VIENNA (AP) – Sweden midfielder Erkan Zengin scored his first international goal to help his team draw with Austria 1-1 in a European Championship qualifier on Monday.
Also in Group G, Russia downed Liechtenstein 4-0 to lead after the opening round, and Montenegro beat Moldova 2-0.
Zengin controlled the ball on the chest before hammering it past goalkeeper Robert Almer in the 12th minute to level the score.
Shortly after scoring, Zengin came close again with another thundering strike past Almer though the ball hit the crossbar.
David Alaba had given Austria the lead five minutes earlier, scoring from the penalty spot after Sebastian Larsson blocked an attempted cross from the Austria midfielder with his arm.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was well marked by the Austria defence and remained low-key in his 100th game for the national team – the 10th Swedish player to achieve the feat.
Ibrahimovic never came close to scoring and was booked in the first half after hitting Alaba with his elbow and roughly tackling Martin Harnik within two minutes.
Austria created more chances in front of 48,500 spectators in the sold-out Ernst Happel Stadium but Harnik in the 38th and Julian Baumgartlinger two minutes later saw their shots saved by Sweden keeper Andreas Isaksson, while Mark Janko headed just wide in the 54th.