Sweden beats Croatia 3-1 in international friendly


ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) -- Zlatan Ibrahimovic converted a penalty and helped Sebastian Larsson score twice for Sweden to beat Croatia 3-1 in an international friendly on Wednesday.

Ibrahimovic scored from the spot in the 13th minute after goalkeeper Stipe Pletiskosa had fouled Rasmus Elm in the box.

Croatia leveled just before halftime with an own goal from Sweden defender Jonas Olsson, his header sending the ball looping over goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson and into an empty net.

Sweden scored again in the first minute of the second half. Ibrahimovic's attempted pass was deflected by Pletikosa to Sebastian Larsson, who found the net.

Larsson scored again in the 69th minute, converting another great pass from by Ibrahimovic.