Malmö suffers record-tying blowout loss against Real Madrid
Malmö FF's last game of the season in the Champions League ended in an embarrassing 8-0 defeat to Real Madrid which also dashed the team's dreams of making it into the Europa League.
The game was head coach Åge Hareide's last with the team and he told Swedish Radio's sports department that it was not a worthy ending to his time in Malmö.
"The start of the second half was terrible. We made every mistake in the book. We have to step up our game to have a chance against a team like Real Madrid," Hareide said.
The record-tying eight-goal defeat has made headlines in European media and the Spanish press went as far as calling the southern Swedish team naive 'tourists'.
Martin Hedberg at Swedish Radio's sports department agrees that the loss was humiliating but also points out that Malmö was missing some of their key players.
"We didn't see this loss coming, but two of Malmö's most important players weren't playing. Markus Rosenberg, the forward who is extremely valuable to the team, and also the defender Rasmus Bengtsson. They had a difficult position ahead of the game, but no one expected them to lose by this much," Hedberg says.
Hedberg says that while loss may be humiliating to the team, Malmö is still the only Swedish team that have qualified for the group stages of the Champions League two years in a row.
"You have to remember that before this game Malmö had a chance to qualify for the Europa League and to do that in this group, with teams like Real Madrid and PSG that could win the whole thing, is not bad for a team like Malmö," Hedberg says.