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Last Updated: Wednesday, 17 October 2007, 20:29 GMT 21:29 UK
Sweden 1-1 N Ireland
Action from Stockholm
Ivan Sproule shields the ball from Anders Svensson in Stockholm
A stunning individual goal by Kyle Lafferty earned Northern Ireland a deserved 1-1 draw in their Euro 2008 Group F qualifier in Stockholm.

Olof Mellberg gave Sweden a 15th-minute lead when he volleyed home from close range after Kim Kallstrom flicked on a Tobias Linderoth free-kick.

Lafferty equalised on 72, beating two defenders and curling a right-foot shot into the top corner of the net.

The result maintains Northern Ireland's mathematical hopes of qualification.

Nigel Worthington's side received a pre-match boost when Freddie Ljungberg failed to start for the home side because of a lingering calf injury, Kallstrom taking his place.

Lafferty was well wide with a fourth-minute right foot shot and then Gareth McAuley made a great challenge on Johan Elmander as he bore in on goal.


Lafferty then conceded the free-kick for Linderoth's free-kick which saw Mellberg sneak ahead of Aaron Hughes to apply the finish.

A minute later Healy's free-kick was palmed away by Andreas Isaksson and soon after Lafferty was yellow-carded for an innocuous challenge, meaning he will miss the next match against Denmark through suspension.

Maik Taylor palmed away a Zlatan Ibrahimovic right-foot shot on 28 minutes and Healy's 31st-minute overhead kick just cleared the bar.

Elmander chipped a shot wide of the post before the interval.

Chris Brunt shot just over the bar with a left-foot shot from 25 yards out after 59 minutes and Isaksson smothered a Healy effort before Lafferty levelled with his fine solo goal.

Kallstrom hit the bar with a free-kick six minutes from time and with a minute remaining Healy got his toe to a cross from the left but was just off target.

Ibrahimovic headed just wide when well placed in the final minute and Healy shot straight at the keeper in added time.

Sweden: Isaksson, Concha, Mellberg, Hansson, Edman, Linderoth, Svensson, Wilhelmsson, Kallstrom, Ibrahimovic, Elmander.
Subs: Shaaban, Nilsson, Majstorovic, Johansson, Allback, Rosenberg, Ljungberg.

Northern Ireland: Taylor, McAuley, Hughes, McCartney, Craigan, Davis, Clingan, Brunt, Healy, Sproule, Lafferty.
Subs: Mannus, McCann, Webb, Jones, Capaldi, Robinson, Hamilton.
Referee: Bertrand Layec (France)

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