For some sections of the French press, victory over Sweden should have been a formality but Laurent Blanc’s 23-game unbeaten record always looked in danger against a side that finally showed itself to be solid and a little spectacular.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic set off the opening fireworks with an expertly taken scissor kick but France’s defenders will surely be scratching their heads over how their allowed the big Swede to stroll into the box completely unchallenged.
The second goal showed France had not learnt the error of their ways as Sebastian Larsson also took advantage of some slack defending to allow the Swedes to exit the competition rueing missed chances but with their pride intact.
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