Ibrahimovic breaks record as Lukaku scores hat-trick

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic comes on against BelgiumZlatan Ibrahimovic came on with 17 minutes remaining against Belgium

Zlatan Ibrahimovic became the oldest man to play in a European Championship qualifier as Romelu Lukaku scored a hat-trick to lead Belgium to victory against Sweden.

Ibrahimovic, 41, came on in the 73rd minute to a standing ovation from the Swedish fans.

By then Belgium were already 2-0 up after a Lukaku double.

The striker headed in a first-half opener before turning in from close range, and then slotted in late on.

At 41 years, five months and 21 days, Ibrahimovic breaks the record held by Italian goalkeeper Dino Zoff since 1983.

Last weekend, he became the oldest player to score a goal in Serie A history when the AC Milan striker converted a penalty against Udinese.

Ibrahimovic has said he wants to play at Euro 2024 in Germany next year when he will be 42, and would become the oldest player to ever participate in the tournament.

Lukaku's treble - his first goals for his country since 2021 - gave Domenico Tedesco the perfect start as Belgium boss.

Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring his first for BelgiumRomelu Lukaku has 71 goals in 105 appearances for Belgium



Formation 4-4-2

1Olsen2Wahlqvist3LindelöfBooked at 78mins5Ekdal6AugustinssonSubstituted forGudmundssonat 85'minutes19Svanberg20OlssonBooked at 38minsSubstituted forGyökeresat 64'minutes17GustafsonBooked at 62mins10ForsbergSubstituted forClaessonat 73'minutes21KulusevskiBooked at 90mins9IsakSubstituted forIbrahimovicat 73'minutes




Formation 4-3-3

1Courtois21Castagne4Faes5Vertonghen3TheateSubstituted forSaelemaekersat 86'minutes7De Bruyne6Onana11CarrascoSubstituted forOpendaat 90'minutes16LukebakioSubstituted forBakayokoat 61'minutes10LukakuSubstituted forBornauwat 85'minutes9TrossardSubstituted forMangalaat 61'minutes


2Debast8Mangala12Casteels13Sels14De Ketelaere15Meunier17Openda18Lavia19Praet20Bornauw22Saelemaekers23Bakayoko

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Match ends, Sweden 0, Belgium 3.

Second Half ends, Sweden 0, Belgium 3.

Dejan Kulusevski (Sweden) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Loïs Openda (Belgium) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Dejan Kulusevski (Sweden).

Attempt saved. Loïs Openda (Belgium) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.

Substitution, Belgium. Loïs Openda replaces Yannick Carrasco.

Attempt missed. Mattias Svanberg (Sweden) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by Amadou Onana (Belgium).

Hjalmar Ekdal (Sweden) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gabriel Gudmundsson with a cross.

Substitution, Belgium. Alexis Saelemaekers replaces Arthur Theate.

Substitution, Sweden. Gabriel Gudmundsson replaces Ludwig Augustinsson because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution, Belgium. Sebastiaan Bornauw replaces Romelu Lukaku.

Delay in match because of an injury Ludwig Augustinsson (Sweden).

Goal! Sweden 0, Belgium 3. Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Johan Bakayoko.

Foul by Arthur Theate (Belgium).

Dejan Kulusevski (Sweden) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Amadou Onana (Belgium).

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