- Title: Belarus and Sweden prepare for World Cup qualifier in Borisov
- Date: 2nd September 2017
- Summary: BORISOV, BELARUS (SEPTEMBER 2, 2017) (REUTERS) SWEDISH SOCCER TEAM ON PITCH SOCCER BALLS ON PITCH VARIOUS OF TEAM TRAINING PHOTOGRAPHERS VARIOUS OF SWEDISH PLAYERS TRAINING WITH BALLS VARIOUS OF SWEDISH TEAM GOALKEEPER CATCHING BALL PLAYERS STRETCHING WIDE OF PITCH SWEDISH NATIONAL TEAM COACH JANNE ANDERSSON ARRIVING FOR NEWS CONFERENCE SIGN "EUROPEAN QUALIFIERS" ON TABLE (SOUNDBITE) (Swedish) SWEDISH NATIONAL TEAM COACH JANNE ANDERSSON, SAYING ACCORDING TO OFFICIAL TRANSLATION: "Of course we clearly understand that currently Sweden is not very satisfied with our performance during Thursday's game, with our defeat and we understand that one more defeat will have a very negative reaction. But in any case we hope for a good outcome of the match for our team." ANDERSSON SEEN ON CAMERA SCREEN (SOUNDBITE) (Swedish) SWEDEN NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM DEFENDER, ANDREAS GRANQVIST, SAYING ACCORDING TO OFFICIAL TRANSLATION: "Of course after the Thursday match, the team is a bit tired and now they are working on getting back in shape, they are trying to do their best to prepare for tomorrow's match and the entire team hopes for a good outcome." CAMERAMAN BELARUSSIAN NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM COACH IGOR KRIUSHENKO ARRIVING FOR NEWS CONFERENCE SIGN "EUROPEAN QUALIFIERS" ON TABLE (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) BELARUSSIAN NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM COACH IGOR KRIUSHENKO, SAYING: "(Our goal) is to play well. Sweden is one of favourites in our group. And as any athlete, as any team we should aspire to be the winner. Of course that's what we will be doing. And by saying "playing well" I meant to put up resistance and to try to play rather aggressively, taking into account that we will be playing at home." CAMERAMAN VARIOUS OF BELARUS NATIONAL TEAM PLAYERS RUNNING ON PITCH COACHES ON PITCH VARIOUS OF PLAYERS TRAINING ON PITCH BELARASSIAN TEAM COACHES AND PLAYERS ON PITCH VARIOUS OF PLAYERS TRAINING ON PITCH
- Embargoed: 16th September 2017 18:18
- Keywords: Sweden Belarus World Cup qualifying
- Location: BORISOV, BELARUS
- City: BORISOV, BELARUS
- Country: Belarus
- Topics: Soccer,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA0016WWKITB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Swedish and Belarussian national teams trained ahead their World Cup qualifier match on Sunday (September 3) in Borisov arena in Barysaw, Belarus.
Sweden beat Belarus 4-0 in their home match back in March and followed that result with a 2-1 home defeat of France. They now lie second in the qualifying group, three points behind France with Belarus second to bottom on five points, one ahead of Luxembourg.
Sweden's coach Janne Andersson said another defeat would be unthinkable for fans back home, admitting the pressure was on the team to get a good result and bounce back.
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