Posted: Tuesday February 5, 2013 5:15 AM

Messi-Ibra showdown as Sweden hosts Argentina

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STOCKHOLM (AP) -The much-anticipated showdown between Lionel Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the Argentina-Sweden friendly on Wednesday may not last more than a half.

Sweden coach Erik Hamren has suggested he will use Ibrahimovic sparingly as he has a busy club schedule coming up with Paris Saint-Germain.

Messi has 34 league goals for Barcelona this season while Ibrahimovic tops the French league's scoring table with 20.

The Sweden striker scored four times the last time he put on the national jersey in a 4-2 win over England. His last goal was an acrobatic overhead kick from outside the penalty box that will be hard to top on Wednesday under a closed roof.

 
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