Zlatan Ibrahimovic Scores 35-Yard Overhead Screamer to Defeat England

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic proved, if there were any doubters, his world-class credentials when he single-handedly subjected England to their first defeat under manager Roy Hodgson.

The Swedish native pounced on a loose defensive header by England goalkeeper Joe Hart outside the box and scored with a bicycle kick from 35 yards out.

The bicycle kick caught out Joe Hart and evaded other onrushing defenders who tried to prevent it from crossing the line.

It was the fourth goal of four he scored to hand Sweden a win over England in the friendly between the two nations.

Ibrahimovic began the scoring in the 20th minute by toe-poking a powerful shot into the roof of Joe Hart's net from a Martin Olsson cross after England defender Stephen Caulker had blocked his initial attempt.

England hit back through Danny Welbeck in the 35th minute. The Manchester United striker latched onto the end of Ashley Young's cross in the six-yard box to equalize for the visitors.

And not too long afterwards, Stephen Caulker added England's second just before halftime, capitalizing on some slack defending to turn in Stephen Gerrard's cross.

England then controlled the game for most of the second half till the 77th minute of the game when Sweden's Anders Svensson lofted a through-ball into the penalty area that Ibrahimovic controlled on his chest before firing a shot past Hart, who couldn't get enough on his block.

Ibrahimovic added his third from a free kick with a low drive from about 30 yards that evaded England's wall and found its way to the bottom of the Joe Hart's net.

Ibrahimovic's fourth and final goal of the night came as Joe Hart, running out of his area to head a lofted ball clear, messed up his attempted clearance leaving Ibrahimovic, with his back to goal, to aim for the empty net with his audacious attempt.

Surely the winner of the Goal of the year award.

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