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Wednesday, 12 June, 2002, 08:31 GMT 09:31 UK

Sweden send Argentina packing

Sweden 1-1 Argentina

Anders Svensson's brilliant free-kick ensured Sweden progress to the second round as Group F winners - and ended Argentina's World Cup dream.

Argentina dominated the match and equalised when Hernan Crespo pounced after Marcus Hedman had saved Ariel Ortega's 88th minute penalty.

But, with England drawing against Nigeria, it was not enough for the South American team, who - like holders France - are on their way home.


After beating Nigeria in their opening fixture, favourites Argentina seemed certain to qualify from their group.

But Marcelo Bielsa's team lost their subsequent fixture against England - and only managed to score two goals in their three games despite boasting a wealth of attacking talent.

Sweden - now unbeaten in 12 competitive matches - will play Senegal in their second-round match on Sunday.


  • 13 mins: Hedman saves from Sorin
  • 59 mins: Anders Svensson scores for Sweden
  • 88 mins: Crespo equalises
  • Bielsa tried to rejuvenate his side's World Cup campaign by making four changes to the team that lost to England.

    And after a congested start to the match the South American team began to lay siege to the Swedish goal.

    Left-back Juan Pablo Sorin almost converted Ariel Ortega's right-wing cross after 13 minutes but his header was brilliantly saved by Hedman.

    Shortly afterwards Sorin met a Claudio Lopez cross from the left wing but his attempt blazed over from short range.

    Lopez volleyed over from an acute angle after 28 minutes, shot wide a minute later from a similar position and just missed the target shortly before the break.

    But as the half progressed, Argentina's failure to score turned to frustration and substitute Claudio Caniggia was red carded - and sent from the dug out - for comments made to an official.

    " To come up with a draw and top the group feels fantastic "
    Anders Svensson

    Argentina began the second half with real purpose, pushing forward with the conviction of a team that knew they must score to progress in the tournament.

    Gabriel Batistuta was inches away from heading his team into the lead and Sorin had a header blocked.

    Batistuta was substituted for Hernan Crespo after 58 minutes - and seconds later Sweden took the lead.

    Alexandersson challenges Lopez

    Midfielder Anders Svensson was fouled by Matias Almeyda - and he promptly converted the free-kick with a curling shot that went over the wall and evaded goalkeeper Pablo Cavallero.

    Bielsa introduced Veron and Kily Gonzalez shortly after conceding and surged forward, motivated by desperation and desire.

    Aimar went close with a header, Javier Zanetti forced a brilliant save from Hedman and the Swedish defence made several last-ditch clearances and blocks as the match moved towards a gripping finish.

    As Argentina poured forward, Sweden were able to exploit spaces at the other end.

    A mix up between Mauricio Pochettino and Cavallero almost resulted in an own goal and Andreas Andersson hit the post with the goal at his mercy.

    But Argentina's pressure eventually told.

    Ortega went down under a challenge from Mattias Jonson and the referee awarded a penalty kick.

    Hedman parried Ortega's initial strike but Crespo was the first to react and converted to set up a thrilling finale.

    But the Argentines could not find a crucial second goal and - with the final whistle - sank to their knees after failing to qualify from the group stage for the first time since 1962.

    Sweden: Hedman, Mellberg, Mjallby, Jakobsson, Lucic, Alexandersson, Linderoth, Anders Svensson (Jonson 68), Magnus Svensson, Larsson (Ibrahimovic 88), Allback (Andreas Andersson 45).
    Subs Not Used: Daniel Andersson, Patrik Andersson, Antonelius, Edman, Farnerud, Isaksson, Kihlstedt, Ljungberg, Michael Svensson.

    Booked: Magnus Svensson, Larsson.

    Argentina: Cavallero, Zanetti, Samuel, Pocchettino, Chamot, Ortega, Almeyda (Veron 63), Sorin (Gonzalez 63), Aimar, Claudio Lopez, Batistuta (Crespo 58).
    Subs Not Used: Ayala, Bonano, Burgos, Caniggia, Gallardo, Husain, Gustavo Lopez, Placente, Simeone. Sent Off: Caniggia (45).

    Booked: Chamot, Almeyda, Gonzalez.

    Attendance: 45,777

    Referee: A Bujsaim (United Arab Emirates).

      |  Sweden  |  Argentina | 
    Corners (1st half)  |  2  |  6 | 
    Corners (2nd half)  |  1  |  7 | 
    Fouls committed  |  16  |  14 | 
    Caught offside  |  1  |  7 | 
    Shots on target  |  4  |  4 | 
    Shots off target  |  3  |  11 | 
    Hit woodwork (back into play)  |  1  |  0 | 
    Yellow cards  |  2  |  3 | 
    Red cards  |  0  |  1 | 
    STOPPAGE TIME  |   | 
    First half - 2 mins  |  Second half - 4 mins  | 

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