Sweden is now far away from a a World Cup summer in Brazil. Serious mistakes cracked Sweden in Vienna. Austria won 2-1 (2-0). It had issued storm warning in the first fifteen minutes at Ernst Happel Stadium. There was talk about an Austria which would give everything they had, go full speed ahead and go knock on by nearly 50,000 flag-waving and yelling fans in the back.
Instead Johan Elmander burned a chance he risks having nightmares after only two minutes, he fired over from close range, and Jonas Olsson was about to kneel in a header pass from Zlatan Ibrahimovic. And then a few half-chances and next to it. The national team had lines, game, control, and when Martin Harnik after one quarter sent a shot 20 feet across and 30 feet from the goal the crowd was not happy.
Sweden had the game, Sweden had Marcel Koller feared and upward red and white thread in a firm grip. Then came the mistakes, one by one.Those stronger contours of a wider road to Brazil that could be discerned was transformed in a matter of minutes to a brushy trail.
At 1-0 (26) Olsson took a wrong decision as the last man, Harnik won the header duel, came up alone and threw herself elegantly and skillfully over Andreas Isaksson hands. The Italian Gianluca Rocchi called a penalty directly. David Alabas successful season (won the treble with Bayern Munich) continued when he with no fuss sent home the shot.
Isaksson’s yellow card means he misses Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands at Friends Arena. Only after 60 minutes Hamrén enough of yet another pale of international Rasmus Elm. In his 140th international Anders Svensson came in with the mission to try to contribute to something that could emulate the feat at the Olympic Stadium in October.
Elmander got a foot Ibrahimovic joint after 82 minutes and reduced, but more than that, it was not.
Austria’s past Sweden in the table, as well as Ireland beat the Faroe Islands. Both have eleven points. Sweden reaches as many wins against the Faroe Islands. Nothing is settled, but a cold wind suddenly pulled straight into the Swedish National Team.