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Ibra goal gets the world talking

England defender Leighton Baines has hailed Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s spectacular overhead kick for Sweden as one of the best he has ever seen.

Ibrahimovic scored all four goals in Sweden’s 4-2 win over England in a friendly last week, with his 30-yard acrobatic effort the pick of the bunch.

It capped a fine night for the Paris Saint-Germain forward, who had earlier completed his hat-trick with a stunning free-kick.

“It was one of those special moments,” Baines said. “You are not going to see many of those and sometimes you have just got to applaud people like that.

“He is a fantastic player and it was his night, fair play to him.”

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was also full of praise for the 31-year-old.

“To do that so late on in a game, with that mobility and flexibility, to score a goal like that was incredible,” he said.

“It shows you how fit he is. He’s always been a wonderful technician and to play for the teams that he has and been as successful as he has, it shows you he’s a top player.”

The bicycle kick was the perfect way to open the Friends Arena in Stockholm, though Ibrahimovic was modest afterwards.

“I think I’ve played many great games,” he said. “(This) was a different type of game because we play the first game in the new arena and it was important to play a good game and to have a good start.

“But if you ask me which goal I liked most, I would say the first goal but it’s an historic goal – the first goal in the new arena – but four goals is not bad.”

Tue 20 Nov, 2012
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