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OLSSON ON TARGET

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10:00 14th October 2013

by Norwich City Football Club

City defender helps Sweden turnaround with goal

CANARIES full-back Martin Olsson netted for Sweden on Friday night as they completed a second half comeback to beat Austria 2-1 in Stockholm.

The 25-year-old equalised ten minutes after half-time, before Zlatan Ibrahimovic dramatically edged them in front four minutes from the end.

That wasn’t the last of the drama, however, as City team-mate Johan Elmander, who also completed 90 minutes, was involved in an incident in stoppage time with Stoke City winger Marko Arnautovic that saw the latter sent-off.

The victory meant Sweden secured the play-off spot in Group C, even with their final match against winners Germany to come on Tuesday (15th).

Leroy Fer, who was brought into the Netherlands’ squad as a late replacement for Swansea City’s Jonathan de Guzman, played the final ten minutes of their 8-1 rout of Hungary in Amsterdam.

The Canaries midfielder replaced Kevin Strootman to earn his third cap for Louis van Gaal’s outfit, with Fer hoping his fourth will come in their final Group D match against Turkey (15th).

John Ruddy was an unused substitute for England as they comfortably saw off Montenegro 4-1 at Wembley thanks to goals from Wayne Rooney, an own goal, debutant Andros Townsend and a Daniel Sturridge spot-kick.

Ruddy will be in the squad for their decisive final qualifier against Poland on Tuesday (15th).

Republic of Ireland caretaker manager Noel King opted to not make any substitutions during their 3-0 defeat to Germany in Cologne, meaning City pair Anthony Pilkington and Wes Hoolahan didn't get any minutes. Hoolahan could feature in their closing fixture against Kazakhstan on Tuesday (15th), but Pilkington has been forced to withdraw from the squad through injury.

Meanwhile, Alexander Tettey wasn’t included in Norway’s squad as they were well beaten 3-0 by Slovenia in Maribor, but could feature against Iceland (15th).

With only one qualifier left to play, Scotland weren’t in action over the weekend but Russell Martin and Robert Snodgrass are both in their squad for their final Group A match against Croatia (15th).

A clutch of City’s youngsters were in action on Saturday, with Carlton Morris getting on the scoresheet for England’s Under-19s as they thrashed Andorra 7-0 in Ptuj. Josh Murphy also starred for Noel Blake’s side, with Harry Toffolo an unused substitute.

They play the final game of their UEFA European Championship qualifying triple-header against Switzerland on Tuesday (15th).

Kyle Callan-McFadden was at the heart of Republic of Ireland Under-19s’ defence as they battled to a superb 1-0 win over Sweden – they’ve qualified for the Elite Group but have their final group game against Bosnia & Herzegovina to look forward to (15th).

Under-21s captain Cameron McGeehan also led out Northern Ireland’s Under-19s on Saturday as they drew 1-1 with France, which provided a boost ahead of their clash against Iceland (15th).

Finally, Nathan Redmond is in England's Under-21 squad as they welcome Lithuania to Portman Road – the winger appeared as a substitute last Thursday in their 4-0 win against San Marino.


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