Sweden coach blames bad luck for defeat to England

Last Updated: Jun 16, 2012, 08:57 AM IST

Kiev: Swedish coach Erik Hamren has blamed bad luck for the 3-2 defeat to England that put Sweden out of Euro 2012 in the group stage.

England came back from 2-1 down to win as Theo Walcott levelled the scores from long range before setting up Danny Welbeck for a backheel winner.

"We showed the mentality, the attitude I wanted to see and we had the courage to play our way. To win games you need also am little bit of luck," Hamren said.

He borrowed a Swedish medical metaphor to illustrate how he thought Sweden lost despite having the right approach to the game.

"The operation was really good but the patient died, and that`s how I feel today," he said.

Welbeck`s 78th-minute winner was a lucky strike despite the stylish finish, Hamren said.

"The last goal was more chance, so to speak."

When Sweden play France Tuesday, they can deny Laurent Blanc`s team qualification if they inflict a heavy defeat on the French.

England will play Ukraine at the same time.