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Ibrahimovic treble sparks Sweden

15 August 2013-PA Sport

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Sweden Norway

Unstoppable ... Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action (AAP)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic fired out a warning to Republic of Ireland with a hat-trick in Sweden's 4-2 international defeat of neighbour Norway in Stockholm.

Republic of Ireland hosts Sweden in a vital 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier next month and keeping the Paris Saint-Germain frontman, who famously scored four against England last year, quiet will be its prime concern.

Ibrahimovic struck twice in the first half-hour at the Friends Arena but Norway was level at the break after a Mohammed Abdellaoue penalty and a Stefan Johansen effort.

Ibrahimovic soon restored the advantage, though, and Anders Svensson wrapped up the win.

Mirko Vucinic struck the equaliser as Montenegro, England's chief rival for a FIFA World Cup spot, drew 1-1 in Belarus.

Ukraine, which hosts England in Kiev next month, was a 2-0 winner over Israel thanks to goals from Ruslan Rotan and Yevhen Seleznyov.

Wigan Athletic's Jean Beausejour and Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez scored two goals apiece as Chile thrashed Iraq 6-0 in Brondby, Denmark.

Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko continued his good pre-season form with two goals for Bosnia-Herzegovina but it was not enough to prevent a 4-3 loss to USA in Sarajevo.

Dzeko and Vedad Ibisevic put Bosnia-Herzegovina in command but a hat-trick from new Sunderland signing Jozy Altidore after Eddie Johnson pulled one back turned the game around. Dzeko's second came in the last minute.

FYR Macedonia, which plays Wales in September and Scotland the following month, beat Bulgaria 2-0 in Skopje with late goals from Agim Ibraimi and Aleksandar Trajkovski.

Another of England's upcoming opponents, Moldova, drew 1-1 with Andorra after an equaliser from Alexandru Dedov.

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