Nations League: 10 things to look out for in the international matches | Football

1) Montenegro and Serbia make history Twelve years after Montenegro achieved independence and 11 years after they were formally recognised by Fifa, they meet Serbia for the first time. The match is, according to goalkeeper Danijel Petkovic, the biggest in the nation’s history. After two games the teams are level on points at the top …

Sweden election: far right projected to make gains as major parties falter – live | World news

Here’s the latest from the Guardian’s European affairs correspondent Jon Henley, who is in the Swedish capital. Voters have said today’s general election is a “critical moment for this country.” Outside the Hedvig Eleonora school in the prosperous Stockholm neighbourhood of Östermalm, Gabriel Kroon, 21 and sporting a Sweden Democrats 2018 tee-shirt, had one worry. …

Swedish PM asks arsonists ‘what the heck are you doing?’ setting fire to cars | World news

Masked young people torched dozens of cars overnight in Sweden and threw rocks at police, prompting an angry response from the prime minister, who asked “what the heck are you doing?” Police spokesman Hans Lippens said initial reports indicated that about 80 cars were set ablaze overnight, chiefly in Sweden’s second largest city, Gothenburg, and …

Dele Alli finally finds the freedom to make his mark on world stage | Dominic Fifield | Football

The hour-mark was approaching when Dele Alli’s moment arrived. England had pinned Sweden deep inside their own territory, patiently sizing up when to deliver the critical pass as teammates manoeuvred themselves into position and flustered opponents sensed impending disaster. It was Jesse Lingard who eventually arced over the cross and there, the wrong side of …

World Cup 2018: fire alarms, fans and the buildup to Sweden v England – live! | Football

And like that, South America left the building, as Russia 2018 reverts to an all-european Euros-style knockout competition. The loss of Cavani pre-whistle perhaps the biggest impediment to Uruguay’s potential progress, but in fairness it perhaps would have taken something special to beat a French side brimming with the talent they have at their disposal. …

Sweden scouting report: Granqvist and Forsberg lead the way | David Hytner | Football

Granqvist leads the defensive wall Janne Andersson has built this team on sturdy defensive principles and the most obvious thing to note is how they compress the space, leaving hardly any of it between the lines. Sweden defend with all 11 players and they are happy to cede possession to the opposition, working to break …

World Cup 2018: the latest news and reaction after England progress – live! | Football

Last night passed off without any major fan trouble, but there was one minor incident. Russian fans and media were enraged after it emerged that an England fan had apparently defaced a statue honouring Spartak legend Fedor Cherenkov outside the stadium. Cherenkov was a midfielder who played for Spartak Moscow for more than a decade. …

World Cup 2018: Sweden v Switzerland – live! | Football

11.29am EDT11:29 72 min: From the corner, Sweden half-clear their lines before finally alleviating a period of sustained pressure. 11.28am EDT11:28 71 min: Switzerland win a free-kick about 40 yards from the Sweden goal. Ricardo Rodriguez floats the ball into the mixer, where Xherdan Shaqiri has a shot put out for a corner. From that, …

Mexico v Sweden: World Cup 2018 – live! | Football

Mexico: Ochoa, Alvarez, Salcedo, Moreno, Gallardo, Layun, Guardado, Herrera, Vela, Lozano, Hernandez. Subs: Jose de Jesus Corona, Ayala, Marquez, Gutierrez, Jonathan, Fabian, Jimenez, Giovani, Jesus Corona, Peralta, Aquino, Talavera. Sweden: Olsen, Lustig, Lindelof, Granqvist, Augustinsson, Claesson, Larsson, Ekdal, Forsberg, Berg, Toivonen. Subs: Johnsson, Olsson, Guidetti, Svensson, Helander, Hiljemark, Krafth, Jansson, Rohden, Durmaz, Thelin, Nordfeldt. Referee: …

World Cup 2018: reaction to Argentina’s late win and Germany buildup – live! | Football

Cometh the 86th, cometh the man. No, not that man. Or even that other man. Or that man who was involved in the alleged palace coup on Sampaoli. Or that new man who started in goal. Or that man who plays for Juventus. Of all Argentina’s storied stars it was perhaps the most unlikely of …