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Sweden 1-0 Georgia: Zlatan Ibrahimovic creates winner on international return

Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action against Georgia
Zlatan Ibrahimovic set up the winner 10 minutes before half-time

Zlatan Ibrahimovic marked his return to international football after a five-year absence with an assist as Sweden beat Georgia in their World Cup 2022 qualifying opener on Thursday.

The 39-year-old volleyed the ball across the area for Viktor Claesson to bundle home just before the break.

Georgia had few chances although Levan Shengelia was denied late on by a superb Kristoffer Nordfeldt save.

Ibrahimovic's return meant he became the oldest player to represent Sweden.

The AC Milan striker beat the previous record of 38 years and 59 days previously held by goalkeeper Thomas Ravelli.

Ibrahimovic, who has 62 international goals, was unable to get on the scoresheet himself before he was substituted in the 84th minute.

"It felt good. It felt like it was my first international match. It was a lot of adrenaline," Ibrahimovic told Sverige Radio.

"I think I could have done a lot more, but we won the match, and that is the most important thing," he added.

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Line-ups

Sweden

Formation 4-4-2

  • 23Nordfeldt
  • 2LustigSubstituted forKrafthat 84'minutes
  • 3Lindelöf
  • 14Helander
  • 6AugustinssonBooked at 64mins
  • 21Kulusevski
  • 20OlssonBooked at 58minsSubstituted forEkdalat 68'minutesSubstituted forSvanbergat 73'minutes
  • 7Larsson
  • 17ClaessonSubstituted forForsbergat 74'minutes
  • 15Isak
  • 11IbrahimovicBooked at 53minsSubstituted forQuaisonat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Olsen
  • 4Starfelt
  • 5Bengtsson
  • 8Ekdal
  • 9Cajuste
  • 10Forsberg
  • 12Johnsson
  • 13Karlsson
  • 16Krafth
  • 18Sema
  • 19Svanberg
  • 22Quaison

Georgia

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Loria
  • 13Chabradze
  • 4Kashia
  • 23DvaliBooked at 90mins
  • 5Giorbelidze
  • 7KankavaSubstituted forGviliaat 60'minutes
  • 6Aburjania
  • 9LobzhanidzeSubstituted forBeridzeat 78'minutes
  • 16KvekveskiriSubstituted forShengeliaat 60'minutes
  • 18KvaratskheliaSubstituted forKiteishviliat 45'minutes
  • 11KvilitaiaSubstituted forMikautadzeat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Kakabadze
  • 3Tabidze
  • 8Zivzivadze
  • 10Kiteishvili
  • 12Mamardashvili
  • 14Grigalava
  • 15Beridze
  • 17Kupatadze
  • 19Shengelia
  • 20Jigauri
  • 21Gvilia
  • 22Mikautadze
Referee:
Benoît Bastien

Match Stats

Home TeamSwedenAway TeamGeorgia
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home10
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home19
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sweden 1, Georgia 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sweden 1, Georgia 0.

  3. Booking

    Lasha Dvali (Georgia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Robin Quaison (Sweden) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Lasha Dvali (Georgia).

  6. Post update

    Foul by Alexander Isak (Sweden).

  7. Post update

    Grigol Chabradze (Georgia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Georges Mikautadze (Georgia) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Levan Shengelia.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Alexander Isak (Sweden).

  10. Post update

    Grigol Chabradze (Georgia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Mattias Svanberg (Sweden).

  12. Post update

    Georges Mikautadze (Georgia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Hand ball by Alexander Isak (Sweden).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Sweden. Robin Quaison replaces Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Georgia. Georges Mikautadze replaces Giorgi Kvilitaia.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Sweden. Emil Krafth replaces Carl Mikael Lustig.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sebastian Larsson (Sweden) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Dejan Kulusevski.

  18. Post update

    Mattias Svanberg (Sweden) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Giorgi Beridze (Georgia).

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Levan Shengelia (Georgia) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Giorgi Aburjania.

As It Stood

A

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2Portugal11001013
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4R. of Ireland100123-10
5Azerbaijan100101-10

B

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5Georgia100101-10

C

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D

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E

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F

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G

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4Latvia100112-10
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H

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I

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J

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2Romania11003213
3Armenia11001013
4North Macedonia100123-10
5Liechtenstein100101-10
6Iceland100103-30
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