The Swedish national team missed a great chance to go top of Group A of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers as it started life after mercurial skipper Zlatan Ibrahimovic, drawing 1 – 1 with the Netherlands in the Tuesday 6 September clash.
The Swedes took a 43rd minute lead through Marcus Berg and deservedly headed to the break leading after controlling much of the proceedings in the opening 45 minutes.
However, the Dutch resume a rejuvenated side and managed to pull a goal back courtesy of long serving midfielder Wesley Sneijder on the 67th minute after picking an assist from Daryl Janmaat to level the scores.
A cagey affair saw the teams fail to add to the goals on the opening day of qualifiers in the group.
In the other matches, former world champions France had the giant’s share of possession but failed to crack hosts Belarus as the teams played to a barren draw.
The cracker in the group was however the Bulgaria home game against Luxembourg which the hosts were made to dig dip for a 4 – 3 win.
The results saw Bulgaria go top of the group on three points as the remaining four, excluding Luxembourg tie on a point apiece.