Swedish press react to Victor Lindelof performance in embarrassing defeat to Azerbaijan

Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof was on the wrong end of a humiliating international defeat with Sweden.

The past year has been a frankly awful one for Sweden’s national team. Having reached the knockout stages of World Cup 2018 and Euro 2020, the post-Zlatan years have not been so kind.

Last year they failed to qualify for World Cup 2022, something they hoped to write off as a one-off. Instead their efforts to qualify for Euro 2024 ended in failure during the past international break, with Belgium qualifying from their group along with Austria’s Ralf Rangnick.

Last night they reached a new low when they took on Azerbaijan and slumped to a 3-0 defeat, with Victor Lindelof captaining the side.

Swedish press react to loss

Victor Lindelof’s role in the loss was heavily scrutinised, with the Manchester United defender described as being at fault for one of Azerbaijan’s opening goals as they took a 2-0 lead inside the first six minutes, which Sweden did not bounce back from.

Fotbol Skanalen described the defeat as a ‘spectacular fiasco’, losing to a team classified 120th in the FIFA World Rankings.

The outlet criticised Lindelof for losing the ball just outside the penalty area early in the match, leading directly to a goal.

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