The Swedes were dominant in the match against Czech Republic but failed to act on the dominance with the ball. The highly exhilarating match on Tuesday in Stockholm ended in a stalemate with Czech Republic being more comfortable with the result.
From the start of the match, The Team Yellow-Blue took the game to Czech Republic. They dominated attacks which resulted in a goal within 14 minutes of play. Marcus Berg sent a cross from Martin Olsson to the back of the net. Then it seemed the home team was sated with the goal. The visitors, obviously unsettled, calmed into the game and sustained attacks. The attacks were rewarded with a goal in the 26th minute. The goal came courtesy of a close-range range header from Reading forward, Matej Vydra. Vydra headed the goal from a Tomas Sivok’s set piece.
The match proceeded slowly until the 34th minute when Vladimir Darida almost gave Czech Republic a lead. He received a pass from Ladislav Krejci and shot it few inches wide. It was a painful miss for him and he obviously reacted. The match proceeded without much action until the end of the first half of the International friendly.
After the 15 minutes break, a strengthened Swedish team reinforced attack. They dominated the opening play of the half and came close to another goal through prolific goal poacher and Captain, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He headed a cross from same Martin Olsson but missed the goal few inches wide.
The visitors also had their chance in the half when a swift counter ended as Krejci, the player that provided the first goal, missed from inside 18 yards.
The match was a painful one for Sweden, especially as they attack failed to convert the chances they had. The team had lost 2-1 to Turkey last week Thursday and had hoped to regain momentum but Czech Republic wasn’t having that. While Zlatan missed the turkey game, he brought confidence into the team with his return but couldn’t motivate the team enough to victory.