20th of June 2012 Author: Glo Wood
Sweden went out of Euro 2012 with a morale-boosting victory against France, all thanks to a moment of brilliance from Zlatan Ibrahimović. The AC Milan striker scored acrobatic goal and then Sebastian Larsson scored the decisive goal which ended France's 23-match unbeaten run. England's 1-0 win against Ukraine left France in second spot in Group D, which means they will meet holders Spain on Saturday in Donetsk in the quarter finals.
Sweden seemed determined to leave the tournament with the win and it was them who created the first big chance as Toivonen failed to find the net after rounding goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. Karim Benzema replied for France smashing a shot over the bar while Ribery had an effort deflected behind. That was all that the first half had to offer though.
Benzema had the first clear cut chance after the break as he curled one wide, but Lloris produced a great save at the other end to deny Larsson on 53 minutes. A minute later Larsson provided a cross and Ibrahimović flew in a sensational volley from the edge of the area. Wilhelmsson and Olof Mellberg came close again for Sweden while Yann M'Vila tested Isaksson with a powerful strike. Then Arsenal-bound substitute Olivier Giroud headed one wide when unmarked but Sweden ended the game in style as substitute Samuel HolmÃ©n rattled the crossbar and Larssson thumped in the rebound.
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