Sweden vs Czech Republic: Sweden meets the Czech Republic in the 2ndnd Round semi-finals of UEFA World Cup Qualifying at Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden.
Both teams defended solidly and didn’t concede a goal in the allotted 90 minutes. Robin Quaison broke the deadlock between teams with a 110-minute goal to secure Sweden’s place in the finals.
Let’s take a look at the player ratings for the duel:-
Sweden vs Czech Republic Player Ratings
Robin Olsen (7.5/10): Olsen only had two shots on target, but he saved both and kept a deserved goal.
Marcus Danielson (7.9/10): The right-back was exceptional in his position. His defensive performance was flawless throughout the 120 minutes.
Joakim Nilsson (7.5/10): Nilsson completed the most passes in the game and made key recovery challenges.
Victor Nilsson Lindelof (8.1/10): Lindelof’s defensive positioning was brilliant. He made a few key blocks and interceptions and helped concede.
Martin Olsson (6.6/10): Olsson had a decent game at left-back. He was replaced by Pierre Bengtsson as he sustained an injury early in the second half.
Viktor Claesson (6.7/10): Claesson was cautioned for a clumsy challenge and replaced by Robin Quaison in the second half.
Kristoffer Olsson (7.6/10): Olsson distributed the ball well and his pass was perfectly directed forward. He was booked for a tough challenge late in the second half.
Albin Ekdal (7.2/10): Ekdal played some good passes down the middle and distributed the ball well to feed the forwards.
Emil Forsberg (7.3/10): Forsberg played as a left midfielder and made a good game. He created 3 chances in the match – the most for any player.
Dejan Kulusevski (6.2/10): Kulusevski had an average game up front. He also lost most tackles in the match.
Alexander Isak (7.8/10): Isak provided the vital assist for Quaison, who won the game for Sweden.
Pierre Bengtsson (6.8/10): Bengtsson had a good game for Olsson. He passed the ball well.
Robin Quaison (7/10): Quaison made the headlines when he scored the all-important goal to take Sweden to the final.
Mattias Svanberg (6.7/10): Svanberg was the game’s most accurate passer. His distribution was perfect.
Jesper Karlstrom (NA)
Philip Helander (NA)
Anthony Elanga (NA)
Tomas Vaclik (5.6/10): Czech Republic goalkeeper Vaclik had just two shots on target and was only able to save one of them, conceding a crucial goal.
David Zima (7.3/10): Zima was very good on the right. He made a lot of runs up front and defended pretty well too.
Jacob Brabec (7.1/10): Brabec was brilliant defensively on the night. His blocks and clearances were crucial in bringing the game into overtime.
Tomas holes (7.1/10): Holes had a good game behind them along with Brabec. Holes was also booked for a challenge at Olsson.
Michal Sadilek (7.5/10): Sadilek was vital for survival on the left flank. His crosses and passes were instrumental in Czech’s performance.
Antonin Barak (6.5/10): Barak showed an average game in midfield. He couldn’t prevail in the game.
Thomas Soucek (8.3/10): Soucek made 4 tackles in the match – the most for any player. He also won the most tackles, earning him Player of the Match.
Luke Masopust (6/10): Masopust had a poor game as a right midfielder. He failed to deliver anything substantial and was replaced.
Adam Hlozek (6.7/10): Hlozek had a shot on target but couldn’t find the back of the net. He made good runs and looked good on the ball.
Jakub Yankto (6.5/10): Jankto had a decent play down the left flank. He passed well and put in good balls before being substituted.
Jan Kuchta (5.8/10): As a striker, Kuchta didn’t have a single shot on goal. He was substituted late in the second half as he was ineffective.
Ales Mateju (7/10): Mateju replaced Masopust and put in an outstanding performance, but was unable to influence the outcome of the game.
Milan Havel (6.3/10): Havel couldn’t make much of the game because he played his position.
Tomás Pekhart (6/10): Pekhart replaced Kuchta late in the second half but he was as ineffective as Kuchta.
Ladislav Krejci (NA)
Jan Sykora (NA)
Ondrej Lingr (NA)
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