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Sweden clinch Euro 2020 spot with 2-0 win in Romania

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By Reuters
Sweden clinch Euro 2020 spot with 2-0 win in Romania
Soccer Football - Euro 2020 Qualifier - Group F - Romania v Sweden - Arena Nationala, Bucharest, Romania - November 15, 2019 Sweden players celebrate after the match Inquam Photos/Octav Ganea via REUTERS   -   Copyright  INQUAM PHOTOS(Reuters)

BUCHAREST (Reuters) – Sweden sealed a place in the Euro 2020 finals after goals from Marcus Berg and Robin Quaison secured them a 2-0 win over Romania on Friday.

The result secured second spot in Group F for Sweden with 18 points. Spain, who had sealed a place in the Euro 2020 finals last month, top the standings with 23 points from nine games after thrashing Malta 7-0. Romania are third with 14 points.

Striker Berg put the Swedes ahead, giving home keeper Ciprian Tatarusanu no chance, with his 21st international goal – a trademark header following a cross from Emil Forsberg in the 18th minute.

Midfielder Quaison wrapped up the points with a cool finish 16 minutes later with Berg turning provider.

The visitors continued to dominate proceedings after the break with Albin Ekdal rattling the crossbar with a thundering shot midway through the second half.

Romania, lacking ideas and urgency, failed to create clear-cut chances at the National Arena.

The match was halted for a couple of minutes late in the second half by the match referee after alleged racist chanting from the stands with a public announcement made.

(Reporting by Angel Krasimirov, editing by Pritha Sarkar)