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Maksimir Stadium (ATT 7,000) 29th February 2012 - Kick off 19:30 Ref: Mitja Zganec

Croatia Croatia vs Sweden Sweden

Croatia 1

J Olsson (og 44)

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Sweden 3

Z Ibrahimovic (pen 13)
S Larsson (46, 68)

Larsson brace seals Sweden win

Ibrahimovic is involved in all three goals

Last Updated: 29/02/12 11:17pm

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Sebastian Larsson: Sweden midfielder bagged a brace in friendly win

Sebastian Larsson: Sweden midfielder bagged a brace in friendly win

Sweden substitute Sebastian Larsson came off the bench and bagged a brace to inspire his side to a 3-1 win over Croatia.

This friendly game pitted two of the teams that will be competing at Euro 2012 this summer against each other.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was at the heart of Sweden's best moves in the first half and it was no surprise to see him involved in their opener.

It was his clever pass that slipped in Rasmus Elm, who was sent tumbling by goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa, leaving the AC Milan forward free to convert the spot kick.

Unfortunate

Ivan Rakitic did his best to claw his team back into the game but it was the unfortunate Olsson, who headed past his own 'keeper to draw the side's level.

John Guidetti was introduced for the start of the second half for his senior debut but it was a more seasoned hand that made the most impact.

Larsson, another sub that was introduced for the start of the second half, netted within 60 seconds.

Ibrahimovic played in Samuel Holmen and his shot was parried, leaving Larsson with a simple tap in.

The AC Milan forward was again instrumental in the third as he threaded a pass through to Larsson, who burst through the Croatia defence to slot home with a composed finished.

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