Ibra Makes History in Sweden's Friends Arena

 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Captain Sweden and PSG

Ibra Makes History in Sweden's Friends Arena

Joe Hart came out of his goalie area to head off a shot. 

"I saw him come out and had to decide whether I should go in a duel in the air or wait for him to head it out," Ibrahimovic said. "When he headed it I had it in my mind to try to score. I hit it in mid-air and, when I landed, saw their defender running back to try to clear but it bounced over him. It was a good try, that is all. When it comes off it looks fantastic but, for me, I liked the first goal more because it was history: the first in the new arena."

"Sometimes, when he does these things in training or in a match, you don't think it's possible," said Sweden Manager Erik Hamren.

"Sometimes you feel you're looking at a computer game where you can do all these incredible things, because that's not possible to do that, that fourth goal. When you're working with him, often you can be surprised in training, too, because sometimes things happen that you've never seen before. I'm really lucky to have the opportunity to see him often.

"He's a true captain these days, taking care especially of the young guys. They've had him as a hero as they grew up, and now they're sitting beside him in the training camp. I saw him sitting yesterday with three of the least experienced players in the squad, after lunch, talking with them. They were just eating up his words. Listening."

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