"I have the same feeling now as straight after the game. We were good in defence throughout the game. Good on then offensive in the first half, but in the second it was more difficult to get any chances," he said.
The sports commentators in Sweden are still hopeful that it is possible to get through to the finals next year, with Dagens Nyheter saying Sweden should not be counted out just yet, Svenska Dagbladet claiming "the hope still lives" and Aftonbladet notes "three days left to a final, desperate chance".
Expressen writes that there were "2,500 brave Swedes" cheering their team in Lisbon on Friday, facing 60,000 Portugese fans. When the second and final play-off game is played at Friends Arena i Stockholm on Tuesday, the roles will be reversed, with up to 49,000 Swedish fans.