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Larsson awaits Nordic showdown

Published: Monday 21 June 2004, 21.01CET
Henrik Larsson is looking forward to a "great occasion" when Sweden face neighbours Denmark.
by Henrik Larsson
Published: Monday 21 June 2004, 21.01CET

Larsson awaits Nordic showdown

Henrik Larsson is looking forward to a "great occasion" when Sweden face neighbours Denmark.

Having drawn 1-1 in their second Group C game against Italy, Sweden need just a draw against neighbours Denmark to reach the last eight. However, diarist and Sweden striker Henrik Larsson insists that his side will be playing to win.

I think a draw against Italy was a fair result in the end. They played really well in the first half, which I thought was one of the best performances in the tournament so far. But we never gave up and came back after the break.

Family atmosphere
We started to put some passing moves together and kept working hard for each other. There is a real sense of being part of a family in the Swedish squad and there isn't a single player who won't give his all for the team.

Ibrahimovic goal
In the end I think we did enough to deserve the point and it was a fantastic goal by Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He is a wonderful player with all the talent in the world and a great attitude. I've played alongside him a fair bit now and I can see what a good footballer he is. His goal was typical of the sort of thing he can do. It was the only way he was going to score in that position and he took it brilliantly.

Danish threat
We've done well so far, but we have to keep looking forward and Denmark are a team showing a lot of form. They have great players like Jesper Grønkjær and they can switch their style of play so you don't know which team exactly you will be facing. We might only need a draw to go through but that is not the way you think when you play these games. You always have to go out looking for the win.

Friendly rivalry
It's going to be a great occasion because of all the history between these two nations. There is a real friendly rivalry and we have played each other countless times over the years. But all the past will mean nothing in this match. Everything is at stake and both teams will want to show what they can do. I've seen Denmark play quite a lot and I like their football. They have skill, technical ability and a good work rate. I know what a great attitude Danish players can have so we know they are not going to just give up.

Seconds out
I think this could be a good game for the supporters because you have two sides who want to go out and play an open game of football. That doesn't mean you will see a lot of goals because we both have good defences, but you can be sure we will both be looking to create the opportunities.

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