Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s bid to become the first player to score at four European Championships was foiled as Italy’s Éder Citadin Martins scored two minutes before full time in their Euro 2016 Group E clash on Friday.
Sweden and Italy were tied 0-0 at a halftime at the Stadium de Toulouse, with the Swedes dominating possession and frustrating the Azzurri.
Before the Group E match, Sweden coach Erik Hamren promised a brighter start compared to the Ireland game and his players didn’t let him down. Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic had an early chance when Kim Kallstrom whipped in a dangerous cross from the left, but Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini made a headed clearance.
Italy secured their place in the last 16 knockout phase after beating Sweden in Toulouse to follow their blistering start to the competition with a 2-0 win over Belgium in Lyon.
Italy: Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Florenzi, Parolo, De Rossi, Giaccherini, Candreva; Pelle, Eder
Coach: Antonio Conte
Sweden: Isaksson; Johansson, Lindeloef, Granqvist, Olsson; Larsson, Ekdal, Kallstrom, Forsberg; Guidetti, Ibrahimovic
Coach: Erik Hamren