Sweden defeated the Czech Republic 1-0 in the match that took place between them on Thursday evening at the Friends Arena, as part of the semi-final round of the European qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup, which will be held in the coming months in Qatar. Sweden’s goal came through Robin Kayson in the 109th minute.
Sweden qualified for the European qualifying playoffs for the upcoming World Cup finals after being in second place in Group 2 with 15 points, winning 5 matches, and losing 3 matches.
The Czech team was in third place in the table of Group E in the European qualifiers for the World Cup, as the best third with 14 points collected from winning 4 matches, drawing 2 and losing the same.
Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic, AC Milan striker, topped Sweden’s list to face the Czech Republic after he was absent from action for nearly two months due to injury, but he participated for a few minutes in the last two matches with Milan against Napoli and Empoli.
Gareth Bale scored two superb goals to lead Wales to a 2-1 victory over Austria in the European play-off semi-final, and one step closer to qualifying for the FIFA World Cup for the first time in 64 years.
The 32-year-old scored the first goal with a free-kick, which he executed with force and mastery from outside the penalty area in Cardiff.
After a quick corner kick, captain Bale added the second goal with a shot from inside the area, to ensure that Wales qualified for the playoff against Scotland or Ukraine on the appearance card in Qatar this year.
Marcel Zabitzer hit a ball that changed direction and reduced the difference for Austria, but in the end, Wales came out with a deserved victory as it continued its quest to qualify for the World Cup finals for only the second time in its history.