Sweden v. Georgia – Football Match Report – March 25, 2021

Zlatan Ibrahimovic created the only goal for Viktor Claesson as Sweden beat Georgia 1-0 after returning to international football in their inaugural qualifying match for Group B on Thursday.

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Returning after an absence of almost five years, the 39-year-old AC striker Milana Ibrahimović became the oldest player to represent Sweden, breaking the record of 38 years and 59 days previously held by goalkeeper Thomas Ravelli.

The guests threatened in the early break, but the Swedes gradually grew into the game as they were taken over by the attacking quarter of Ibra, Claesson, Alexander Isak and Dejan Kulusevski.

Sweden passed 10 minutes before the break, when Ibra threw the ball into the penalty area and returned it at a solid angle for Claesson to touch and tie home.

With the Swedes often being careless in possession, Georgia created several decent opportunities, the best of which fell on a substitute for Levan Shengelia in the 82nd minute, but Kristoffer Nordfeldt defended the ball perfectly to keep his clean goal intact.

Ibrahimovic failed to add a total of 62 international goals, before being replaced in the 84th by Robin Quaison, and left the bench and watched as his side held on to victory.