Sweden without Ibra going for win against Dutch

AP, Monday 10 Oct 2011

Sweden must end the Netherlands’ winning streak to qualify automatically for the 2012 European Championship, and will have to do it without suspended star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic, left, controls the ball against Finland's Joona Toivio and Niklas Moisander, right, during their Euro 2012 Group E qualifying soccer match Finland vs Sweden (Photo: AP)

The Dutch have already won Group E and the Swedes are assured of a playoff spot regardless of Tuesday’s result. But if Sweden wins at Rasunda stadium it will take the last automatic spot given to the best runner-up in the nine groups.

Sweden coach Erik Hamren says beating the Dutch—is “a tough task, but not impossible.”

Ibrahimovic will probably be replaced by Johan Elmander or Tobias Hysen.

While Sweden is largely injury-free, the Netherlands is missing several key players due to injury, including playmaker Wesley Sneijder, goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, winger Arjen Robben and defender John Heitinga.

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