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Sweden Sweden vs Austria Austria

Sweden 2

M Olsson (56)
Z Ibrahimovic (86)

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Austria 1

M Harnik (29)
M Arnautovic (S/O 90)

World Cup qualifying: Sweden leave it late to edge out Austria

Last Updated: 11/10/13 10:28pm

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Marko Arnautovic and Johan Elmander tangle.

Marko Arnautovic and Johan Elmander tangle.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a late winner as Sweden recovered from a half-time deficit to defeat Austria 2-1 in their World Cup qualifying group.

Austria were on course to join second-placed Sweden on 17 points in Group C after Martin Harnik's 29th-minute strike gave them the lead.

However, Sweden drew level soon after the interval through Martin Olsson and star striker Ibrahimovic then struck the winning goal with four minutes left to ensure his side will finish second in Group C behind winners Germany.

A disappointing second half for Austria was summed up when they lost Stoke striker Marko Arnautovic to a straight red card in the closing stages.

It was looking a lot more promising for the visitors an hour earlier as a neat finish Harnik put them in front, the Trabzonspor forward sweeping the ball home at the far post following Marc Janko's lay-off.

Sweden may have felt unlucky to have been a goal down at that stage as Alex Kacaniklic, Ibrahimovic and Johan Elmander had all been denied by visiting goalkeeper Robert Almer before that, but the hosts could also just as easily have been 2-0 behind moments later as Andreas Isaksson superbly denied David Alaba with his feet.

Isaksson then saved from Aleksander Dragovic as the visitors sought a second goal before the break.

Sweden held firm though and then drew level 10 minutes into the second half when Olsson headed home Ibrahimovic's cross.

Boosted by that goal, the home side turned up the pressure and Ibrahimovic and Anders Svensson drew fine saves out of Almer.

Despite that, it looked as though Sweden would have to settle for a point as the match edged towards full-time still locked at 1-1, but captain Ibrahimovic had other ideas as he brilliantly brought down Olsson's long ball forward before slotting a left-footed shot past Almer to seal the win.

Sweden will have been hugely relieved to have got the victory as their final match pitches them against Germany, while Austria, who saw Arnautovic dismissed for violent conduct late on, travel to basement dwellers Faroe Islands.

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Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Belgium 10 26
2 Croatia 10 17
3 Serbia 10 14
4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
6 Macedonia 10 7

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 22
2 Denmark 10 16
3 Czech Republic 10 15
4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
6 Malta 10 3

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 28
2 Sweden 10 20
3 Austria 10 17
4 Republic of Ireland 10 14
5 Kazakhstan 10 5
6 Faroe Islands 10 1

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 28
2 Romania 10 19
3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Switzerland 10 24
2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 22
2 Portugal 10 21
3 Israel 10 14
4 Azerbaijan 10 9
5 Northern Ireland 10 7
6 Luxembourg 10 6

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 25
2 Greece 10 25
3 Slovakia 10 13
4 Lithuania 10 11
5 Latvia 10 8
6 Liechtenstein 10 2

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 10 22
2 Ukraine 10 21
3 Montenegro 10 15
4 Poland 10 13
5 Moldova 10 11
6 San Marino 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4

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