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17 June 2016

Martin Olsson plays the full match vs Italy

SWEDEN's hopes of making the knock-out stages at Euro 2016 suffered a serious blow on Friday as they were beaten 1-0 by Italy in Toulouse.

Despite largely being on top for prolonged periods, a game of few clear chances was ultimately won by the Italians when Eder struck with just two minutes of normal time remaining.

The closest Sweden came to a goal was when Martin Olsson's 70th minute cross reached Zlatan Ibrahimovic, only for the striker to divert over with the offside flag already raised against him.

They were made to pay late on when Eder fired low into the net, having earlier survived a serious scare when Marco Parolo's firm header struck the crossbar.

The second phase of fixtures within the group will conclude on Saturday afternoon when the Republic of Ireland meet Belgium in Bordeaux, with Sweden's fate now looking to be out of their own hands.

They themselves face Belgium next week, and must win in order to give themselves any chance of progressing to the last 16.

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