Victor Lindelof and Sweden are at serious risk of missing out on a second successive major tournament.
Once regulars at international tournaments, Sweden missed out on World Cup 2022 after falling short in the play-offs, and now could miss out on Euro 2024 too.
Last night Sweden were beaten 3-1 at home to Ralf Rangnick’s Austria, with 2022 United target Marko Arnautovic scoring twice.
The defeat means Sweden sit third with just six points, while Belgium and Austria occupy qualifying spots in first and second with 13 points each.
Sweden’s next qualifying fixture in October is away at Belgium, and their hopes of making next year’s tournament are now hanging by a thread.
Victor Lindelof praised despite loss
It was a chastening night for Sweden, who were 3-0 down before scoring a consolation in the 90th minute.
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He was awarded a 3/5 player rating, with every other Sweden player on the pitch graded 2/5 or lower.
The outlet wrote of Lindelof: “The center back was solid in duels and took the initiative offensively. Tried to lead through actions. In vain.”
Lindelof completed all 90 minutes and is expected to be available for United this weekend.
Former United loanee provides assist
Former Manchester United loan midfielder Marcel Sabitzer played a key role in Austria’s win, providing an assist.
He spent the second half of last season at Old Trafford but was not re-signed, instead sold from Bayern Munich to Borussia Dortmund.