MX23RW : Tuesday, September 18 18:08:01
Oct 12, 2014 at 7.45pm UK
Sweden
2-0
LiechtensteinLiechtenstein
Zengin (34'), Durmaz (46')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Frick (49'), Quintans (64')

Result: Sweden labour to Liechtenstein win

Sweden labour to a 2-0 win against Liechtenstein in their Euro 2016 Group G qualifier in Solna.

Sweden have made hard work of Liechtenstein in their Euro 2016 Group G qualifier, ultimately labouring to a 2-0 win against Rene Pauritsch's outfit in Solna.

Sweden's midfielder Jimmy Durmaz celebrates in front of his head coach Erik Hamren after scoring a goal during the Euro 2016 Group G qualifying football match Sweden vs Liechtenstein at the Friends Arena in Solna, near Stockholm on October 12, 2014© Getty Images

The home side dominated their less illustrious opponents from the early stages, but the visitors were intent on defending stoutly, as Mikael Antonsson and Martin Olsson saw shots blocked by the Liechtenstein back line.

Emil Forsberg was next to threaten, the Malmo youngster bearing down on goal twice in the ninth minute, before Olsson tested the resolve of the away side's defence moments later.

Sweden kept dominating possession and plugging away on goal, eventually breaking the deadlock in the 34th minute when Zengin tucked the ball into the bottom corner of the net past Cengiz Bicer, much to the relief of the home crowd.

The Eskisehirspor man nearly doubled the lead with nine minutes left of the first half, but his free kick just missed the top left corner.

No sooner had the second half begun than Sweden doubled their lead, as Jimmy Durmaz struck home from the right-hand side of the Liechtenstein box with just 24 seconds on the clock.

Erik Hamren's side pressed forward in a bid to add gloss to the scoreline, with Kim Kallstrom's finish wide of the goal in the 56th minute and Zengin forcing a save out of Bicer moments later.

Daniel Kaufmann then gave the visitors a rare chance in front on goal in the 71st minute, but the FC Vaduz man's effort was off target.

Ultimately, Sweden could not breach Liechtenstein's defence any more, and had to settle for a two-goal victory when they may have been expected to bump up their goal difference.

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Sweden's midfielder Jimmy Durmaz (L) and Russia's defender Igor Smolnikov vie for the ball on October 9, 2014
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