Sweden secured a 2-0 win over Moldova on Monday night, but it wasn’t enough for them to earn automatic qualification to Euro 2016.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic opened the scoring for the hosts with his eighth goal in his last eight qualifying games, as well as it being his 20th goal in his last 20 internationals for the Swedes. However, this effort from Erkan Zengin stole the show.
However, despite their win, Russia qualified from Group G as they just needed to avoid defeat to Montenegro in order to secure automatic progression.
They did so with minimal fuss with a 2-0 win in Moscow, and with Austria topping the group, Sweden will have to settle for a place in the playoffs in order to seal their path to France next summer.
Having missed out in Brazil at the 2014 World Cup, Ibrahimovic will undoubtedly be desperate to make it to the next big international tournament, and Euro 2016 would certainly be a better competition with him involved.