Zlatan Ibrahimovic floors Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta with shoulder barge

Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta was on the receiving end of a huge shoulder barge from Zlatan Ibrahimovic during Spain’s World Cup qualifier with Sweden on Sunday evening.

Spain sealed top spot in Group B after a late Alvaro Morata goal secured a 1-0 victory over Sweden at the Estadio de La Cartuja.

Ibrahimovic, meanwhile, was fortunate to escape punishment after the former Manchester United striker floored Azpilicueta with a nasty shoulder tackle during a corner in the closing stages of the game.

Azpilicueta clearly felt the impact of Ibrahimovic’s barge as the Chelsea defender stayed on the ground for a few minutes.

But the AC Milan forward had acted like he had been pushed into Azpilicueta by another Spain player.

The incident went unpunished and did not appear to be reviewed by VAR for dangerous play from Ibrahimovic.

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In a reply to a post on Twitter which showed a clip of the incident after the game, Azpilicueta wrote ‘all good here’ and uploaded a picture of himself smiling.

The result means Spain have now automatically qualified for next year’s World Cup, while Sweden must go through the play-offs.

‘Today has been a very beautiful day,’ said Spain head coach Luis Enrique.

‘We have suffered a lot, but the players have had faith and have taken their fair prize.

‘They are an excellent group. Not only the 25 who are here but all those who have been coming. We are already in the World Cup. To be honest it has taken a big weight off my shoulders.’

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