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European Championship Qualifying

Rasunda Stadion (ATT 32,128) 7th June 2011 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: A Gautier

Sweden Sweden vs Finland Finland

Sweden 5

K Kallstrom (11)
Z Ibrahimovic (31, 35, 53)
E Bajrami (83)

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Finland 0

Five-star Sweden smash Finland

Super-sub Ibrahimovic steps off bench to bag hat-trick

Last Updated: 07/06/11 9:30pm

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Ibrahimovic: Striker came off the bench to bag a hat-trick against Finland

Ibrahimovic: Striker came off the bench to bag a hat-trick against Finland

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a quickfire hat-trick as Sweden moved to within three points of Holland at the top of Euro 2012 qualifying Group E with an emphatic 5-0 victory over Finland in Solna.

Ibrahimovic scored two goals in three minutes after coming on as a substitute midway through the first half before adding a third eight minutes after half-time after Kim Kallstrom had opened the scoring in spectacular style.

Ibrahimovic then picked out Emir Bajrami with a curling pass to score a fifth as Sweden made it nine goals in two games following their 4-1 victory over Moldova last time out.

Johan Elmander and Olof Mellberg both had efforts before the Swedes took the lead in the 11th minute through Kallstrom.

Alexei Eremenko fouled Mikael Lustig and Kallstrom hit a left-footed free-kick from way out on the right wing which eluded everyone and went into the bottom left-hand corner of the goal.

Ola Toivonen then had to go off with injury to be replaced by Ibrahimovic and moments later Finland had a chance to draw level through Mika Vayrynen but he headed Perparim Hetemaj's cross woefully wide after finding space between two defenders.

Unselfish

Finland were left to rue the miss as the match went beyond them in the space of three minutes.

With 31 minutes gone Ibrahimovic received the ball when just onside at the edge of the area and guided the ball into the bottom corner.

Just three minutes later he was the beneficiary of some unselfish play by Sebastian Larsson who pounced on some slack defending just outside the area and ran through on goal before laying the ball off to Ibrahimovic who slotted home.

Ibrahimovic then completed his hat-trick eight minutes after half-time when Kallstrom's right-wing free-kick found him unmarked in the six-yard box and he had the simple task of heading home.

Andreas Isaksson parried Niklas Moisander's right-footed shot as Finland searched for a lifeline but the Swedes went further ahead when Ibrahimovic picked out Bajrami who got beyond the defence and clipped the ball over the oncoming Anssi Jaakkola.

Christian Wilhelmsson was then thwarted by Jaakkola in injury time as Sweden enjoyed a dismantling of their opponents.

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Tables

European Championship Qualifying Group A

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 30
2 Turkey 10 17
3 Belgium 10 15
4 Austria 10 12
5 Azerbaijan 10 7
6 Kazakhstan 10 4

European Championship Qualifying Group B

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 23
2 Republic of Ireland 10 21
3 Armenia 10 17
4 Slovakia 10 15
5 Macedonia 10 8
6 Andorra 10 0

European Championship Qualifying Group C

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 26
2 Estonia 10 16
3 Serbia 10 15
4 Slovenia 10 14
5 Northern Ireland 10 9
6 Faroe Islands 10 4

European Championship Qualifying Group D

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 France 10 21
2 Bosnia 10 20
3 Romania 10 14
4 Belarus 10 13
5 Albania 10 9
6 Luxembourg 10 4

European Championship Qualifying Group E

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 27
2 Sweden 10 24
3 Hungary 10 19
4 Finland 10 10
5 Moldova 10 9
6 San Marino 10 0

European Championship Qualifying Group F

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Greece 10 24
2 Croatia 10 22
3 Israel 10 16
4 Latvia 10 11
5 Georgia 10 10
6 Malta 10 1

European Championship Qualifying Group G

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 8 18
2 Montenegro 8 12
3 Switzerland 8 11
4 Wales 8 9
5 Bulgaria 8 5

European Championship Qualifying Group H

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Denmark 8 19
2 Portugal 8 16
3 Norway 8 16
4 Iceland 8 4
5 Cyprus 8 2

European Championship Qualifying Group I

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 24
2 Czech Republic 8 13
3 Scotland 8 11
4 Lithuania 8 5
5 Liechtenstein 8 4

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