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HindustanTimes Fri,26 Dec 2014

Football

Ibrahimovic steers Sweden to win, Denmark shocked
AFP
Paris, June 13, 2013
First Published: 01:00 IST(13/6/2013)
Last Updated: 01:02 IST(13/6/2013)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored both goals as Sweden beat the Faroe Islands 2-0 to earn three crucial points in their quest to qualify for the 2014 World Cup on Tuesday, but their Scandinavian neighbours Denmark suffered a crushing 4-0 home defeat to Armenia.

Paris Saint-Germain striker Ibrahimovic stabbed home the opener from close range 10 minutes before the interval at the Friends Arena in the Stockholm suburb of Solna, and then added a penalty eight minutes from time. Sweden were ultimately comfortable winners despite the sending-off of Andreas Granqvist towards the end.

Forward Yura Movsisyan scoredParis twice for Armenia with Aris Ozbiliz and Shakhtar Donetsk star Henrikh Mkhitaryan also on target to blank Denmark. The scoreline equalled Armenia’s biggest ever victory, while for Denmark it was a heaviest defeat in a competitive match since going down 5-1 to Spain at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.

Argentina steal point

Quito: Argentina took a fourth-minute lead with a Sergio Aguero penalty then hung on desperately for a 1-1 draw away to Ecuador. The Argentines, with Lionel Messi only playing for the last half hour, had their lead cut to three points with Colombia's 2-0 home win over Peru. Argentina have 26 points, Colombia 23 and Ecuador remain third with 21.

Cavani scores winner

Puerto Ordaz: Striker Edinson Cavani scored the only goal as Uruguay put their World Cup qualifying campaign back on track with a 1-0 away win over Venezuela on Tuesday.

The Copa America holders climbed into the fifth-place playoff berth trading places with Venezuela on goal difference.


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