Sweden had a reasonable first day, winning all three matches and topping their group. They ran away from Bosnia H., laboured a bit against Latvia and rounded off with a pretty smooth performance against Luxemburg. They were probably in the easiest group however and the bad news is that they will now meet Ukraine who put up a very up and down performance, but a team I would still rate as possible contenders. If we get through that it will be Israel or Croatia in the semi, both of whom put up very creditable performances on Day 1. Then it would be a final against Belgium or Lithuania, probably the latter who looked the best team on Day 1.
The U18 won two games easily and then went down 14 – 15 to Latvia. There is bad news here as well; they will meet the Czechs in the Quarters, who look to be the best team in the tournament.