Ahead of every match in this tournament Sweden coach Janne Andersson has said that his players and the entire team need to reach their “personal best” to have a chance to win. Today, however, it seems like the nerves have got the better of them and there have been many simple mistakes coming from the Swedes in the first half.
Sweden have lost nine of their previous 11 World Cup matches in which they were trailing at half time. The only exceptions were two draws against England in 2002 (1-1) and 2006 (2-2).
Even if things look difficult for the Scandinavians at the moment, let’s not forget that this tournament has shown that Sweden are a good second half team. They’ve scored five of their six goals at this World Cup after the interval.