Coventry City’s players can
now all enjoy a restful summer after Sweden crashed out of Euro 2000.
The Swedish side containing
Magnus Hedman and Tomas Gustafsson were unable to overcome an Italian
team resting many of its stars.
Needing a win to keep their
quarter final hopes alive, the Swedes attacked from the off, but fell
behind to a superb headed goal from Luigi Di Biagio's seven minutes
before half time.
Lacking several key players,
lost to the side before the tournament through injury, Sweden never
got going when the crunch came, despite having one of the best
Their hopes of scrambling
through Group B were revived by a Henrik Larsson goal on 77 minutes,
but the team’s hopes were dashed 11 minutes later when Del Piero
scored the Italian winner.
Sweden were left bottom of the
group, and Coventry City’s only representatives at the tournament
have the meagre bonus of a longer summer break before pre-season
Hedman said his country’s
exit was down to the performance in all three games, and not just
about losing to Italy.
"It is not only about
losing to the Italians. It's how we performed in the three games as
a whole and I think it was the Belgium game that did for us.
“Against Italy we played
one of the best games I have been involved in - I would say we
played optimally. We just couldn't score.
"We are a lot better than we have shown with the
exception of the Italy match. But the results speak for themselves
and we haven't been good enough to get ourselves through.
is a big, big, major disappointment."