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Larsson double gives Sweden victory in Croatia

Published: Wednesday 29 February 2012, 23.05CET
Croatia 1-3 Sweden
Substitute Sebastian Larsson scored twice, but it was a superb display from Zlatan Ibrahimović that drove Sweden to an impressive win in Zagreb.
by Sujay Dutt
from Maksimir Stadium

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3
Yellow cards0
 
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Red Cards0
 
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Published: Wednesday 29 February 2012, 23.05CET

Larsson double gives Sweden victory in Croatia

Croatia 1-3 Sweden
Substitute Sebastian Larsson scored twice, but it was a superb display from Zlatan Ibrahimović that drove Sweden to an impressive win in Zagreb.

Sebastian Larsson came off the bench to hit two second-half goals and earn Sweden a convincing friendly win against fellow UEFA EURO 2012 participants Croatia.

Zlatan Ibrahimović got the ball rolling in Zagreb, converting a 13th-minute penalty to open the scoring, and the Sweden captain was at the centre of his side's slick display. Croatia went into the break level after Jonas Olsson's own goal, but Larsson wasted no time in making his mark after coming on as a half-time substitute. He scored within 60 seconds before giving his side a two-goal cushion with 21 minutes remaining.

Sweden coach Erik Hamrén said before the game that Croatia posed numerous threats, but Slaven Bilić's side failed to hit their stride. Instead, it was Ibrahimović, whose mother is Croatian, who shone at the Stadion Maksimir. Playing slightly deeper than normal, the AC Milan forward slipped in Rasmus Elm, who was sent tumbling by goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa. Ibrahimović made no mistake from the spot.

Ivan Rakitić was at the heart of Croatia's best play, but it was a Swede who equalised for the hosts when Olsson headed a Josip Šimunić cross over his own goalkeeper. Teenage striker John Guidetti made his senior debut for Sweden after the break, but it was another of their four half-time substitutes who made the biggest impact. Though it was Larsson who scored, it was Ibrahimović who was again the instigator, finding Samuel Holmén. The midfielder's shot was only parried by Pletikosa into the path of Larsson for a simple finish.

Larsson was again indebted to Ibrahimović for his second, latching on to his skipper's pass and bursting through the home defence to make it 3-1. The star man received a standing ovation from the home crowd after his late substitution, but a bad night for Croatia was made worse when Vedran Ćorluka was forced off through injury.

 
Last updated: 03/05/12 21.50CET

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Lineups

Croatia

Croatia

Sweden

Sweden

PletikosaStipe Pletikosa (GK)
IsakssonAndreas Isaksson (GK)
ŠimunićJosip Šimunić
Yellow Card83
MellbergOlof Mellberg
SrnaDarijo Srna
J. OlssonJonas Olsson
Goal44
ČorlukaVedran Ćorluka
Substitution29
M. OlssonMartin Olsson
SchildenfeldGordon Schildenfeld
GranqvistAndreas Granqvist
VidaDomagoj Vida
Yellow Card35
Substitution67
KällströmKim Källström
Substitution46
ModrićLuka Modrić
Substitution73
SvenssonAnders Svensson
RakitićIvan Rakitić
ElmRasmus Elm
Substitution46
DujmovićTomislav Dujmović
Substitution46
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović
Goal13
Substitution86
OlićIvica Olić
Substitution46
ElmanderJohan Elmander
Substitution46
MandžukićMario Mandžukić
Yellow Card37
Substitution46
ToivonenOla Toivonen
Substitution74

Substitutes

PranjićDanijel Pranjić
Substitution29
WernbloomPontus Wernbloom
Substitution46
KranjčarNiko Kranjčar
Substitution46
GuidettiJohn Guidetti
Substitution46
EduardoEduardo
Substitution46
LarssonSebastian Larsson
Substitution46
Goal47
Goal70
JelavićNikica Jelavić
Substitution46
BajramiEmir Bajrami
Substitution74
PerišićIvan Perišić
Substitution67
HysénTobias Hysén
Substitution86
VukojevićOgnjen Vukojević
Substitution73

Coach

Slaven Bilić (CRO) Erik Hamrén (SWE)

Referee

Mitja Žganec (SVN)

Assistant referees

Andrej Kokolj (SVN), Bojan Ul (SVN)

Fourth official

Igor Pristovnik (CRO)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
 
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