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International Round-Up: Seb Stars For Sweden

Four Sunderland players were in action during the first round of Internationals and we take a look at how they got on.

Seb Larsson in action against Estonia.
Seb Larsson in action against Estonia.

Seb Larsson played the whole match as Sweden beat Estonia 2-0 last night. The game was played at Sweden's national football stadium, Friends Arena, and saw Zlatan Ibrahimovic score both goals as he became the all-time leading goalscorer for Sweden with his brace taking him to 50 goals which saw him surpass Sven Rydall's tally of 49.

Both goals were set up by Larsson, the first came from a corner from the left that the Sunderland player whipped in and after a defender got a slight touch, Ibrahimovic was lurking at the back post to fire it at goal. There was some dispute about the goal, as the goalkeeper may have kept it from fully crossing the line, but the officials gave the goal and the hosts took a 1-0 lead.

Larsson then set up Ibrahimovic to break his nation's goalscoring record as his run down the right was found by a team-mate and his neat pull back was back-heeled in for Ibrahimovic to double Sweden's lead and give the striker a place in the record books.

Emanuele Giaccherini was also in action last night, as he played the full 90 minutes under his old Juventus boss Antonio Conte. Italy took the lead after just three minutes as Ciro Immobile latched onto a long ball, rounded the Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen and stroked the ball home. Then with 10 minutes on the clock, Simeone Zaza got goal side of Bruno Martins Indi in the box and after the Porto defender hauled the striker down, the referee was left with no option but to send the Dutch player off and award a penalty, which Daniele De Rossi duly converted.

Giaccherini had a relatively quiet game in midfield, as Italy comfortably controlled the rest of the game, but looked assured in possession and worked hard for his team.

Jozy Altidore was another who played 90 minutes as he captained the USA to a 1-0 win away to the Czech Republic. Although he had very little service, he led the line well, worked hard for his team and understandably tired before the end due to lack of playing time of late.

Finally, our newest signing Ricky Alvarez was in action as Argentina comfortably saw off Germany in Berlin. Angel Di Maria was the star of the show as the Argentines ran out 4-2 winners, with Manchester United's new signing scoring one and making three others. Di Maria was taken off with the job done with just four minutes remaining but that allowed Alvarez to get a run-out but the game was up and the 26-year-old didn't have time to make an impact.

Overall a good round of games for Sunderland, with every player being part of a winning team and a much needed 90 minutes for both Giaccherini and Altidore, after both players recently recovered from injury.

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