Not qualified for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the Algerian selection took the opportunity to play its last preparation match of the 2022 calendar year against Sweden, also absent from the World Cup. Initially expected at the Velodrome, this meeting finally took place at the Swedbank Stadion in Malmö. Djamel Belmadi decided to align several of his usual holders, just like Riyad Mahrez, Ismaël Bennacer or Youcef Belaïli.
The two formations did not need an observation round to enter this confrontation, with a first fuse lit by the Blågult (5th), followed by a rapid response from the Fennecs through Islam Slimani, held in failure by Robin Olsen (7th). Belmadi’s men tried several times but lacked accuracy in the last gesture.
Nevertheless, the left side of Borussia Mönchengladbach Ramy Bensebaïni, already warned, had to leave his side after a second yellow following a bad duel with Mattias Svanberg (34th). At 10, the Greens cracked in extra time of the first act after a foul in the penalty area by Ahmed Touba on the same midfielder at the origin of the red. The penalty was converted on the wrong foot by Emil Forsberg, for his 19th goal in 78 selections (45 + 3rd).
Back from the locker room, Jan Olof Andersson’s players doubled the lead, taking advantage of a failed intervention from Touba to allow Svanberg to serve Claesson in the area for the break (47th). Despite a late burst of pride thanks to Bennacer (73rd), the Algerians conceded big chances from Anthony Elanga (76th) and Emil Holm (88th). Not enough to change the outcome of the meeting: Algeria loses its last match of 2022 against Sweden and will have to relaunch in the qualifiers for the African Cup of Nations next March.