Sunderland’s Larsson helps Sweden secure play-off spot

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SUNDERLAND’S Seb Larsson helped Sweden secure a World Cup qualification play-off spot tonight after the Scandinavians emerging victorious in their crunch clash with fellow hopefuls Austria.

Larsson played the full 90 minutes in Stockholm as Sweden recovered from a one goal half-time deficit to emerge 2-1 winners thanks to goals from Norwich’s Martin Olsson and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

That sealed second spot in qualification group C, behind leaders Germany, who confirmed their place in Brazil with a 3-0 win over the Republic of Ireland.

Elsewhere, Sunderland midfielder David Vaughan also completed 90 minutes in Wales’ 1-0 win over Macedonia.

Black Cats winger Emanuele Giaccherini was an unused substitute in Italy’s 2-2 draw in Denmark, while Ondrej Celustka was denied a debut for the Czech Republic after being left on the bench in a 4-1 win in Malta.