Sweden v Czech Republic live stream, Thursday 24 March, 7.45pm GMT
Sweden and Czech Republic will go head-to-head on Thursday for a place in the final of the World Cup qualification play-offs.
After suffering elimination by Ukraine in the last 16 of Euro 2020, Sweden bounced back to reach the play-offs by finishing second in Group B. Spain took top spot fairly comfortably despite a 2-1 defeat by the runners-up in Solna, while Sweden finished five points clear of Greece even after losing their final two qualifiers to Georgia and Spain.
Janne Andersson, who has been in charge of his country since 2016 and is now the fifth longest-serving international manager in Europe, will be looking to guide Sweden to their 13th World Cup. A run to the quarter-finals in Russia was a good achievement, but Sweden must win their next two matches to make it to Qatar, with Poland awaiting the winners of this semi-final after Russia were expelled.
Czech Republic reached the quarter-finals of last summer’s European Championship before bowing out to Denmark. They only managed a third-place finish in their qualification group, with Belgium finishing first and Wales edging them out in the race for second. Czech Republic have instead advanced to the play-offs by virtue of their performance in the 2020/21 Nations League, where they won their group ahead of Scotland, Israel and Slovakia.
Manchester United (opens in new tab) forward Anthony Elanga has been rewarded for his impressive recent form at club level with a maiden call-up to the senior Sweden squad. Sweden will have to make do without Zlatan Ibrahimovic due to suspension, however, but the veteran striker will be eligible if Sweden reach the final.
Czech Republic have been dealt a major blow with news that Patrik Schick, the top goalscorer at Euro 2020, will miss Thursday’s game through injury. Jiri Pavlenka, Adam Hlozek, Petr Sevcik, Ondrej Kudela and Ondrej Celustka are also unavailable.
Kick-off is at 7.45pm GMT on Thursday 24 March, and UK viewers can watch it on Sky Sports (opens in new tab). See below for international broadcast options.
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