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Last Updated: Monday, 14 June, 2004, 21:26 GMT 22:26 UK
Larsson hails dream return

Sweden goalscorer Henrik Larsson
Sweden goalscorer Henrik Larsson admitted he was delighted to score twice on his comeback to competitive international football in Euro 2004.

Larsson struck in the 5-0 Group C thumping of Bulgaria in Lisbon.

"It went perfectly, I can't imagine a better way to make my comeback. The crosses for the two goals were fantastic," said Larsson.

"It's a great result but it is only the first game and we must not get carried away, there's a long way to go."

He added: "We will enjoy it now, but after tomorrow we focus on the next game."

It is easy to be a coach when you have a player like Henrik Larsson
Lars Lagerback

Larsson could have bagged a hat-trick, but let Zlatan Ibrahimovic take a late penalty after Freddie Ljungberg had bene fouled.

"I gave the ball to Zlatan to take it because it's very good for the team for all the strikers to score goals," he said.

"We had three strikers who all scored and that's good.

"It was a virtually perfect performance in the second half and I can't remember a more enjoyable game I've played for Sweden."

Sweden coach Lars Lagerback praised Larsson's display but admitted Bulgaria did not deserve to lose so heavily.

"You could say it is easy to be a coach when you have a player like Henrik Larsson," said Lagerback.

"Bulgaria's passing game did give us some problems in the first half but the second half was almost perfect.

"We had hoped for more from the first half, but in the second half, I think we played a marvellous 45 minutes.

"It was almost perfect. We didn't allow Bulgaria any goalscoring chances and we created a lot more, so it was a fantastic second half."

Sweden meet much-fancied Italy in Porto on Friday, after the Italians disappointingly drew 0-0 with Denmark in their first match.

Links to more Sweden stories


Highlights: Sweden 5-0 Bulgaria

Sweden stars delighted with rout

Interview: Sweden striker Henrik Larsson


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