Italy vs Sweden : Azzurri fear Ibrahimovic threat

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A win for italy will secure qualification for a knockout spot in style while the swedes have to atleast ensure a point so that they can enter their last match against the Red Devils with something to play for.

Italy saw off Belgium in style
Italy saw off Belgium in style

Italy do not have a specific plan to stop Zlatan Ibrahimovic when they take on Sweden in their second Euro 2016 group game, despite expecting him to be a big threat.

The Azzurri are looking to seal qualification to the second round on Friday after an impressive 2-0 victory against a strong Belgium side in their opening fixture

“Ibrahimovic is a great player, he’d be a threat to any team but we have to play our own game first of all. We must be good at exploiting weaknesses.” says Antonio Candreva. while Alessandro Florenzi expects it to be a tight affair.

Italy coach Antonio Conte was praised for a tactical masterclass as goals from Emanuele Giaccherini and Graziano Pelle saw off Belgium, just hours after Sweden had laboured to a 1-1 draw against the Republic of Ireland with the help of an own goal while having no shots on target.

Should Italy overcome Sweden, history suggests they could have a good tournament as the only previous time they won their consecutive opening matches in a European Championship was in 2000, when they reached the final.

Kickoff : 6:30 PM IST (17th June)

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