Monday 5 December 2016

Ibrahimovic seals Sweden's euro ticket

Published 18/11/2015 | 02:30

Ibrahimovic celebrates
Ibrahimovic celebrates

A stunning double from captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave Sweden a 2-2 draw away to Denmark as they qualified for Euro 2016 last night by 4-3 on aggregate against their Scandinavian rivals.

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Ibrahimovic silenced the home fans in the 19th minute when he ghosted out to meet Kim Kallstrom's corner, twisting athletically to sweep the ball past flat-footed goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

Then he punished the Danes for their failure to create chances with a beautiful curling free-kick in the 76th minute to send the Swedes closer to a place in France next year.

Late goals by Yussuf Poulsen and Jannik Vestergaard provided some comfort for the home fans.

Sweden will be joined in France by Ukraine after they survived a nervy night in Slovenia with their 1-1 draw securing a 3-1 aggregate victory.

Home captain Cesar was lucky not to be sent off in the first minute for throwing an elbow but escaped with a yellow card and 11 minutes later he had the home side back in the two-legged tie when he slotted home from close range.

Ukraine were made to endure a nervy 80 minutes before Andriy Yarmolenko scored in injury-time as Slovenia committed men forward in search of an equaliser.

Irish Independent

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