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Key Events

90' + 3'
D. Origi
E. Hazard
87'
C. Benteke
R. Lukaku
84'
E. Hazard
Assist
84'
E. Hazard
Assist
84'
R. Nainggolan
Goal
82'
E. Zengin
E. Forsberg
71'
D. Mertens
Y. Carrasco
70'
J. Durmaz
S. Larsson
63'
J. Guidetti
M. Berg
45' + 1'
A. Witsel
Yellow Card
36'
E. Berg
Yellow Card
33'
A. Ekdal
Yellow Card
31'
T. Meunier
Yellow Card
Kick Off
3
2
3
2

Stats

Possession
% %
6
6
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 4 8
Total Passes 395 357

Commentary

The referee blows his whistle for the final time and has confirmed that Belgium will feature in the knockout stage of Euro 2016 thanks to Nainggolan's second-half wonder strike. In the end, it was a well-deserved win for the Red Devils, who impressed at both ends of the pitch and continuously hit Sweden on the break. Erik Hamren's side progressively pushed further up the pitch as they attempted to find that all-important winning goal, but it left them incredibly open at the back and, in the end, proved to be the cause of their downfall. They will now have to head home after finishing bottom of their group, whilst Belgium go on to face Hungary.
FULL-TIME: SWEDEN 0-1 BELGIUM
D. Origi
E. Hazard
Belgium
90' + 3' Hazard slowly makes his way off the pitch to be replaced by Origi, who will feature for the final few seconds of the game.
90' + 2' Ekdal and Hazard battle for the ball deep inside the Sweden half of the pitch before the latter is dragged to the ground by the midfielder, resulting in a late free-kick that Belgium will surely take their time with. It's chipped into the penalty area by Mertens but fails to find a white shirt and instead bounces into the hands of Isaksson. That is surely that for Belgium, who look set to feature in the last-16 of the tournament.
90' What a chance for Benteke! Hazard has come alive over the past few minutes and breaks down the left wing on an excellent run before cutting inside. He then sends a great pass back to the Liverpool striker, who is in a pocket of space inside the box, but his low strike ends up being parried away by another strong diving save from Isaksson.
88' Zengin muscles his way down the left wing and heads towards the byline before being dragged down to the ground by Meunier, resulting in a free-kick for Sweden in a very dangerous position just outside of the penalty area. Durmaz steps up and chips a great cross into the middle of the box, where Ibrahimovic is waiting, but Nainggolan is there to beat the striker to the ball at the vital moment.
C. Benteke
R. Lukaku
Belgium
87' Substitution Romelu Lukaku Menama Christian Benteke Liolo
86' Ibrahimovic goes close! The striker rises high and brings the ball down on his chest before muscling Alderweireld out of the way. He then spins and sends a thumping volley over towards the bottom right-hand corner of the net, but his effort ends up bouncing agonisingly wide of the far post. It just doesn't seem to be his day!
E. Hazard
Assist
Belgium
84' Assist Eden Hazard
E. Hazard
Assist
Belgium
84' Assist Eden Hazard
R. Nainggolan
Goal
Belgium
84' GOAL! What a stunning strike by Nainggolan! That is surely the goal that will confirm Belgium's place in the next round! Hazard breaks down the left flank on a great run before cutting inside and sending a deep, bouncing cross over to Nainggolan. The midfielder is left in acres of space and comfortably traps the ball before unleashing an absolutely world-class strike from 25 yards out that flies past the outstretched fingertips of Isaksson and into the back of the net. What a piece of skill from the Roma man!
83' Off the line by De Bruyne! A wonderful cross is flung into the middle of the penalty area, where it finds Granqvist after the centre-back did wonderfully well to beat his marker. He sends his downward header away from Courtois and towards the left-hand side of the net, but De Bruyne is there to stop the ball from crossing the line with a vital block.
82' Forsberg is left in far too much space down the left flank and is able to pick up the ball unopposed before trying to whip a cross into the heart of the Belgium penalty area, but he takes slightly too long with it and has to settle for a corner. Can Sweden make this one count?
E. Zengin
E. Forsberg
Sweden
82' Substitution Emil Forsberg Erkan Zengin
81' And now Mertens goes close! The substitute embarks on a wonderful weaving run as he beats two Sweden players on the edge of the penalty area before shooting. His strike looks set to find the bottom left-hand corner of the net, but, once again, Isaksson is there to push the effort away from danger.
80' Chance for Lukaku! It's a case of Ibrahimovic at one end, Lukaku at the other right now, and both seem to be fighting each other for the first goal of the game. This time it's the Belgium striker who goes close after spinning round in the middle of the penalty area, but his thumping shot ends up sailing over the top of the crossbar.
78' Ibrahimovic keeps coming back at the Belgium back line, and once again he wins his side a free-kick, this time off Alderweireld 30 yards away from goal. This time it's Kallstrom who fires in a cross from the set-piece, but Ekdal's header ends up missing its intended target by quite some distance.
76' Ibrahimovic goes close! With his back to goal just outside of the Belgium box, the striker out-muscles Vermaelen before being bundled over by the centre-back, resulting in a free-kick in a very dangerous position. He steps up and unleashes a great strike from the set-piece that bounces towards the bottom right-hand corner of the net, but Courtois does well to get down low and push the effort away from danger.
74' Lukaku scores, but it's offside! Once again, the striker takes advantage of Sweden's high defensive line and breaks past Johansson before heading towards goal. This time he does beat Isaksson with his chip from just inside the penalty area, but the linesman's flag is quickly raised, much to the disbelief of the goalscorer, who was certain he was onside.
73' What a save by Isaksson! Lukaku flies past Johansson and embarks on a wonderful run towards the Sweden penalty area. He penetrates the box and immediately tries to fire a low shot under the body of Isaksson, but the goalkeeper pulls off an excellent stop to deny the striker the opening goal of the night.
72' Mertens immediately gets involved in the action as Belgium once again try to break down Sweden's compact and well-organised defence. However, after initially getting forward well the pace of their attack slows down, and it allows their opponents to comfortably deal with the danger before trying to kick-start a counter-attack.
D. Mertens
Y. Carrasco
Belgium
71' And now Belgium have made an alteration, with Mertens coming on to replace Carrasco.
70' Sweden come back once again before Forsberg unleashes a cross-cum-shot from the edge of the penalty area that deflects off Alderweireld before flying out of play for a corner. It's flung into the middle of the box and finds the head of Granqvist, but the centre-back's effort ends up flying straight into the hands of Courtois before the referee awards Belgium a free-kick for climbing.
J. Durmaz
S. Larsson
Sweden
70' Sweden have made another attacking substitution, and this time it's over on the right wing, where Larsson has made way for Durmaz.
69' It isn't quite working for Sweden at the moment, and they're particularly struggling out on the left wing where Olsson is being pegged back by Meunier and Carrasco. This time he's just about able to send a cross into the penalty area, but under pressure from the Belgium duo he ends up missing Ibrahimovic by quite some distance.
67' Excellent save by Isaksson! After dealing with the danger, Belgium quickly break away on a swift counter-attack through the middle of the pitch. De Bruyne embarks on a great run before and unleashes a rocket of a shot as soon as he reaches the edge of the penalty area, but the Sweden goalkeeper gets down well and tips the effort round the post and out for a corner.
66' Guidetti does well to hold up the ball in the right-hand corner of the Belgium box before playing it off Vertonghen and out for a corner. It's flung low and hard towards the near post but can only find Lukaku, who smashes it away from danger with a vital clearance.
64' De Bruyne finds himself in a pocket of space over on the left wing and uses it well by chipping a dangerous cross into the heart of the penalty area, where it finds Lukaku. The striker has his back to goal but does well to out-muscle his marker before spinning and trying to blast the ball over the top of his head and towards goal, but it's sent too high in the air and is easily dealt with by Isaksson.
J. Guidetti
M. Berg
Sweden
63' Sweden have made a straight swap up front, with Guidetti coming on to take the place of Berg.
62' Ibrahimovic scores, but it's ruled out! A bouncing cross from Ekdal finds Berg, who sticks out a foot and lifts the ball up into the air and over to his strike partner. He coolly and calmly smashes a volley straight past Courtois and into the top left-hand corner of the net, but as soon as the ball crosses the line the referee blows his whistle and awards a free-kick to Belgium, presumably for a high foot from Berg in the build-up.
60' Belgium appeal for a penalty, but nothing is given! Meunier breaks down the right-hand side of the Sweden penalty area before trying to whip a cross into the penalty area, but it seems to hit the underside of Granqvist's arm. Belgium players immediately throw their hands in the air and scream at the referee to point to the spot, but his waves his head and allows play to go on.
58' Almost a chance for Forsberg! Ibrahimovic has started the second half really well, and he looks incredibly hungry for a goal on what could be his final appearance in a Sweden shirt. He muscles his way towards the Belgium box before his attempted shot rolls towards Forsberg, but it takes the winger by surprise and he's unable to get a shot away by Courtois deals with the danger.
56' Belgium come back once again and force Sweden into dropping incredibly deep into their own half of the pitch. Quick passes fly around the edge of the penalty area before De Bruyne eventually gets a shot away, but his low strike fails to find a way through the wall of yellow shirts camped a few yards in front of him.
54' After spending the start of the second half largely on the back foot, Belgium are able to push forward on one of their first proper attacking moves since the break. They work the ball around nicely deep inside the Sweden half of the pitch before Hazard sends a chipped pass over to Meunier on the right flank, but the referee awards Sweden a free-kick for an off-the-ball incident involving Granqvist and Lukaku, who cynically pushed the centre-back to the ground as they battled in the middle of the box.
52' Sweden come back once again! A half-hearted Belgium attacking move breaks down, allowing Sweden to fly forward on another impressive counter-attack. Ibrahimovic charges towards the edge of the penalty area before poking a pass over to Berg, but his first touch is poor and allows him to get a shot away. Instead, he spins and pokes the ball back to Ekdal, but the midfielder's low shot from 20 yards out is easily stopped by Courtois.
50' Ibrahimovic goes close! Sweden quickly come back once again and put the Belgium back line under plenty of pressure, resulting in them winning a throw-in over on the left wing. It's flung into the heart of the penalty area, where it finds the striker, but he's unable to guide his header towards goal and instead sends it a yard or two over the top of the crossbar.
48' Olsson puts Meunier under plenty of pressure deep down the left wing and does well to earn his side a corner. it's whipped into a dangerous position in the middle of the penalty area, but the Belgium back line are easily able to deal with it before winning themselves a throw-in over on the left.
46' And we're underway once again!
The two teams are making their way back out onto the pitch ahead of the start of the second half. Neither side have made any substitutions during the half-time break.
It's been an incredibly open game, with both sides seeing plenty of action at either end of the pitch, but Belgium will head into the half-time break feeling the more confident of the two sides. Meunier's late header went incredibly close to opening the scoring for the Red Devils, who have looked dangerous in front of goal and have given the Sweden defence plenty of things to think about. At the other end, Ibrahimovic has looked full of life and desperate for a goal, but so far he's been thwarted by good defending from Marc Wilmot's men.
HALF-TIME: SWEDEN 0-0 BELGIUM
A. Witsel
Yellow Card
Belgium
45' + 1' Witsel rises high over on the left flank and catches Berg in the face, leaving the striker in a heap on the ground and in serious discomfort. The Belgium midfielder initially looks worried as the Sweden players claim that his elbow is deserving of a red card, but the referee decides just to show him a yellow.
45' The fourth official has indicated that there will be just one minute of added time.
44' What a chance for Meunier! The resulting corner is taken quickly before being sent back to De Bruyne, who then curls an absolutely gorgeous cross into the middle of the Sweden penalty area. Meunier sticks out his head and makes enough contact with the ball to send it over towards the far post, but it ends up bouncing just inches wide of the goal.
43' Carrasco puts Olsson under pressure and forces him into blasting the ball out for a throw-in deep down the right wing. It's taken quickly and worked over to the left flank, where it finds Vertonghen, but the defender's curling cross deflects off a yellow shirt before sailing out of play for yet another Belgium corner.
41' Almost a great counter-attack by Belgium! The cross from the free-kick is poor and is easily gathered by Courtois, who then quickly kick-starts an attack down the left. Hazard breaks forward before launching a wonderful lofted pass over the top of the Sweden back line and into the path of De Bruyne, but he's slightly offside and the linesman's flag is raised just as he's about to go one-on-one with Isaksson.
40' After sitting deep and soaking up the pressure being exerted on them by the Belgium front line, Sweden quickly break away on a swift counter-attack down the left wing. Olsson breaks forward on a great run before taking on De Bruyne, but the midfielder cynically fouls him and gives away a free-kick in a very dangerous position.
38' Hazard and De Bruyne link up brilliantly just outside of the Sweden penalty area before the latter spins and tees up Meunier over on the right wing. The full-back is in a great position in a pocket of space and quickly fires a low cross into the heart of the penalty area, but it's slightly behind Lukaku and can only reach Ekdal.
E. Berg
Yellow Card
Sweden
36' A lofted pass forward finds Lukaku, who holds up the ball well before powering past Johansson and into the Sweden half of the pitch. However, the centre-back cynically pulls back the striker and gives away a free-kick before becoming the latest player to be booked.
34' Vertonghen steps up and unleashes a rocket of a shot from the free-kick, but it deflects off the Sweden wall and over to the right wing. De Bruyne then sends a cross towards the far post, but Larsson is there to nod the ball out for a corner. The Manchester City man tries to pick out a player at the same post from the set-piece, but this time it's Isaksson who comfortably deals with the danger with a strong fisted clearance.
A. Ekdal
Yellow Card
Sweden
33' After dealing with the danger, Belgium fly forward on a quick counter-attack through De Bruyne. He sprints through the middle of the pitch and looks set to penetrate the Sweden penalty area, but just as he's about to he's cynically fouled by Ekdal, who earns himself a yellow card as a result. This free-kick is an excellent opportunity for Belgium to take the lead, but will they make it count?
32' Sweden quickly come back again and win themselves another free-kick in a similar position. This time, Larsson's cross finds Ibrahimovic, who chests the ball down and tees up Granqvist, but the centre-back is unable to send his low pass past Meunier, who does well to close down the space quickly.
T. Meunier
Yellow Card
Belgium
31' Meunier clumsily clips Forsberg from behind and gives away a free-kick to Sweden before earning himself the first yellow card of the game. Once again, Kallstrom tries to cause the Belgium back line with a looping cross from the set-piece, but it's poorly hit by the midfielder and sails out of play for a goal-kick.
30' Almost a lovely move by Sweden! They break away on a swift counter-attack as Ibrahimovic barges Alderweireld out of the way before running towards the edge of the Belgium penalty area. He tries to play a quick one-two with Berg but is unable to get a shot away before the ball finds its way to Forsberg. The winger then tries to pick out the 34-year-old once again, but this time Vermaelen is able to get his body in the way to stop him from doing so.
28' A long-range effort from Nainggolan bounces off a clump of yellow shirts before rolling out for a corner over on the right flank. De Bruyne steps up and fires a cross into the Sweden penalty area, but it's sent far too deep by the Manchester City midfielder and ends up missing every available white shirt before bouncing over to Carrasco on the left flank.
26' Ibrahimovic goes close! With both sides desperately looking for a win, the game has proven to be an incredibly open one thus far. Now it's Sweden who go close to scoring after good play by Berg, who receives the ball with his back to goal before poking it back to Ibrahimovic. The striker immediately unleashes a low shot from 20 yards out, and it's one that beats Courtois before flying a yard or so wide of the far post.
25' Lukaku holds the ball up well just outside of the Sweden penalty area before spinning and finding De Bruyne. The attacking midfielder, who has been relatively quiet thus far, tries to copy Larsson with a long-range strike from a similar distance, but, despite it being on target, his shot is easily saved by Isaksson.
24' Sweden are starting to find pockets of space inside the Belgium half of the pitch, but they're finding it difficult to exploit them fully. Ibrahimovic drops deep to pick up the ball near the halfway line and quickly sets up Larsson, who had drifted inside from the left flank. The midfielder breaks towards the box before trying to test Courtois from 25 yards out, but his effort ends up sailing comfortably over the top of the crossbar.
22' Forsberg is left in a pocket of space midway inside the Belgium half of the pitch, allowing him to charge forward unopposed as he sprints towards the penalty area. He reaches the box and then tees up Ibrahimovic, but the striker's thumping effort is closed down well by Alderweireld and fails to find a way past the Tottenham defender.
20' Vital stop by Johansson! A lovely pass from the left wing looks set to find Lukaku, who had made a great run into the penalty area that would have set him up to go one-on-one with Isaksson. However, Johansson reads the flight of the ball brilliantly and dives in front of the pass to stop it from finding the big striker.
19' Carrasco and Meunier link up well over on the right wing, but the latter is closed down quickly and is unable to whip a cross into the penalty area, forcing him into spinning and picking out Nainggolan. The midfielder immediately tries to pick out Hazard at the far post, but his lofted pass is overhit and misses the outstretched foot of the Chelsea man by the narrowest of margins.
17' Forsberg sprints down the left wing before being caught in the face by Meunier, resulting in a free-kick for Sweden in a dangerous position 40 yards away from the Belgium goal. Once again, Kallstrom launches a cross into the middle of the box, but this time Vermaelen is able to clear the danger with a strong header.
15' Play resumes once again and Belgium try to break forward as quickly as possible. After working the ball around on the halfway line, a lofted pass is flung into the Sweden penalty area and over towards Carrasco on the right-hand side, but the attacking midfielder's first touch is poor and sends the ball out of play for a goal-kick.
13' Granqvist embarks on a marauding run as he charges into the Belgium half of the pitch. He makes it into an advanced position before poking a pass into the feet of Ibrahimovic, who is in a pocket of space, but the centre-back then goes down injured after receiving a knock from Nainggolan. However, it looks as if he's going to be okay after a few moments on the floor.
11' Belgium patiently work the ball around deep inside the Sweden half of the pitch before Hazard picks up the ball just outside of the penalty area. He then works it out to Meunier, who breaks forward before thumping a dangerous cross into the middle of the box, but Isaksson is just about able to get a hand on the ball to stop it from finding Lukaku.
9' Ibrahimovic holds up the ball deep down the left wing before winning Sweden a throw-in, which is taken quickly and sent back to the striker. He then muscles his way into the penalty area before trying to slot a pass back to Berg, but he's quickly closed down and is unable to guide the ball through a group of white shirts.
7' And now Lukaku goes close! It's end to end stuff at the moment as both sides desperately push forward in search of an opening goal. A half-hearted Sweden attack breaks down and Belgium immediately hit them on the counter, but the striker's low shot from the edge of the penalty area ends up deflecting off the outstretched foot of Johansson before trickling just wide of the far post.
6' After dealing with the danger, Belgium immediately break away on a swift counter-attack before Larsson is forced to head the ball out of play for a corner. It's whipped towards the near post where several white shirts are waiting, but Ibrahimovic is easily able to deal with the danger.
5' What a chance for Berg! Sweden push forward into the Belgium half of the pitch as tackles fly in all over the place, and Ekdal eventually wins his side a free-kick after being bundled over by Nainggolan. Kallstrom steps up and sends a dangerous cross into the middle of the penalty area, where it finds Berg, but the striker can only fire his shot straight at Courtois in the middle of the goal.
4' Lindelof slips as he's tries to deal with a loose ball, and it allows Hazard to pick up possession over on the left flank once again. He cuts inside and heads towards the edge of the penalty area before teeing up Witsel, but the midfielder's thumping strike ends up flying a few yards over the top of the crossbar.
3' Hazard and Vertonghen link up wonderfully well over on the left wing as Belgium embark on a quick start to the game. The Chelsea winger takes on Lindelof and pokes the ball past the full-back for the Tottenham defender to run on to, but he ends up missing Lukaku with his deep cross, which sails out for a goal-kick.
1' And we're off! Belgium get us underway, attacking form right to left.
The two sides are making their way out onto the pitch, with just a few minutes to go until kick-off.
Meanwhile, Belgium boss Marc Wilmots has also made one alteration to the side that won 3-0 against the Republic of Ireland, with Mousa Dembele making way for Radja Nainggolan in the heart of midfield.
Erik Hamren has decided to make just one change to the Sweden side that started the 1-0 defeat against Italy on Friday, with Marcus Berg returning to once again lead the line alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Belgium substitutes: Fellaini, Mignolet, Gillet, Mertens, Denayer, Origi, Kabasele, Dembele, Benteke, Jordan Lukaku, Batshuayi, Ciman.
Belgium XI (4-2-3-1): Courtois; Meunier, Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Vertonghen; Nainggolan, Witsel; Carrasco, De Bruyne, Hazard; Romelu Lukaku.
Sweden substitutes: Lustig, Olsen, Jansson, Hiljemark, Wernbloom, Augustinsson, Lewicki, Kujovic, Guidetti, Durmaz, Zengin, Carlgren.
Sweden XI (4-4-2): Isaksson; Lindelof, Johansson, Granqvist, Olsson; Larsson, Ekdal, Kallstrom, Forsberg; Berg, Ibrahimovic.
There’s just over 15 minutes left to go until kick-off, so let’s have a look at how the two teams will be lining up this evening…
However, Belgium are in the unenviable position that they could finish in either second, third or fourth place depending on whether or not results go their way. A win or a draw would certainly be enough to send them through no matter what happens in the Republic of Ireland’s clash against Italy, but a defeat here coupled with a win for the Irish could prove to be the end for the Red Devils.
A limp and lacklustre 2-0 defeat against Italy in their opening game resulted in many heaping scorn on a Belgium team that are blessed with an abundance of talent but are yet to fully realise their potential, but they silenced their critics in perfect fashion by comfortably beating the Republic of Ireland 3-0 in an impressive display at the Stade Matmut Atlantique.
Whilst they have looked relatively stable at the back - a feature of their play during the qualifying campaign - Sweden have struggled up front, where the talismanic Zlatan Ibrahimovic has often looked frustrated and isolated. The 34-year-old recently announced that he is set to retire from international football after Euro 2016, so this may be his last chance to serve up some magic for the side to whom he has been so important for the past 15 years.
A difficult and somewhat underwhelming campaign thus far means that Sweden have to win today if they are to have any chance of reaching the knockout stage of a European Championship for the first time since 2004. A 1-1 draw with the Republic of Ireland (courtesy of a Ciaran Clark own-goal) resulted in a point for Erik Hamren’s men, but they then went on to lose 1-0 against Italy in their second group stage game to give themselves a mountain to climb in what is set to be a tough clash tonight.
Good evening and welcome to our live text commentary of today’s Euro 2016 group stage game between Sweden and Belgium at the Allianz Riviera.
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