Sweden, who had missed out the last two World Cups, hung on yesterday defending a narrow lead against Italy in their World Cup qualifier at the San Siro and jumped for joy in the end following a goalless draw. The Swedes had earlier sent Holland to the exit. Sweden coach Janne Andersson celebrates with Andreas Granqvist and Marcus Berg, right. What Sweden defended stubbornly was Jakob Johansson’s goal in the first leg of their tie.
It was a heart-warming result for the Swedes who had experienced the coldest night this winter at the weekend when temperatures plummeted to -22 degrees Celsius in Nikkaluokta, near the northern city of Kiruna, according to national weather agency SMHI, local media reports said.