European Championship - Group E
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Sweden 0-1 Belgium

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Highlights: Sweden 0-1 Belgium

Radja Nainggolan's superb 25-yard strike secured Belgium's place in the last 16 of Euro 2016 and knocked out Sweden, bringing to an end Zlatan Ibrahimovic's international career.

Victory in Nice meant Belgium finished as Group E runners-up and will face Hungary in Toulouse on Sunday.

Sweden exited the competition with one point from three games in which Ibrahimovic failed to score.

The Republic of Ireland qualified in third thanks to a 1-0 win over Italy.

More to come from Belgium?

It seemed Belgium might start matching the expectations around their talented squad with a 3-0 win over the Republic on Saturday.

But they laboured to a win against a Sweden side that have been toothless throughout the campaign.

Roma midfielder Nainggolan's 84th-minute swerving right-footed finish, angled into the bottom-left corner via a slight deflection, was a moment of high quality.

However, a starting XI that featured six Premier League players and featured just one change from the win over the Republic lacked decisiveness in the attacking third of the pitch.

Kevin de Bruyne was the most industrious option for Marc Wilmots' team, providing the cross for Thomas Meunier to flash a header wide and putting through Romelu Lukaku for a one-on-one chance which the Everton striker squandered - but they still have plenty of room for improvement.

Zlatan bows out with a whimper

Ibrahimovic
Ibrahimovic had 56 touches - many of which were in attacking positions - but failed to influence the game

This was probably Sweden's most effective performance of the tournament - they mustered four shots on target, having not registered a single one in the previous two games.

They were unlucky not to lead minutes before Nainggolan's winner, when Andreas Granqvist's header was cleared off the line by De Bruyne.

But Sweden finished bottom of the group with one point, an unfitting way to end the international career of 116-time capped Ibrahimovic, the country's record goal scorer.

The 34-year-old, a reported target for Manchester United after he left Paris St-Germain this summer, announced this week he would retire from Sweden duty.

He failed to add to his 62 international goals and did not register a shot on target until this final group game.

His own frustrations were echoed by Sweden, who did not see one of their own players find the net in the tournament - their only goal was scored by the Republic's Ciaran Clark in the opening 1-1 draw.

Man of the match - Kevin de Bruyne (Belgium)

Kevin de Bruyne
The Manchester City midfielder was at the heart of Belgium's best moments and looks much more comfortable in a central role rather than out wide

What's next?

Belgium take on Group F winners Hungary, who were involved in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Portugal on Wednesday, at the Stadium Municipal on Sunday (kick-off 20:00 BST).

Sweden return home to start life without Ibrahimovic, as well as influential goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson, who is also retiring.

The stats you need to know

  • Radja Nainggolan's goal was his fifth for Belgium and his first since October 2015
  • Belgium won back-to-back games at the European Championships for the first time
  • Sweden have lost six of their past eight games at the European Championships (W1 D1). They have also kept only one clean sheet in that run
  • Sweden had only four shots on target at Euro 2016, the fewest of any side
  • Marcus Berg's fifth-minute shot was Sweden's first on target at Euro 2016, in their third game

Line-ups

Sweden

  • 1Isaksson
  • 14Lindelöf
  • 3JohanssonBooked at 36mins
  • 4Granqvist
  • 5Olsson
  • 7LarssonSubstituted forDurmazat 70'minutes
  • 8EkdalBooked at 33mins
  • 9Källström
  • 6ForsbergSubstituted forZenginat 82'minutes
  • 11BergSubstituted forGuidettiat 63'minutes
  • 10Ibrahimovic

Substitutes

  • 2Lustig
  • 12Olsen
  • 13Jansson
  • 15Hiljemark
  • 16Wernbloom
  • 17Augustinsson
  • 18Lewicki
  • 19Kujovic
  • 20Guidetti
  • 21Durmaz
  • 22Zengin
  • 23Carlgren

Belgium

  • 1Courtois
  • 16MeunierBooked at 30mins
  • 2Alderweireld
  • 3Vermaelen
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 4Nainggolan
  • 6WitselBooked at 45mins
  • 11CarrascoSubstituted forMertensat 71'minutes
  • 7De Bruyne
  • 10E HazardSubstituted forOrigiat 90+3'minutes
  • 9LukakuSubstituted forBentekeat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Fellaini
  • 12Mignolet
  • 13Gillet
  • 14Mertens
  • 15Denayer
  • 17Origi
  • 18Kabasele
  • 19Dembélé
  • 20Benteke
  • 21J Lukaku
  • 22Batshuayi
  • 23Ciman
Referee:
Dr. Felix Brych
Attendance:
34,011

Match Stats

Home TeamSwedenAway TeamBelgium
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home12
Away21
Shots on Target
Home4
Away8
Corners
Home4
Away12
Fouls
Home10
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Sweden 0, Belgium 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sweden 0, Belgium 1.

Attempt saved. Dries Mertens (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.

Substitution

Substitution, Belgium. Divock Origi replaces Eden Hazard.

Eden Hazard (Belgium) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Albin Ekdal (Sweden).

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Jimmy Durmaz.

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Andreas Isaksson.

Attempt saved. Christian Benteke (Belgium) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

Attempt missed. Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Dries Mertens.

Foul by Thomas Meunier (Belgium).

Erkan Zengin (Sweden) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Axel Witsel (Belgium) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kim Källström (Sweden).

Substitution

Substitution, Belgium. Christian Benteke replaces Romelu Lukaku.

Attempt missed. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Albin Ekdal.

Offside, Belgium. Eden Hazard tries a through ball, but Dries Mertens is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Sweden 0, Belgium 1. Radja Nainggolan (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

Attempt blocked. Andreas Granqvist (Sweden) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kim Källström with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Sweden. Erkan Zengin replaces Emil Forsberg.

Corner, Sweden. Conceded by Toby Alderweireld.

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Andreas Isaksson.

Attempt saved. Dries Mertens (Belgium) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jan Vertonghen.

Attempt missed. Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Dries Mertens.

Attempt missed. Albin Ekdal (Sweden) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kim Källström following a set piece situation.

Foul by Toby Alderweireld (Belgium).

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Thomas Vermaelen (Belgium).

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Belgium. Thomas Meunier tries a through ball, but Romelu Lukaku is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Belgium. Dries Mertens replaces Yannick Carrasco.

Substitution

Substitution, Sweden. Jimmy Durmaz replaces Sebastian Larsson.

Axel Witsel (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andreas Granqvist (Sweden).

Corner, Sweden. Conceded by Toby Alderweireld.

Attempt missed. Emil Forsberg (Sweden) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by John Guidetti.

Attempt blocked. Eden Hazard (Belgium) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France32104137
2Switzerland31202115
3Albania310213-23
4Romania301224-21

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wales32016336
2England31203215
3Slovakia31113304
4Russia301226-41

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany32103037
2Poland32102027
3Northern Ireland31022203
4Ukraine300305-50

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Croatia32105327
2Spain32015236
3Turkey310224-23
4Czech Rep301225-31

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy32013126
2Belgium32014226
3R. of Ireland311124-24
4Sweden301213-21

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hungary31206425
2Iceland31204315
3Portugal30304403
4Austria301214-31
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