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Zlatan Ibrahimovic hat-trick crushes Norway

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic starred for Sweden once again as he hit an impressive hat-trick to help his side defeat their Scandinavian neighbours Norway.

The Swedes ran out 4-2 winners, with the PSG striker taking all the plaudits, claiming the match ball after his three goals.

Anders Svensson secured the win for the home side, after Norway had earlier comeback from two goals down in an entertaining friendly at the Friends Arena.

Neat work from Sunderland's Seb Larsson set Ibrahimovic up to open the scoring with only two minutes on the clock, before the striker doubled Sweden's advantage with his second after 28 minutes converting a great pass from Albin Ekdahl.

A spirited Norway side hit back before the break with as pair of quick-fire goals levelling the match.

Mohammed Abdellaoue scored a penalty, which was followed by an equaliser from Stefan Johansen much to the delight of the travelling fans.

Ibrahimovic restored Sweden's lead early in the second half, blasting a trademark free kick past Norway goalkeeper Rune Jarstein to complete his treble.

The game was wrapped up 15 minutes from time when substitute Svensson hammered in a dipping strike to condemn the Norwegians to defeat.

Ibrahimovic's hat-trick was not his first in recent times as England fans will know all to well, after the forward hit four past the Three Lions in their 4-2 defeat back in November.

Sweden are locked in an intense battle for World Cup qualification as they sit in third place in Group C.

Ibrahimovic's side are joined by Austria and Ireland on 11 points, five behind runaway leaders Germany after six games.

 

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