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INTERNATIONALS: Viktor Gyökeres helps Sweden to back-to-back victories

The Sky Blues striker took his Sweden appearance total to 11 with games in Girona and Malmö...

18 November 2022

Viktor Gyökeres added two further international starts to his resume as he helped Sweden to back-to-back wins ahead of this winter's FIFA World Cup.

The Sky Blues frontman was trusted to start both of his nation's friendly fixtures, against Mexico and Algeria.

On Wednesday, Gyökeres lead the line for Sweden as they took on qualified World Cup nation Mexico ahead of their trip to Qatar.

The two sides met at Estadio Municipal de Montilivi, the home of Spanish side Girona, as Mexico made their final stop before touching down in the Middle East.

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During the City striker's 69 minutes on the field, Gyökeres won 100% of his aerial duels and 100% of his tackles.

However, the big Swede failed to find the net for his nation as goals from Marcus Rohdén and Mattias Svanberg fired them to a 2-1 victory.

In the second fixture of the break, Gyökeres contributed a crucial assist to secure victory for his nation as they beat Algeria 2-0 in Malmö.

The 24-year-old picked the pocket of a defender and selflessly chose to pick out teammate Viktor Claesson when he could so easily have gone for goal himself.

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He ended the matches having completed the joint most dribbles of any player on the field.

Sweden, who failed to qualify for this winter's FIFA World Cup, will now turn their attention to March and their aims of qualifying for the upcoming Euro 2024 in Germany.

Meanwhile, Sky Blues defender Josh Reid was forced to miss out on picking up his second cap for Scotland U21s due to illness.

Scot Gemmill's young Scottish side fell to a 2-1 defeat against Iceland.

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