Sweden under-17's 1-0 France under-17's: Bergqvist strike sends holders crashing out

A single goal from Teddy Bergqvist sent European under-17 Championship holders France crashing out of the 2016 tournament with a 1-0 defeat to Sweden

Sweden under-17's 1-0 France under-17's: Bergqvist strike sends holders crashing out
Above: Ervin Taha and Henrik Bellman clash during France's 1-0 defeat to Sweden | Photo: uefa.com
SWEDEN U17's
1 0
FRANCE U17's
SWEDEN U17's : DAHLBERG, ERDOGDU, ANDERSSON, COLLEY, BELLMAN, SVANBERG, ASORO (EDQVIST, MIN. 80), MARKLUND (GARZA, MIN. 78), BERGQVIST, PETERSSON (PERRY, MIN. 69), AHMEDHODZIC
FRANCE U17's : DESPREZ, VALREY, SARR, ZAGADOU, NGUIAMBA (MROVILI, MIN. 66), CUISANCE, GUITANE, BERNEDE (KARRAOUI, MIN. 52), FORTUNE (EL MOKKEDEM, MIN. 47), DEMBELE, TAHA
SCORE: 1-0, MIN. 45, BERGQVIST
REFEREE: BARTOSZ FRANKOWSKI BOOKED SVANBERG (MIN. 49)

European under-17 Championship holders France crashed out of the 2016 tournament as a single goal from Teddy Bergqvist sealed a 1-0 defeat to Sweden.  

France had the majority of the dominance in the first period with half-chances from both sides with Yassin Fortune, Mickaël Cuisance, Anel Ahmedhodzic and Oscar Petersson all coming close in the first 40 minutes. 

Bergqvist gave the Swedes a early lead in the second period which all but ended France's tournament. Hakim El Mokkedem, Aurélien Nguiamba and Bergqvist had half-chances but the performance summed up France's tournament as the holders crashed out.  

Giving it everything 

Bernard Diomede made a significant number of changes to his side from the previous two group matches as the French look to salvage their distant hopes of making it beyond the group stages. 

Fortune was the first to really threaten the Swedes as he hit a low stinging shot which proved too hot to handle for Pontus Dahlberg initially but he gathered at the second time of asking. 

Cusiance had been a bright spot in what had been a pretty miserable tournament for the French and he showed it again in the 27th minute when he showed great trickery to get beyond Joseph Colley but his effort was just wide. 

Magnus Wikman's side began to creep into the game as the half drew to a close and had two good opportunities to take the lead. 

The first came five minutes from the break when a corner found the head of Ahmedhodzic which looked to be looping under Didier Desprez's crossbar but the keeper managed to grab hold of it. 

Their second was the final kick of the first period as a throw in managed to bounce through to Petersson and he managed to get everything behind the shot but it was well over the crossbar. 

Out the window 

A early second-half goal seriously damaged the French in the 2-0 defeat to England and it was a case of deja vu for Dimode's side as Sweden struck home. 

It only took five minutes after the restart to finding the opening strike and it was poor from the French as a through ball from Mattias Svanberg split open their defence and it was easy enough for Bergqvist to tap it beyond a rushing Desprez to all but seal France's exit. 

Above: Yassin Fortune and Oscar Petersson clash in France's 1-0 defeat to Sweden | Photo: uefa.com
Above: Yassin Fortune and Oscar Petersson clash in France's 1-0 defeat to Sweden | Photo: uefa.com

Going out on a whimper 

France continued to press their opponents but once again they were only reduced to half-chances for the rest of the contest. 

El-Mokkadem proved a bright spark when he was brought off the bench and was proving a problem for the Swedish defence with his trickery and he cut in from the right but his effort was straight at Dahlberg. 

It was the turn of Nguiamba to have a dig from distance as he tried to get it beyond the keeper from just outside the area but in the end it was comfortable for Dahlberg. 

Swedish surge 

Sweden looked to kill the game and make their place in the next round all but certain and had two good opportunities to seal their victory. 

Having provided the killer pass for the opening goal, Svanberg  tried to get some glory as he tried a shot from distance and was dangerously dipping but Desprez did well to take it on his chest before collecting at the second time of asking. 

Bergqvist almost grabbed his second in extra-time as he did well to drag the ball onto his left foot before trying to find the bottom corner but Desprez did well to palm it wide but the damage had already been done to the holders.