A dream can’t last forever; at some point you have to wake up. That moment came for Sweden tonight. Robin Olsen and Victor Lindelof had impressive performances but it wasn’t enough. Mikael Lustig’s absence was notable in the Swedish defence that, for the first time at this World Cup, had troubles in the air. When the disappointment has run its course, these players will look back on this World Cup with pride.
It’s just not happening for Marcus Berg. The Swedish striker has created several great goalscoring chances throughout the tournament but when it comes to getting the ball into the net, the luck has just not been on his side.
Pontus Jansson coming on for Emil Krafth and just before the Swede entered the pitch he passed a note to John Guidetti who shared it with his teammates on the pitch. A tactical surprise coming from Janne Andersson after all?