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Ibrahimović powers Sweden to UEFA EURO 2016

Published: Tuesday 17 November 2015, 22.45CET
Denmark 2-2 Sweden (agg: 3-4)
Zlatan Ibrahimović scored a goal in each half – the second a marvellous free-kick – as Sweden booked their place in the finals.
by Nicklas Vinde
from Telia Parken

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Match statistics

DenmarkSweden

Goals scored2
 
2
Possession (%)59
 
41
Total attempts19
 
6
on target6
 
4
off target7
 
2
blocked6
 
0
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners11
 
5
Offsides3
 
1
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed8
 
16
Fouls suffered16
 
7

Standings

Published: Tuesday 17 November 2015, 22.45CET

Ibrahimović powers Sweden to UEFA EURO 2016

Denmark 2-2 Sweden (agg: 3-4)
Zlatan Ibrahimović scored a goal in each half – the second a marvellous free-kick – as Sweden booked their place in the finals.

  • Sweden qualify for fifth successive EURO, their sixth in all
  • Zlatan Ibrahimović double takes his tally to 11 goals in ten qualifiers
  • Ibrahimović's second, a brilliant free-kick, ultimately clinches tie
  • Denmark reply with two headers to set up exciting finale
  • Teams wear black armbands and observe minute's silence following events in Paris

Zlatan Ibrahimović was once again Sweden's inspiration as his two goals – the second a marvellous free-kick – wrapped up their play-off victory over Denmark and place at UEFA EURO 2016.

The home side had already hit the bar in Copenhagen when Ibrahimović soothed Swedish concerns with the 19th-minute opener, making it 3-1 on aggregate. His fine second-half free-kick all but wrapped things up, even if headers from Yussuf Poulsen and Jannik Vestergaard ensured a few late nerves.

The scene was set for this Scandinavian derby weeks ago: a sell-out, with royalty in the stands, it had been the talk of the town since the draw was made. The intense early atmosphere fitted the bill perfectly.

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Sweden celebrate at full time

Denmark were roused, and so nearly had their noses in front for the first time in the tie – on away goals – when Yussuf Poulsen's header was directed onto the crossbar by Kim Källström. The Parken was rocking to the tune of 'If you don't jump you love Sweden' when Yussuf Poulsen went close again.

There were soon a few who do love Sweden bouncing up and down as Ibrahimović struck. A low cross from a corner ended at the Paris Saint-Germain forward's feet and he scored via a well-controlled volley.

It was a similar scenario to the first leg, with Denmark passing well and pressing high without reward – and regardless of their 1-0 cushion, Sweden struggled to impose themselves. The hosts continued pushing in the second half without getting anywhere and Morten Olsen, overseeing his final Denmark game, could not conjure something special.

Ibrahimović could, though, curling a beautiful free-kick around the wall and just inside the post with 14 minutes remaining. With that, Sweden's ticket to France next summer was rubber-stamped. Yussuf Poulsen and substitute Jannick Vestergaard did eventually earn Denmark a merited share of the spoils on the night, but even then they still needed two more for a comeback. Ibrahimović does it again.

Last updated: 06/06/16 17.20CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000447/match=2018084/postmatch/report/index.html#ibrahimovic+inspires+sweden

Lineups

Denmark

Denmark

Sweden

Sweden

1
SchmeichelKasper Schmeichel (GK)
1
IsakssonAndreas Isaksson (GK)
3
KjærSimon Kjær
2
LustigMikael Lustig
4
AggerDaniel Agger (C)
4
GranqvistAndreas Granqvist
5
DurmisiRiza Durmisi
Yellow Card50
Substitution84
6
ForsbergEmil Forsberg
6
JacobsenLars Jacobsen
7
S. LarssonSebastian Larsson
Yellow Card70
Substitution81
10
EriksenChristian Eriksen
8
LewickiOscar Lewicki
11
BendtnerNicklas Bendtner
Substitution60
9
KällströmKim Källström
Substitution69
17
DelaneyThomas Delaney
Substitution46
10
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović (C)
Goal19
Goal76
19
N. JørgensenNicolai Jørgensen
15
JohanssonErik Johansson
20
Y. PoulsenYussuf Poulsen
Yellow Card59
Goal82
17
BengtssonPierre Bengtsson
Yellow Card11
Substitution86
23
HøjbjergPierre Højbjerg
Yellow Card77
19
BergMarcus Berg

Substitutes

16
AndersenStephan Andersen (GK)
12
OlsenRobin Olsen (GK)
22
LösslJonas Lössl (GK)
23
CarlgrenPatrik Carlgren (GK)
2
WassDaniel Wass
3
HelanderFilip Helander
7
KvistWilliam Kvist
5
M. OlssonMartin Olsson
Substitution86
8
BraithwaiteMartin Braithwaite
11
GuidettiJohn Guidetti
9
Krohn-DehliMichael Krohn-Dehli
Substitution46
13
HiljemarkOscar Hiljemark
Substitution81
12
VestergaardJannik Vestergaard
Substitution84
Goal90+1
14
KujovicEmir Kujovic
13
A. ChristensenAndreas Christensen
16
SvenssonGustav Svensson
Substitution69
14
FalkRasmus Falk
18
MilosevicAleksander Milosevic
15
S. PoulsenSimon Poulsen
20
ToivonenOla Toivonen
18
J. PoulsenJakob Poulsen
21
DurmazJimmy Durmaz
21
RasmussenMorten Rasmussen
Substitution60
22
Erkan ZenginErkan Zengin

Coach

Morten Olsen (DEN) Erik Hamrén (SWE)

Referee

Martin Atkinson (ENG)

Assistant referees

Michael Mullarkey (ENG), Stephen Child (ENG)

Fourth official

John Brooks (ENG)

Additional assistant referees

Anthony Taylor (ENG), Andre Marriner (ENG)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution