Sweden 0-1 Belgium: Belgium through as Zlatan bows out

Sweden 0-1 Belgium

By Andy Jones

  • Belgium through as runners up in Group E
  • Sweden finish bottom of group
  • Fellaini an unused substitute for Belgium

Belgium beat Sweden 1-0 in their group game to secure runners-up spot in Group E and ensure that Sweden finished with just one point.

In an open game which Sweden had to win to keep alive any hopes of qualification, a stunning Nainggolan strike late in the game was enough to send the Belgians through as group runners up.

Fellaini was an unused substitute as Belgium stuck with the side which brushed aside the Irish in game two.

Zlatan Ibrahimović tried to provide the spark but in truth, his team-mates are not at the same level. He went close with a second-half free kick with the game still goal less, and again late on with an acrobatic volley after great control on the chest.

The match was won when Hazard broke down the left, pulling the ball back for Nainggolan who hit a sweet half volley with the aid of a slight deflection to beat Isaksson in goal.

Belgium will now face Hungary in Toulouse on Sunday, and Ibrahimovic must now decide where next in his career.

Zlatan calls it a day

This game not only marks the end of Sweden’s Euro 2016 campaign it also see the retirement of Zlatan Ibrahimović from International football.

Zlatan came into the tournament looking to score in his fourth consecutive European Championships finals but the striker struggled as Sweden failed to muster a shot on target in their first two games.

Zlatan retires having played 116 times for his country and scored 62 goals. He made his debut in 2001 and has captained his country since 2010.

Now focus turns on his next move in his club career, his contract with Paris St Germain officially on June 30 and he has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United.

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