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Wednesday, 14 November 2012
Stadium Inauguration Celebration Friendly Match

Sweden 4 England 2 [1-2]

Nationalarenan Friends Arena, Solna kommun, Stockholm län
Attendance: 49,967 (closed roof); Kick-off: 8.32pm, CET 7.32 pm GMT
Live on ITV One/HD (UK) -
Commentator: Clive Tyldesley

Sweden - Zlatan Ibrahimović (20 19:06, volley 77 76:55, 35-yard free-kick 84 83:22, overhead kick 90+1 90:47)
England - Danny Welbeck (volley 35 34:38), Steven Caulker (volley 38 37:39)
Match Summary
Sweden Squad

England Squad
Results 2010-2015 Sweden - Andreas Granqvist (68 67:27), Zlatan Ibrahimović (90+2 91:06)
England - Jack Wilshere (87 86:47)

Sweden kicked-off. 95 minutes (46:03 & 49:05).

Match Summary

Officials from Norway




Referee (black) - Svein Oddvar Moen
33 (22 January 1979), Haugesund, FIFA listed 2005.

Assistant Referees - Kim Tomas Haglund and Frank Andås

Fourth official - Stefan Wittberg, 45 (2 September 1968), Sweden

17 Goal Attempts 13
5 Attempts on Target 6
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
2 Corner Kicks Won 6
1 Offside Calls Against 5
16 Fouls Conceded 16
44.4% Possession 55.6%

Sweden Team



FIFA (7 November 2012) 23rd
EFO ranking Group 6
ELO rating 12th
Colours: Made by Umbro - Yellow v-neck jerseys with blue pinstripes, yellow collar with blue trim, blue shorts, yellow socks with blue pin hoops.
Capt: Zlatan Ibrahimović Manager: Erik Anders Hamrén, 55 (27 June 1957), appointed part-time Head Coach 4 November 2009, full-time from 1 September 2010. 33rd match.
Marcus Christian Allbäck, appointed Players Manager 7 November 2009.
Sweden Lineup
1 Isaksson, Andreas 31 3 October 1981 G Kasımpaşa SK, Turkey 102 0
2 Lustig, C.l Mikael, off 73rd min 25 13 December 1986 RB The Celtic FC, Scotland 31 1
3 Olsson, Jonas 29 10 March 1983 CD West Bromwich Albion FC, England 16 0
4 Granqvist, Andreas, off 73rd min. 27 16 April 1985 CD Genoa CFC SpA, Italy 27 2
Granqvist cautioned in the 68th minute for dissent, after he complained to the referee after disagreeing over the harshness of his tackle on Wilshere.
5 Olsson, Martin T.W. 24 17 May 1988 LB Blackburn Rovers FC, England 14 4
6 Elm, Rasmus C. 24 17 March 1988 CM FC Central Sport Club of the Army, Moskva, Russia 31 3
7 Larsson, Sebastian B.U., off 86th min. 27 6 June 1985 RM Sunderland AFC, England 50 6
19 Kačaniklić, Alexander 21 13 August 1991 LM Fulham FC, England 4 1
9 Källström, Kim, off 61st min. 30 24 August 1982 CM FC Spartak Moskva, Russia 98 16
Ibrahimović, Zlatan 31 3 October 1981 F Paris Saint-Germain FC, France 85 39
Ibrahimović cautioned in the 90th+1 minute for ungentlemanly conduct, after removing his shirt when celebrating his spectacular fourth goal.
11 Ranégie, Mathias, off 90th min. 28 14 June 1984 F Udinese Calcio SpA, Italy 4 1
Sweden Substitutes
scoreline: Sweden 1 England 2
17 Safari, Behrang, on 46th min. for Martin Olsson 27 9 February 1985
born in Iran
D RSC Anderlecht, Belgium 29 0
8 Svensson, Anders G., on 61st min. (60:36) for Kallstrom 36 17 July 1976 M IF Elfsborg 135 18
15 Antonsson, Mikael, on 73rd min. (72:45) for Granqvist 31 31 May 1981 D Bologna FC 1909 SpA, Italy 6 0
14 Sana, Tobias T., on 73rd min. (72:45) for Lustig 23 11 July 1989 M Amsterdamsche FC Ajax NV, Netherlands 2 0
scoreline: Sweden 3 England 2
13 Jansson, Pontus S.G., on 86th min. (85:06) for Larsson 21 13 February 1991 D Malmö FF 2 0
16 Wernbloom, Pontus A.M., on 90th min (89:02) for Ranégie 25 25 June 1986 M FC Central Sport Club of the Army, Moskva, Russia 30 2
result: Sweden 4 England 2

unused substitutes:

12-Pär Hansson, 18-Samuel Holmén, 20-Marcus Berg, 21-Jiloan Hamad.

team notes:

Zlatan Ibrahimović free-kick is the 29th direct free-kick conceded by England.
4-4-2 Isaksson -
Lustig (Sana), Granqvist (Antonsson), J.Olsson, M.Olsson (Safari) -
Larsson (Jansson), Elm, Källström (Svensson), Kačaniklić -
Ranégie (Wernbloom), Ibrahimović

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 27.0 Appearances/Goals 42.0 6.3


England Team



FIFA (7 November 2012) 6th
EFO ranking Group 2
ELO rating 6th
Colours: The 2012 home uniform - White v-neck collared jerseys with red piping on collar, white shorts with red trim, white socks with two-tone red hoop.
Capt: Steven Gerrard, 25th captaincy. Joe Hart 75th min. Manager: Roy Hodgson, 65 (9 August 1947), appointed 1 May 2012,
12th match, W 7 - D 4 - L 1 - F 23 - A 10.
England Lineup
1 Hart, C. Joseph J. 25 19 April 1987 G Manchester City FC 27 20 GA
2 Johnson, Glen M., off 75th min. 28 23 August 1984 RB Liverpool FC 44 1
3 Baines, Leighton J. 27 11 December 1984 LB Everton FC 13 1
4 Gerrard, Steven G., off 75th min. 32 30 May 1980 DM Liverpool FC 100 19
5 Cahill, Gary J. 26 19 December 1985 CD Chelsea FC 12 2
6 Caulker, Steven R. 20 29 December 1991 CD Tottenham Hotspur FC 1 1
7 Sterling, Raheem S., off 84th min. 17 8 December 1994
born in Jamaica
RM Liverpool FC 1 0
8 Osman, Leon 31 17 May 1981 DM Everton FC 1 0
9 Welbeck, Daniel N.T.M. 21 26 November 1990 F Manchester United FC 14 5
10 Cleverley, Thomas W., off 62nd min. 23 12 August 1989 AM Manchester United FC 6 0
11 Young, Ashley S., off 61st min. 27 9 July 1985 LM Manchester United FC 27 6
England Substitutes
scoreline: Sweden 1 England 2
20 Sturridge, Daniel A., on 61st min (60:54) for Young 23 1 September 1989 F Chelsea FC 4 0
17 Wilshere, Jack A.G., on 62nd min. (61:07) for Cleverley 20 1 January 1992 M Arsenal FC 6 0
Wilshere cautioned in the 87th minute. for foul after a rash tackle on Ibrahimović
16 Shawcross, Ryan J., on 75th min (74:03) for Caulker 25 4 October 1987 D Stoke City FC 1 0
12 Jenkinson, Carl D., on 75th min. (74:15) for Johnson 20 8 February 1992 RB Arsenal FC 1 0
18 Huddlestone, Thomas A., on 75th min. (74:26) for Gerrard 25 28 December 1986 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 4 0
scoreline: Sweden 3 England 2
19 Zaha, D. Wilfried A., on 84th min. (84:00) for Sterling 20 10 November 1992
born in Cote d'Ivoire
F Crystal Palace FC 1 0
result: Sweden 4 England 2

unused substitutes:

13-John Ruddy, 14-Ryan Bertrand, 15-Phil Jagielka, 21-Fraser Forster.

team notes:

Zlatan Ibrahimović's goals against England makes him the first ever player in England's 140 year history to score four times.
Raheem Sterling's debut comes after just a record twenty first team appearances.
It is Roy Hodgson's first defeat as England manager, his twelfth match. Only Graham Taylor has a longer record (thirteen).
Hodgson was in charge of Switzerland against Sweden for a friendly victory in August 1993 (2-1), and also in the European Championship qualifying matches on October 1994 and September 1995 (4-2 & 0-0). He was in charge of Finland against Sweden in a May 2006 friendly (0-0).
Steven Gerrard becomes England's sixth centurion, following Billy Wright, Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton, Peter Shilton and David Beckham.
4-2-3-1 Hart -
(Jenkinson), Caulker (Shawcross), Cahill, Baines -
(Huddlestone), Osman -
(Zaha), Cleverley (Wilshere), Young (Sturridge) -

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.2 Appearances/Goals 22.3 3.0


    Match Report by Mike Payne

Every now and again there is a performance in International football that is so outstanding that you have to take your hat off to it.  On this night in Stockholm it was Zlatan Ibrahimovic, so often a poor performer against England, who this time gave one of the best displays of his life.  He scored all four goals for his country, one of which will be remembered for as long as the game is played.  How appropriate that one of the best players to come out of Sweden should be the star of a match to open a brand new stadium in the country's capital.

To be fair England had a very weak side out, but having said that Roy Hodgson was able to blood several young players and give them the chance to make their debuts, and by and large they all did well.  Indeed for 70 minutes they held the upper hand, but the bane of 'Friendly Internationals', the substitutions, in the end cost England their unbeaten run.

The start of the game was a bit ragged but as the players settled it was England that looked the more assured outfit.  The pace of the game was high tempo and England's passing and movement looked good at times.  Leon Osman looked very comfortable in midfield and with Steven Gerrard and Tom Cleverley also working well, the midfield looked strong.  This was a very special night for Gerrard as the skipper made his 100th appearance for his country to join a select band who had reached that particular milestone.  

After seven minutes it was Osman who had the first real shot, which was saved by Andreas Isaksson, and the goalkeeper then blocked Gary Cahill's deflection after Gerrard's fine free-kick should have been converted.  A minute later and Sweden had their first shot as Kim Kallstrom shot wide.  At this stage England were on top and a goal was needed to emphasise that.  On 19 minutes we got one, but it was at the other end.  Poor defensive play by England allowed Ibrahimovic to steal on to a left-wing cross.  Steven Caulker blocked the first shot but as the rebound fell kindly for the Swede he was able to toe-poke home past Joe Hart.  The goal had come against the run of play and earlier in the build-up it seemed that Raheem Sterling had been fouled, but the ref waved play on.

England picked themselves up well though, and continued to play good football.  Sterling, growing in confidence as the game went on, broke away and he, Danny Welbeck and Glen Johnson combined, before the latter's cross was missed by Cleverley when it seemed he must score.  A short spell of Swedish pressure produced a few shots at goal, none of which tested Hart, but a terrible mix up between Hart and Cahill almost gifted Mathias Ranegie a goal but the number 11 thankfully shot over.  That was a let-off for England but they then came storming back and on 35 minutes scored a deserved equaliser.  Osman intercepted a Swedish pass and sent Sterling away, the Liverpool winger then found Ashley Young with a superb through pass.  Young beat his marker and sent over an inviting cross that was swept home by the incoming Welbeck.  Two minutes later and the game was turned on its head.  Gerrard's superb free-kick found Caulker at the far post and he scored a fine goal on debut with a close range shot.  The defender then made a great block to stop Ibrahimovic and England held on to the lead until the break.

At half-time I noted that there were probably more goals to come and how right that proved to be.  But it was England who started the second-half the brightest and to be honest they were very unlucky not to add to their lead.  Leighton Baines sent in one great cross that both Welbeck and Osman almost converted, and then Gerrard saw a good shot blocked.  Isacksson turned an Osman shot around a post after a quick free-kick by Gerrard again, and then the skipper was only prevented from scoring on his 100th appearance by Isacksson's ungainly stop.  At this stage England were well on top, and Cleverley, Osman and Gerrard were dominating the midfield.

But always there was Ibrahimovich, and he was a constant threat and almost scored again after another mistake by Hart.  On 64 minutes the striker shot wide when he had more time and space than he realised, and that was a warning that England did not heed.  Hodgson brought on Daniel Sturridge and Jack Wilshere for Young and Cleverley, and Wilshere was soon setting up another shot for Gerrard.  Andreas Grandqvist was the first player to be booked and not before time, as he had continually fouled the England players since the first whistle.  But then, on 75 minutes, came the turning point of the match.

Hodgson, trying hard to honour obvious promises to club managers took off Gerrard, Johnson and Caulker, with Ryan Shawcross, Tom Huddlestone and Carl Jenkinson coming on.  Shawcross and Jenkinson were making their debuts for England.  Within three minutes Sweden had equalised.  A long ball over the defence by Anders Svensson saw Ibrahimovic get the wrong side of Shawcross, who was still trying to find his feet.  The finish of the Swede was emphatic and the balance of the game suddenly shifted again.

England did still threaten, and with both defences being shaky throughout the night, more chances came and went, with Osman so nearly capping a terrific first international with another good shot which was saved.  On 84 minutes though the match finally swung decisively Sweden's way and it was that man Ibrahimovic yet again.  The home team were awarded a free-kick at least 35 yards from goal and the big striker had only one thing on his mind.  His fierce low shot found the bottom corner of the net, with the wall and the goalkeeper found wanting, and the striker celebrating a hat-trick.  From a defensive point of view it was a poor goal, but it was Ibrahimovic's night and the best was yet to come from him.

England pushed hard to try and find another equaliser, and in one good move Sturridge, Osman and Baines worked the ball down the left, with only the final pass ruining the chance.  It was almost the last attack by England and with one of the four extra minutes gone Ibrahimovic produced a moment of sheer magic.  A pass was lobbed forward and with the defenders hesitating Joe Hart decided to come out of his area to head clear.  Unfortunately he never found much purchase on his header and the ball looped up behind Ibrahimovic.  The striker didn't hesitate and launched into the most amazing overhead kick from around 25 yards out, to somehow steer the ball over everyone and into the net.  It was an incredible goal and a fitting finale to a very good game, and it certainly opened the stadium in style.

A final substitution saw Wilfried Zaha come on for his debut, replacing Sterling, and in the end there were quite a few positives for England.  However, there was no doubt that when the substitutions were made by Hodgson it had a dire effect, not only on England's play, but also the result too.  All credit to Baines, Osman, Cleverley, Welbeck, Caulker and Sterling though for excellent performances, and there was a nice little cameo from Wilshere in the closing stages.  And finally, many, many congratulations to Steven Gerrard, who not only reached that superb century of appearances, but was also England's best player on the night.

Source Notes

BBC Sport
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor
Neil Morrison's keen eye