Sweden Lose But Zlatan Gives Hope

Sweden lost their final warm-up ahead of the European Championships which start on Saturday.

A late strike by Sergei Nazarenko gave Ukraine a 1-0 win at Stockholm’s Råsunda stadium but Sweden’s coach Lars Lagerbäck was pleased with the performances of strikers Zlatan Ibrahmovic and Henrik Larsson who were paired upfront for the first time in two years.

Zlatan has been plagued by a knee injury this season but showed no signs of rustiness as he almost ended his goal drought. He hasn’t scored for the national side since 2005.

”Right now all I’m thinking about is my knee. Sooner or later the goals will come,” Ibrahimovic told TV3 after the match.

”Me and ’Henke’ are commmunicating well, the whole team is working well. It’s a shame I didn’t put in the ball,” added the Inter Milan forward, who played his first match for Sweden since the 2-1 Euro qualifying win over Latvia in November.

Sweden play defending champions Greece in their first Euro 2008 group game, and also take on Russia and Spain, many people’s favourites for the tournament, which is being held in Austria and Switzerland.

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