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Sweden substitute Robin Quaison struck in the second half of extra time to secure a 1-0 win over the Czech Republic and set up a clash away to Poland next Tuesday with a place at the World Cup finals in Qatar up for grabs.

The Czechs had an early goal ruled out for a foul and the Swedes had the lion’s share of possession for most of the play-off semi-final, but the two sides struggled to break each other down in a game full of tough tackling and wayward passing.

Substitute Mattias Svanberg went closest for the Swedes in normal time, but his header from Emil Forsberg’s corner was aimed straight at visiting goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik.

Sweden substitute Robin Quaison struck in the second half of extra time to secure a 1-0 win

Sweden substitute Robin Quaison struck in the second half of extra time to secure a 1-0 win

Sweden substitute Robin Quaison struck in the second half of extra time to secure a 1-0 win

Quaison exchanged passes with Alexander Isak before coolly slotting home the winner

Quaison exchanged passes with Alexander Isak before coolly slotting home the winner

Quaison exchanged passes with Alexander Isak before coolly slotting home the winner

MATCH FACTS

Sweden: Olsen, Danielson, Lindelof, Nilsson, Martin Olsson (Bengtsson 62), Claesson (Quaison 62), Kristoffer Olsson (Karlstrom 107), Ekdal (Svanberg 72), Forsberg (Elanga 115), Kulusevski,Isak (Helander 115).

Subs Not Used: Starfelt, Linde, Nordfeldt, Sundgren, Hrgota, Karlsson.

Booked: Nilsson, Claesson, Ekdal, Kristoffer Olsson, Karlstrom.

Goals: Quaison 110.

Czech Republic: Vaclik, Zima, Brabec, Holes, Soucek, Sadilek (Sykora 90),Masopust (Havel 76), Barak (Krejci II 90), Hlozek (Lingr 111), Jankto (Mateju 76), Kuchta (Pekhart 83).

Subs Not Used: Pesek, Heca, Zeleny, Jurecka, Stanek, Petrasek.

Booked: Holes, Zima, Soucek, Mateju.

Ref: Michael Oliver (Northumberland).

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The game finished scoreless after 90 minutes and appeared to be heading for penalties when Quaison danced through the middle of the defence before exchanging passes with Alexander Isak and coolly slotting home to move his side a step closer to Qatar. 

Sweden defender Victor Nilsson Lindelof (left) battles for the ball with Tomas Vaclik

Sweden defender Victor Nilsson Lindelof (left) battles for the ball with Tomas Vaclik

Sweden defender Victor Nilsson Lindelof (left) battles for the ball with Tomas Vaclik

Source: DailyMail Sports

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