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Ibrahimovic scores twice in 10-man Euro rout

The Local · 8 Sep 2010, 08:41

Published: 08 Sep 2010 08:41 GMT+02:00

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"It felt fantastic. We played in my hometown, we managed to score six goals, it doesn't get any better than this," Ibrahimovic told TV10, which began broadcasting on Tuesday.

"The fans showed what I meant to them and I tried to give back as much as I could."

The victory came despite the dismissal of defender Olof Mellberg in the 34th minute, with the team already up 3-0 after 26 minutes.

Sweden now sits atop Group E along with the Netherlands after both teams notched two wins for an undefeated record. Sweden beat Hungary 2-0 on Friday at Råslunda in Stockholm, while the Netherlands also overpowered San Marino 5-0.

Ibrahimovic netted his first goal in the seventh minute. Five minutes later, a San Marino defender netted Sebastian Larsson's low cross into his own net.

Kim Källström helped to set up the third goal, a Pontus Wernbloom header that appeared to take a touch off San Marino keeper Aldo Simoncini before rolling into the net.

Meanwhile, Mellberg was sent off for a bad challenge on Simone Bacciocchi before the second half. Sweden coach Erik Hamrén replaced Ola Toivonen at halftime with Andreas Granqvist, which paid off when he netted Larsson's free kick in the 51st minute.

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Simoncini kept up a string of fine saves, but it was not enough, with Ibrahimovic scoring again in the 77th minute before Marcus Berg closed with a close-range header in injury time.

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Your comments about this article

10:43 September 8, 2010 by Rishonim
Well, playing against San Marino is like playing against a whole heaps of old retired school teachers.
14:25 September 8, 2010 by ivey007
No mention of Zlatan punching one of the players in the face then? Cant find any mention of that anywhere on the internet. Strange how things work. Imagine if Rooney had done that. Fifa would ban him for sure.
22:24 September 8, 2010 by 4thtankie
well done sweden, a win is a win, Rishonim and ivey007,,, why ridicule the very country who shelters you....simple....support us or go home.
01:38 September 9, 2010 by Beavis
No mention of the 3 calls for him offside in 2 minutes either denying Sweden 2 goals, or the fact that he missed several times with an open goal from 0.5 metres out! Brutal player
01:40 September 9, 2010 by eddie123
always the case... against weaker opposition, Zlatan scores... play him in the big matches and he becomes a ordinary player... quite mediocre really
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