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Ibrahimović double sees Sweden down Moldova

Published: Friday 27 March 2015, 22.46CET
Moldova 0-2 Sweden
Zlatan Ibrahimović's double – the first a freak goal – sealed the points for Erik Hamrén's men in Chisinau, keeping them in Group G contention.

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Match statistics

MoldovaSweden

Goals scored0
2
Possession (%)39
 
61
Total attempts2
 
21
on target0
7
off target1
 
6
blocked1
 
8
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners3
 
5
Offsides2
 
2
Yellow cards4
 
4
Red Cards0
1
Fouls committed16
 
11
Fouls suffered11
 
15

Standings

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Published: Friday 27 March 2015, 22.46CET

Ibrahimović double sees Sweden down Moldova

Moldova 0-2 Sweden
Zlatan Ibrahimović's double – the first a freak goal – sealed the points for Erik Hamrén's men in Chisinau, keeping them in Group G contention.

• Zlatan Ibrahimović double secures win in Stadionul Zimbru for Sweden
Freak opener comes within seconds of second half commencing
Late penalty seals points to keep Swedes second in Group G behind Austria 
• Andreas Granqvist's added-time dismissal only low note for visitors
Next games: Liechtenstein v Moldova, Sweden v Montengro (14 June)

A freak goal in Chisinau helped Sweden to all three points against bottom-of-the-section Moldova as Erik Hamrén's side cemented themselves in second place in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group G.

Moldova goalkeeper Ilie Cebanu's clearance struck the head of Zlatan Ibrahimović and flew into an empty net in the opening moments of the second half to stun the home crowd before the Swedish captain made things safe late on with a resounding penalty. With group leaders Austria also winning, the result means the undefeated Swedes stay four points off the summit, while the hosts remain on a solitary point.

It was an even opening but the visitors' quality began to show as the half wore on. Isaac Kiese Thelin failed to connect cleanly with a free header, before an outstretched Cebanu prevented Erkan Zengin's shot curling into the corner. Ibrahimović's deft touch played in Kiese Thelin again but Cebanu pulled off another great stop before the skipper powered a header a whisker over.

A huge slice of good fortune gave Sweden their breakthrough within 20 seconds of the restart. Under minimal pressure Cebanu hit his clearance against the head of a closing-down Ibrahimović and the ball sailed into an unguarded goal from 25 metres. Kiese Thelin thrashed wide from an angle and Ibrahimović slid an attempt across goal as the Swedes pushed for a second. Cebanu then kept out a rocket of an Ibrahimović free-kick and saved brilliantly at the feet of Emil Forsberg, but Vadim Bolohan brought down the No6 in the area and Ibrahimović hammered his 84th-minute spot kick into the roof of the net to clinch the points.

Last updated: 02/06/15 3.20CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2013925/postmatch/report/index.html#sweden+down+moldova

Lineups

Moldova

Moldova

Sweden

Sweden

1
CebanuIlie Cebanu (GK)
1
IsakssonAndreas Isaksson (GK)
2
ArmaşIgor Armaş
2
BengtssonPierre Bengtsson
3
A. EpureanuAlexandru Epureanu (C)
4
GranqvistAndreas Granqvist
Yellow Card4
Red Card90+3
4
GolovatencoVictor Golovatenco
Yellow Card28
5
M. OlssonMartin Olsson
Yellow Card54
5
RacuPetru Racu
Yellow Card45
7
S. LarssonSebastian Larsson
Substitution80
6
BolohanVadim Bolohan
8
EkdalAlbin Ekdal
7
IoniţaArtur Ioniţa
Substitution36
9
KällströmKim Källström
8
GaţcanAlexandru Gaţcan
Yellow Card90+4
10
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović (C)
Goal46
Yellow Card65
Goal84
9
AndronicGheorghe Andronic
Substitution70
15
E. JohanssonErik Johansson
10
DedovAlexandru Dedov
21
Kiese ThelinIsaac Kiese Thelin
Substitution70
11
BoghiuGheorghe Boghiu
Substitution86
22
Erkan ZenginErkan Zengin
Substitution85

Substitutes

12
CalanceaNicolae Calancea (GK)
23
OlsenRobin Olsen (GK)
23
KoşelevAlexei Koşelev (GK)
12
NordfeldtKristoffer Nordfeldt (GK)
13
I. JardanIon Jardan
3
HelanderFilip Helander
14
CojocariAndrei Cojocari
Substitution36
6
ForsbergEmil Forsberg
Substitution80
15
PosmacVeaceslav Posmac
11
ElmanderJohan Elmander
16
BurghiuŞtefan Burghiu
13
TinnerholmAnton Tinnerholm
17
SpătaruDan Spătaru
14
JanssonPontus Jansson
18
PatraşArtur Patraş
16
WernbloomPontus Wernbloom
Substitution85
19
GheorghievSerghei Gheorghiev
Substitution86
Yellow Card87
17
QuaisonRobin Quaison
20
FrunzăViorel Frunză
Substitution70
18
RohdénMarcus Rohdén
21
CheptineAnatoli Cheptine
19
BergMarcus Berg
Substitution70
22
CarpCătălin Carp
20
ToivonenOla Toivonen

Coach

Alexandru Curteian (MDA) Erik Hamrén (SWE)

Referee

Ivan Bebek (CRO)

Assistant referees

Tomislav Petrović (CRO), Miro Grgić (CRO)

Fourth official

Dalibor Conjar (CRO)

Additional assistant referees

Domagoj Vučkov (CRO), Goran Gabrilo (CRO)

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