Sweden shock France in World Cup qualifying


Sweden players celebrate their victory

Ola Toivonen scored from the halfway line in the third minute of stoppage time to punish a dreadful error from Hugo Lloris and give Sweden a 2-1 victory over France in World Cup qualifying.

Lloris miscued a clearance, allowing Toivonen to seal victory in spectacular fashion after the game appeared destined to end in a draw.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud had earlier followed up his hat-trick against Paraguay last time out with a wonderful volley to put France in front in Stockholm.

But Jimmy Durmaz equalised for Sweden just before half-time with his first international goal since October 2014.

And the amazing late drama means Sweden move above France at the top of Group A as the race for Russia continues.

In a competitive group, Netherlands are now only three points off top spot courtesy of their win against Luxembourg. Bulgaria are fourth,…

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