Kazakhstan vs Sweden by Sunshine
Kazakhstan didn't have much chances to get any higher position at the table from the start of the qualifications, but still they are trying to be as competitive as possible, especially at the home ground. They are coming from a 2:1 victory at home last Friday over Faroe Islands, as the team showed great fighting spirit and didn't give up although they were back in the scoreline at the halftime.
Disregarding that, they entered the second halftime even more determined to get the victory and quickly turned the scoreline to their favor as the hosts equalized five minutes into the second half with a penalty scored by Zumaskaljev, while Finonchenko scored the winning goal fourteen minutes later. All in all, it was a fully deserved victory for them, as they showed much more on the field and missing couple of more chances to enlarge the lead. Out of seven matches they have four points, this victory and a draw at home against Austria. No doubt the team is well over their hopes for this qualifying stage, while the coach should use the next matches to filter out his squad for next qualifications. Home side has no injury or suspension worries.
Sweden, on the other side, is coming from more than precious victory on the road against Ireland as they won 1:2 last Friday night and made a huge step towards securing the second position. Germany is alone at the first position with five points more than them, while Austria and Ireland are sharing the third position with three points less.
Such a situation means that the Swedish side can't afford any setback and has to take all three remaining matches more than seriously as they are keeping the destiny in their hands. Game against Ireland was everything but easy, as the hosts took the lead in 21st minute with a goal from Keane, while the visitors replied with a goal from Elmander twelve minutes later. Svensson brought them to a 2:1 lead at the beginning of the second half, while it must be said that the game was very tight, where the draw might have been much more fair result. However, it's a gift that they have to take now, as the team visits one of the weakest sides in the group and everything expect their victory would be a catastrophe. Visitors should have much changes in their squad, while their important central defender Andreas Granqvist is back after serving a suspension.
There is a huge quality difference between these two sides and Sweden should take an easy victory here. After a morale boosting victory against Ireland they can't afford to gamble here and should take the game very seriously.