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Monday, 15 April, 2002, 15:16 GMT 16:16 UK
Can Sweden hold their heads high?
Have your say on Sweden's progress
Senegal put paid to Sweden's World Cup hopes in the second round with a killer golden goal.

Did they do themselves justice?


This debate is now closed. A selection of your e-mails appear below.


Thanks to both Sweden and Senegal for a fantastic game. Sweden are a very good team - they came pretty close to beating Argentina, and also drew with England. I wish Sweden better luck next time!
Limpho, Lesotho

I am proud of how Sweden have played throughout the tournament. They were the better team... no doubt. I hope Senegal are out very soon.
Josephine,Sweden

Senegal scored both goals fairly; neither was controversially awarded or offside. The fellow who says that Sweden would have won in colder weather is totally wrong. If it had been ten degrees hotter, would Senegal have beaten them 3-0?

Sweden were beaten by Senegal, FAIRLY. Incidentally, Senegal also beat France (as I'm sure you would know,) so what makes you think that Sweden were untouchables?! Teams win games because of how they play, not because of their names.
Limpho, Lesotho

Sweden deserved to lose. They took Senegal for granted and decided to defend after going a goal up - it was both naïve and absurd. This allowed them to dribble and penetrate the goal area.
Sina, Sweden

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I am very proud of the Swedish team. They won the group, played very well against Senegal and had a lot of chances to score
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Berhanu Yemane,Sweden
Senegal no doubt proved the better team - playing with panache, creativity and resolute determination. I say well done to Senegal for far exceeding all expectations. Sweden are a good side, but Senegal were better. To all the fans, please don't make excuses for Swede -the Swedish team will undoubtedly agree that you are doing them a huge disservice.
Nathan A. Fergusson, USA/Sierra Leone

I am very proud of the Swedish team. They won the group, played very well against Senegal and had a lot of chances to score. I wish the team good luck in the European championships in 2004. Sweden
Berhanu Yemane,Sweden

Sweden lost because Senegal were better. Give credit to the Lions - these guys can play. The game was very beautifully played and the better side won. Get over it.
George Okammor,Nigeria

Your question presupposes that Senegal shouldn't have won. Too bad for Sweden but they met more than their match in Senegal. I don't know about another day, but yesterday was Senegal's day to frustrate Sweden's ambitions. Senegal are a good team, full stop. Good luck to them for the rest of their World Cup adventure.
Tony Luseni, UK/Canada

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Sorry to see Sweden out of the competition. A great shame that Ljungberg missed the game. He could have provided something special
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Kate, England
The Lions played great, and deserved every bit of their victory. It is almost an insult to ask if Sweden deserved to lose. It simply emphasizes how little people think, not only of Senegal as a team, but of the whole African football league.

The scoreboard does not lie, and we all saw which team played best on that particular day. I am very proud of my neighbours, and respect them, as well as the Swedish team.
Jessica Ramos, Guinea Bissau/Cape Verde

Senegal deserved the win.They played a wonderful game as a team, they never got intimidated by their opponents' early goal.They were underdogs just by name - and real lions in action.They could only lose their underdog status.
mogack, Tanzania

Sorry to see Sweden out of the competition. A great shame that Ljungberg missed the game. He could have provided something special. Looking forward to seeing Sweden in Euro 2004.
Kate, England

Well done Sweden. I must send my congratulations for a good and entertaining match against the Lions and above all your good performance during the tournament in the death group.

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Sweden are a great team and everybody must congratulate them for their efforts
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Abir Basu, India
Against Lions you had many chances and Henry Larsson was graet player. I think Ibrahimovic was little bit selfish for not giving the ball to Larsson. I don't know what was in his mind but I am sure Larsson would have been scored.
Said Isak, Somalia

In a different kind of climate (read cooler) Senegal wouldn't have been a match for the Swedes. Give an Oscar for best actor to Diouf.
Stefan Östergren, Sweden

Sweden are a great team and everybody must congratulate them for their efforts. But the soccer world is becoming so unpredictable that nobody - even the strongest team - can be sure to win every game because of their past records.
Abir Basu, India

Sweden deserved to lose - any team which thinks a one goal lead is enough and sit back on it deserve to lose. Batistuta had a point in saying some teams have become very defensively minded. Well, Sweden just got punished for it.
Sanjay, Fiji

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All credit to you, you've entertained us all
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Mark, England fan in Egypt

This game will remain in history. It was such a deep and beautiful match. Sweden lost but it does not matter. There is something more precious than the result - thank you, Senegal and Sweden!
Ken, Japan

Bad luck Sweden. After coming through the group of death with us I thought you could go all the way. They had one of the meanest defences in the tournament but on the day Senegal took their chances that bit better. All credit to you, you've entertained us all.
Mark, England fan in Egypt

The superior side won despite denying them a well-deserved goal and an equally well-deserved penalty. There is no stopping the lions now.
Chris Onuorah, Nigeria

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Sweden is all about defence but Senegal plays entertaining attacking football
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Emmanuel Okello, USA

Sweden played really well in extra time. To bad Larsson is quitting. Svensson is pretty good, he mad my heart jump with that shot in extra time. Everyone in the world watch out for Ibrahimovic in the future.
Bi Tra, Ivory Coast

Senegal deserved the win. They played without two of their best players and the Paraguay referee favoured Sweden.

Sweden is all about defence but Senegal plays entertaining attacking football and guards its backline well.
Emmanuel Okello, USA

Senegal is a wonderful team with some fantastic individuals. I´m pretty much convinced that the "golden goal"-rule saved them. Sweden were stronger and I feel sorry for the spectators missing their struggle for an equalizer. The Golden Goal-rule kills the spirit of the game.
Urban, Sweden

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Sweden were stronger and I feel sorry for the spectators missing their struggle for an equalizer
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Urban, Sweden

Sengal out played Sweden and deserved the win. They had position of the ball more, took more shots and out classed the Swedish players in their individual play.
Samuel Zaman,USA

What a game!! We should be proud of both teams. They have playedone of the best matches of the tournament. It was not by accident that Sweden and Senegal got to this phase.

Allez les Lions de Terenga !!
Carlos Pereira,Cape Verde

Of course Sweden deserved to lose. Senegal had a legitimate goal and a blatant penalty disallowed in the first half. They had more possession and Sweden sat back and played on the counterattack.

Senegal showed skill, flair and team spirit while Sweden in typical fashion got men behind the ball. It is good for football that ambitious teams like Senegal get through rather than dull teams like Sweden, Belgium, and Denmark.
Arshad Isakjee, UK

Sweden played well but solid defending and team work has never been and never will be the passport to winning trophies. Senegal were by far the more adventurous and talented team on the pitch. If it wasn't for a couple of dodgy refereeing decisions, Senegal would have wrapped up the game in normal time!
Dapo,Nigeria

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Senegal showed skill, flair and team spirit while Sweden in typical fashion got men behind the ball
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Arshad Isakjee, UK

I was on the edge of my seat when Svensson's wonderful piece of trickery resulted in him slamming the ball against the post during Extra Time. It just was not their day.
Bobby Seagull, England

Sweden can hold their heads high; this was the best match of the World Cup for the neutral supporter.

Senegal have shown us that with skill and perseverance, anything is possible. I am quite sure that true football supporters will hope that the Senegal can go as far a possible. Good luck to them they restored some faith in a very cynical international football world.
Charles,UK

Sweden lost because of the clown from Paraguay, didn't he see the elbow from Omar Daf that caused stitches in Alexandersson´s head?

The referee must have known that Senegal had two players sent off because of red cards in the game before? I hope next time Senegal play; the referee will have the courage to use the red card against player like Omar Daf
Alexander, Sweden

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Sweden can hold their heads high; this was the best match of the World Cup for the neutral supporter.
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Charles,UK

We couldn't do what we did in 94. But all credit to Sweden who played a great tournament. We knocked out Argentina for gods sake!

Congratulations to Senegal for a good performance. Now I say: 'Come on Sven and good luck to England in the quarters!'
Anders Storm,Sweden

We should have won because we work together as a team better than them. They are just individuals playing in the same team, while we are a TEAM that consists of players. However, in this game when we sat back after 1-0 and let them take over completely, we really deserved to lose.
Thorvald Staaf,Sweden

What a player Henrik Larsson is. I'm gutted to hear he's hanging up his international football boots! Sweden will struggle without him, that's for sure!
Lauren Wilson, England

Sweden probably did not deserve to lose but then they had rallied through their matches more on their defensive strengths rather than their attack. Once the citadel was shattered, they had to go on the offensive which probably wasn't their real strategy.
Setu Roday, USA

Senegal had the play, but Sweden had the chances - neither side deserved to lose!
Jean, France

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We should be happy and proud about the top position in our group
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Johan, Sweden

Next time, the Swedish team will be back better than ever!
Andreas Kollmuss,Sweden

Sweden deserved to win! But we didn't so let's be angry for a while and then get over it. We should also be happy and proud about the top position in our group. We were the best, beating Argentina, England and Nigeria in the statistics. That is a victory to be proud of!
Johan, Sweden

Sweden were lucky to go through from their group, but how long can you expect your luck to carry you? It was their luck which saved them from Argentina.
Partha, India

That was tough luck on Sweden, especially Anders Svensson! His brilliant piece of skill deserved a goal. Still, thanks to both teams for one of the best matches of the World Cup so far.
Owen, UK

A sad ending for the Scandinavian teams. Sweden were unlucky not to get the golden goal through a brilliant piece of skill by Svensson. But watching Senegal celebrate brings much happiness to the heart as well.
Adrian Friis, Denmark

Sweden - in the game against Senegal you absolutely played your socks off! Thanks for a riveting display of world class football and bad luck at going out.
John Lewis, Finland

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The Swedish were too laid back
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Suresh Gnasegarah, Malaysia

What a pulsating match. Why did Sweden sit back when they were controlling the match? It was because of Sweden's complacency, that the Africans really deserved to win and they were certainly too skilful for the Swedes.
Ronald, Canada/ Zimbabwe

The two coaches should have made their substitutions earlier in the game when they realized that Allbäck was not going to make things happen.Second, the future looks promising, realizing the potential for the younger players like Zlatan, Svensson and Jacobsson.
Aleli, Sweden

The Swedish were too laid back and took the little giants from Africa a little too lightly. Full credit to Senegal!
Suresh Gnasegarah, Malaysia

To lose fair and square is fine by any means, but to go out to a team playing an "ugly" game doesn't feel well deserved. Referees have to keep a higher standard in important games like these in the World Cup
Robert, Sweden

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It was because of Sweden's complacency, that the Africans really deserved to win and they were certainly too skilful for the Swedes
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Ronald, Canada / Zimbabwe

Sweden were without Ljunberg, arguably the player of the season in Arsenal's double triumph. More was made of Danny Murphy's absence from the best squad in World Cup history. If more players in the Sweden team were as unselfish as Larsson then Sweden would have gone through.
Martin Rafferty, Scotland

After playing well in the first eleven minutes of the first half, Sweden relaxed and they had to pay for their complacency. Indeed they deserved to lose to the Senegalese.
McPherson Lole, Malawi

I think it was a thrilling game. And I felt proud of my team, they played well and so did Senegal. It's not such a bitter defeat to be beaten by Senegal and I hope they will succeed further on.
Helena Sandström, Sweden

I think it's a shame Sweden are out. They deserved better after they played so well in the group stages. The European sides seem to be struggling with the heat, so I don't think they have shown their true potential. Sweden missed Ljungberg and their skipper Andersson, but I think they did themselves proud by sending Argentina packing.
Lene, Sweden

Complacency or the high heat could have been the cause ofSweden's sudden exit from this unpredictable World Cup. Coupled with this, is the spirited determination of Senegal.

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After playing well in the first eleven minutes of the first half, Sweden relaxed and they had to pay for their complacency
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McPherson Lole, Malawi
The Senegalese had displayed high standards with European teams from the onset and it was needed to approach them with extra caution. Sweden were an interesting side with a good record, but they were just unlucky on this hot day.
Bertrand Khanyizira,Malawi

It feels terrible that we lost against Senegal. Well, we'll be back in Euro 2004!
Malin Johansson,Sweden

"Did Sweden deserve to lose?"

Yes, they did. Senegal beat them with spirit and verve, something the Swedes lacked at every stage.
Stephen Brown, Hong Kong

Sweden lost chances but played very well. Pity there could only be one winner. Luck was on Senegal's side.
Mervyn Sullivan, Australia

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It feels terrible that we lost against Senegal. Well, we'll be back in Euro 2004!
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Malin Johansson,Sweden

I believe the game was prolonged by the referee. The Swedes were lucky to have survived even the first half. To me, it should have been 4-1 to Senegal.
Tony Sisay,Hong Kong

Sweden are a traditionally good side but on this occasion they deserved to lose, as they were outplayed by the Senegalese talented players.
Jesse Eganza, Kenya

Neither team deserved to lose this match. Both teams played positive football and it was great seeing them get this far in the tournament. Senegal had the upper hand today and I congratulate them. The Swedish guys played a great game. You should feel proud about your performance guys!
Alex Fergusson, Sweden

Fair that we lost, but it was a cruel way to go out. In the first half we were dreadful, but we came back and just when we had the game in our hands it brutally stopped. Senegal were very quick and enthusiastic offensively. Good luck to Senegal in the quarterfinals.
Henrik, Sweden

Bad Luck Sweden. Anders Svensson was desperately unlucky as his wonderful turn and shot might have been the goal of the tournament.
Alan Foster, UK

Sweden created a lot of chances and put pressure on Senegal. Zlatan Ibrahimovic came in and did a good job, Anders Svensson technique was beautiful and no one can criticise Sweden of only playing defensive football. It was a great and exciting game.
Peo, Sweden

Watching Sweden v Senegal I could not believe how Sweden sat back. They deserve to go out for their lack of adventure.
Karim Moukaddem,

Sweden was lucky to have gone so far. Now let all the neutrals enjoy beautiful football...
Kofi Sapathy, Ghana

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We can only salute Senegal for their performance
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Per Wallin, Sweden
Neither Sweden nor Senegal deserved to lose! This was definitely one of the most exciting matches so far! How about a Senegal v Japan quarter final?
James, Malaysia

Sadly we lost. We could have won, we created many chances at overtime and Anders Svensson was really close... but it's football, and Senegal played better in the first half and were also a little bit better in the second.

We could have won, but it was a fair game and we can only salute Senegal for their performance. At least we don't have to be ashamed as we were in Euro 2000. We did a good job and even though it sure feels heavy now, I look forward to upcoming tournaments in the future.
Per Wallin, Sweden


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