Olsen was a late deadline for Sheffield United on Tuesday and he gave Blades fans a taste of what to expect with a formidable performance as Sweden handed Spain their first qualifying loss for the World Cup since 1993.
Alexander Isak and Viktor Claesson were set to cancel Carlos Soler’s goal for the Euro 2020 semi-finalists. The victory puts Sweden at the top of Group B.
As Spain put pressure in the later stages in search of an equalizer, Olsen kept the Swedes in the lead with two excellent saves, initially stopping Ferran Torres and Adama Traore.
Meanwhile in Vilnius on Wednesday, goalkeeper Peacock-Farrell was a penalty hero for the second time this season as his save helped Northern Ireland beat Lithuania.
The 24-year-old, who recently made a crucial save for the Owls against Rotherham, again made a superb save to keep Arvydas Novikovas from leaving the field.
The score was 2-1 against Northern Ireland at this point, with Ian Baraclough’s men feeling a bit shaken after the hosts pulled out a goal following goals from Dan Ballard and a penalty from the ‘former Blade Conor Washington. The Peacock-Farrell save revitalized the Irish and goals from Shane Lavery and another penalty from Paddy McNair sealed a 4-1 victory.
Northern Ireland will play a friendly against Estonia on Sunday before a crucial qualifying game with Switzerland in Belfast next week.
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