• FT

    Kazakhstan

    2

    Azerbaijan

    1

  • FT

    Faroe Island

    0

    Slovenia

    2

  • FT

    Liechtenstei

    2

    Lithuania

    0

  • FT

    Croatia

    2

    Georgia

    1

  • FT

    Romania

    3

    Bosnia-Herz

    0

  • FT

    Moldova

    1

    Sweden

    4

  • FT

    San Marino

    0

    Finland

    1

  • FT

    Austria

    1

    Germany

    2

  • FT

    Belgium

    1

    Turkey

    1

  • FT

    Italy

    3

    Estonia

    0

  • FT

    Belarus

    1

    France

    1

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING

Zimbru Stadium, Moldova

Referee: Andre Marriner | Attendance: 12000

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Moldova

  • Viorel Frunza 61'

1 - 4

FT

Sweden

  • Ola Toivonen 11'
  • Johan Elmander 30'
  • Johan Elmander 58'
  • Alexander Gerndt 88'

Swedes stay in touch with Dutch

Sweden kept up their pursuit of Euro 2012 qualifying Group E leaders Holland with an emphatic victory in Moldova tonight.

Johan Elmander grabbed a brace for the visitors with Ola Toivonen and Alexander Gerndt also on the scoresheet as Erik Hamren's men closed the gap at the top to six points and with a game in hand over the Dutch.

Viorel Frunza netted Moldova's consolation but they remain second from bottom in the table.

Moldova were narrowly beaten when the two teams met in Stockholm in March, but showed early promise tonight with Eugeniu Cebotaru twice testing the Swedish defence with shots which went wide of the left post.

The visitors had to wait 11 minutes for their first opening, but made the most of it when it arrived as Toivonen picked up the ball on the right channel before driving home a low shot from 25 yards.

Sweden goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson was put to the test soon after by a powerful drive from Frunza as their opponents looked for an immediate reaction.

But another goal followed for the Scandinavians on the half hour from Elmander, who latched onto a cross from Anders Svensson and turned the ball in from 12 yards.

Moldova refused to give in and Isaksson had to make another smart save to keep out a left-footed drive from Victor Golovatenco, while home goalkeeper Stanislav Namasco was also kept busy at the other end by a header from Svensson.

Sweden continued to dominate after the interval and Namasco did well to get his hands to a testing strike from Elmander while the new Galatasaray recruit also put a shot wide of the left post after 51 minutes.

But he grabbed his second of the night after 58 minutes, with Sebastian Larsson providing the cross which the former Bolton striker fired low into the net.

Moldova gave themselves a lifeline three minutes later when Frunza smashed home an assist from Vadim Bolohan.

And they almost added another moments later but Isaksson deftly tipped Alexandr Suvorov's shot from distance over the bar.

Sweden quickly reasserted their authority and Namasco made two quickfire saves to deny Gerndt and Olof Mellberg within the space of a minute.

But the result was put beyond doubt two minutes from time by Gerndt with an unstoppable left-footed strike.

Scoring Summary

  • Moldova
  • Sweden

Match Stats

  • Moldova
  • Sweden
9(4) Shots (on goal) 12(7)
5 Fouls 7
5 Corner kicks 5
1 Offsides 1
41% Time of Possession 59%
0 Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
7 Saves 4

Teams

  • Moldova
  • Sweden
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