by Darren Plant,
While the visitors kicked off their World Cup qualifying campaign with a narrow win over Georgia, Kosovo thrashed Lithuania by a 4-0 scoreline in a friendly.
However, the Scandinavian outfit were only able to edge past Georgia on Thursday night, the veteran providing the assist for Viktor Claesson‘s decisive goal.
With Spain being held by Greece, Janne Andersson will recognise that the three points were far more important than the performance, but there will be concerns that Sweden did not produce better quality in the final third.
While Georgia deserve credit for the part that they played, Andersson will demand that his players raise their level against opponents who have the potential to cause a surprise.
A day earlier, Kosovo made light work of Lithuania, breezing to a 4-0 result which included their second clean sheet in succession.
Bernard Challandes will be relieved to have witnessed a response from his squad, who have now recorded back-to-back wins after 10 games without success.
The disappointment of failing to qualify for Euro 2020 now appears to be out of their system, and they will relish their tag of underdogs in this group.
Although an opening double-header with Sweden and Spain is not the ideal start, Challandes knows that avoiding defeat in one of those games will give his players something to work with when their campaign resumes in September.