Zlatan Ibrahimovic Scores 4 Goals vs. England in Epic Showing

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor INovember 14, 2012

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - NOVEMBER 14: Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Sweden celebrates scoring his third goal during the international friendly match between Sweden and England at the Friends Arena on November 14, 2012 in Stockholm, Sweden.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Warning to the rest of the world: When Zlatan Ibrahimovic is in form, Sweden is going to be tough to beat.

Well, I'd say the towering striker is in form, and if you don't believe me, just ask poor England, which was done in by one of the most impressive performances you'll ever see. It was just an international friendly, but after 90 entertaining minutes, the scoreboard told the story: Ibrahimovic 4, England 2. 

The PSG star got things started off in the 20th minute. He got a good look at goal, but saw his shot blocked. Fortunately, the ball ricocheted back to him and he easily slotted it away. 

England settled down after that and took the 2-1 lead all the way to the 78th minute. It looked ready to escape Friends Arena with a win.

Ibrahimovic, however, had no such plans.

The big Swede scored in the 78th minute with a beautiful volley and obtained the game-winner in the 84th minute with a stunning 30-yard free kick. 

A pretty spectacular day, no? Actually, probably the best you'll see all day. Maybe all month.

Well, then Ibra, just for fun, decided to do this in the waning moments:

And from another, possibly even more awesome angle:

Joe Hart probably shouldn't have been that far from his own goal, and he cleared it with an ugly header, but this is the No. 1 candidate for goal of the year nonetheless.

An overhead kick. From at least 35 yards out. Brilliance doesn't describe it. World-class doesn't describe it.

"Ibrahimovician" might be the only way to describe it.