July 7, 2018 / 9:58 AM / 4 months ago

Soccer: Sweden evacuate team hotel after false alarm

Soccer Football - World Cup - England Arrival - Samara, Russia - July 6, 2018. Jordan Henderson and other team members arrive at a hotel. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Sweden’s players suffered a rude awakening ahead of their World Cup quarter-final clash with England when the fire alarm went off at their hotel in Samara on Saturday morning, leading it to be evacuated.

The Swedish players were roused from their slumbers and moved out of their rooms, but luckily it turned out to be a false alarm and they could go back to recharging their batteries ahead of their first World Cup quarter-final since 1994.

“It was just after half past eight this morning, a false alarm. All the players are feeling fine,” Sweden press officer Staffan Stjernholm told website Fotbollskanalen (www.fotbollskanalen.se).

The Swedes have plenty of time for a nap before they take on England at 1700 local time (1400 GMT), with hosts Russia facing Croatia later in the evening in Sochi.

Reporting by Philip O'Connor; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty

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