Ibrahimovic scores twice in 10-man Euro rout

Star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic netted two goals in front of a hometown crowd in Malmö, as Sweden beat San Marino 6-0 on Tuesday in Euro 2012 football qualification.

Ibrahimovic scores twice in 10-man Euro rout

“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.

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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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.