Euro 2012: Sweden 2-0 France – French Flop As Swedes Bow Out With A Zlatan-Inspired Victory (Photos & Highlights)

Alan Duffy

19th, June 2012

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By Alan Duffy

Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave the watching crowd a parting gift of a stunning volley against a mediocre French side on Tuesday night. The goal, which came on 54 minutes, was fair reward from a decent performance from the already eliminated Swedes who went on to win the game 2-0, courtesy of Seb Larsson’s late strike.

Laurent Blanc dropped Yohan Cabaye for the crunch game, giving another Newcastle man, Hatem Ben Arfa, the nod along with Arsenal target Yann M’Vila. However, Les Bleus struggled to find their rhythm as an Ibrahimovic-inspired Swedish side flourished. The big striker’s goal was a thing of beauty but it seemed to wake the French from their slumber, with sub Olivier Giroud heading wide from close-range as the Group D favourites pushed for an equaliser.

However, in the end it was Sweden who would find the net again and sign off from Poland and Ukraine on a high. As for France, they now face World and Euro champs Spain in the last eight.

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  1. Jarren says:

    That Ibrahimovic goal, my god!

    Best goal of the tournament so far.

    Who would have guessed that result?

    I certainly didn’t. France have basically sealed their own fate by qualifying in 2nd place.

    Oh yeah, sure, France. You can beat Spain. Yeah, sure. You drew against England, beat Ukraine and GOT BEAT BY SWEDEN.

    Sure, yeah. You’ll beat Spain.

    As for England, well as I said earlier I can see them beating the Italians.

    As long as Balotelli plays.

  2. Neil says:

    I thought France played quite poorly this evening, but really, Spain haven’t looked that great either. I rather think that Croatia outplayed them, and that Spain had more luck than anything. All of this said, with the depth of talent that Spain have, and a Torres who is once again dangerous, one has to think that the odds are that the French will be knocked out. I hope they make a go of it, though. Putting Cabay, Menes back into the lineup and dropping Benzema for Giroud would be a good start.

  3. garza says:

    Spain v France is probably going to be a boring game. I hope not, but considering how both sides love to play possession-heavy, it’s going to one pass after another all day long. It’d probably be a lot more interesting if both sides decide to go heavy upfront, like Llorente vs Giroud, but these guys just always wanna play pretty.

  4. Jarren says:

    @garza: I’ve agreed to work all day on Saturday due to your prediction, so I hope you’re right and it’s not a 4-4 thriller.

    I’m not even joking.

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