Ibrahimovic on target as Sweden beat Scotland

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored on his return from a ten month international hiatus as Sweden beat Scotland 3-0 in their friendly in Stockholm on Wednesday evening.

Ibrahimovic on target as Sweden beat Scotland

The Barcelona man, who only announced his return to the national side last month, wasted no time in getting on the scoresheet as he put the Swedes ahead with a simple tap in after just three minutes.

Emir Bajrami got his first international goal when he sent a superb strike past Allan McGregor at the second attempt to double the lead five minutes from the break.

Ola Toivonen headed in the third ten minutes after half-time in controversial circumstances after the ball appeared to go out for a goal-kick before substitute Kim Källstrom sent in his cross.

Sweden dominated the game against an under strength Scotland side, that was

hit by a raft of call-offs prior to the match, to condemn manager Craig Levein to his first defeat in only his second game in charge.

McGregor was handed his first start in 17 months after his lifetime ban from the Scottish Football Association was overturned and he found himself picking the ball out of the net in the fourth minute.

A slick pass found Bajrami in space on the right wing and his low cross was sidefooted home by Swedish captain Ibrahimovic who was unmarked eight yards


The Barcelona star was pulling all the strings for Sweden and only a lunging clearance from Christophe Berra stopped his floated pass finding Bajrami in the box.

McGregor was kept busy on his return to international duty. The Rangers keeper spilled a Toivonen drive from outside the box but he redeemed himself when he got out quickly to bravely block Johan Elmander’s fiercely struck close-range follow-up.

Swedish stopper Andreas Isaksson was a spectator until the half-hour mark when he nearly gifted Scotland an equaliser.

The ‘keeper dropped James McFadden’s cross from the left but he managed to recover in time to block from Blackpool midfielder Charlie Adam as he tried to

knock it past him.

Bajrami scored a sensational second in the 40th minute. The FC Twente forward controlled Anders Svensson’s chipped pass on his chest before unleashing a fierce left-foot strike which McGregor saved well but the rebound fell to his right foot and he steered into the far top-hand corner.

Sweden continued to threaten the Scots goal after the break and Toivonen made it 3-0 in the 56th minute with a controversial goal.

The Scotland defence seemed to switch off when the ball looked to have gone out for a goal-kick but Källstrom cut it back for the PSV Eindhoven forward, who rose unmarked to head it past McGregor.

Middlesbrough striker Kris Boyd replaced Steven Fletcher in the 65th minute and almost scored immediately when his volley on the turn was stopped by the outstretched leg of Isaksson after he connected with Darren Fletcher’s chipped pass.

Sweden could have made it four with ten minutes to go when Toivonen got on the end of a fast break and only a superb one-handed save from McGregor in the besieged Scotland goal denied him.

Scotland sub Chris Iwelumo picked out Boyd in the box with a neat pass late on but he sliced his effort over.

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Why has the expansion of Barcelona airport prompted mass protests?

Around 10,000 people demonstrated against the expansion of the El Prat airport in Barcelona on Sunday.

Why has the expansion of Barcelona airport prompted mass protests?
People march during a demonstration against the expansion of the Barcelona-El Prat airport. Photo: Pau BARRENA / AFP

Several ecological and agricultural organisations, have demanded that the expansion be stopped due to the fact nearby wetlands and farms would have to be destroyed.

The demonstration took place on Calle Tarragona in the Catalan capital between Plaça d’Espanya and Plaça dels Països Catalans.

The protests still took place, even though last week, Spain suspended the €1.7 billion airport expansion project, citing differences with the Catalan government, after president Pere Aragonès said he wanted to avoid destroying La Ricarda lagoon, a natural reserve next to the airport. 

Environmentalists decided not to call off the march, in case plans for the airport expansion still went ahead.

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Political representatives from ERC, En Comú Podem and the CUP also attended, as well as the leader of Más País, Íñigo Errejón; the Deputy Mayor for Ecology of the Barcelona City Council, Janet Sanz, and the Mayor of El Prat de Llobregat, Lluís Mijoler.

People from neighbourhoods across the city marched towards Calle Tarragona and could be seen holding placards that read Nature yes, airport no and shouting slogans such as “More courgettes and fewer planes” and “Fighting for the climate, health, and life”. 

One of the largest groups of people were those from El Prat de Llobregat, the municipality which is home to the airport, who were led by tractors. 

People march during a demonstration against the expansion of Barcelona-El Prat airport. Photo by Pau BARRENA / AFP

In addition to protesting against the expansion of the El Prat airport, people were also demonstrating against the Winter Olympic Games in the Pyrenees and extensions to airports in Mallorca and Madrid. 

A representative of Zeroport, Sara Mingorría said “We are here to defend not only La Ricarda, but the entire Delta”. 

The philosopher Marina Garcés also argued that the expansion of the airport would mean “more borders, more mass tourism, more control and more precarious jobs.” 

The leader of the commons in the Catalan parliament, Jéssica Albiach, who also attended the protest, asked the PSOE for “coherence”: “You cannot be passing a law against climate change and, at the same time, defend the interests of Aena [the airport operations company]”, she said. 

She also urged the leader of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, to “definitely say no. 

If the airport expansion in Barcelona goes ahead, environmentalists say that CO2 emissions would rise by a minimum of 33 percent. These levels would surpass the limits set by the Catalan government’s climate targets.