportunity to stake a claim in the centre. Barry Robson, Darren Fletcher, Kevin Thomson, James McFadden and Charlie Adam form the midfield, with the latter rewarded for his efforts at Blackpool last season with his first start since October 2009. Steven Fletcher is given the nod in the lone striker role.

  88. The Sweden team is: Isaksson, Lustig, Mellberg, Majstorovic, Safari, Svensson, Wernbloom, Elmander, Toivonen, Bajrami, Ibrahimovic. Subs: Wiland, Berg, Larsson, Kallstrom, Granqvist, Hysen, Wendt, Olsson, Wilhelmsson.

  89. The Scotland team is: McGregor, Broadfoot, Kenneth, Berra, Wallace, Robson, Darren Fletcher, Thomson, Adam, McFadden, Steven Fletcher. Subs: Alexander, Whittaker, Miller, Iwelumo, Boyd, Robertson, Morrison, McManus, Turner.

  90. Welcome to tonight's commentary of this friendly international between Sweden and Scotland at Stockholm's Rasunda Stadion. If you want to air your views before or during the encounter then the address you need to send them to is christopher.hammer@bskyb.com.

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