Lindelof gets lowest possible player rating after mistake in costly Sweden loss
Victor Lindelof’s error for Sweden against Georgia was a costly one.
With Sweden 1-0 down he tried to pass the ball out of defence, was intercepted, and Georgia scored a second goal.
It has cost Sweden top spot in the group heading into a showdown with Spain on Sunday.
Lindelof was criticised by Swedish TV pundit Kim Kallstrom for his error, and the backlash keeps on coming.
Swedish outlet Fotboll Skanalen graded Lindelof’s performance at just a 1/5, the lowest possible rating on their scale.
He was criticised for losing an aerial battle for Georgia’s first goal, before his error for the second.
Lindelof was described as ‘noticeably disappointed’ in his post-match press conference.
He said: “I try to chip the ball over him, but really I just gave it away. I can not do anything about it right now, but of course it’s frustrating.
“We must try to recharge, recover, go there [Spain] and give everything. Then we will see where it leads us.”
Sweden had welcomed Zlatan back into the side to play his first game for his country since turning 40, but he was unable to find the net.
The match was Sweden’s first loss to a team as lowly placed in the world rankings as Georgia for 13 years, Aftonbladet reported.
The United effect
Sadly for Lindelof, he appears to have brought his club troubles with him to international level.
He has not been playing well for United lately and his once reliable partnership with Harry Maguire looks rockier than ever.
It is clear he is a player struggling for confidence, and there is a bit of that going round right now.
Bruno Fernandes was substituted for Portugal against Ireland last night after 70 odd minutes after failing to make an impact.
Harry Maguire had hinted at United players lacking belief against City and it appears the squad is at a very low ebb, after the way results have gone against them over the past few weeks.
The coaching staff, who can’t be feeling great themselves either, have a real job to pick the players’ morale up when the squad return.
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