Sweden routs San Marino 6-0 in Euro 2012 qualifier

Ten-man Sweden routed San Marino 6-0 Tuesday in European

Championship 2012 qualifying.

Olof Mellberg’s 34th-minute sending off made no difference to

the Scandinavian team, which was 3-0 up after 26 minutes and

cruised to a comfortable victory.

Mellberg was given a straight red card after launching himself

into a dangerous tackle, having lost control of the ball.

Sweden was immediately on the front foot against the largely

amateur outfit from the tiny republic in central Italy, with Pontus

Wernbloom close to scoring in only the second.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic opened the scoring in the seventh minute,

bringing down Kim Kallstrom’s long pass with his first touch,

before lashing the ball in with his second.

Sweden’s second came in the 12th, when San Marino’s Davide

Simoncini slid Sebastian Larsson’s right-wing cross into his own

net.

San Marino goalkeeper Aldo Simoncini deflected the ball into his

own goal, under pressure from Wernbloom, for the third in the

26th.

Substitute Andreas Granqvist headed in Sweden’s fourth in the

51st.

Ibrahimovic scored his second of the game in the 77th, when he

turned and drilled the ball into the corner of the net from outside

the penalty area.

Marcus Berg added a sixth in injury time from close range.

Sweden has six points from it’s first two qualifying matches,

scoring eight goals and not conceding. It was a second heavy defeat

for San Marino, which was thumped 5-0 by the Netherlands on

Friday.

Sweden’s next qualifier is against the Netherlands on Oct. 12,

while San Marino faces Hungary on Oct. 8.

Lineups:

Sweden: Johan Wiland, Mikael Lustig, Olof Mellberg, Daniel

Majstorovic, Behrang Safari, Kim Kallstrom, Pontus Wernbloom (Johan

Elmander, 68), Sebastian Larsson, Ola Toivonen (Andreas Granqvist,

46), Emir Bajrami, Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Marcus Berg, 81).

San Marino: Aldo Simoncini, Damiano Vannucci, Davide Simoncini,

Alessandro Della Valle, Fabio Vitaioli, Matteo Vitaioli, Pier

Filippo Mazza, Simone Bacciocchi (Carlo Valentini, 78), Manuel

Marani (Maicol Berretti, 55), Nicola Chiaruzzi (Alex Gasperoni,

78), Andy Selva.