* The Italy – Sweden match takes place at 8:00 p.m. today, June 17, Hanoi time.

On June 18, 2004, at Euro 2004, Italy met Sweden in the second match of the group stage.

As time ticked by, Italy’s famous defense blocked all of Sweden’s efforts to find an equalizer.

Ibrahimovic in a backheel situation defeated Buffon at Euro 2004 – the first encounter between them at the national team level.

Today, after exactly 12 years, just one day missing, Ibrahimovic and Buffon meet again in perhaps the final Euro of their careers.

Above all, their demeanor is like fire and ice, but inside the ice is fire, and inside the fire is ice.

Buffon’s ferocious scream, his joyful image, or his bright smile did not hide the cold leader’s demeanor hidden deep inside.

When he was playing for Ajax Amsterdam, when he was injured in a dispute with Ibrahimovic, Rafael van der Vaart accused his Swedish teammate of intentionally playing badly.

Buffon - Ibrahimovic: The confrontation between ice and fire

Ibrahimovic is hot-tempered, outspoken, exaggerating, not good at hiding his emotions and arrogance.

On one side the striker tries to find every way to score a goal, on the other side the goalkeeper tries to find every way to block the shot.

Ibrahimovic was teammates with Buffon at Juventus during the 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 seasons.

Ibrahimovic seemed to sit on fire, went on strike, skipped practice, and shouted to his agent Mino Raiola: `Do whatever you can. Get me out of here.`

Fans admire Buffon, but there is only one person like Buffon, among millions of players.

Buffon - Ibrahimovic: The confrontation between ice and fire

Buffon is calm and cold, but still shows the authority of a leader.

The lives of two people are like parallel lines because they contrast so much.

Sweden meets Italy, mixed in with the confrontation between Zlantan Ibrahimovic and Gianluigi Buffon.

Buffon - Ibrahimovic: The confrontation between ice and fire