Belgium knocks out Sweden in Ibrahimovic’s last game

Zlatan Ibrahimovic chested the ball down, let it ricochet and hit it. Wide.

His 86th-minute endeavor for an equalizer in Wednesday’s 1-0 misfortune to Belgium at the European Championship demonstrated the system and energy that had made Ibrahimovic a star.

In any case, his goodbye game for Sweden wasn’t to have a fable completion.

The Swedes were disposed of from the opposition while Belgium progressed to the round of 16, where it will play Hungary on Sunday in Toulouse.

“It feels substantial, it feels frustrating yet in the meantime I appreciated it,” Ibrahimovic said.

“I got the likelihood to speak to Sweden in the European, so in the meantime I’m glad. This was my last game in the national team and I will have numerous phenomenal recollections from the national team.”

Coach Erik Hamren, who is additionally leaving the national team, said: “I trusted we could have a superior completion” for Ibrahimovic, who resigns from global football with 116 tops and a Swedish-record 62 goals.

While he didn’t score in his last game, Ibrahimovic looked more honed than in past matches against Ireland and Italy. Without precedent for the tournament, he hit the goal and even place the ball in the net, however it was discounted for a before foul.

Radja Nainggolan scored the triumphant goal in the 84th moment with a wild shot from outside the territory as Belgium completed second in Group E. Italy won the group regardless of losing 1-0 to Ireland, who additionally progressed as one of the best third-place teams.

With Ireland winning, Belgium would have been wiped out by losing to Sweden.

“It was an exceptionally troublesome game for individuals who have heart issues,” Belgium coach Marc Wilmots said. “Strategically, we were better on the counter. They have two major, yet moderate point backs so I think our counterattack was great.”

Ibrahimovic, one of the greatest stars at Euro 2016, played his last game for his nation a day in the wake of saying that he was resigning from universal soccer after the tournament.

“He’s extraordinary. He’s exceptional. Be that as it may, I trust we can locate some other player who’s not Zlatan but rather a super decent player for Sweden,” Hamren said. “I don’t feel that in a little nation like Sweden you discover another player like him since he’s ridiculously exceptional.”

Requiring a win to propel, Sweden additionally approached with an early shot from Marcus Berg, yet neglected to make enough quality open doors. In a matter of seconds before the triumphant goal, a header from Andreas Granqvist was cleaned up the line by Kevin de Bruyne.

“We’ve kept a spotless sheet two times consecutively and it has any kind of effect. You know the issues we had,” Wilmots said. “Some individuals thought we were dead after the principal game, yet we’re here. We’re back on track.”

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