Sweden clinched second place in their qualifying group ahead of Netherlands through having a higher goal difference, meaning their World Cup fate would be decided in the play-offs. Sweden got the toughest draw and would have to beat Italy over two legs to progress to the summer tournament. Jakob Johansson struck the only goal of the first leg, and a 0-0 draw in Milan meant Sweden upset the odds to reach Russia ahead of Italy.
Sweden’s World Cup Fixtures
- Sweden vs South Korea – Monday, 18 June at 5:45 PM
- Germany vs Sweden – Saturday, 23 June at 11:45 PM
- Mexico vs Sweden – Wednesday, 27 June at 5:45 PM