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Sweden 1-2 Spain



Sweden coach Lars Lagerback
Lagerback is still optimistic about qualifying for the last eight

Sweden coach Lars Lagerback said the manner of his side's last-gasp 2-1 defeat by Spain was difficult to take.

David Villa's injury-time winner put Spain top of Group D at Euro 2008 and Lagerback said: "It is a bitter way to lose a game, in the final seconds.

"We had an extremely good first half and had more chances than Spain even if they had a lot more of the ball.

"I still have to congratulate my players on their performance even though this is a bitter defeat."

Sweden, who play Russia in their final game on Wednesday, can still qualify for the quarter-finals but if they do progress to the last eight they will then face the in-form Netherlands.

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"In the midst of this desolation, we realise it is still in our own hands," Lagerback added.

"We're going to recharge our batteries over the next few days and then get ready for another fantastic game.

"I think we have a realistic chance of qualifying, there's enough character in the team and this squad.

"There will be real disappointment over the next 24 hours but we'll be able to bounce back and our destiny is still in our own hands."

And Lagerback is optimistic that striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic - who has scored in both of Sweden's games so far - will be fit to play against Russia despite taking the Inter Milan star off at half-time against Spain because of an on-going knee problem.

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"Zlatan had some pain in his knee and we had a brief discussion with our medical team," Lagerback explained.

"He would probably have been able to play another few minutes but we thought taking him off was the better option rather than risk making the injury worse.

"I think the injury is the same as it was after the Greece game, so I expect him to play in the next match.

"I don't know if we're too dependent on Zlatan but he's a world-class player. If you have a player of that calibre, of course he's going to be important and obviously our chances are improved when he plays."

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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
Euro 2008 day eight as it happened
14 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008
Sweden 1-2 Spain
14 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008
Greece 0-2 Sweden
10 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008
Sweden team guide
15 May 08 |  Sweden
Spain team guide
15 May 08 |  Spain


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