Saturday 21 October 2017

Ibrahimovic keeps Swedes on course

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was on target for Sweden
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was on target for Sweden

Zlatan Ibrahimovic netted after just 27 seconds as he led his side to a 1-0 win over Kazakhstan in a World Cup qualifier to consolidate second place in Group C.

Ibrahimovic stunned the Kazakhs with a low strike into the far corner.

Kazakhstan attacked down the flanks, but failed to trouble Swedish 'keeper Andreas Isaksson.

Ibrahimovic had several opportunities to put the game out of reach, but the PSG striker wasted several chances from free kicks.

Germany battled to a 3-0 away win over the Faroe Islands to maintain their predictable progress towards the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.

Per Mertesacker gave them a 1-0 half-time lead, but the clear Group C leaders then had to wait until the last 20 minutes for further goals when Mesut Ozil converted a penalty won by Thomas Mueller, who scored the third goal himself.

The hosts had Atli Gregersen sent off for the foul which led to the penalty.

Germany's seventh win in eight games left them on 22 points, five clear of Sweden, who beat Kazakhstan earlier in the day.

Northern Ireland were humbled by Luxembourg as Mathias Janisch grabbed winner at the Stade Josy Barthel. Luxembourg were full value for the three points as Northern Ireland turned in a turgid display.

The visitors went ahead through Martin Paterson and then, after goals from Aurelien Joachim and Stefano Bensi, looked as though they might salvage a draw when Gareth McAuley headed home in the 82nd minute. But Luxembourg got their reward with three minutes remaining.

Meanwhile, Shaun Maloney grabbed a late winner as Scotland secured a 2-1 victory over Macedonia in Skopje. Ikechi Anya had got the Scots' opener.

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