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Zlatan goals keep Sweden top

Published: Saturday 6 September 2003, 18.00CET
Sweden 5-0 San Marino Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores twice in Gothenburg to keep Sweden top of Group 4.

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Published: Saturday 6 September 2003, 18.00CET

Zlatan goals keep Sweden top

Sweden 5-0 San Marino Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores twice in Gothenburg to keep Sweden top of Group 4.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice as Sweden consolidated their position at the top of UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying Group 4 with a 5-0 win against San Marino.

Ljungberg missing
The Swedes, unbeaten in qualifying games since 1997, were without the suspended Fredrik Ljungberg and the injured Marcus Allbäck, but did not have any problems making it two wins from two games against the Sammarinese following the 6-0 win in June. The Swedish coaches, Tommy Söderberg and Lars Lagerbäck, opted to play Brøndby IF centre-back Andreas Jakobsson in the defensive midfield position with Everton FC's Tobias Linderoth dropping to the bench.

Gasperoni injury
Sweden started confidently and San Marino were dealt a blow after nine minutes when they lost midfielder Bryan Gasperoni to injury. He was replaced by Ermanno Zonsini, but the early change seemed to disturb the visitors and Sweden piled on the pressure, twice going close after 23 and 25 minutes through Anders Svensson and Ibrahimovic.

Relentless pressure
Sweden carried on pushing forward and their efforts paid off in the 33rd minute when Jakobsson crossed for Ibrahimovic, who found Mattias Jonsson with a neat flick. The Brøndby forward made no mistake from close range. Jakobsson then turned goalscorer in the 49th minute when he raced clear and coolly slotted past Federico Gasperoni in the San Marino goal.

Ibrahimovic takes control
Sweden were cruising and Ibrahimovic got his name on the scoresheet in the 56th minute after being played in by Jonsson. The AFC Ajax forward controlled the ball on his left foot and then fired past the hapless Gasperoni with his right. That strike made it 3-0 but the Swedes, and Ibrahimovic, hadn't finished yet.

Penalty bonanza
Kim Källström, who replaced Ljungberg on the left of midfield, then scored from the penalty spot in the 68th minute after substitute Linderoth had been pulled down. Fifteen minutes later Sweden were given another penalty after Ibrahimovic was impeded and the Ajax man took it himself, calmly placing the ball to Gasperoni's left.

Poland next
The win saw Sweden move three points clear at the top of EURO 2004™ qualifying Group 4, with Latvia playing Poland later on Saturday. Söderberg and Lagerbäck's men next face Poland in Chorzów on Wednesday and a win there would see them qualify for their third successive finals tournament.

Swedish reaction
"It was an OK performance by our team, and good preparation for the important away game against Poland," Sweden coach Lagerbäck said. "The tempo was low in the first half, San Marino played well in defence, and our inability to create scoring opportunities was a problem. In the second half we got the goals, which was precisely the way it was in the last game we played against them."

'Good experience'
San Marino coach Giampaolo Mazza said: "It was an honour to play the game, in this beautiful arena and in front of a huge crowd. The important thing for our players was not the result, as the difference between the teams was too big, but the experience."

Last updated: 06/09/03 21.34CET

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Lineups

Sweden

Sweden

San Marino

San Marino

1
IsakssonAndreas Isaksson (GK)
1
F GasperoniFederico Gasperoni (GK)
2
LucicTeddy Lucic
2
C. ValentiniCarlo Valentini
3
MellbergOlof Mellberg
3
GennariMirko Gennari
Substitution25
4
Michael SvenssonMichael Svensson
4
Albani N.Nicola Albani
5
EdmanErik Edman
5
MatteoniIvan Matteoni
6
JakobssonAndreas Jakobsson
Goal48
Substitution64
6
S. BacciocchiSimone Bacciocchi
7
NilssonMikael Nilsson
7
Mic. MaraniMichele Marani
8
A. SvenssonAnders Svensson
Substitution64
8
MorettiLorenzo Moretti
9
KällströmKim Källström
Goal66
9
MontagnaPaolo Montagna
10
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović
Goal53
Goal81
10
A. GasperoniAlex Gasperoni
Substitution8
11
JonsonMattias Jonson
Goal32
Substitution72
11
VannucciDamiano Vannucci

Substitutes

12
HedmanMagnus Hedman (GK)
12
CeccoliMichele Ceccoli (GK)
16
JohanssonAndreas Johansson
Substitution64
15
NanniLuca Nanni
Substitution25
17
LinderothTobias Linderoth
Substitution64
16
R SelvaRoberto Selva
18
SkoogNiklas Skoog
Substitution72
18
ZonziniErmanno Zonzini
Substitution8
13
C. AnderssonChristoffer Andersson
13
BolognaGiacomo Bologna
14
Anders AnderssonAnders Andersson
14
De LuigiMarco De Luigi
15
FarnerudPontus Farnerud
17
UgoliniAndrea Ugolini

Coach

Tommy Söderberg (SWE) Giampaolo Mazza (SMR)

Referee

Stefan Messner (AUT)

Assistant referees

Johann Hechtl (AUT), Herbert Krenn (AUT)

Fourth official

Manfred Krassnitzer (AUT)

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