Henrik Larsson was thrilled to see his Helsingborgs IF team-mates "fighting like animals" to earn a shock 3-2 win at Galatasaray AS in the UEFA Cup on Thursday.
Larsson scored his fifth goal since the first round of the tournament to kickstart a tremendous performance from the Swedish side at the Ali Sami Yen Stadium. Larsson upstaged fellow 36-year-old Hakan Şükür to open the scoring with further efforts from Razak Omotoyossi and Christoffer Andersson overshadowing goals at the end of either half from Shabani Nonda.
'We were fantastic'
"We were fantastic," said Larsson, having also scored on his only previous trip to the Ali Sami Yen in a 2-1 win for Sweden against Turkey. "Everyone was fighting like animals. It was a perfect pass from Andreas Dahl which set up my goal and I could see their goalkeeper was moving, so I used my left foot to put it in."
Helsingborg finished a disappointing eighth in the 14-team Allsvenskan, but Larsson vowed his side would show what they were really capable of in the UEFA Cup. Having drawn their opener 1-1 at home against Panionios GSS, with Larsson scoring the equaliser, they set out their stall with the win in Istanbul which leaves them second in Group H with two games to play.
"I truly hope that people realise how big this win is," said Helsingborg chairman Sten-Inge Fredin. "This shows that we have a lot of quality at the club and hopefully we'll be able to hold on to more of our players now." Helsingborg are not in action on Matchday 3, hosting FK Austria Wien in their next game on 29 November. "It should be a sellout," added Fredin. "I hope people realise the importance of this, not only for us but for Swedish football."
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