Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored four goals - including an amazing overhead kick - as Sweden marked the opening of their new stadium with victory over England.

The Paris Saint-Germain striker poked home to open the scoring before Danny Welbeck volleyed an equaliser.

Steven Caulker, one of six England debutants, prodded his team in front but Ibrahimovic smashed a leveller.

The 31-year-old drilled in a low free-kick before completing the win with a stunning bicycle kick from 30 yards.

England debutants

  • Steven Caulker, 21, Tottenham Hotspur
  • Leon Osman, 31, Everton
  • Raheem Sterling, 17, Liverpool
  • Ryan Shawcross, 25, Stoke City
  • Carl Jenkinson, 20, Arsenal
  • Wilfried Zaha, 20, Crystal Palace

It was a wondrous strike that combined magnificent technique with unerring accuracy, even drawing applause from the away fans.

Ibrahimovic's virtuoso display provided an emphatic response to those who claim he flatters to deceive on the big stage.

The 6ft 5ins forward stole the show on a night that would otherwise have belonged to England's raft of new players and Steven Gerrard on his 100th international appearance.

Caulker, Leon Osman and Raheem Sterling all won their first caps from the start, while Ryan Shawcross, Carl Jenkinson and Wilfried Zaha were introduced as substitutes.

Jack Wilshere, meanwhile, came off the bench to make his first international appearance since June 2011.

But none of them could help England to a first win in Stockholm since 1937 as Roy Hodgson suffered only his second loss in 12 matches.

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Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand:  Zlatan just silenced any doubters he had...ruthless tonight

Wigan defender Emmerson Boyce:  Ibrahimovic what a goal, I'm still replaying it, #UnbelievableTekkers

Former Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba:  He might be arrogant but Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a problem to any team he play against.

Marseille midfielder Joey Barton:  If only the English FA could have given Ibrahimovic a cap or a run out before those pesky Swedes nabbed him...

Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon:  Buzzing for Caulks and Huddz, also congratulations to Stevie G on 100 caps #legend, but what a performance by #Ibrahimovic

Huddersfield striker James Vaughan:  OH MY GOSH #Zlatan #Unreal

Revered for his time as a manager in Sweden, Hodgson received a warm welcome inside the new 50,000-seat Friends Arena.

Unfortunately the pitch was not so pleasant and prevented either side from attempting to employ a slick brand of passing football.

The grass was grown on the border between the Netherlands and Germany and brought to the stadium last Thursday by 24 lorries, which will take it all back later this week.

While it disrupted the early stages as players spent longer replacing divots than touching the ball, England created the first chance of note when Osman drew a low save from Andreas Isaksson.

Gary Cahill almost connected with Gerrard's free-kick, but the visitors could not capitalise on their momentum and were punished.

Martin Olsson robbed Sterling of possession and exchanged passes with Mathias Ranegie before crossing from the left.

Ibrahimovic's initial shot was blocked by Caulker but the striker reacted quickest to stab a fine finish high past Joe Hart.

That finally brought some noise from the quiet home crowd under the stadium's closed roof, and Sweden should have doubled their advantage when Ranegie fired over following a collision between Hart and Cahill.

It was a miss that proved crucial because, four minutes later, Young turned Sebastian Larsson and crossed for Welbeck to volley his fifth goal from as many shots on target in his international career.

England suddenly looked energised and their positive approach immediately brought further reward, Caulker exploiting some poor defending to volley in Gerrard's set-piece.

The Tottenham centre-back then helped ensure England took their lead into half-time with a vital deflection that sent Ibrahimovic's goalbound shot over the bar.

Zlatan v England

Minutes played

90

Goals

4

Shots on target

4

Shots off target

3

Blocked shots

2

Total passes

41

Completed passes

34

Pass completion

82.9%

Hodgson resisted the opportunity to make changes at the break and the decision paid off as his team began to dominate.

Welbeck and Osman narrowly failed to convert a superb Leighton Baines cross, while Isaksson denied Osman and Gerrard.

Sweden eventually began to rally and that prompted Hodgson into action - Daniel Sturridge, Wilshere, Shawcross, Tom Huddlestone and Jenkinson the players introduced.

However, they could not halt the home side's flow and 36-year-old substitute Anders Svensson chipped a delightful pass for Ibrahimovic to control with his chest and expertly volley past Hart.

The Manchester City goalkeeper looked uncertain all night and will have been unhappy to see Ibrahimovic's skidding free-kick from distance settle into the bottom corner of the post he was covering.

Zaha, the 20-year-old Crystal Palace winger, entered the fray but could do nothing as Ibrahimovic scored his wonderful fourth.

Hart headed clear from just outside his area and the ball fell towards Ibrahimovic, who looped a world-class finish into the net.

To compound England's woes, they dropped to second in their 2014 World Cup qualifying group after Montenegro beat San Marino.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (12)

Sweden

  • 01 Isaksson
  • 02 Lustig (Sana - 73' )
  • 03 Olsson
  • 04 Granqvist Booked (Antonsson - 73' )
  • 05 Mn Olsson (Safari - 46' )
  • 06 Elm
  • 07 Larsson (Jansson - 85' )
  • 09 Kallstrom (Svensson - 61' )
  • 19 Kacaniklic
  • 10 Ibrahimovic Booked
  • 11 Ranegie (Wernbloom - 89' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Hansson
  • 13 Jansson
  • 17 Safari
  • 08 Svensson
  • 14 Sana
  • 15 Antonsson
  • 16 Wernbloom
  • 18 Holmen
  • 99 Hamad
  • 20 Berg

England

  • 01 Hart
  • 02 Johnson (Jenkinson - 74' )
  • 03 Baines
  • 05 Cahill
  • 06 Caulker (Shawcross - 74' )
  • 04 Gerrard (Huddlestone - 74' )
  • 07 Sterling (Zaha - 85' )
  • 08 Osman
  • 10 Cleverley (Wilshere - 61' Booked )
  • 11 Young (Sturridge - 61' )
  • 09 Welbeck

Substitutes

  • 13 Ruddy
  • 21 Forster
  • 12 Jenkinson
  • 14 Bertrand
  • 15 Jagielka
  • 16 Shawcross
  • 17 Wilshere
  • 18 Huddlestone
  • 19 Zaha
  • 20 Sturridge
Ref: Oddvar Moen
Att: 49,967

Match Stats

Shots

17 13

On target

7 9

Corners

2 6

Fouls

17 14

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:00 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +0:59 Booking

Booking Zlatan Ibrahimovic receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +0:46 Goal scored

Goal! - Zlatan Ibrahimovic - Sweden 4 - 2 England Zlatan Ibrahimovic grabs a brilliant goal from a long way out to the top right corner of the goal. Sweden 4-2 England.

88:38 Substitution

Substitution Math Ranegie leaves the field to be replaced by Pontus Wernbloom.

87:59

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leighton Baines by Tobias Sana. Leighton Baines restarts play with the free kick.

87:25

Jack Wilshere fouled by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.

86:48

Direct free kick taken by Andreas Isaksson.

86:48 Booking

Booking Jack Wilshere is shown a yellow card.

86:42

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Zlatan Ibrahimovic by Jack Wilshere.

86:03

Corner taken right-footed by Tom Huddlestone from the left by-line to the near post, Anders Svensson makes a clearance.

85:20

Ryan Shawcross challenges Zlatan Ibrahimovic unfairly and gives away a free kick. Anders Svensson takes the free kick.

84:55 Substitution

Substitution (Sweden) makes a substitution, with Pontus Jansson coming on for Sebastian Larsson.

83:22 Substitution

Substitution Raheem Sterling leaves the field to be replaced by Wilfried Zaha.

83:22

Assist by Tobias Sana.

83:22 Goal scored

Goal! - Zlatan Ibrahimovic - Sweden 3 - 2 England Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores a brilliant goal direct from the free kick from a long way out to the bottom right corner of the goal. Sweden 3-2 England.

82:32

Tobias Sana fouled by Ryan Shawcross, the ref awards a free kick.

81:57

Raheem Sterling challenges Zlatan Ibrahimovic unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Anders Svensson.

80:20

Leon Osman takes a shot. Save made by Andreas Isaksson.

78:26

Carl Jenkinson takes a shot. Jonas Olsson gets a block in. Unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere by Anders Svensson results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Tom Huddlestone. The referee blows for offside against Daniel Sturridge. Indirect free kick taken by Andreas Isaksson.

76:54

The assist for the goal came from Anders Svensson.

76:54 Goal scored

Goal! - Zlatan Ibrahimovic - Sweden 2 - 2 England Zlatan Ibrahimovic finds the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Sweden 2-2 England.

76:27

Alex Kacaniklic fouled by Gary Cahill, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Alex Kacaniklic.

72:14 Substitution

Substitution Tom Huddlestone is brought on as a substitute for Steven Gerrard.

72:14 Substitution

Substitution (England) makes a substitution, with Carl Jenkinson coming on for Glen Johnson.

72:14 Substitution

Substitution Steven Caulker leaves the field to be replaced by Ryan Shawcross.

72:14

Inswinging corner taken by Sebastian Larsson from the left by-line, clearance made by Leon Osman. Effort from outside the penalty box by Rasmus Elm goes wide right of the target.

72:14 Substitution

Substitution Tobias Sana comes on in place of Mikael Lustig.

72:14 Substitution

Substitution Mikael Antonsson replaces Andreas Granqvist.

72:14

The ball is sent over by Mikael Lustig, Glen Johnson makes a clearance.

69:06

A cross is delivered by Alex Kacaniklic, Joe Hart makes a comfortable save.

68:17

Foul by Raheem Sterling on Math Ranegie, free kick awarded. Anders Svensson takes the free kick.

67:13

Free kick taken by Steven Gerrard.

67:13 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Andreas Granqvist for dissent.

67:07

Jack Wilshere fouled by Andreas Granqvist, the ref awards a free kick.

66:25

Steven Gerrard produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.

65:44

Andreas Granqvist gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Daniel Sturridge. Jack Wilshere takes the free kick.

65:02

The ball is crossed by Mikael Lustig.

63:46

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

63:04

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

61:34

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere by Andreas Granqvist. Glen Johnson takes the direct free kick.

60:00

Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, Danny Welbeck makes a clearance.

60:00 Substitution

Substitution Jack Wilshere on for Tom Cleverley.

60:00 Substitution

Substitution Ashley Young leaves the field to be replaced by Daniel Sturridge.

60:00 Substitution

Substitution (Sweden) makes a substitution, with Anders Svensson coming on for Kim Kallstrom.

60:00

Tom Cleverley concedes a free kick for a foul on Sebastian Larsson.

58:48

Unfair challenge on Math Ranegie by Gary Cahill results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Kim Kallstrom.

58:25

Mikael Lustig concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Welbeck. Free kick taken by Leighton Baines.

57:41

Shot on goal by Sebastian Larsson from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

56:11

The offside flag is raised against Leighton Baines. Andreas Granqvist takes the free kick.

55:44

Drilled right-footed shot by Steven Gerrard. Save made by Andreas Isaksson.

54:18

Raheem Sterling is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Andreas Isaksson restarts play with the free kick.

53:48

Short corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line.

52:01

Leon Osman takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Andreas Isaksson. Corner from the right by-line taken by Ashley Young, clearance by Math Ranegie.

51:32

Alex Kacaniklic challenges Raheem Sterling unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steven Gerrard.

51:06

The ball is delivered by Steven Gerrard, Andreas Granqvist manages to make a clearance.

50:25

Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Blocked by Jonas Olsson. Steven Gerrard takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Jonas Olsson.

49:50

Danny Welbeck fouled by Andreas Granqvist, the ref awards a free kick. Steven Gerrard takes the direct free kick.

48:38

Leon Osman fouled by Kim Kallstrom, the ref awards a free kick. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.

47:53

Mikael Lustig fouled by Ashley Young, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mikael Lustig.

46:49

The ball is sent over by Leighton Baines, Close range effort by Leon Osman goes wide of the right-hand upright.

45:49

Alex Kacaniklic delivers the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Math Ranegie goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Martin Olsson goes off and Behrang Safari comes on.

45:00 +1:04 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

44:35

Shot from 30 yards from Steven Gerrard. Kim Kallstrom gets a block in.

42:59

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Martin Olsson by Glen Johnson. Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Glen Johnson.

40:05

Zlatan Ibrahimovic takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Caulker. Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson.

39:41

A cross is delivered by Steven Gerrard, Andreas Isaksson makes a save.

37:39

Steven Gerrard provided the assist for the goal.

37:39 Goal scored

Goal! - Steven Caulker - Sweden 1 - 2 England Goal scored by Steven Caulker from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Sweden 1-2 England.

36:56

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Raheem Sterling by Martin Olsson. Centre by Steven Gerrard,

36:15

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Math Ranegie by Gary Cahill. Direct free kick taken by Kim Kallstrom.

34:37

The assist for the goal came from Ashley Young.

34:37 Goal scored

Goal! - Danny Welbeck - Sweden 1 - 1 England Goal scored by Danny Welbeck from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Sweden 1-1 England.

34:34

A cross is delivered by Ashley Young,

33:44

Gary Cahill is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Andreas Isaksson.

33:16

Centre by Ashley Young, Andreas Granqvist makes a clearance. Corner from the left by-line taken by Ashley Young, Martin Olsson manages to make a clearance.

31:41

Ashley Young gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rasmus Elm. Andreas Granqvist takes the direct free kick.

30:50

Alex Kacaniklic takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart. Effort on goal by Math Ranegie from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.

29:14

Alex Kacaniklic takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Caulker. Effort from outside the penalty box by Zlatan Ibrahimovic goes wide left of the target.

28:16

Leighton Baines sends in a cross, save made by Andreas Isaksson.

27:20

The ball is sent over by Sebastian Larsson, Shot by Math Ranegie from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.

25:54

Glen Johnson takes a shot. Tom Cleverley has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

24:49

Foul by Martin Olsson on Raheem Sterling, free kick awarded. Glen Johnson takes the free kick.

22:16

Tom Cleverley delivers the ball, save made by Andreas Isaksson.

21:20

The ball is sent over by Mikael Lustig.

20:48

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Math Ranegie by Leighton Baines. Mikael Lustig restarts play with the free kick.

19:06 Goal scored

Goal! - Zlatan Ibrahimovic - Sweden 1 - 0 England Goal scored by Zlatan Ibrahimovic from deep inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Sweden 1-0 England.

19:04

Zlatan Ibrahimovic takes a shot. Steven Caulker gets a block in.

18:07

Andreas Granqvist concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Welbeck. Free kick taken by Leighton Baines.

15:42

Kim Kallstrom has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.

14:29

Free kick awarded for a foul by Rasmus Elm on Danny Welbeck. Steven Gerrard crosses the ball in from the free kick, Andreas Isaksson makes a save.

13:11

Steven Gerrard takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Jonas Olsson manages to make a clearance.

12:30

Ashley Young is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Andreas Isaksson.

11:04

Raheem Sterling delivers the ball, clearance made by Mikael Lustig.

8:11

Mikael Lustig produces a cross, blocked by Leighton Baines.

7:05

Leon Osman takes a shot. Comfortable save by Andreas Isaksson.

6:44

Andreas Granqvist concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Welbeck. Steven Gerrard takes the free kick.

6:16

A cross is delivered by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, comfortable save by Joe Hart.

5:04

Sebastian Larsson challenges Leighton Baines unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ashley Young takes the free kick.

4:19

Raheem Sterling gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alex Kacaniklic. Direct free kick taken by Martin Olsson.

3:27

The referee gives a free kick against Danny Welbeck for handball. Free kick taken by Andreas Isaksson.

1:09

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Raheem Sterling by Kim Kallstrom. Free kick taken by Steven Gerrard.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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