Sweden played 1-1 today against Northern Ireland. The Swedes did a poor performance and even though they had 1-0 until the 75th minutes, Northern Ireland was the better team and could have won at the end. Fredrik Ljungberg was supposed to play but had to give in only ten minutes before the game, which meant that the Lyon player Kim Källström had to jump in with very short notice.
The result means that Sweden can not celebrate that the place at the European championship is one hundred percent secured but in order to miss they will have to loose against both Spain and Latvia, while Denmark or Northern Ireland wins both their games and also take in some goal difference.
One thing that strikes an observer is that the crowd watching the Swedish national team is extremely quiet compared to when the club teams play, at least the club teams in Stockholm. 2000 fans from Northern Ireland made a lot more noise than 31000 Swedish supporters. When there is a Stockholm derby for example, the quality of the fans is of high European standard.