Nightmare minutes at the start of the second half became decisive for Sweden. After a strong first half, where Sweden had several good chances but did not get dividends, it was instead Austria who broke the scoreline.

A Swedish marking miss resulted in Michael Gregoritsch being able to nod in the first goal of the match. Just three minutes later, Marko Arnautovic doubled the visitors' lead.

Microscopic EM chance

The game was over for Sweden when just under 70 minutes were played and Isak Hien brought down Philipp Mwene in the penalty area. Arnautovic scored his second of the evening from the penalty spot to make it 3-0.

Only in added time did a reduction come, when substitute right-back Emil Holm placed the ball for his first first-team goal. But with just under four minutes left to play, there was no time to get closer than that, and 3-1 was the final score in the fateful match.

The Austrian victory means that Sweden has seven points less than the two that top the group. With three games left to play for all of them, Sweden must win them all, while Belgium or Austria take a maximum of one point. The chance of Blågult taking a place in the European Championship next year is thus microscopic.