(EFE) – Sweden strengthened its leadership in group B this Sunday, with full points and two over Spain, with a comfortable victory in Pristina against Kosovo in the second game on the return of Ibrahimovic, who did not score but gave again a goal.
The Milan striker, who has returned to the national team at 39 after retiring five ago, returned to sign a good performance, acting as a buoy when it is necessary to play long and participating in the combinatorial game other times, more as an assistant than as a finisher.
“Janne” Andersson almost traced the eleven that three days ago he beat Georgia with some difficulties, except for the expected exchange of Fosberg for Kulusevski, keeping Nordfeldt in goal due to physical problems with Olsen and with the same midfielder pair due to the injury of Ekdal, who was aiming to start.
Kosovo came out motivated. Too. In twelve minutes he had three cards, and Muriqi could have been expelled by an elbow to Helander, to which he opened a gap, in an action that smelled of revenge for a similar previous set, although without fault of the Swedish central.
That excessive harshness and a tendency to the theater, exaggerating the contacts, spoiled a little worthy first part of the premises, which with a direct style caused some problems for Sweden, although they also made many errors in the pass at the start.
As against Georgia, Ibrahimovic returned to serve as an assistant. This time he took a karate-like cue pass to save Ujkani’s exit and left winger Augustinsson alone in the area, who shot two defenders under the empty goal.
Isak was able to do the second, but missed a heads up. Muriqi, on the other side, sent a good drop from Rashica to the clouds. Later, he sent off a complicated header butt.
The Real Sociedad striker, always solicitous to help back, increased the score in a messy play in the Kosovar area. He picked up the rebound on his first shot, outlined with his left foot and, somewhat cornering, took a hard shot that slipped between Ujkani’s legs.
Celina, shortly before the break, almost gave Kosovo hope with a well-intentioned Vaseline that narrowly went high after a poor clearance by Lindelöf.
Kosovo remained willful in the second half, but hardly creating any danger. Sweden, on the other hand, was able to score several goals, as in a great play by Isak, with a subsequent shot from Fosberg, who scored the goal a couple more times.
Larssón, by transforming a clear penalty by Hadergjonaj, closed the win that keeps Sweden in first place. Their next game in the group will not be until September, in Stockholm, against Spain.
0 – Kosovo: Ujkani; Hadergjonaj, Vojvoda, Aliti, Kololli; Halimi (Voca, m.75), Kryeziu; Rashica (Kastrati, m.71), Celina, Zeneli (Berisha, m.73); Muriqi.
3 – Sweden: Nordfeldt; Lustig, Lindelöf, Helander, Augustinsson (Bengtsson, m.82); Claesson (Kulusevski, m.83), Larsson, Olsson (Svanberg, m.90), Fosberg; Isak (Quaison, m.68), Ibrahimovic (Berg, m.67).
Goal: 0-1, m.12: Augustinsson; 0-2, m.35: Isak; 0-3, m.70: Larsson.
Referee: Tamás Bognár (Hungary). He took a yellow card, for Kosovo, to Muriqi (m.6), Kryeziu (m.9), Hadergjonaj (m.12), Halimi (m, 71); for Sweden, to Isak (m.27). He sent off Berisha for a double yellow (m.88, 90).
Incidents: Match of the second day of qualifying group B for Qatar 2022, played at the Fadil Vokrri in Pristina.