Sweden put eight goals past Luxembourg in World Cup qualifier

Lester Mason
October 8, 2017

In the standing table of World Cup Qualifying Group A, the team Sweden is in the second place with 16 points and the team Luxembourg is in the fifth place with five points.

The pressure was on after Sweden had earlier swept past Luxembourg 8-0 to boost their hopes of making it to Russian Federation, which in turn all but eliminated Holland, who later won 3-1 in Belarus.

France, which plays its last game against Belarus on Tuesday, kept its one-point lead over Sweden with its first win in Bulgaria since 1932.

Dick Advocaat's side went into the match playing catch-up following Sweden's dominant 8-0 drubbing of Luxembourg earlier in the day, leaving Netherlands needing a victory and a hatful of goals to leave themselves with a realistic chance of finishing in the top two. Memphis Depay made the margin look flattering by scoring from an injury-time free kick.

Having failed to qualify for Euro 2016, the Dutch are close to missing out on back-to-back major tournaments for the first time since 1986.

On a rainy night in Sofia, France needed just three minutes to take the lead.

"It was a complicated and physical game, with a lot of fouls", France coach Didier Deschamps said.

Sweden swept to an 8-0 victory over Luxembourg in Solna, with Marcus Berg bagging four goals and Andreas Granqvist two including a penalty, with Mikael Lustig and Ola Toivonen also on target.

Janssen was again denied by goalkeeper Sergey Chernik early in the second half before Belarus fired a warning shot when Sergey Balanovich forced Jasper Cillessen into his first serious piece of action.

Luxembourg, which held France to a goalless draw last month, endured a nightmarish game. Incredibly, their second half was even better.

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