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World Cup: Ibrahimovic's speedy goal hands Swedes victory over Kazakhstan

September 11, 2013 7:27am

Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Claudio Bresciani / Scanpix / Reuters

ASTANA - Zlatan Ibrahimovic netted after just 27 seconds as he led his side to a 1-0 win over Kazakhstan in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) to consolidate second place in Group C.

Ibrahimovic stunned the Kazakh side when he scored seconds into the match following a lightning counter-attack with a low strike into the far right corner. It was Sweden's fastest goal since Hjalmar Lorichs scored 12 seconds into a friendly against Finland in 1912.

Kazakhstan attacked down the flanks but failed to trouble Swedish keeper Andreas Isaksson.

Ibrahimovic had several opportunities to put the game out of reach but the PSG striker wasted several chances from free kicks around the penalty area.

"We didn't play quite as we wanted but I honestly don't care about that now," Sweden coach Erik Hamren told Kanal 5. - Reuters
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