Sweden makes two changes

BY foxsports • June 19, 2012

Sweden made two changes to the lineup for the country's final European Championship match against France.

The Swedes, who have already been eliminated, stuck to their habit of announcing their starting 11 nine hours before kickoff Tuesday night. France will have plenty of time to make any adjustments, needing only a draw to advance to the quarterfinal.

Sweden will start with Ola Toivonen up front in place of Johan Elmander, as coach Erik Hamren chose to rest the Galatasaray striker who just recently returned from a right foot fracture. Emir Bajrami will make his debut at the tournament on the left wing in place of Rasmus Elm, who is ill and struggling with a knee problem.

Assistant coach Marcus Allback said Bajrami will bring more speed to the Swedish attack in Elmander's absence, which could open up more space for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Elmander started against England, but Allback said his foot still isn't fully healed and that Sweden will rest him ''out of respect for his club.''

The rest of the lineup remains unchanged from Sweden's 3-2 loss against England as Hamren kept his promise to field his strongest team despite not having a chance of advancing. Sweden will head straight to Kiev's airport after Tuesday's match.


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