STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Goals from Dejan Kulusevski and Marcus Danielson snapped Sweden’s four-game losing streak in the Nations League as they beat Croatia 2-1 in Stockholm on Saturday.
Needing a win to avoid relegation from Group A3, the victory keeps Sweden’s survival hopes alive as they head into their final group game against France in Paris on Wednesday, despite still being bottom of the group.
Sweden boss Janne Andersson had to watch the game from home following a positive test for COVID-19 and 20-year-old forward Kulusevksi was chosen to start up front with Marcus Berg.
The decision paid off quickly as the Juventus player had a stinging shot saved and created another chance for winger Emil Forsberg. He gave his side the lead when he held off Mateo Kovacic to side-foot home his first goal for his country in the 36th minute.
Sweden’s Dejan Kulusevski (left) battles with Croatia’s Mateo Kovacic for the ball during the UEFA Nations League soccer match between Sweden and Croatia at Frends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, on Nov 14, 2020.