Sweden's Erik Hamren has a striking problem most coaches would be delighted to have after their 4-1 victory away to Moldova -- not knowing which of his goal scorers to leave out.
"It's a problem, but I'm not going to say anything more about it tonight," a beaming Hamren told television reporters after the Group E European championship qualifier.
When the sides met in March in Stockholm, the Swedes produced a stilted, cramped performance, winning 2-1 despite a missed penalty from Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
But with "Ibra" nursing an ankle injury back in Sweden, Hamren's three replacement strikers all netted against Moldova in Chisinau as Sweden rediscovered their passing touch.
Ola Toivonen opened the scoring with a vicious, swerving drive from outside the box before former Bolton striker Johan Elmander doubled their advantage on the half-hour.
Recently signed by Galatasary, Elmander has always been a confidence player and the manner in which he won the ball and fired home augured well for the Swedish coach.
Hamren didn't have to wait long for more from Elmander, who stabbed home Sebastian Larsson's cross in the second half to put the game more or less out of reach.
Despite the return of Olof Mellberg, Sweden's defence was shaky at times and Alexandru Suvorov, who fired a superb volley in Stockholm in March, caused them problems all night.
But with their attack firing on all cylinders, the Swedes could afford one or two mistakes at the back.
Bugaev pulled one back for Moldova but the introduction of Pontus Wernbloom proved pivotal as Sweden sought to kill the game.
Kill it they did. Elmander was replaced by Helsingborg's Alexander Gerndt, who smashed fired home his second goal for his country from a tight angle.
Sweden now return to Stockholm for a meeting with neighbours Finland.
It remains to be seen whether or not Ibra will be fit for that game on Tuesday, but with his other strikers in this kind of form, Hamren is unlikely to be worried if he is not.Report Typo/Error
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