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Match Report below

Match Stats: -

Sweden 2-1 Nigeria
Larsson 35, 62 (pen) Aghahowa 27

Man of the Match: Johan Mjallby (Sweden)


               1-Magnus Hedman 
               2-Olof Mellberg 
               4-Johan Mjallby 
             15-Andreas Jakobsson 
             16-Teddy Lucic 
               7-Niclas Alexandersson 
               6-Tobias Linderoth 
               8-Anders Svensson (17-Magnus Svensson 84) 
               9-Fredrik Ljungberg 
             10-Marcus Allback (22-Andreas Andersson 64) 
             11-Henrik Larsson
               1-Ike Shorunmu 
             14-Ifeanyi Udeze 
               6-Taribo West 
               5-Isaac Okoronkwo 
               3-Celestine Babayaro (4-Nwankwo Kanu 66) 
               2-Joseph Yobo 
             10-Jay Jay Okocha 
             15-Justice Christopher
               9-Bartholomew Ogbeche (7-Pius Ikedia 71) 
             17-Julius Aghahowa 
             21-John Utaka
Referee: Rene Ortube (Bolivia)
Linesmen: Miguel Giacomuzzi (Paraguay) Mat Lazim Awang Hamat (Malaysia)


Match Report: -

Unfortunately, it was too much for Nigeria as they are now officially out of the world cup. After taking the lead in the first minute through Agehahowa, they were looking strong and they had their chances. But the Swedish side were to take control and score 2 goals, both through Henrik Larsson.

Larsson scored 8 minutes after they went behind. They had more clear cut chances than the Nigerians although they did battle as they hit the post twice. The Swedish coach was pleased with his sides team effort and of course the double goal scorer, Larsson. He said that they deserved the win as they had more chances.

The Nigerian coach was rightly disappointed as his side scraped to a defeat which confirms their early tickets home. They had done exceptionally well in qualifying but the Swedes were too much for them. He says his team will still go out with fighting spirit against England, but unfortunately, they are out.