Mar 24, 2018 at 5pm UK at ​Friends Arena
Attendance: 48,134
Toivonen (23')
Lustig (45')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Vidal (22'), Bolados (90')
Isla (45'), Vidal (92')

Live Commentary: Sweden 1-2 Chile - as it happened

Live Commentary: Sweden 1-2 Chile - as it happened
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Relive Sports Mole's live text coverage of Chile's 2-1 win over Sweden, as substitute Marco Bolados proved the matchwinner on his international debut.

Chile beat Sweden 2-1 at the Friends Arena in Stockholm courtesy of a late Marco Bolados goal on his international debut.

The youngster came off the bench to settle an otherwise bland contest, which looked destined to be heading to a draw.

Arturo Vidal and Ola Toivonen netted within a minute of each other in the first half, but it was Bolados who settled the game with his close-range drive.

Relive how the 90 minutes of action unfolded with Sports Mole's live text coverage below.

4.30pmHello and welcome to Sports Mole's live text coverage of the international friendly meeting between Sweden and Chile at the Friends Arena in Stockholm. The hosts have just two games left to play before announcing their 23-man squad for the World Cup, having overcome Italy in a playoff to reach the finals, while La Roja are preparing for their next campaign after missing out on a qualifying spot.

4.32pmThat's right - while Sweden are preparing for a summer of football in Russia, opponents Chile will be watching it from home; the first time that they have missed out on the competition since 2006. This is very much the start of a new era for the South American nation, as boss Reinaldo Rueda has just selected his very first starting lineup. Will there be a place for Alexis Sanchez from the off? Let's find out...

4.34pmTEAM NEWS!

SWEDEN XI: Nordfeldt; Lustig, Lindelof, Granqvist, Olsson; Claesson, Larsson, Svensson, Forsberg; Berg, Toivonen

CHILE XI: Herrera; Isla, Roco, Maripan, Beasusejour; Vidal, Aranguiz, Hernandez; Sanchez, Vargas, Sagal

4.36pmTo answer that previous question, Alexis Sanchez does indeed start in the Swedish capital. Not only that, but the supposed Manchester United misfit also skippers his national side for the start of this new era, which supporters will hope culminates in another Copa America success and qualification to the Qatar World Cup. Sanchez lines up in a front three that also contains Eduardo Vargas and Angelo Sagal.

4.38pmThere are a few other familiar names in the Chile XI, but there is no Claudio Bravo as the Manchester City goalkeeper withdrew due to personal reasons. Johnny Herrera, who plies his trade for Universidad de Chile, is therefore handed a start between the sticks. The new man in charge has sprung a surprise of sorts by going with Sagal as the central striker this afternoon, rather than using Nicolas Castillo.

4.40pmAs many as four Chile players could make their debuts today, but there is another well-known figure absent in the suspended Gary Medel. In terms of the home side, they have not included any uncapped players in their ranks for the two spring friendlies, with manager Janne Andersson clearly favouring those he already knows about. It looks as though a 4-4-2 of sorts will be used, led by Marcus Berg and Ola Toivonen.

4.42pmSwansea City goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt is selected between the sticks, meanwhile, and there is more Premier League experience throughout the side, including in the heart of defence where Victor Lindelof of Manchester United gets the nod. One man yet to ply his trade in the top flight of English football is Emil Forsberg, yet he should still be well known due to his exploits with RB Leipzig in Germany.

4.44pmSweden, currently ranked 19th in the FIFA rankings, now have just a handful of matches left to play before setting off for Russia in June. The Blue-Yellow beat Italy in a two-legged playoff four months ago to make it through, having finished behind an extremely strong France side in the group stage. Just two defeats in their last 11 matches, with eight ending in victory, suggests that they could make an impact at the World Cup.

4.46pmThe most recent of those matches came away to Italy when holding out for the goalless draw required to make it through. They will now take on South Korea, Germany and Mexico, with Brazil the most likely last-16 opponents if they do indeed make it through. Before all that, though, comes these two spring friendlies - against Chile and Romania - before taking on Denmark and Peru in early June.

4.48pmDID YOU KNOW? Sweden collected 16 points from the 18 available in qualifying - drawing to the Netherlands to prevent a perfect record - on top of their slender 1-0 win over Italy. Chile, on the other hand, lost five and drew one of their six away matches in the CONMEBOL division, and they have also lost six and drawn one of their last seven exhibition friendlies outside of South America.

4.50pmLa Roja are not in the best of shapes at this moment in time, then - why would they be after the heartbreak of missing out on the World Cup? At 10th in the FIFA rankings, they are the best-placed nation to fail to book a place in Russia, and now it is down to Rueda to lift spirits once again. Chile finished sixth in qualifying, meaning that they even missed out on a place in the playoffs.

4.52pmChile were actually third in the standings heading into the final round of matches, needing only a draw - or, as it turned out, a loss by just one goal - to progress through. A 3-0 loss to Brazil in Sao Paolo, though, combined with Peru's 1-1 draw with Colombia and a 3-1 win for Argentina over Ecuador, meant that La Rojo would miss out entirely. It should be remembered, however, that this same side won back-to-back Copas America and also reached the final of the 2017 Confederations Cup.

4.54pmSo why did they fail so badly in qualifying? In truth, the star players failed to adapt once Jorge Sampaoli stepped down from his position, with Juan Antonio Pizzi struggling to have the same sort of impact. Chile have now lost four of their last five matches, most recently that 3-0 loss to Brazil - the second favourites to win the World Cup - in Sao Paulo four months ago.

4.56pmPREDICTION! Sweden's players obviously have more to play for this afternoon, with this the penultimate match to be played before Andersson whittles down his squad to 23 men for the World Cup finals. Chile, despite failing to qualify for Russia 2018, have proved over the last five years or so that they are a serious force, however, and they should not be written off just yet. I'll go with a 2-2 draw in Stockholm.

4.58pmBoth sets of players have made their way down the tunnel, meaning that we are just a few minutes from kickoff. This should be an entertaining contest between two sides feeling contrasting emotions on the back of their most recent outings. Plenty of eyes, too, on a certain Alexis Sanchez, who admitted this week that he has struggled to adapt since joining Manchester United in January.

Reinaldo Rueda pictured while in charge of Ecuador in 2014© Offside

1 minKICKOFF! We are officially under way at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, which is packed out with plenty of Chile fans this afternoon. The start of a new era for the visitors, while Sweden are simply focused on the World Cup.

3 minConfirmation that Sweden and Chile do indeed line up in 4-4-2 and 4-3-3 formations respectively. Plenty of eyes on the home side's two strikers, with talk that Zlatan Ibrahimovic could well come out of international retirement in time for the summer.

5 minLa Roja have dominated the game in the opening five minutes, looking particularly lively when Sanchez gets on the ball. Granqvist with an important interception to block the ball after Sanchez's corner found its intended target.

7 minChile are playing some really nice football early on in Stockholm. Arturo Vidal, as ever, at the heart of it, but Alexis Sanchez took on the shot and scuffed it wide when he had Isla in a great position charging up the flank.

9 minCLOSE! Closest we have come to a goal so far, as Ola Toivonen flicks on a wide free kick on to the roof of the net. Herrera was happy enough to watch it sail narrowly over his crossbar, with that Sweden's first attempt of the game.

11 minHalf a chance for Vidal up the other end, but he can only direct a cross towards the back post wide of goal. Lustig put him under just enough pressure - legally, in the view of English official Anthony Taylor - and Chile's best opening yet went begging.

13 minVidal with a superb little flick to spark a Chile counter, before being wiped out. In a competitive match the guilty party would have been cautioned for that cynical challenge, but as it is he gets away with just a little telling off.

15 minFifteen minutes on the clock and it has been a pretty even match on the whole, though Chile have seen more of the ball. Half a chance apiece, with Vidal and Toivonen both failing to find the target with their headers from inside the box.

17 minLa Roja really are dominating possession and are even throwing in the odd piece of trickery for good measure. Vidal is currently receiving some treatment after being taken out by opposition goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt.

19 minA big concern for Rueda, as Vidal does not look comfortable at all after picking up that injury. Not sure if he will be able to continue, which would also be a major blow for club side Bayern Munich at this stage in the campaign.

21 minStill awaiting the first save of the afternoon, and indeed the first clear-cut chance. Chile playing some really nice football at times without finding a way through, whereas Sweden are being a little more direct at times.


24 minA stunning opening goal from Vidal, belting the ball home from a rehearsed corner to give his side the lead. The ball bounced right in front of him on the edge of the box, but he still managed to make a perfect connection to send it into the top corner.


25 minWe have been treated to a couple of world-class goals in the space of a minute or so. Moments after Vidal's bullet into the top corner, Ola Toivonen rounded off the slickest of passing moves to draw his side level. Pass, pass, pass, pass, and then the smart finish past Herrera.

27 minGOAL DISALLOWED! After a pretty slow start to the match, this friendly match has well and truly burst into life. A cross towards the back post was helped over the line by Alexis Sanchez, but he was rightly flagged for offside.

29 minReal disappointment for Sweden as Viktor Claesson has just smashed his shot high and wide of goal from 16 yards, with Toivonen crying out for the pass. Attacks have been few and far between for the Blue-Yellow so far, scoring from their only on-target attempt.

31 minBoth teams scoring from their only on-target shots, in fact. Eduardo Vargas had a shot pushed behind for a corner, which Vidal converted from, but it was heading wide of the target. We certainly have a game on our hands now following Toivonen's leveller.

33 minEither side of the two goals, Chile have dictated the flow of the game. If not for the quick-fire response from the hosts, Reinaldo Rueda would have been delighted with this first-half showing. Half time now a little over 10 minutes away.

35 minA superb switch of play finds Jean Beausejour in absolute acres of space, but he overhits his cross and it cannot be kept in play. Forsberg is starting to pull the strings for Sweden now, sending in a couple of balls behind the back.

37 minForsberg certainly the key man for the Blue-Yellow at the moment. The RB Leipzig ace with the first blot on his copybook, though, sending a free kick from all of 35 yards well over the crossbar. Can either side score a second before the interval?

39 minHalf time now fast closing in at the Friends Arena. Not been a great deal of chances either side of the two goals, which came within about 60 seconds of each other. Still just those two shots on target in Stockholm, in fact.

41 minChile just struggling when it comes to the final ball in this first half. Sanchez picks it up 50 yards from goal but he cannot find a teammates with his little reverse, clipped pass into the box. The visitors looking the more likely to net a second.

43 minAnthony Taylor has been a little too lenient in the opening 43 minutes of the contest; a few Swedish players have now got away with bad challenges. The Blue-Yellow clearly doing everything they can to disrupt their opponents' flow.

45 minYELLOW CARD! I mentioned a couple of minutes ago that Anthony Taylor has been too lenient when it comes to clamping down on challenges. Well he was clearly listening because Lustig and Isla have just been cautioned in the final stages of the half.


5.51pmThe first half ends all square, with Ola Toivonen cancelling out Arturo Vidal's opener less than 60 seconds after the Chile midfielder had belted the ball home. Two brilliant goals in their own way, setting us up for what should be an entertaining second half.

5.54pmOla Toivonen and Arturo Vidal both came close to converting headed chances in the opening 12 minutes of the contest, but they would both have better luck soon after. Vidal rocketed home from a half-volley on the edge of the opposition box, picking out the top corner of the net with his drive. Less than 60 seconds later it was level thanks to Toivonen, who kept his composure to round off a slick team move.

5.57pmIncredibly, Chile could have edged back in front a couple of minutes later after Alexis Sanchez tapped home towards the back post, only for the offside flag to correctly go up. La Roja dictated the play for large parts of the first half, without actually creating any further clear-cut chances. That would prove to be the case for Sweden, too, with the sides going into the break level after scoring from their only on-target efforts.

6.00pmVery much all to play for in the second 45, then, with the two managers likely to make a change or two at the interval. Both teams are back in action a few days from now; Sweden taking on Romania and Chile facing another Scandinavian side in Denmark.

46 minRESTART! We are back up and running at the Friends Arena, where neither manager appears to have made any changes. It is as you were in that regard, then, so we can expect a few alterations come the hour mark in Stockholm.

48 minChile start off the second half with another nice passing move, which culminates in a shot being blasted wide of the target from range. The message from visiting boss Rueda is quite clear - get more attempts in on target in this second half.

50 minVidal the latest to take on a shot from range, sending his shot a good few yards over the crossbar. The Bayern Munich midfielder is one cap shy of 100 in Chile colours, incidentally, which he should pick up in the meeting with Denmark.

52 minA fair few crunching challenges going in at the Friends Arena, with Seb Larsson involved in most of them. Not great officiating from Anthony Taylor this afternoon, it must be said, because we should have seen more than two yellows.

54 minAlexis Sanchez gets a shot away, which hits a teammate and ends wide of the target. We are reaching a point in the match now where both managers will be contemplating a change or two, as things have become a little stale.

56 minOlsson knocks the ball past Sagal and had space to run into, only for the Chile man to take him out - again, that maybe could have resulted in a caution. Sweden the side on top at the moment, which has not been the case for large parts of the game.

58 minSeb Larsson opts to go for goal from the free kick around 30 yards out, but he fails to find the target. The Blue-Yellow continuing to see more of the match now, with Chile perhaps tiring a little as we approach the hour mark.

60 minBoth teams showing plenty of attacking intent but, much like for large parts of the first half, the quality in the box is lacking. Nordfeldt needed to be alert a few moments ago to deny Beausejour, with half an hour now left to play here.

62 minArturo Vidal with unbelievable footwork to wriggle away from his man. Some great passing play then followed involving Alexis Sanchez, but the shot was not forthcoming as Vidal was sent tumbling - a dive, apparently.

64 minCHILE SUBS! Rueda has turned to his bench by bringing on Castillo - someone who was tipped to star up top - and Valdes in place of Vargas and Hernandez. Just a second cap for Valdes, who plies his trade in the Mexican top flight.

66 minThings have slowed down a fair bit over the last five minutes or so, and the second half has not really got going at all in fairness. Chile will argue that they deserve a second goal, but they have not really shown enough quality in the box.

68 minBoth managers will be happy enough with the build-up play from their respective sides. As Sweden striker Toivonen has just shown with his shot wide of the target, though, some work is needed when it comes to finishing off attacking moves.

70 minNordfeldt unwilling to take any risks so belts the ball into touch. Vidal's latest attempt was a caressed finish; the outcome being identical to all his other previous shots as he failed to ask any questions of Herrera in the opposition goal.

72 minThis second half has been pretty disappointing; neither side managing to really create anything of note. Chile have produced some very impressive build-up play, as have Sweden at times, but this one is edging ever closer to a draw.

74 minCHILE SUB! Marco Bolados is brought on for Angelo Sagal in the visitors' third change of the evening, and this is a debut for the Colo Colo player. Expect him to shuffle into the forward line, where Sagal was positioned.

76 minThe ball drops around in the Sweden box but they manage to clear their lines before a shot arrives. Difficult to see where a goal is going to come form on the basis of the previous 30 minutes of this second period in Stockholm.

78 minStill just those two first-half goals, then, which came within a minute of each other. Only a handful of attempts on target at both ends combined, so it is difficult for the teams to argue that they deserve to net a late winner here.

80 minSAVE! We finally have a serious attempt on target via Nicolas Castillo; the substitute side-footing his shot from the edge of the area into the hands of Nordfeldt. Still awaiting the first change of the evening from Andersson.

82 minSUBS! Here come those first Sweden changes - Oscar Hiljemark and Ken Sema are on for the final eight minutes or so, taking over from Olsson and Forsberg. Also a fourth change for Chile, who now have Paulo Diaz on the field.

84 minTwo more changes available for Rueda to use should he wish, and there is no reason why he won't with that Denmark game a few days away. Not been a classic match, but both managers will no doubt find positives to take into their next matches.

86 minThis one looking very likely to end in a 1-1 draw, much in the same was as the only previous encounter did just before the 2006 World Cup. Still four minutes to go, but chances have been few and far between all evening and that does not look like changing.

88 minNeither manager looking likely to make any further changes for the final two minutes of the match. A couple more will likely be added on, too, so still time for either Sweden or Chile to snatch victory in a game that has badly petered out.


90+1 minMarco Bolados has won the match for Chile on his international debut! Sanchez saw his close-range shot well stopped by Nordfeldt, but Bolados was there near the penalty spot to blast it through to the back of the net.


6.59pmThe full-time whistle sounds at the Friends Arena, with that late strike proving the difference in the end. Not a bad way for Marco Bolados to mark his debut, coming off the bench and belting home a rebound from 10 yards to earn his side the win.

7.01pmThat concludes Sports Mole's live text coverage of events from Stockholm. An on-the-whistle report can be found by clicking here, while updates from the closing stages of England Under-21s' meeting with their Romanian counterparts can be found elsewhere on the site. Thanks for joining!

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