Sweden defeated Liechtenstein 2-0 at the Friends Arena in Solna on Sunday night to claim their first victory in Group G of the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.
Sweden, without injured forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, took the lead in the first half through Erkan Zengin before Jimmy Durmaz put the game out of their opponents’ reach by doubling the score shortly after the interval.
The win will come as a huge relief for the Swedes who will be desperate to qualify for the tournament in France after missing out on the World Cup in Brazil this summer. They now have five points from three games after registering draws against Austria and Russia in their opening two Group G games.
Sweden had the better of the first half, but both Durmaz and Johan Elmander missed the target with early efforts. But despite dominating possession, the Swedes were finding it hard to break down Liechtenstein, who went into the game full of confidence following a 0-0 draw with Montenegro on Thursday.
But the hosts eventually took the lead in the 33rd minute when Zengin’s deflected effort looped over the hapless Liechtenstein keeper Cengiz Bicer.
The goal calmed Sweden’s nerves and they doubled their advantage a minute after the interval when Bicer’s clearance went straight to Durmaz, who made no mistake in slotting past the custodian.
Sweden now sit in third position in Group G on five points, two points behind leaders Austria.