It didn’t, but that didn’t stop Expressen from drooling over the second-half goal from “the man who can do what he likes with a football”, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. “It was artistic – not as acrobatic as the one he scored for Ajax on Sunday, but just as delicious.”
Other than that, it was a dull game, only lightly spiced up by the oft-repeated fact that Sweden haven’t lost to England since 1968. England’s Swedish manager, Sven-Göran Eriksson, was asked after the game why this is. “I don’t know,” he replied. “I really don’t know.”
Wise words from a man who is paid £4 million a year to know just that sort of thing.