Thanks to an impressive frontline, Sweden took the lead in group C on Tuesday. Bulgaria was defeated by no less than 5-0 in Lisbon. Ajax striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the fourth Swedish goal from the penalty spot.
Bulgaria played at least as well as Sweden early in the game, but failed to convert the many chances. Sweden then took the initiative. Ibrahimovic escaped the offside trap and selflessly enabled Freddy Ljungberg to score from close range.
After halftime Sweden were much more effective than the East-Europeans. First Ljungberg missed after a splendid back-heel pass by Ibrahimovic but then Henke Larsson took over. He scored with a great header and a minute later the Celtic striker was in the right position to hit with his left foot.
Ljungberg was brought down in the box and ibrahimovic was given the chance to get on the Euro 2004 scorers' list. He stayed calm and put away the spot kick. In the closing minutes Marcus Allbäck, Ibrahimovic's replacement made it 5-0.