Loss against Portugal

Sweden's dream of the World Cup still alive

Sweden lost 0-1 in the first of two World cup play offs against Portugal on Friday night. The two teams were pretty even in the first half, with several Swedish goal chances. But the second half was very much a Portuguese affair, though Ronaldo's goal arrived only in the 83rd minute.

"It was a hard game to play away in a play off, but the game is still on," coach Hamrén told reporters at a press conference in Stockholm on Saturday.

"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.