Loss was a bad luck: Zlatan

Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes that bad luck was responsible for Sweden’s 3-2 loss to England at Euro 2012 on Friday.

The AC Milan striker cited a failure to learn from previous defensive mistakes as the cause of their setback against the Three Lions in Kiev.

The result means that Sweden go in to their last group game against France knowing they are going home regardless of the result, after losing their opening two matches of the tournament.

“It was a fantastic game. We were down 1-0 but then turned it around and were leading 2-1 but couldn’t preserve it,” the 30-year-old told TV4.

“We stuck to our game but were unlucky with the goals we let in. They went in the same way we have conceded before.

“But it’s just a shame that we lost. We did not deserve it. I don’t have any positive feelings now. It’s tragic.”

Ibrahimovic claimed that Sweden were the better team and deserved to win, and can hold their heads up high regardless of the result.

“I think we can be proud. We did well and were up against a great team. We were better than them. But the difference is that they scored three goals and we only scored two,” he said.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Roy Hodgson has billed Zlatan Ibrahimovic as “one of Europe`s best strikers in Europe” ahead of England`s Group D clash with Sweden at Euro 2012.

The Three Lions open their tournament campaign against France next Monday before facing Sweden on June 15 and finally Ukraine in Donetsk on June 19.

England last recorded a win against Sweden in 1968 and Hodgson admits Erik Hamren`s men will be a tough opponent in his side`s second group fixture.
“I think he, with his irrational play or his ability to play irrationally, being able to make things happen out of nothing, combined with their (Sweden`s) excellent organisation, work rate and discipline, that`s why they are in this European Championship.””Their [Sweden`s] major weapon is Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is one of the best strikers in Europe. As you can see from his track record – Inter, Milan, Barcelona, Juventus and Ajax – it`s not a bad list of clubs to have on your CV at the age of 30,” Hodgson told William Hill.

Hodgson is also wary of facing Ukraine and insists tournament hosts can hold an advantage with the larger portion of crowd support during matches.

“We know they are going to be a tough nut to crack,” he said. “But it wasn`t an easy game in Detroit playing in front with all these passionate American fans with a few valiant Swiss trying to hold their end up, it`s not easy. “In particular, all hosts, or co-hosts are, I remember my first game with Switzerland in 1994 [World Cup] was against the USA. And that was before the USA were as highly rated as they are today.

“It`ll be the same case in Donestsk when we play against Ukraine. It`ll be a very passionate atmosphere, but sometimes those atmospheres can push teams to heights they wouldn`t normally achieve.”