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Last Updated: Tuesday, 22 June, 2004, 21:35 GMT 22:35 UK
Danes dismiss 'fix' claims

DENMARK 2-2 SWEDEN
John Dahl Tomasson scored both Denmark goals
Denmark coach Morten Olsen rejected suggestions that his team and Sweden had played for the 2-2 draw which sent Italy crashing out of Euro 2004.

Italian soccer federation president Franco Carraro said afterwards: "The way the game developed shows that the two teams were aiming for a draw."

Describing the claims as "ridiculous", Olsen said: "Anyone who saw the game knows no-one tried for that result."

Italy's win over Bulgaria was rendered irrelevant by the draw in Porto.

Jon Dahl Tomasson, who scored both Danish goals, said it was only in the closing seconds that the teams settled for the draw that suited both.

"If you look at the game it was only in the last 30 seconds that it was like that," claimed the AC Milan striker.

"If you look at the rest of the game, both teams were playing for three points. There was no fixing - how could I have fixed that opening goal?"

He added: "We are disappointed we didn't win the group. We shouldn't have given it away at the end but we are pleased we are through.

"I feel sorry for Italy. I like Italian football and would have loved to see them in the quarter-finals.

"Swedish people won't like me for this, but I think Denmark and Italy were the two best teams in the group."

However, Olsen added: "I think we are going to be quite self critical about the result. We didn't play well but it was enough."



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