IT’S a fine line between pleasure and pain.
As the soccer-mad nation of Italy was reeling at the realisation its national side had failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958, Sweden went into party mode.
The Swedish prevailed by a single goal across the two-match tie, and their jubilation and relief was evident at the final whistle – and well beyond.
Sweden’s players partied on the pitch like they had won the World Cup rather than simply qualifying for the first time since 2006.
The celebrations included a team effort to storm one of the TV broadcasts, which was wrapping up analysis from an on-pitch desk.
The desk may not be able to be saved after the frenzy, which included a humorous dancing cameo from Swedish defender Mikael Lustig in front of the camera.
Let’s hope we see similar scenes of jubilation from Australia’s Socceroos in their own qualifier against Honduras tomorrow night.