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Sweden Win Tightly Fought Speedway World Cup In Denmark

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Swedish skipper Andreas Jonsson says his side‰Ûªs teamwork was a triumph as they snatched their first Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup for 11 years at Vojens on Sunday afternoon.

The Swedes last lifted the Ove Fundin Trophy at British track Poole in 2004 and Denmark and Poland have dominated the competition ever since.

But AJ‰Ûªs men capitalised on some catastrophic luck for hosts, holders and red-hot favourites Denmark to snatch gold on 34 points, just pipping the Danes who finished on 32 in the greatest Monster Energy SWC Final in recent memory. A young Polish team scored 27 to beat Australia (26) to bronze by one point.

Sweden started the day as rank outsiders to lift the trophy, but with Jonsson (12), Fredrik Lindgren (11), Antonio Lindback (seven) and Linus Sundstrom (four) all contributing useful points, manager Morgan Andersson‰Ûªs men pulled off a famous win.

A delighted AJ was elated with Sweden‰Ûªs team effort.

‰ÛÏWe did the best we could. I knew we were up against some really good riders, but we kept our cool and took care of the points we could. We worked as a team, and I think that‰Ûªs what made us win," He said.

‰ÛÏAfter heat 18, we were four points down and I thought ‰Û÷this is going to be really tough.‰Ûª We still believed, though, and when Freddie went out and won his last ride in heat 19, I thought ‰Û÷we‰Ûªve got nothing to lose now; we can do it.‰Ûª

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs a team effort and you have to make sure you don‰Ûªt make too many mistakes. Every mistake costs you.

‰ÛÏDenmark and Poland were the favourites. Poland came in with some injuries and it was tough. Denmark had a bit of bad luck. But it‰Ûªs all about working as a team and collecting the points, which we did.‰Û

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