Zlat’s impossible - Sweden coach hails wonder goal

07:26 15 November 2012

Sweden

Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic (left) celebrates scoring his wonder goal - his fourth against England. Photo credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

PA Wire

Sweden coach Eirik Hamren best summed up Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s final act of an astonishing individual performance.

“Sometimes, you think you are looking at a video game where you can do all these incredible things,” he said.

“The fourth goal is not possible.”

Never again will Ibrahimovic be forced to listen to the criticism that he ‘never does it against English teams’.

Not after becoming the first player in history to score four goals against England. Not after that goal.

“When I saw the long ball I saw the goalkeeper come out,” said the Paris St-Germain forward of his fourth strike of the night.

“I was thinking should I go in the duel or should I wait for him to put it out?

“When he put it out I had it in my mind that I would try to score. It was a nice goal.”

The last bit has to go down as a classic understatement.

To describe an overhead kick sailing into the net from 35 yards as “nice” is a bit like saying Marilyn Monroe was decent looking.

Steven Gerrard described it as the best goal he had ever seen. Few in the Friends Arena will disagree with that assessment.

“The fourth goal was the crowning glory,” said Hodgson.

“It is a wonderful goal. I would rather have seen it against someone else.”

That Ibrahimovic’s effort was all anyone really wanted to talk about was harsh on the visitors.

In becoming only the sixth player to win 100 caps for England, Gerrard performed well, scheming from deep as normal and delivering the free-kick from which Steven Caulker became the first debutant to score since David Nugent in 2007.

That first-half goal put England in front after Danny Welbeck had equalised with his fifth goal of the year, putting him top of the scoring charts for 2012.

But all anyone really wanted to talk about was Ibrahimovic.

So often an enigma to English audiences, Ibrahimovic’s reputation across Europe is something different.

Earlier this week, Gerrard was asked how he would mark his international career out of 10.

“Six or seven,” said the Three Lions skipper.

Last night, the same question was posed of Ibrahimovic.

The answer was one word long. And after what he had just done, it was fair enough.

“Ten.”

Related articles

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest football news

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (Miek Egerton/PA Wire)

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has no plans to emulate Sir Alex Ferguson’s 26 years as Manchester United manager despite being backed in the face of well-publicised protests.

Monday, May 2, 2016
Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham Hotspur and Diego Costa of Chelsea battle for the ball (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Eden Hazard was the hero as Chelsea battled back to crown Leicester the champions of England. But who stood out for Chelsea?

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Gary Cahill of Chelsea turns away to celebrate after scoring his team's first goal  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Chelsea’s late point against Spurs last night handed Leicester the Premier League title and prompted Sky Bet’s biggest ever outright pay out as £4.6million was paid to punters.

Monday, May 2, 2016
Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur turns away to celebrate after scoring the opening goal at Chelsea  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Tottenham’s Premier League title challenge was ended by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge after they threw away a two-goal lead in a fiery and ill-tempered London derby.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
An aerial view of Upton Park (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

Football fans claim to know a lot about the sport but how many stadiums can you identify....from Google Maps?

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Read more
Yummy traditional afternoon teas for two

MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Traditional Afternoon Teas for two at a location of your choice! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Read more

Latest Tech News

Transport