Sweden’s World Cup hopes are dealt a huge blow as they slump to defeat at Georgia

Sweden slump to a shock defeat in Georgia with talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic unable to prevent shock loss, handing second-placed Spain an advantage in Group B

  • Sweden suffered a 2-0 defeat away at Georgia to dent their World Cup hopes 
  • Even the presence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic could not spur Sweden to victory 
  • Swedes racked up 15 shots on goal with Alexander Isak missing a big chance 

Sweden’s hopes of qualifying directly for the World Cup finals in Qatar suffered a serious blow as they slumped to a 2-0 defeat away to Georgia in Group B on Thursday.

Sweden still top the group on 15 points but second-placed Spain can overtake them with victory in Greece later on Thursday. Spain host Sweden in the final qualifier on Sunday.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic returned to the Sweden side after a knee injury that kept him out of Euro 2020, but not even the presence of their record goalscorer could not save them from an embarrassing defeat.

The Swedes racked up 15 efforts on goal, including gilt-edged chances for Alexander Isak and Viktor Claesson, but it was the home side who took the lead through Khvicha Kvaratskhelia in the 61st minute and the winger added a second 16 minutes later to secure a famous victory.

Sweden slumped to a 2-0 defeat to Georgia in a huge setback to their World Cup dreams 

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