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Ibrahimović and Sweden peg back Italy

Published: Saturday 19 June 2004, 0.53CET
Italy 1-1 Sweden
Zlatan Ibrahimović's 85th-minute equaliser denied Italy victory in dramatic fashion in a pulsating match.
by Matthew Spiro
from Estádio do Dragão
Ibrahimović and Sweden peg back Italy
Zlatan Ibrahimović celebrates his goal against Italy ©Getty Images

Match statistics

ItalySweden

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target8
 
4
Attempts off target11
 
7
Corners10
 
5
Fouls committed15
 
22
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:58 CET

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Published: Saturday 19 June 2004, 0.53CET

Ibrahimović and Sweden peg back Italy

Italy 1-1 Sweden
Zlatan Ibrahimović's 85th-minute equaliser denied Italy victory in dramatic fashion in a pulsating match.

Zlatan Ibrahimović's dramatic late equaliser put Sweden in a strong position to qualify from Group C as they drew 1-1 with Italy to remain top above Denmark on goal difference.

Antonio Cassano opened the scoring in the first half of a game Italy largely dominated, but Sweden staged a late rally and substitute Mattias Jonson forced Gianluigi Buffon into a fine reaction save after being picked out by Henrik Larsson's penetrating diagonal pass. The pressure paid off with five minutes left when Ibrahimović profited from a goalmouth scramble, acrobatically hooking over Christian Vieri on the line and into the top corner.

Italy coach Giovanni Trapattoni made three changes from the side held to a goalless draw by Denmark, with AC Milan pair Gennaro Gattuso and Andrea Pirlo replacing Cristiano Zanetti and Mauro Camoranesi in midfield and Cassano stepping in for the suspended Francesco Totti. Sweden made one alteration, as right-back Teddy Lucic – injured in the 5-0 win against Bulgaria – was replaced by Mikael Nilsson; Christian Wilhelmsson slotted into the right side of a midfield diamond.

Cassano was handed a free role behind Alessandro Del Piero and Vieri, and immediately caused Sweden problems with his movement. In the third minute his first-time pass sent Vieri clear in the penalty area but after swivelling past Andreas Jakobsson the striker was denied by the onrushing Andreas Isaksson. Five minutes later, Cassano's menacing dribble was halted by Erik Edman but the loose ball dropped for Simone Perrotta whose low drive was parried by Isaksson.

Sweden created their first chance when Ibrahimović released Fredrik Ljungberg on the left and he cleverly back-heeled the ball into Ibrahimović's path only for the striker to shoot over. Most of the pressure was at the other end, however. Cassano's teasing right-wing cross was headed over by Vieri, then Gianluca Zambrotta beat Nilsson before cutting back for Del Piero who side-footed wide.

The energetic Ljungberg posed the occasional threat on the break, and Buffon had to be alert to save at the midfielder's feet, but the vast majority of first-half attacking came from Italy. Isaksson tipped Del Piero's deflected effort round the post and Vieri headed over another good chance before Cassano finally opened the scoring eight minutes before the break.

Christian Panucci delivered an inswinging cross from the right and, with the Sweden defence attempting to play offside, Cassano found himself all alone to coolly beat Isaksson with a glancing header.

Gattuso and Fabio Cannavaro picked up bookings which means they will miss Italy's next match against eliminated Bulgaria, but Italy were soon on top after the restart as Vieri's near-post volley from Panucci's cross flashed wide. Vieri then slipped Del Piero clear through the middle, and with Isaksson stranded on the edge of his area, the Juventus forward scooped the ball over the goalkeeper's head; Jakobsson cleared off the line.

Sweden introduced Kim Källström in place of Anders Svensson on 54 minutes and the midfielder soon produced his team's first effort on target, drilling a low shot straight at Buffon from long range. Italy began to defend deeper as the game moved into its final quarter, and Trapattoni's decision to replace Cassano with midfielder Stefano Fiore with 20 minutes left was a clear indication of his intentions.

Italy were punished by Ibrahimović's late strike, although Vieri twice sent free headers over the crossbar in added time and Panucci headed wide in the final minute as the Azzurri belatedly pressed for a winner.

Last updated: 16/01/12 11.19CET

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Lineups

Italy

Italy

Sweden

Sweden

1
BuffonGianluigi Buffon (GK)
1
IsakssonAndreas Isaksson (GK)
2
PanucciChristian Panucci
3
MellbergOlof Mellberg (C)
5
CannavaroFabio Cannavaro (C)
Yellow Card46
5
EdmanErik Edman
Yellow Card54
Substitution77
7
Del PieroAlessandro Del Piero
Substitution82
6
LinderothTobias Linderoth
Yellow Card75
8
GattusoGennaro Gattuso
Yellow Card39
Substitution76
7
NilssonMikael Nilsson
9
VieriChristian Vieri
8
A. SvenssonAnders Svensson
Substitution55
13
NestaAlessandro Nesta
9
LjungbergFredrik Ljungberg
18
CassanoAntonio Cassano
Goal37
Substitution70
10
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović
Goal85
19
ZambrottaGianluca Zambrotta
Yellow Card58
11
LarssonHenrik Larsson
20
PerrottaSimone Perrotta
15
JakobssonAndreas Jakobsson
21
PirloAndrea Pirlo
21
WilhelmssonChristian Wilhelmsson
Substitution67

Substitutes

12
ToldoFrancesco Toldo (GK)
12
HedmanMagnus Hedman (GK)
22
PeruzziAngelo Peruzzi (GK)
23
KihlstedtMagnus Kihlstedt (GK)
14
FioreStefano Fiore
Substitution70
16
KällströmKim Källström
Substitution55
15
FavalliGiuseppe Favalli
Substitution76
18
JonsonMattias Jonson
Substitution67
16
CamoranesiMauro Camoranesi
Substitution82
20
AllbäckMarcus Allbäck
Substitution77
3
OddoMassimo Oddo
2
LucicTeddy Lucic
4
ZanettiCristiano Zanetti
4
MjällbyJohan Mjällby
6
FerrariMatteo Ferrari
13
Pe. HanssonPetter Hansson
11
CorradiBernardo Corradi
14
ÖstlundAlexander Östlund
17
Di VaioMarco Di Vaio
17
Anders AnderssonAnders Andersson
23
MaterazziMarco Materazzi
19
FarnerudPontus Farnerud
22
WahlstedtErik Wahlstedt

Referee

Urs Meier (SUI)

Assistant referees

Francesco Buragina (SUI), Rudolf Käppeli (SUI)

Fourth official

Markus Merk (GER)

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