Euro 2012: Sweden coach blames bad luck for defeat to England

June 16th, 2012 - 5:49 am ICT by IANS  

Kiev, June 16 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Swedish coach Erik Hamren has blamed bad luck for the 3-2 defeat to England that put Sweden out of Euro 2012 in the group stage.

England came back from 2-1 down to win as Theo Walcott levelled the scores from long range before setting up Danny Welbeck for a backheel winner.

“We showed the mentality, the attitude I wanted to see and we had the courage to play our way. To win games you need also am little bit of luck,” Hamren said.

He borrowed a Swedish medical metaphor to illustrate how he thought Sweden lost despite having the right approach to the game.

“The operation was really good but the patient died, and that’s how I feel today,” he said.

Welbeck’s 78th-minute winner was a lucky strike despite the stylish finish, Hamren said.

“The last goal was more chance, so to speak.”

When Sweden play France Tuesday, they can deny Laurent Blanc’s team qualification if they inflict a heavy defeat on the French.

England will play Ukraine at the same time.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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