Zlatan Ibrahimovic won his first international match for Sweden in almost five years on Thursday, when Germany stood up for human rights in their first qualifier for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Ibrahimovic set up Viktor Claesson’s 35th-minute winner at the Friends Arena outside Stockholm in his 117th outing for Sweden, his first since Euro 2016.
The AC Milan forward had to fight back tears as he talked to reporters about his international football comeback on Monday, but he was upbeat after Sweden’s victory, which puts Sweden atop Group B.
“It felt great. It felt like I was playing in my first international match. There was a lot of adrenaline going on “Sverige Radio cited Ibrahimovic as saying.
Sweden leads their division by two points, two points ahead of Greece and Spain, who drew 1-1 in Granada.
Alvaro Morata opened the scoring in the 33rd minute with a magnificent control and finish from Koke’s clipped pass.
But the Greeks equalized in the 57th minute with their only shot of the day, Anastasios Bakasetas’ penalty after Inigo Martinez fouled Giorgios Masouras.
“I don’t like the results, and neither did we… We missed sharpness and effectiveness whenever we got close to the Greek penalty area “Luis Enrique, Spain’s coach, said
Germany wore T-shirts that said “human rights” before their 3-0 Group J victory over Iceland, despite questions about suspected human rights violations in Qatar, the notorious host of next year’s finals.
According to Amnesty International, pending labor reforms put in place by Doha since the country was awarded the tournament, “thousands of migrant workers continue to be oppressed and violated” in stadium construction.