Sweden advance to IFAF European semi-final after beating Switzerland in qualifying round
Photo: Sergio Brunetti
By Aidan Wohl
The International Federation of American Football (IFAF) Europe semi-final will again feature Swedish national team after Sweden team defeated Swiss 31-6 in the qualifying round last weekend.
It was the general dominance for Sweden who played a solid game on both sides of the ball against an underdog Swiss team that had not played a snap since losing to Team Russia 36-9 a year ago.
The game showed unpredictability early on as Swiss took an early 6-0 lead after Swiss defensive back Jonathan Falk fended off a six pick on his first defensive snap. However, Sweden was unfazed and remained focused throughout the remainder of the contest. The momentum has clearly shifted to the Swedish sideline though after Anton Jallai’s 67-yard touchdown reception tied the game at six apiece.
As the Swedish coaching staff had expected, young quarterback Ture Nilsson replaced Philip Juhlin as signalman and once Sweden apparently had the game in hand, Juhlin told the coaches to let Nilsson finish the game. This decision ended up helping Sweden efforts. The Swedes kept their foot on the pedal, scoring blow after blow on the ground and in the air. Running back Oliver Lundberg helped the offense, capping a 75-yard drive with a five-yard touchdown in the team’s next practice.
Sweden wasn’t done there though, winning the ball back with 33 seconds before halftime. Nilsson then marched his team down the field and connected with receiver Kevin Börzsei on the left side of the end zone for another six points, giving the Scandinavian the team have a convincing 19-6 lead before half-time
The Swedish the defensive unit strengthened in the second half, not allowing Swiss a chance to get back into the game.
Anton Jallai was not done after his first-half touchdown, scoring another touchdown to put them up 25-6.
Cornerback Ben Praspopsin delivered a huge spark defensively and put the nail in the coffin for Swiss after intercepting a pass to give Sweden the ball with great field position and eventually scored another touchdown, giving them a 31-6 victory.
Head Coach BD Kennedy and Sweden will look to face their next opponent in the IFAF European Championship semi-final in 2023.