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Friday, 7 June, 2002, 08:52 GMT 09:52 UK
Sweden tough it out
Sweden fans have reason to be optimistic after their team beat Nigeria 2-1
Sweden fans have reason to be optimistic

Sweden coach Lars Lagerback lauded the resilience of his team after their battling 2-1 win over Nigeria.

The Swedes came back strongly from a goal down to put the Super Eagles out of the World Cup with two strikes from prolific striker Henrik Larsson.

"It was a hard game but we felt good. They were dangerous in attack but overall we had more chances so we deserved to win." said Lagerback.

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Argentina are a really good team but if we have a good game we can disturb them
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Lars Lagerback
Sweden coach

"It was a more open game than we usually we play but I thought we played very well. I am really glad for Henrik Larsson - he works so hard for the team.

"We have players with a very good character. They really are a team. The enjoy each others' company even off the pitch so it's easy to work with them."

The Sweden boss will now watch the epic clash between England and Argentina safe in the knowledge that his side are well placed to progress to the knockout stages with only the South Americans left to face in Group F.

"I'm looking forward to watching the game," he said.

"We have to wait and see what the result is this evening, but we are in a better position now than after the first game.

"Argentina are a really good team. They are, among a couple of other countries, one of the big favourites for the title but if we have a very good game we can disturb them."


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SWEDEN 3 +1 5
ENGLAND 3 +1 5
ARGENTINA 3 0 4
NIGERIA 3 -2 1




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