Sweden books place at World Cup 2006

Once again it was Zlatan Ibrahimovic who stole the headlines as Sweden booked their place at the 2006 World Cup Finals with a victory over Iceland on Wednesday evening.

A packed Råsunda stadium was stunned by the opening goal from Iceland in the 25th minute, a walloping strike by Kari Arnason from a full 40 metres.

FIFA’s complicated qualification system meant that Sweden would almost certainly qualify as one of the best runners-up. But fans were craving the certainty of victory – and the confidence of heading to next summer’s tournament in Germany on the back of a win.

They did not have to wait long. Four minutes later the Zlatan show, as Sweden’s frothing media put it, began.

The Juventus man opened his routine with a goal in the 29th minute, and then helped craft a ‘dream goal’ for senior striker Henrik Larsson to volley home three minutes before the break.

Kim Källström added the third for Lars Lagerback’s side in injury time.

Sweden finished level on 24 points with Croatia but the Croatians topped the group because of their two victories over the Swedes in head-to-head meetings.

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Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match

Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, a day ahead of the country's Nations League match with Sweden, the Croatian football federation (HNS) said.

Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match
Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic (left) tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP
“Brozovic's Inter Milan and Swedish epidemiologists were informed about the positive test,” an HNS statement said.
The player's positive result came two days after defender Domagoj Vida was informed of a positive Covid-19 test after playing the first half of a friendly with Turkey in Istanbul.
Apart from Brozovic, 27, one staff member also tested positive.
They were both isolated from other members of the national team.
After Sweden, Croatia play another Nations League game against Portugal on Tuesday.
Croatia, runners-up at the 2018 World Cup, are third in their Nations League group which also includes France, the team that beat them to the World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and Sweden.