Sweden 0 v 1 Belgium – Euro 2016 Group E

SWE 0:1 BEL – an instantly forgettable encounter at the Allianz Riviera in Nice as both teams laboured disappointingly as Group E ended with a whimper. Belgium knew that a point would be enough to send them through to the last 16, whereas Sweden had to win to have any opportunity of progressing. One monumental achievement from Sweden was to actually record their first shot on target in the tournament – Panathinaikos forward Marcus Berg seeing his volleyed effort parried away by Thibaut Courtois. Belgium were very poor going forward throughout, a lone long-range strike from Kevin De Bruyne their only effort of merit. Two decent balls from wide areas from De Bruyne whipped across the six yard box went begging as Romelu Lukaku looked frankly disinterested in getting on the end of them. They look far from the exciting potential champions that many predicted before the tournament started. Sweden had the best effort of the half as Berg laid the ball of for Zlatan Ibrahimović to volleyed just beyond the far post. It wasn’t much better after half time as the Blågult  lacked the quality to get themselves back into the game. An increasingly frustrated looking Zlatan gesticulating hopelessly at his teammates. Swedish keeper Andreas Isaksson made a couple of good saves to keep Belgium at bay for much of the half but he could do nothing about Roma‘s Radja Nainggolan‘s tremendous pile-driver from the edge of the box that gave Belgium an undeserved win. Goodbye to Zlatan, he has given us all many great memories in previous tournaments. Marc Wilmots has much to do to find the right formula for Belgium to go far into the latter stages.

Man of the Match: Andreas Isaksson
Best: Kevin De BruyneKim KällströmAndreas Isaksson

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