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Hamren: Ibra Inspired Sweden Miracle

Hamren: Ibra Inspired Sweden Miracle Photo: IBL

Sweden coach Erik Hamren has heaped praise on captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic for leading his side’s remarkable four-goal comeback in Tuesday’s 4-4 draw away to Germany in 2014 World Cup qualifying.

Ibrahimovic scored Sweden’s first goal as they overcame a four-goal deficit to incredibly draw 4-4 with Die Mannschaft, who seen Miroslav Klose score twice, along with Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil in the opening hour.

The Paris Saint-Germain striker’s goal came in the 62nd minute after leading a great half-time talk, before further goals from Mikael Lustig, Johan Elmander and Rasmus Elm pulled off a football miracle for the visitors.

However, Hamren was full of praise for Ibra, for his leading role in the recovery.

“(Ibrahimovic) is our captain and our best player, his goal was fantastic, but so was the pass he received,” Hamren told reporters.

“We needed it to get some energy and he showed the way for the rest of the team. When we got some momentum, the players lifted around him and gave him some more support.

“He put in a really good talk in the half-time break and he showed his class to me, he coached the other players as a good captain should do.”

Germany boss Joachim Loew was at a loss to explain how his side let their lead slip.

“Honestly, shortly after the game I can find no explanation as to how we let a 4-0 lead slip out of our hands,” he said.

“It’s deathly quiet in the changing room: players are laid out on the benches and are totally speechless.”

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