Last-gasp Villa goal helps Spain beat Sweden in Euro Cup

June 15th, 2008 - 2:34 am ICT by IANS  

Innsbruck (Austria), June 15 (DPA) David Villa scored in the second minute of stoppage time to give Spain a 2-1 victory over Sweden in Group D of Euro 2008. It was Villa’s fourth of the tournament after a hat-trick in the 4-1 defeat of Russia and puts Spain in control of the group.

Spain will qualify if Greece fail to beat Russia later in the evening.

Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic had earlier cancelled out a Fernando Torres goal.

The Liverpool striker stuck out a leg in the 15th minute to turn a David Silva cross into the net following a well-worked corner.

Inter Milan’s Ibrahimovic levelled in the 34th for his second goal of the tournament when he shrugged off a Sergio Ramos tackle to turn the ball into the net via the hand of keeper Iker Casillas.

Spain went ahead with their first real attack, in the 15th minute.

Xavi Hernandez played a short corner for David Villa, who laid the ball back for David Silva. Silva’s centre was volleyed in by the stretching Torres, from just beyond the penalty spot.

Torres’ goal obliged Sweden to react, and they did so manfully - to the delight of the noisy Swedish fans in Innsbruck, when Ibrahimovic notched the equalizer.

It seems Sweden had done enough for a point until Villa snatched a win when he got on the end of a long ball and shrugged off the attention of twe Swedish defenders.

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