France will play Spain in the quarter-finals of the Euro after loosing 2-0 to a very strong Swedish side, and seeing England beat group rivals Ukraine 1-0.
Ibrahimovic provided put the Scandinavians ahead scoring an amazing volley – the goal of the tournament so far – before Larsson made the victory complete at the final whistle, following up after Wilhelmsson’s first attempt that struck the bar.
Laurent Blanc’s team is shouting out for new blood in midfield, with Nasri coming back to his earlier poor form in the blue jersey right after an amazing start to the competition. Ben Arfa and M’Vila battled to make an impact, while Alou Diarra was lowered to a ball-winning role.
The French were incapable to stop the opener from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who bowed out of Euro 2012 with a indication of his quality, which includes one of the best goals of the tournament so far. Meeting a swinging cross from the right, the Milan striker hit a fantastic bicycle kick that left Hugo Lloris watching on helplessly as the ball flew into the bottom corner.
Although Ribéry, Benzema and the rest of the French stars did answer to the setback of going behind, they were unable to find the equaliser, with Larsson’s second adding to their misery. France’s punishment is a quarter-final tie against Spain, the current European and world Champions.