Ibrahimovic strikes gold
Zlatan Ibrahimovic lit up a night of friendlies with one of the greatest goals of all time as the Swedish star scored four times to give his side a 4-2 win over England on Wednesday.
The giant striker, who rose to fourth in the all-time Swedish scoring list, saved his most spectacular goal for last, an outrageous long-range bicycle kick in injury time that drew a standing ovation from the Sweden dug-out.
''Sometimes, when he's doing these things, in training or in matches, you don't think it's possible,'' said Sweden coach Erik Hamren.
''Sometimes, you think you're watching a video game. Because it's not possible to do that - the fourth goal, for example.''
The 31-year-old said it wasn't his finest match for his country as he said he had played many great games for Sweden, but when asked how he would mark his international career out of 10 he had no hesitation.
''Ten,'' he replied.
France - which Didier Deschamps took over as coach after his fellow World Cup-winning teammate Laurent Blanc stepped down - may have beaten a far from full strength Italy side 2-1 but it left its coach a very happy man. ''The result is important isn't it? We have just recently drawn with Spain and here we have beaten the Euro 2012 finalists. That is quite something,'' he said
Germany took consolation out of its drab draw with the Dutch for not having conceded any goals, having come into the game after a 4-4 draw at home to the Swedes in their World Cup qualifier last month. AAP