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Sweden Sweden vs Faroe Islands Faroe Islands

Sweden 2

Z Ibrahimovic (35, pen 82)
A Granqvist (S/O 80)

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Faroe Islands 0

World Cup qualifying: Zlatan Ibrahimovic brace helps Sweden beat Faroe Islands

Last Updated: 11/06/13 10:50pm

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the two-goal hero

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the two-goal hero

Zlatan Ibrahimovic struck twice as Sweden defeated the Faroe Islands 2-0 at Solna and moved into third place in World Cup qualifying Group C.

Ibrahimovic fired the home side ahead in the first half before he slotted home a late penalty after he was fouled by Atli Gregersen.

Sweden had been reduced to 10 men with 10 minutes remaining when Andreas Granqvist was sent off following a poor challenge on Frodi Benjaminsen, leaving them to defend their slender lead a man down.

However, Paris St Germain striker Ibrahimovic calmed the home crowd's nerves with a coolly-taken penalty as they claimed a vital three points and put themselves five points behind leaders Germany and on par with Austria and the Republic of Ireland.

Faroe Islands goalkeeper Gunnar Nielsen was kept busy throughout the game, and if it was not for his athleticism, the visitors would have suffered a much heavier defeat.

Nielsen denied headers by Ola Toivonen and Ibrahimovic early on before Alex Kacaniklic saw his effort ruled out for offside.

However, Ibrahimovic broke the deadlock 10 minutes later thanks to a good counter-attacking move which saw Mikael Lustig fire the ball into the penalty are for the striker to head in.

Toivonen put a chance over the bar before the break and Sweden picked up where they left off in the second period, with Nielsen making another fine save before Frodi Benjaminsen tested Par Hansson for the first time in the match.

Sweden continued to dominate and despite the sending off of Granqvist, they never looked likely to lose, with Ibrahimovic sealing the win from the penalty spot in the 82nd minute.

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Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Belgium 10 26
2 Croatia 10 17
3 Serbia 10 14
4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
6 Macedonia 10 7

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 22
2 Denmark 10 16
3 Czech Republic 10 15
4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
6 Malta 10 3

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 28
2 Sweden 10 20
3 Austria 10 17
4 Republic of Ireland 10 14
5 Kazakhstan 10 5
6 Faroe Islands 10 1

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 28
2 Romania 10 19
3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Switzerland 10 24
2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 22
2 Portugal 10 21
3 Israel 10 14
4 Azerbaijan 10 9
5 Northern Ireland 10 7
6 Luxembourg 10 6

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bosnia 10 25
2 Greece 10 25
3 Slovakia 10 13
4 Lithuania 10 11
5 Latvia 10 8
6 Liechtenstein 10 2

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 10 22
2 Ukraine 10 21
3 Montenegro 10 15
4 Poland 10 13
5 Moldova 10 11
6 San Marino 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4

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