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Toivonen’s goal got a gutsy Swedish national football team battle back coming up with a 1-1 tie with Russians – yet the Russian team manager commented on a possible winning fate for the visitors.
The match was hosted at Stockholm Friends Arena.
The Russian football squad took lead in tenth minute of the match when Kokorin (Alexsandr) surged through prior to cutting back on right foot & rolling ball through Antonsson (Mikael) & past a desperate dive of Isaksson (Andreas).
The Swedes practically wasted the best chance to equalize3 minutes later when Durmaz (Jimmy) upended in box by Smolnikov (Igor) – however, goalie Akinfeev (Igor) threw himself into his right, pushing away Larsson’s (Sebastian) well-struck penalty.
In for injured Ibrahimovic (Zlatan), Toivonen pulled the Swedes level in 49th minute of the match, turning home Jimmy’s low cross prior to being replaced with Elmander (Johan) 8 minutes later post a hamstring injury.
With 4 points from first couple of game, the Russians are leading C Group on the goal differences from Austria and Montenegro- with the Sweden squad in 4th place on 2 points. Next Russia would be hosting Moldova & the Swedish would be greeting Liechtenstein.
“I am glad with my team’s performance but not at all happy with the result”, stated Russian coach Fabio Capello, who is known to be hard task master. We had enormous opportunities to score our winning goal. There’re couple of saves from keeper, a mistake from the forward & some moments which were actually quite dangerous for the Swedes.”
Erik Harmen (Sweden coach) appeared quite content with the team fate in the Russian match, in spite dropping couple of points.
“I am really glad with our very attitude”, stressed the Swedish coach. “We started our game well & we played all good till their goal. It was akin to a big blow into your stomach when the Russians were 1-0 up.”
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In the previous season Norwich City almost managed to escape the bottom relegation zone of the Premier League as they only needed 4 more points to steer clear away from the drop spots and avoid having to return to the Championship League but unfortunately for the squad of Neil Adams, they just could not collect those valuable points needed to survive for another season at the top tier England League.
Neil Adams is the man in charge of propelling the club to success and help the squad in their journey of returning to the Premier League. The 48 year old manager of Norwich City is confident that his players can accomplish that task.
Adams expressed his confident about his current roster of players as he told the media: “We are a Premier League club; we should be in the Premier League. We don’t have to sell any players, only if someone offers the right price, and I am delighted with the five players we have brought in. I have played in East Anglian derbies and it means just as much to win as a manager. It is not an easy place to go but I and the players knew exactly what it meant to our supporters.”
Adams is a fairly well-known figure in Norwich after he managed the club’s U-18’s and went on securing a triumph against Chelsea during the 2012-13 edition of the FA Youth Cup. He would later earn a promotion to coach the main team of the club as he replaced Chris Hughton a few months ago. Even though he has never been in charge of a team in the Championship League before, Neil Adams is confident in what he can achieve in the near future.
At the time of this writing, Norwich City is at the top spots of the Championship League with 9 points along with Watford and Wolverhampton Wanderers as they all are in 2nd place with the same amount of points so far but the league is just starting and there is more than 40 matches left to be played.