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Greece 0-2 Sweden



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Ibrahimovic scored with the sweetest of strikes

Sweden manager Lars Lagerback lavished praise on Zlatan Ibrahimovic after his stunning goal broke the deadlock in the 2-0 Euro 2008 Group D win over Greece.

After 67 turgid minutes Ibrahimovic hit a 20-yard drive into the top corner, before Petter Hansson wrapped it up.

Lagerback said: "It was very good play before and the conclusion was world class. It was very beautiful.

"The players did an excellent job - it's obvious that Greece are a very difficult team to play against."

Prior to the game Lagerback had warned his side that Greece would prove a tough team to overcome.

"Physically they work very hard, they move their line forward and we worked hard on that," said Lagerback.

It was a difficult game... but a fantastic feeling when the ball went in.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

"It's fantastic to win, particularly with the way we played, it was a 100% deserved victory.

"We knew they might play up to five defenders and they would have man-markers.

"It's tough to face them because they are physically strong. I'm not surprised they had one marker on Zlatan."

Ibrahimovic, who had gone 14 internationals without scoring prior to his stunning goal, praised his team-mates for grinding out a victory.

"It was a difficult game and we did a fantastic job," said the Inter Milan forward after scoring his first international goal since 2005.

"I saw the opening to the left and that's where I put it. It was a fantastic feeling when the ball went in.

"We worked and were intelligent with our passes. We didn't let them play their own game and pressed them.

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"It wasn't an easy game for the strikers as they had three good centre-backs and changed their tactic from four in defence."

Meanwhile, Lagerback believes midfielder Christian Wilhelmsson will struggle to play in their last two group games after he limped off with a leg injury.

"It seems this injury is serious," said Lagerback.

"I don't think it's possible he can play against Spain on Saturday and if it is serious then he'll not be able to feature against Russia on 18 June either."


Group D
18 June 2008 21:40
    P GD PTS
1 Spain 3 5 9
2 Russia 3 0 6
3 Sweden 3 -1 3
4 Greece 3 -4 0

see also
Greece 0-2 Sweden
10 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008
Euro 2008 day four as it happened
10 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008
Greece team guide
15 May 08 |  Greece
Sweden team guide
15 May 08 |  Sweden


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