Zlatan Ibrahimovic has enjoyed his return to Sweden’s shirt. The 39-year-old striker came out for his country again on Thursday after five years and with an assist played an important part in the 1-0 victory over Georgia in the World Cup qualification.
Ibrahimovic, who played his 117th international match, was immediately put in the starting line-up by national coach Janne Andersson. Then minutes before half-time, the star player of AC Milan gave a nice assist to the winning goal by Viktor Claesson.
“It was great, it felt like my international debut. I had jitters. I wasn’t nervous, but I was triggered and motivated,” said Ibrahimovic after the game at the Friends Arena in Solna.
“Too bad there was no audience, because then there would have been a completely different atmosphere. But it was an emotional moment for me when I heard the national anthem. Normally I don’t sing along, but I promised the national coach to do it this time. to do.”
Ibrahimovic notices that a lot has changed since he retired from the European Championship in 2016. “I’ve been away for four or five years. The situation is very different now, with a different team, a different coach and empty stadiums. Still I had goosebumps. I only feel positive energy.”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was directly in the base with Sweden and was replaced in the final phase.
‘We had a hard time’
Ibrahimovic formed a striker pair against Georgia with the eighteen years younger Alexander Isak. The former player of Ajax, Juventus, Internazionale, FC Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United, among others, noticed that things were not running smoothly yet.
“We had a hard time. Isak and I have had few good balls and I think we were a little too much in awe of Georgia,” he said. “But we’ve only been together for two or three days, the most important thing is that we won.”
The advantage for Sweden was that competitor Spain remained without a win during the first match in group B. There was a 1-1 draw against the Greece of national coach John van ‘t Schip.
View the results, the standings and the program in the World Cup qualification
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