Sweden qualified for the 2015 Under 21 European Championships with a 4-1 win against France in the second leg as the French players were left to rue their premature celebrations in a nail biting finish in Halmstad, Sweden.Having been 3-0 up, France pulled back one goal, which was causing Sweden to not qualify for the Championships, and the French players, led by Layvin Kurzawa, decided to have some fun at the expense of their opponents.
However, it came back to cost them as Sweden scored a 4th, and thus qualified for the finals in 2015. Sweden had gone into the second league trying to overturn their 2-0 defeat suffered away in Le Mans.
Come-back at home
The second leg started with Sweden’s Issac Thelin getting a double, scoring in the third minute and then leveling the scores on aggregate as he finished off a wonderful passing move just before half time. The third goal scored by Oscar Lewicki in the 71st minute had all but sealed their Euro 2015 berth.
But then the match took an interesting turn when France defender Layvin Kurzawa struck with just three minutes to play with a diving header as France were then going through on away goals. Kurzawa went mad in jubiliation and celebrated with an army style salute directed at the Swedish players, including Celtic's on-loan Manchester City striker John Guidetti.
Celebrations a little too soon
Just two minutes later, the French team and Kurzawa had to pay for those wild celebrations when Oscar Lewicki netted his second goal of the match and gave Sweden a 4-1 lead.
When the final whistle blew the goal scorer and his team-mates gave the same reception back to the French players using the same sort of salute. The win meant that France had been denied a place at the U-21 European Championships to be held in 2015. The Swedish team were then pictured in the dressing room all performing the same celebration once more.
And the originial recipient of the celebration, Guidetti, posted a picture on Instagram of him performing the salute with two team-mates of his.
Published 16 Oct 2014, 19:47 ISTLoading