Anthony Elanga says first international goal a bittersweet moment

Manchester United youngster Anthony Elanga scored his first international goal for Sweden in their defeat to Norway last night.

Elanga curled in an effort from outside the box in stoppage time after coming off the bench in the second half.

The 20-year-old made his international debut back in March and this was a big moment for him.

Despite the breakthrough, Elanga was more focused on the result than his impressive goal.

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First international goal a bittersweet moment

Elanga was quoted by Fotboll Skanalen after the game, a 2-1 defeat to Scandinavian rivals Norway.

He said: “It feels good, but we lost against Norway and it was a match we wanted to win. 

“I just wanted to come in and do a great job and show the fans what I can do. I hope I did, and now we focus on Serbia.”

The UEFA Nations League match was Sweden’s first competitive defeat to Norway since 1977.

Elanga came on with Sweden 2-0 down in the second half. He had been ill and missed their match last week, returning to the squad for this fixture.

He explained manager Janne Anderson game him a few words of encouragement before sending him on.

“Janne just told me that I would do my thing, push them and try to score. That’s what I was trying to do today.

“We started the second half very well and in the return match I think we can do it even better. I know we can do it even better and I hope we can get a result in Norway.”

After a midweek game against Serbia, Sweden have another game against Norway next weekend, and Elanga is putting himself in the conversation to start.

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