Sunday June 1, 2014 Friendlies Finished Friends Arena

Sweden 0 - 2 Belgium

  • Lukaku 35’
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  1. World Cup - Lukaku and Hazard score in comfortable Belgium win over Sweden

    World Cup - Lukaku and Hazard score in comfortable Belgium win over Sweden

    Chelsea duo Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard proved the difference as Belgium secured a 2-0 win over Sweden. More

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    Time:90'
    • Sweden
    • Belgium
    • 93' FULL TIME: Sweden 0 Belgium 2
    • 91' Belgium hit the post! Sweden leave themselves completely open on the counter attack, with De Bruyne driving at the exposed opposition backline. But his shot clips the post and goes wide of the target.
    • 90' Three minutes of stoppage time to be played.
    • 87' Sweden are knocking at the door but Courtois is keeping them out. This time the Belgian keeper gets down low at his near post to save from Larsson. That was an awkward shot to deal with. It bounced in front of him.
    • 86' The sponsors' Man of the Match is Durmaz. He probably has been the best Swedish player on the pitch tonight, so not totally surprising.
    • 85' Sweden are now effectively playing three up front, with Berg, Toivonen and Elmander all looking for a goal that might get the home side back into the game and make the Belgians sweat a little.
    • 84' Sweden sub: Mikael Lustig OFF, Mattias Johansson ON.
    • 83' Courtois is called into action for the first time tonight, making a save from Berg. It was a good save from the Chelsea keeper who spent his season on loan at Atletico Madrid, winning the league and reaching the Champions League final. Not bad.
    • 82' Belgium are in complete control of the contest now. Sweden have hardly had the ball since the second goal went in. I can't even remember them having centre.
    • 81' Talking about things that are wrapped up, Belgium look to have a bow and everything on this game now. The stuffing has been knocked out of Sweden, who had looked set to crank up the pressure.
    • 80' Hazard scores a lovely goal and is immediately hooked by Wilmots. He's made his contribution, it's time to wrap him in cotton wool for the trip to Brazil. Thing is, he hadn't played that well until that strike.
    • 79' Belgium sub: Eden Hazard OFF, Marouane Fellaini ON.
    • 78' GOAL! Sweden 0 Belgium 2 (78 mins - Eden Hazard). Very nice goal. Hazard plays a neat one-two with Origi, freeing up some space just inside the opposition box and sweeping into the net past Isaksson.
    • 77' Larsson lines up a shot from about 30 yards, trying to catch out Courtois at his near post, but in the end the effort is weak and the Chelsea goalkeeper gets down with ease to make the save.
    • 76' Bengtsson is lucky to avoid a booking after cleaning out De Bruyne with a wayward arm as the Wolfsburg attacker brushed past him on his way towards goal.
    • 75' I think we could be about to see Januzaj. The Manchester United youngster is going through his warm-up on the touchline. He would bring an injection of pace and invention to this Belgium team.
    • 74' The goalscorer Lukaku is brought off by Wilmots and replaced by Origi, the 19 year old striker who plays for Lille in Ligue 1. Very different type of player but highly rated in France. Let's see what he can do.
    • 73' Belgium sub: Romelu Lukaku OFF, Divock Origi ON
    • 72' YELLOW CARD: Jimmy Durmaz (Sweden)
    • 71' Hamren has brought on two strikers, Johan Elmander and Markus Berg, both of whom are strong targetman and should give Sweden more of a presence in the opposition penalty area.
    • 70' Durmaz has moved into a central position and is allowing Sweden to keep the ball much better in the attacking third. He is a hub on the edge of the box and has made a big difference in that role.
    • 69' Sweden are certainly starting to impose themselves on the game now. Belgium are having to dig deep and defend what they have.
    • 68' Sweden hit the woodwork! The ball is cut back to the edge of the box from the right side by Larsson, with Durmaz running on to it at speed. His strike is powerful but is slightly too high and clips the top of the bar on its way over!
    • 67' Belgium sub: Dries Mertens OFF, Nacer Chadli ON.
    • 66' Bengtsson gets to the byline and tries to dig out a cross, but it's deflected behind for a corner kick. Toivonen was waiting for the delivery.
    • 65' I just wonder how long it will be before we see a few changes from Wilmots. What are the chances we see Adnan Januzaj feature for the final 20 minutes or so of the game?
    • 64' Belgium continue to control the ball but aren't really doing all that much with it. They are lacking in the final third, especially Hazard, who has been well below his best tonight. He needs to step it up.
    • 63' Vermaelen lumps a long ball forward, initially looking for the run of Lukaku. However, the Chelsea striker leaves it for De Bruyne, who is through on goal. But the whistle goes for an offside on Lukaku. Not sure about that one.
    • 61' Sweden sub: Mikael Antonsson OFF, Rasmus Bengtsson ON.
    • 60' As far as pre-World Cup friendlies go, this is pretty good preparation for this Belgium side. On quality alone, Sweden should probably be going to Brazil this summer, so this is a good test for the Red Devils.
    • 59' Good effort but wide! Lustig gets to the byline, as he has done several times tonight, and cuts inside fooling the defender. But he gets a bit too excited and curls his shot from a tight angle well side.
    • 58' Hazard makes a great run down the left side but instead of trying to release the Chelsea attacker Dembele decides to play a short pas side-ways, and Hazard isn't best pleased with him. He wanted the through ball.
    • 57' The play is getting bogged down in the centre of the pitch, which is leaving Lukaku frustrated up front on his own. He's hardly seen any of the ball in this second half, and he's not really suited to coming deep for it.
    • 55' Alderweireld is a class act. Been really unfortunate not to be an automatic starter in his first season at Atletico Madrid, but always does a very impressive job whenever he is called upon.
    • 54' Wilmots is patrolling the touchline, barking orders at his players and gesturing widly with his arms. They call him the War Pig. No, really. They do. Best nickname in football.
    • 53' Vermaelen plays a deep cross to the back post, but despite the ball drifting over the heads of every player wearing a black shirt, Bengtsson takes no chances and lumps it behind for a corner, which comes to nothing.
    • 52' Sweden are sticking to their 4-3-3 formation, even though it means they are largely outnumbered in the middle of the pitch. Toivonen is dropping deep but it leaves a space in the frontline.
    • 50' Hazard, who didn't have much of an impact in the first half, is flattened by Lustig, who just went right through the back of the Chelsea player. In a competitive game that's a yellow card.
    • 49' First chance of the second half falls to Belgium, but Mertens can't quite make a good enough contact with a ball that is swung into the box, and the effort bounces down off the turf and over the target.
    • 48' So will Sweden mount a comeback or will Belgium pull away from their opponents? Wilmots will want them to step up their performance in the second half.
    • 47' Hamren has made a change at the break, taking off Kallstrom who did very little of any real note in the first half, and has brought on Wernbloom. What a name. Pontus Wernbloom. Wow.
    • 46' Sweden sub: Kim Kallstrom OFF, Pontus Wernbloom ON.
    • 45' We're back under way at the Friends Arena!
    • - What did you make of the first half? How long should Sweden wait before throwing on Ibrahimovic? Does Hazard need to get more involved in the game? Tweet me (@grahamruthven)!
    • - It has been your typical pre-World Cup game, this. Belgium probably deserve their lead on the whole, but Sweden were just starting to come back into the contest towards the end of the half.
    • 46' HALF TIME: Sweden 0 Belgium 1
    • 45' One minute of stoppage time to be played.
    • 44' Close! Bengtsson, who has probably been Sweden's best player in this first half, plays a cross into the box where Toivonen is waiting for it, but the big attacker can't jump high and the ball drifts just inches over his head.
    • 43' Sweden have collected themselves and are now coming at Belgium in search of an equaliser before the break. Lustig and Bengtsson are continuing to get down the flanks, offering something of an outlet.
    • 42' There have actually been a couple of bad challenges tonight, but referee Mark Clattenburg has decided to keep his cards in his pocket this far.
    • 41' De Bruyne nicks the ball round the corner for Lukaku, who is clean through on goal and has Witsel running alongside him as an option. But the flag is raised for offside, which looks to be the right decision.
    • 40' The visitors have essentially taken full control of this game now. They're keeping the ball well and most importantly, they're creating the better of the chances.
    • 38' What a save by Isaksson! The ball is whipped to the back post, where the defender is lurking unmarked. But from close range he sees his effort saved by the goalkeeper, who made himself as big as possble.
    • 37' Belgium are really cranking up the pressure now. This time Mertens is played in down the right hand channel, but his shot towards the near post is deflected just wide of the target by an outstretched Swedish leg.
    • 36' It was a magnificent finish by Lukaku. He had options on either side, but this he was selfish. His shot was driven into the top corner with aplomb. Excellent goal.
    • 35' Correction: it was actually Granqvist who made the mistake that led to the Belgium goal. He gave up possession far too cheaply as Witsel slotted through Lukaku for an effort on goal.
    • 34' GOAL! Sweden 0 Belgium 1 (34 mins - Romelu Lukaku). This time Lukaku takes the shot from the edge of the box after a slip-up from Bengtsson, and the Chelsea striker finds the corner of the net.
    • 33' A cross is staged up to the back post for Toivonen to head back across goal and into the danger area. The bal falls to Kallstrom about 25 yards out, but the on-loan Arsenal midfielder blasts well over.
    • 32' Another corner kick comes into the box, this time from Sweden, but it follows a very similar pattern, in that it was poor.
    • 31' Wilmots is going nuts on the sidelines at his side's apparent hesistance to have a shot of goal, even when the opportunity presents itself.
    • 30' Lukaku frees up a yard of space for himself on the edge of the Sweden box, but instead of taking the shot himself he passes it laterally to Mertens, who wasn't expecting it and loses it under pressure.
    • 29' Belgium win a freekick 30 yards out from goal, but Merten's cross doesn't even beat the first man and his teammates look deeply upset with him. Deeply.
    • 28' Well that was fairly cynical. De Bruyne comes sprinting forward on the counter attack but is hacked down just as he was beginning to reach full pace. Looks dangerous every time he gets the ball though.
    • 27' The understanding between Kompany and Van Buyten could do with some work, which will be a worry for Wilmots this close to the tournament. They just don't seem to click that well.
    • 26' You get the feeling that Belgium aren't quite putting all their effort into this game. It's perhaps to be expected this close to a World Cup, but they certainly have a few extra gears.
    • 25' Hazard has seen little of the ball in these opening 25 minutes or so. This time Kompany tries to find him with a raking cross-field pass, but it drifts too long and Sweden have the throw-in.
    • 23' Very close to a Belgian opener! The corner kick is driven into the danger area by Mertens, with Kompany throwing himself at the ball to make a connection. But if flashes over the bar. Not much in that.
    • 22' De Bruyne is having a good game so far. He's having a big influence on the contest and is Belgium's main threat whenever they get the ball in the final third.
    • 21' The strange thing about this Belgium team is that for all the attacking talent they have produced over the last few years, they are still short of a couple of fullbacks. They're playing two centre backs by trade, there.
    • 20' Lustig once again gets down the right wing, reaching the byline before squaring a cross back to the edge of the box. However, Toivonen gets his angles all wrong and gives it a big air-shot. Whoops!
    • 19' It's all a little bit quiet inside the Friends Arena. The home crowd needs something to get them going. Anything. A tackle, a goal, a meaningful attack?
    • 18' Sweden like to play with two very advanced fullbacks. At times Lustig has been their furthest forward player, surging forward down the right side. The same applies to Bengtsson on the other wing.
    • 17' That was a warning for Sweden. They may have settled into the contest after a poor opening five minutes or so, but Belgium have the quality to make you pay for one single lapse in concentration.
    • 16' Belgium hit the crossbar! The ball is collected by De Bruyne on the edge of he box, who has time to set himself and curl an effort to the far corner of the target. But his shot rebounds back off the bar.
    • 15' Vermaelen is caught out of position by a flicked on header, allowing Hyen to drive at his exposed teammates. But the Swedish attacker takes too long to make his decision and his shot is eventually blocked.
    • 14' Wilmots' side gets into the final third, as they have so often tonight, and then the move breaks down.
    • 13' Decent save by Isaksson. The ball is played into the box following a short corner on the right side, but Kompany's header is straight at the Swedish goalkeeper, who needed to stand tall nonetheless.
    • 12' Sweden have settled into this game nicely. They're playing some nice stuff and look more fluid with their passing movements.
    • 11' Zengin plays a cross into the box, which Kompany appears to deal with. However the Manchester City captain almost plays his way into trouble, but Alderweireld is on hand to make a challenge.
    • 10' Belgium look dangerous when they come forward on the counter attack but their play is still slightly disjointed. There's a bit of rustiness there which will need to be worked out before the World Cup.
    • 9' Close for Sweden! Zengin picks up a loose ball on the edge of the box and jinks inside onto his right foot. From there he unleashes a fierce drive at goal that has Courtois worried, but it flashes over the bar.
    • 8' Sweden would have been at the World Cup too, had it not been for Cristiano Ronaldo who put them to the sword in the playoffs, scoring four goals over two legs.
    • 7' Of course, the entire reason we're here is the small matter of that international competition starting in Brazil in two weeks. You might have heard of it. It's called the World Cup, and Belgium is going. This is preparation for them.
    • 6' Lustig gets on his bike down the right side, and whips a wicked low cross into the six yard box. Courtois seems unsure whether to come out or not but Alderweireld deals with, but only just.
    • 5' First sight of goal for either team, and it falls to Belgium. Mertens is played in behind the opposition defence, but the angle is tight and his driven pass back into the box is cleared by Antonsson.
    • 4' Sweden look to be set up in a 4-3-3 formation, with the front three consisting of Toivonen, Hysen and Zengin. Let's see if they can cause Belgium any problems.
    • 3' Belgium have started well, with Hazard and Lukaku driving at the Swedish backline. Fortunately for the home side the Chelsea attacker turns back and decides to keep the ball with Witsel.
    • 2' First of all, a correction. The team sheet we saw had Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the starting lineup, but the PSG striker has only made the bench. Instead it's Ola Toivonen who starts in attack for Sweden.
    • 1' We're under way at the Friends Arena in Stockholm!
    • 19:25 TEAM NEWS: Sweden - Isaksson, Granqvist, Bengtsson, Antonsson, Lustig, Kallstrom, Zengin, Larsson, Durmaz, Ibrahimovic, Hysen. /// Belgium - Courtois, Alderweireld, Van Buyten, Kompany, Vermaelen, Witsel, Dembele, De Bruyne, De Bruyne, Hazard, Mertens, Lukaku.
    • 19:20 I'm Graham Ruthven and you can contact me on Twitter to let me know your thoughts ahead of kick-off. Who will come out on top? Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Eden Hazard? Tweet me (@grahamruthven)!
    • 19:15 Good evening and welcome to Eurosport's LIVE coverage of the international friendly between Sweden and Belgium. We'll bring you all the action and goals as they go in at the Friends Arena. Kick-off: 19:30.
  • Summary

    • 78' GOAL! Sweden 0 Belgium 2 (78 mins - Eden Hazard). Very nice goal. Hazard plays a neat one-two with Origi, freeing up some space just inside the opposition box and sweeping into the net past Isaksson.
    • 72' YELLOW CARD: Jimmy Durmaz (Sweden)
    • 38' What a save by Isaksson! The ball is whipped to the back post, where the defender is lurking unmarked. But from close range he sees his effort saved by the goalkeeper, who made himself as big as possble.
    • 37' Belgium are really cranking up the pressure now. This time Mertens is played in down the right hand channel, but his shot towards the near post is deflected just wide of the target by an outstretched Swedish leg.
    • 34' GOAL! Sweden 0 Belgium 1 (34 mins - Romelu Lukaku). This time Lukaku takes the shot from the edge of the box after a slip-up from Bengtsson, and the Chelsea striker finds the corner of the net.
    • 23' Very close to a Belgian opener! The corner kick is driven into the danger area by Mertens, with Kompany throwing himself at the ball to make a connection. But if flashes over the bar. Not much in that.

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    Manager: Erik Hamrén

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    Manager: Marc Wilmots

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