Sweden v Bulgaria, 14 June 2004

Score5-0 to Sweden
RefereeMike Riley
CompetitionUEFA European Championship Finals Group C
VenueEstádio José Alvalade, Lisbon
Attendance31,652
Kick-off: 7:45pm local Assistant referees: Glenn Turner (England) Philip Sharp (England) Fourth official: Stuart Dougal (Scotland) Man of the Match: Henrik Larsson (Sweden) Sweden recorded only their third victory in a UEFA European Championship finals as two fine goals from Henrik Larsson and further strikes from Fredrik Ljungberg, Zlatan Ibrahimović and Marcus Allbäck powered them past Bulgaria in Lisbon. It was a fairy-tale return to competitive international action for Larsson as he scored two goals in two minutes shortly before the hour to end as a contest a game in which Bulgaria battled bravely. Already ahead through Ljungberg's first-half opener, Larsson's spectacular diving header from Erik Edman's pinpoint left-wing cross doubled their lead after 57 minutes. Seconds later, Anders Svensson's low cross from the right was missed by the diving Zdravko Zdravkov and Larsson knocked the ball into the roof of the net from close range. Ibrahimović scored a fourth from the penalty spot 12 minutes from time after Ljungberg had been brought down, and substitute Allbäck raced on to Larsson's chip to add a fifth late on. Two well-drilled teams initially offered few clear scoring chances despite a bright start. Ivaylo Petkov had to be alert to the threat of Ibrahimović as early as the second minute when the AFC Ajax striker was first to Andreas Isaksson's long clearance, but the defender managed to block his shot. Moments later Mikael Nilsson's low left-wing cross flashed across the face of goal but failed to reach either Ibrahimović or Larsson. Bulgaria also provided some attacking verve, and Georgi Peev should have forced Isaksson into action in the 12th minute after spinning on the edge of the box only to shoot tamely. Then Zoran Janković volleyed narrowly wide of Isaksson's right-hand post after connecting with Martin Petrov's outswinging cross from the left. Sweden slowly began to dominate as Edman's shot from a close-range indirect free-kick was charged down by Stiliyan Petrov before Larsson's lunging half-volley from eight metres angled narrowly over following Nilsson's cross from the right. Yet Bulgaria, inspired by Stiliyan Petrov's work rate, nearly broke the deadlock after 24 minutes when Martin Petrov flashed a low shot from the left of the area wide of Isaksson's left-hand post. Then Dimitar Berbatov's header forced the Sweden goalkeeper to back-pedal and tip over the bar. The opening goal, however, came at the other end in the 32nd minute and was initiated by the impressive Nilsson, Sweden's only first-choice outfield player to ply his trade in the Allsvenskan. His pass along the right flank allowed Ibrahimović to beat the offside trap and draw keeper Zdravkov before rolling the ball for Ljungberg to fire in. Shortly after the restart, Janković should have scored from Martin Petrov's cross but his header went agonisingly wide of Isaksson's right-hand post with the goalkeeper beaten. Sweden responded immediately when an amazing flick by Ibrahimović left Ljungberg with a free shot on goal, but Zdravkov was quickly down to parry the ball to safety with his knees. Martin Petrov's excellent service into the penalty area was almost rewarded with a goal as his cross-cum-shot was narrowly missed by Berbatov. Seconds later two moments of magic from Larsson turned the match inexorably in Sweden's favour.

5  Sweden

Manager: Lars Lagerbäck

0  Bulgaria

Manager: Plamen Markov

Goals:

Freddie Ljungberg 32 G
Henrik Larsson 57 G
Henrik Larsson 58 G
Zlatan Ibrahimović penalty 78 P
Marcus Allback 90 G

Goals:

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson
Defender Teddy Lučić
Defender/Centre back Olof Mellberg (captain)
Defender/Left back Erik Edman
Midfielder Tobias Linderoth
Midfielder Freddie Ljungberg
Midfielder Mikael Nilsson
Midfielder Anders Svensson
Forward Henrik Larsson

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Zdravko Zdravkov
Defender Vladimir Ivanov
Defender Rosen Kirilov
Defender Ivailo Petkov
Midfielder Marian Hristov
Midfielder Predrag Pazin
Midfielder Georgi Peev
Midfielder Stilian Petrov (captain)
Forward Zoran Jankovic
Forward Martin Petrov

Substitutions:

Christian Wilhelmsson for Teddy Lučić 41
Kim Kallstrom for Anders Svensson 77
Marcus Allback for Zlatan Ibrahimović 81

Substitutions:

Velizar Dimitrov for Zoran Jankovic 62
Vladimir Manchev for Dimitar Berbatov 76
Zdravkov Lazarov for Martin Petrov 84

Cards:

Tobias Linderoth 52 Y
Zlatan Ibrahimović 65 Y

Cards:

Ivailo Petkov 18 Y
Rosen Kirilov 22 Y
Zoran Jankovic 23 Y
Vladimir Ivanov 70 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Magnus Hedman
Goalkeeper Magnus Kihlstedt
Defender Petter Hansson
Defender Johan Mjällby
Midfielder Anders Andersson
Midfielder Pontus Farnerud
Midfielder Mattias Jonson
Midfielder Kim Kallstrom
Midfielder Erik Wahlstedt
Forward Marcus Allback

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Dimitar Ivankov
Goalkeeper Stoyan Kolev
Defender Kiril Kotev
Defender Ilian Stoyanov
Midfielder Daniel Borimirov
Midfielder Milen Petkov
Forward Valery Bozhinov
Forward Georgi Chilikov