• Sweden edition
 
Zlatan nets four as Sweden claim victory

Zlatan nets four as Sweden claim victory

Published: 15 Nov 2012 00:01 GMT+01:00
Updated: 15 Nov 2012 00:01 GMT+01:00

The Sweden captain became the first player to score at the Friends Arena and then struck three times in the final 15 minutes after goals from Danny Welbeck and England debutant Steven Caulker had threatened to spoil the Swedish party.

The result meant that Sweden avenged their 3-2 loss to England at Euro 2012, while England coach Roy Hodgson -- who handed debuts to six players -- tasted defeat over 90 minutes for the first time in 12 games.

It also meant that England captain Steven Gerrard had to stomach a loss on the occasion of his 100th cap, as Ibrahimovic moved ahead of Henrik Larsson and into third place in the list of Sweden's all-time top scorers.

I thought it was a good performance," Hodgson told BBC radio.

"Obviously, it was disappointing to concede three goals in the last 15 minutes when we were looking so good at 2-1.

"Ibrahimovic scored a wonder goal to put the icing on cake, but for large periods of the game, I can be more than satisfied. Many players who got a chance came out with great credit."

Despite the pomp of a pre-match inauguration ceremony, a muted atmosphere and a pitch that cut up badly contributed to a low-key opening.

At 17 years and 342 days old, Raheem Sterling became England's fifth-youngest debutant of all time, but he was to play an unwitting role as Sweden broke the deadlock in the 20th minute.

The Liverpool winger was dispossessed just inside the Swedish half, allowing Martin Olsson to break forward down the hosts' left flank.

From Olsson's subsequent cross, Ibrahimovic saw a shot blocked by Caulker, but the Paris Saint-Germain hitman reacted quickly to poke the ball into the top-right corner and claim the first goal at the new stadium.

Tom Cleverley spurned a good opportunity to equalize when he could only divert Glen Johnson's drilled cross wide from six yards, while Mathias Ranegie missed an open goal at the other end after a dreadful mix-up between Joe Hart and Gary Cahill.

Four minutes later, England drew level, Ashley Young flummoxing Sebastian Larsson with a step-over and crossing for his Manchester United team-mate Welbeck to score at the back post.

Gerrard, positioned at the base of an inverted triangle in midfield, then

made his mark on the game by supplying the deep free-kick from which Caulker put England ahead.

It was a second goal in two games for the Tottenham Hotspur centre-back, who netted in Spurs' weekend defeat at Manchester City, but he was soon at work in more familiar territory, brilliantly diverting an Ibrahimovic shot over the bar.

Both sides saw chances come and go after the interval, with Sweden growing into the second half after England began on the front foot.

The number of England debutants rose as Ryan Shawcross and Carl Jenkinson joined the fray from the bench, and Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere made his first international appearance after 17 months out with injury.

Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha also made his debut, but the game belonged to Ibrahimovic.

He chested down Anders Svensson's lifted pass to volley home the equalizer in the 77th minute and then completed his treble with a 30-yard free-kick that eluded Hart to nestle in the bottom-right corner.

There was more to come. In stoppage time, a through-ball drew Hart racing from his line and when he miscued his headed clearance, Ibrahimovic found the net with an audacious overhead bicycle kick from 20 yards.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

00:45 November 15, 2012 by ontheball
Gotta laugh at all the British expats sat in fake Irish bars watching their overpaid heroes get their arses kicked in Sweden. Mugs.
01:57 November 15, 2012 by shard
I'm laughing at the deafening silence in the vicinity of the usual Local commenters who on the one hand would love to glory in the victory of their 'home' team, but on the other, have to recognise their victory is down to one man.....the son of muslim immigrants.

I'm sure their heads are on the verge of imploding and creating a teeny tiny event horizon.

Well done Sweden!
16:29 November 15, 2012 by vicarno
Well said shard.

Where are all the haters???? Even if Zlatan gets Sweden the world cup, still this genius won't be appreciated by many JUST because......

Well done Zlatan!!!
19:29 November 16, 2012 by Hisingen
Typical anti-Brit comments from the immature. In fact over in the discussion forum there have been comments of another nature, as there were on British TV regarding Zlatan especially, so grow up boys, there was even considerable applause from the British contingent at the new stadium at Zlatan's achievements. But then you no doubt didn't hear it - there are none so deaf - - - - .. so grow up boys.

The commentators on ITV were full of praise for Zlatan also, even saying 'that goal' was a good contender for the goal of the year'
Today's headlines
Elections 2014
'Sweden Democrats hold the key to elections'
Jimmie Åkesson. Photo: Bertil Ericson/TT

'Sweden Democrats hold the key to elections'

With national elections around the corner, political scientist Stig-Björn Ljunggren says there's a hive of activity behind the scenes, and that the right-wing nationalist party could end up being the key player. READ  

Swedish artist jailed for 'race hate' pictures
Police arrested Dan Park (pictured) and confiscated his art works at an exhibition opening on July 5th. Photo: Drago Prvulovic/TT

Swedish artist jailed for 'race hate' pictures

A Malmö court has sentenced Swedish street artist Dan Park to six months in jail for incitement to racial agitation and defamation. READ  

Sweden Floods
Flooding closes roads in central Sweden
Photo: TT

Flooding closes roads in central Sweden

UPDATED: Sections of the highway in Värmland have been closed off due to flooding, and several trains are standing still. Authorities say the situation will get worse before it gets better. READ  

Elections 2014
Sweden elections: How do they work?
Casting a vote. Photo: Shutterstock

Sweden elections: How do they work?

National, regional, and local elections are taking place in Sweden on September 14th. Whether you're a first-time voter or a fresh armchair observer, The Local's beginners' guide will answer the key questions you were too afraid to ask. READ  

Sweden orders textbook on Roma discrimination
A Romani language class in Malmö. Photo: Drago Prvulovic/TT

Sweden orders textbook on Roma discrimination

The Swedish government has asked a new commission to create school materials based on a white paper documenting Swedish discrimination of Roma. READ  

Day-care rapist
Day-care rape suspect 'was mentally ill'
Photo: TT

Day-care rape suspect 'was mentally ill'

Social services have ruled that a day-care intern charged with molesting 14 children in southern Sweden was "seriously mentally disturbed". READ  

What's On in Sweden

What's On in Sweden

Autumn has arrived in Sweden, which means grey skies are approaching. But summer goes out with a skip, hop, and a bang - the annual Color Run is taking place in Stockholm this weekend. READ  

Surströmmingspremiär
Swedes celebrate first day of smelly fish season
Photo: Hasse Holmberg/TT

Swedes celebrate first day of smelly fish season

On the third Thursday of each August, Swedes celebrate the start of the fermented herring season. The Local finds out more about the worst-smelling food on earth, and collects some of the best reaction videos. READ  

Spotify founders win 'Expats of the Year'
Crown Princess Victoria and Spotify co-founder Martin Lorentzon Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Spotify founders win 'Expats of the Year'

Spotify founders Martin Lorentzon and Daniel Ek won the International Swede of the Year award (Årets svensk i världen) on Wednesday for their work in making the world's music accessible to the world. READ  

Top ministers count cost of 'less secure world'
Photo: Maja Suslin/TT

Top ministers count cost of 'less secure world'

Foreign and Finance Ministers Carl Bildt and Anders Borg held a press conference on Wednesday to discuss how Sweden was being affected by a "less secure" world, and how it would foot the bill for a growing influx of refugees. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching August 20th
Society
Did you know the Bronx in NYC was named after a Swede?
Politics
"Iraq reminds me of the Yugoslav wars. It's the same story."
Society
Swedes slam Danes for 'racist' art
National
Majority of Swedes favour more or just as many refugees
Blog updates

17 August

Sea Fever (Around Sweden in a kayak) »

"I’m going to keep this post short and sweet as its not something I take any pleasure in writing. After much deliberation I have made the heartbreaking decision to abandon my trip after 1200km due to reoccurring injury. It is not a decision I have made lightly and it is one that has been truly devastating..." READ »

 

17 August

St. Louis strong (Blogweiser) »

"It’s typically a bad sign when my hometown makes news in Sweden. St. Louis was in the headlines here a few years ago when a tornado struck the airport. The city also caught attention after a politician talked about ‘legitimate rape’. Now, shooting and riots this week in Ferguson, a part of St. Louis, are..." READ »

 
 
 
Society
Lock your bathrooms: Swedish toilet invader on the the loose
Politics
'Assange will not leave until safe'
Gallery
See more images from the southern Sweden floods
Sponsored Article
Find out what gives this Swedish school executive appeal
Society
Serial chicken smuggler caught at Norway border. Again.
Society
This gold coin may be the key to solving a Swedish massacre
Shutterstock
Lifestyle
The Swedish mentor (and why you may need one)
National
Food agency warns girls: 'Don't eat stinky fish'
Politics
Reinfeldt calls for tolerance to refugees
Gallery
People-watching August 16-17
National
Sweden celebrates 200 years of peace
Society
Top ten literal Swedish words
Politics
'Terror training should be illegal': Liberal Party
Gallery
Swedes talk about 200 years of national peace
Politics
Islamic extremist shakes Sweden with TV threat
National
Teacher fined for 'Hitler salute' in German class
National
Swede asks for epidural and gets disinfectant
Features
Kiruna residents talk life in a town on the move
National
Swedish dad takes kids to Israel to learn about war
Skatteverket
Sponsored Article
Introducing... ID cards and permits in Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Introducing...Your finances in Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Introducing...Housing in Stockholm
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

707
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se