Viktor Claesson Totally Rocks at the Scandinavian Derby!
More matches of the national teams were held across continents on 25 and 26 March. Four FC Krasnodar players took part there.
On 25 March Uroš Spajić displayed a full 90 minutes of confident performance as a centre-back for the Serbia national team that tied 1-1 away against Portugal in a fixture of the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying tournament (Group B). The visitors scored an opener on the 7th minute after a well-done penalty kick. The Portuguese were able to make the score equal again three minutes to the half-time with a precise shot fired from afar.
On the same day, Burkina Faso national team and their captain Charles Kaboré beat the Comoros 1-0 in a friendly game at home.
On 26 March two FC Krasnodar Swedes, Viktor Claesson and Kristoffer Olsson, made an early appearance for their national team in an away match of the Euro 2020 qualifying against Norway. The Scandinavian derby resulted in a brilliant 3-3 tie. Olsson was substituted late in the additional time, while Claesson played a full game and became its principal character. The opening was not pleasant for the Blågult though, as after the first thirty minutes Norway was leading 2-0, and Viktor merely marked himself with a yellow card that he received on the 55th minute.
FC Krasnodar attacking midfielder entered the scene twenty minutes to the full-time when he earned a penalty kick against the home team. Andreas Granqvist, a former Bull himself, volunteered to shoot it, but his shot was not good enough to confuse the keeper. Even so, Viktor Claesson was first on the rebound and finished the ball. An equalizing goal was scored on the 86th minute, and Claesson took part in the episode again, as he was the one to provide a perfect assist to Robin Quaison who then shot a mighty salvo making the ball bounce from a Norwegian player and result in an own goal. On the first minute of the injury time Claesson provided another assist when his low cross was converted into a scored goal by that same Quaison. And yet, it was the last 7th minute of the injury time that became the decisive one. The home team actually managed to save the game and score an equalizer after a corner kick. Now, after the two matchdays, the Sweden national team is second in their Group F with four points earned, and they are two points behind Spain in the lead.