Sweden began strongly at Ernst Happel Stadium and were the better team the first 20 minutes. Then it happened what should not happen out of the blue and yellow perspective. Jonas Olsson hesitated against Marc Janko who became free with Andreas Isaksson, the referee called a penalty which David Alaba fired in goal for 1-0. Oscar Wendt dropped Marko Arnautovic on the right, whose posts reached Marc Janko who headed the 2-0 in front of Andreas Granqvist.
Coach Erik Hamrén was fierce at the press conference:
– We do not act as I want us to act. We talk a lot about us to determine the line and we did not do well enough in the first half. We did better in the second, when it became a completely different game. The second goal was too passive and that they could hit the ball, and it was too bad press but also work there. There are a number of matches where it has become too easy targets. It hurts just when one sees how the objectives will, ‘said Hamrén.
Jonas Olsson made no attempt to try to throw the blame in the mixed zone:
– He (Janko) came a bit from the left, behind me at full speed. It was a wrong decision, I saw him late, thought I should make it. So it’s a bad decision, says Jonas Olsson and adds:
– The defence game has felt good in recent games, now there were two mistakes that you can not do at this level. Above all, my mistake, it is hard to say anything other than it personally.
It was not until well into the second half before Sweden came to life.
– We turned ourself down in the last quarter in the first half and allowed the goals to affect us, says Sebastian Larsson.
Team captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic:
– There were two mistakes and they are the ones we pay for. That is why we are losing by 2-1, says Zlatan Ibrahimovic.