Soderberg admits hard exit
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sweden joint-coach Tommy Soderberg admitted crashing out on penalties was 'hard' on his side as they tried their best to find a winner in the contest.
Soderberg was proud of his side as they pushed forward and protected their goal well and were even in the ascendancy in the closing stages.
"The whole team did well, both in defence and in the attack," Soderberg said. "They were focused all the time.
"We showed that we wanted to win. We dared to attack. We were in command towards the end. It's hard to lose on penalties."
Kim Kallstrom admitted he feels 'terrible' after Sweden were eliminated in the quarter finals of Euro 2004 in Faro.
While neither side deserved to claim the contest in regulation or extra time Kallstrom believes the side were unlucky not to find the back of the net.
Henrik Larsson saw a volley hit the bar and drift over while Freddie Ljungberg drilled a low shot that crashed off the post.
Despite giving their all Kallstrom, who came on as a substitute, feels terrible, although the Swedes can take great heart from an excellent campaign in Portugal.
"It's terrible to lose on penalties," said Kallstrom.
"We had the chance to win, in the last five minutes we had a shot against the crossbar and another shot hit the post.