Sweden vs Finland International Friendly LIVE Football Score 29/5/2021
NAME: Sweden – Finland
DATE: 29 May 2021
TIME: 16:00 UTC
LEAGUE: International Friendly Match 2021
Sweden come into this game on the back of a 1-0 win over Estonia in March in a friendly game. An early first-half goal from experienced Krasnodar striker Marcus Berg ensured victory for Janne Andersson’s Sweden. Finland, on the other hand, lost 3-2 to Vladimir Petkovic’s Switzerland in April in a friendly game. Goals from Dinamo Zagreb forward Mario Gavranovic, Augsburg winger Ruben Vargas and Benfica striker Haris Seferovic sealed the deal for Switzerland. A first-half brace from Union Berlin striker Joel Pohjanpalo proved to a mere consolation for Finland.
Sweden have named their squad for the upcoming Euros. Manchester United centre-back Victor Lindelof, RB Leipzig forward Emil Forsberg, Juventus midfielder Dejan Kulusevski and Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak have all been named. One notable absence is talismanic AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is out with an injury. In 87 head-to-head encounters between the two sides, Sweden hold the clear advantage. They have won 66 games, lost 10 and drawn 11. The two countries last faced each other in 2019, with Finland beating Sweden 1-0. A first-half goal from striker Eero Markkanen secured the win for Finland.
Finland was a province and then a grand duchy under Sweden from the 12th to the 19th centuries, and an autonomous grand duchy of Russia after 1809. It gained complete independence in 1917. During World War II, Finland successfully defended its independence through cooperation with Germany and resisted subsequent invasions by the Soviet Union – albeit with some loss of territory. In the subsequent half century, Finland transformed from a farm/forest economy to a diversified modern industrial economy; per capita income is among the highest in Western Europe. Meanwhile, Finland too have named a strong squad. Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky, Genk full-back Jere Uronen, AEL midfielder Tim Sparv and Norwich City striker Teemu Pukki have been included by manager Markku Kanerva. There could be a potential debut for Lahti midfielder Jasin-Amin Assehnoun.