After severely flooring Spain defender Cesar Azpilicueta with a shoulder charge in his side’s 1-0 defeat in Seville, Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss the first leg of Sweden’s World Cup qualifying play-off in March due to suspension.
At a tense La Cartuja, Alvaro Morata came off the substitute to score an 86th-minute winner for the hosts, ensuring Spain’s automatic qualifying for next year’s World Cup in Qatar.
Top spot in Group B was up for grabs ahead of kick-off, and Sweden coach Janne Andersson would have hoped for a similar impact from Ibrahimovic as his counterpart Luis Enrique saw from Morata when bringing him on at 0-0.
The AC Milan attacker took no prisoners as his shoulder banged into the back of the 32-year-old Chelsea captain as a corner was sent in from the left.
Azpilicueta collapsed to the ground in pain almost immediately after turning around, and the Sweden striker quickly followed suit, but not in quite the same misery.
Sergio Busquets, a former Barcelona teammate of Ibrahimovic’s during the 2009-10 season, spearheaded the protests against referee Felix Brych, and the Swede looked to get away with it on the field.
Source: Daily Mail