Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored what has to be the frontrunner for the goal of the year in any list with an absolutely audacious bicycle kick from outside of the box to cap off a historic performance for Sweden in which the PSG striker scored all four goals for his country in a 4-2 win over rival England.
Ibrahimovic's last goal in injury time was by far his best as England goalkeeper Joe Hart came out of the goal to head the ball to what he surely thought would be safety as the oncoming Swede pressured him yet again.
Instead, Ibrahimovic ran underneath the ball and somersaulted in the air – with his back to the goal – and delivered an inch perfect shot that dipped under the crossbar out of the reach of a sprawling English defender.
It was perhaps, the greatest goal of a career filled with exceptional goals to the moment.
Ibrahimovic was the unquestioned star of the game even before that stunner, as he opened the scoring in the 20th minute when he put in a shot from his own rebound off defender Gary Cahill.
The English would answer twice to take the lead before the break, first with Manchester United’s Danny Welbeck redirecting an Ashley Cole's cross into the goal in the 36th minute and then, a minute later, when Steven Caulker scoring his first for country off a Steven Gerrard – who played his hundredth for England – cross.
But England taking the lead only seemed to get Ibrahimovic motivated.
In the 77th minute he tied the game after bringing down a chipped pass with his chest and thundering home a volley before it touched the ground. Hart was well placed to stop it but the power was too much for the England No. 1 to parry out.
Ibra, however, was far from done as he struck a free kick with bend and power in the 86th minute that snuck into the right side of Hart’s goal. The goal must at least be partially blamed on poor positioning of the wall in front of Hart’s goal.
The stage was set for Ibrahimovic’s wonder goal as it came in the second minute of extra time and sent Swedish fans at the Friends Arena in Stockholm home with memories of an unforgettable performance.
- Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates after scoring his fourth goal against England during their international friendly soccer match at the Friends Arena in Stockholm November 14, 2012. REUTERS/Phil Noble Photo: REUTERS
- Ibrahimovic's fourth goal was a bicycle kick from about 30 yards outside of the goal. REUTERS/Phil Noble Photo: REUTERS
- England Wilfried Zaha (L) is challenged by Sweden's Behrang Safari. REUTERS/Phil Noble Photo: REUTERS
- England's goalkeeper Joe Hart saves a shot from Sweden's Alexander Kacaniklic. REUTERS/Phil Noble Photo: REUTERS
- England's Steven Caulker (L) challenges Ibrahimovic. REUTERS/Phil Noble Photo: REUTERS
- Ibrahimovic scores his third goal against England. REUTERS/Phil Noble Photo: REUTERS
- Ibrahimovic celebrates after scoring again. REUTERS/Phil Noble Photo: REUTERS