Zlatan Ibrahimovic Scores Long-Distance Overhead Volley Against England (Video)

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This is why Ibra is allowed to speak about himself in the third person.

Ibra, Zlatan. Whatever. Call him what you want. Just make sure it includes the word brilliant in the title.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored all four goals as Sweden defeated England 4-2 on Wednesday in an international friendly at Stockholm's newly opened Friends Arena.

The fourth goal, as you probably already know, was brilliant. It appears in the video above. It's our Set Piece Video of the Day. Enjoy.

Let's set the scene, shall we?

Ibra had given Sweden a first-half lead with a 20th-minute goal before Danny Welbeck and Stephen Caulker put England up 2-1 at the break.

Zlatan equalized in the 77th minute then put Sweden ahead seven minutes later. He wasn't anywhere close to finished, though.

In stoppage time, Ibrahimovic pulled off his best of the match, a stunning overhead volley from well outside the corner of the box.

With England keeper Joe Hart off his line, Ibra's volley fluttered into the net to complete Sweden's victory.

But get this. Zlatan was more impressed with his first goal (per The Guardian).

"When it comes off it looks fantastic but, for me, I liked the first goal more because it was history: the first in the new arena," he said.

England captain Steven Gerrard thought otherwise (via The Independent):

It is the best goal I have seen live. I think the best goal I have seen before that was Wayne Rooney's.

Everyone knows how special that was but this one tonight—an overhead kick from 25 yards when the ball is six feet in the air—only certain players can do that. And he is a special player.

Gerrard is right, of course. But we already knew Ibra was a special player.

Wednesday only reminded us how good he can be.

 

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