The difference in talent may not have been great, but when Sweden beat Spain last week, it still sent shock waves through the football world. It was Spain’s first defeat in the World Cup qualifier since 1993, a distance of 66 matches that Sweden snapped.
Although Sweden is still second in Group B with nine points, it has two fewer matches than Span, which leads by 10 points, so The Blue and Yellow is actually in the driver’s seat for an automatic place in Qatar.
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Sweden will now focus on a weaker Greek side, which has three points through three matches so far and comes with a 1-1 draw against Kosovo.
It tells us that Greece should not be too big a problem for Sweden. But this is football, and football can be unpredictable, especially with a World Cup place on the line.
Sweden will be led by Alexander Isak (Real Sociedad) and Viktor Claesson (FC Krasnodar), its two goal scorers in the victory over Spain, as well as Emil Forsberg (RB Leipzig) and Dejan Kulusevski (Juventus).
Ahead of Wednesday, Sweden has allowed only one goal through three World Cup qualifiers. The team has won in nine of its last eleven matches, which proves that it is a force to be reckoned with in Europe and must not sleep on when predicting which countries will reach Qatar.
Sweden may even be able to do so by winning Group B and avoiding having to win a play-off after this qualifying round is over. The blues and yellows must avoid a setback in Greece for it to remain realistic.