• Sweden's news in English

Lagerbäck retains hope after Greek tragedy

AFP/The Local · 18 Jun 2010, 08:19

Published: 18 Jun 2010 08:19 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Nigeria took an early lead in Bloemfontein through Kalu Uche but the match turned on a red card for midfielder Sani Kaita just after the half hour, dismissed after kicking out at Vasileios Torosidis.

A goal just before half-time for Dimitrios Salpingidis and a second half winner for Torosidis won the game for the Euro 2004 champions, who registered their first ever win at a World Cup finals at their fifth attempt.

A frustrated Lagerbäck, who said the sending-off changed the course of the game, said he could not see the incident clearly but described it as "very, very, very strange" and called for more dialogue with referees.

"Everyone who knows anything about football knows that if you are playing with 10 men at this level it's much more difficult to win a game," he added.

The Swedish coach said he was pleased with the way the match unfolded from the kick-off.

"We started the match quite well and I think we controlled the game. We got the goal, then you have the sending-off and we had some problems," said Lagerbäck.

"With the circumstances, I'm proud of the attitude and the work that the players put into the second half," he added.

He said the coaching staff would take stock of the defeat before gearing up for Tuesday's match against South Korea, where a win could still see the Super Eagles qualify, with Greece up against table-topping Argentina on the same day.

Lagerback said: "The positive thing is that we still have a chance of qualifying, although we need a helping hand from Argentina. We need a fresh start, and we'll do that by beating Korea Republic."

But captain Joseph Yobo was downbeat about Nigeria's chances of qualifying.

"Until the sending-off we had the game under control. After going a man down our aim was to try and dig in for the draw.

Story continues below…

"Our attitude was good in the second half and we showed character, but it'll be very hard now.

"We've lost both matches and it looks like we won't make it to the next round, even if we win our last game. We're basically out of the tournament."

Nigeria's defeat continues a miserable run for the Super Eagles in which they have gone seven games without a win at World Cup finals - including six defeats - since their last victory in France 1998.

Argentina, Nigeria's conquerors in their first match, beat South Korea 4-1 in Johannesburg in the earlier Group B match to take their tally to six points. South Korea are on three points along with Greece, with Nigeria yet to register.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

09:06 June 18, 2010 by planethero
Dude, violent conduct is a red, ask rooney and beckham, its hardly a first.
10:53 June 18, 2010 by Cornelius Hamelberg
Since Argentina is already in the next round they are not specially motivated to beat Greece and will probably play just for the love of the game - and because they have to. The gentlemen from Argentina may choose to give Nigeria a fighting chance. But why should they? What's in it for them? Who should they love more and who would they prefer to meet in the near future, the Super Eagles in Green or Greece ? Lars Lagerbäck and North Korea will probably pray that Maradonna's Argentina have mercy and love Nigeria more than they love the Greeks and the South Koreans. The other problem is that prior to all this - and especially after the last match between Argentina and Nigeria, there's no love lost between Lagerbäck and Maradonna the coach who loves to kiss members of his team before they go to battle. Human beings being what they are - it's probable that Maradonna will much prefer to screw/crucify Nigeria and save Judas and Barabass

Unfortunately the matches will be played simultaneously. This means that Nigeria will go full out to whip South Korea. By half time Nigeria will be anxious to know what's happening with the Argentina- Greece match. By half time, Argentina will be leading Greece by 2-1 and on hearing this Nigeria should go on to beat South Korea 3-1.......

22/06/2010 @ 20:30 Durban Nigeria - Korea Republic

22/06/2010 @ 20:30: Polokwane Greece - Argentina

Since the whole world is watching, I think that the Honourable Argentina will do their sportsmanly duty, play good football and beat Greece.
12:44 June 18, 2010 by Audrian
Nigeria does not have strikers while South Korea has strickers. The only thing that is going for Nigeria is the physical strength of its players. The way I see it refrees do no allow the Nigerian team take undue advantage over the physically weaker Koreans - even a slight push by a strong oponent might make appear agressive.

I think South Korea wil defeat Nigeria, 0-1, or draw 1-1 .
21:16 June 18, 2010 by adigunbabatunde@yahoo.com
I agree with you audrian, i have no confidence in the current super eagle and coach...

as for the guy who got the red card, his country men are not having fun with his action.

KAITA (Kai-ta)

v. Kai*ta, Kai*tas, kai*ta'ed, kai*ta'ing

1. To single-handedly dash the hopes and aspirations of one's nation in the full glare of other nations

2. To karate-kick your way out of the greatest stage/spotlight ever known to man

3. To destroy/zap/siphon the energies of teammates plus 140 million people through unexplainable stupidity

4. To act foolishly, unintelligently or irrationally and IMMEDIATELY regret the action by falling on your knees

(Etymology: Derived from the dreadful match between Nigeria and lowly Greece at the 2010 Soccer World Cup)


"Please, please, do not KAITA what we have been building for 50 years o! Oloshi!"

"I don't care what people say, I will KAITA the multi-billion dollar plan!"

"That man, you know, the hopeless, useless, visionless, KAITAing guy!"

"I was KAITAing until I met Jesus!"


1. Sabotage

2. Incapacitate

3. Destroy/Demobilize

4. Jeopardize

5. Impair

6. Implode

7. Shege Banza!

source: http://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-464593.0.html
Today's headlines
Here's how slow Sweden's high-speed trains are getting
A Swedish SJX2000 high speed train. Photo: Tomas Oneborg/SvD/TT

The high-speed rail journey between the three biggest Swedish cities is about to get longer.

The Local List
12 Swedish words with just awesome literal translations
A filthy-minded lobster, i.e. a snuskhummer. Photo: Gorm Kallestad/NTB scanpix/TT

One of our favourite things about the Swedish language is its wonderful compound words, which range from being utterly bizarre to making perfect sense.

US election
Donald Trump won't get new Ericsson head's vote
Trump pictured at a campaign rally in Florida. Photo: Evan Vucci/AP

The new Swedish-American boss of telecoms giant Ericsson has revealed he will not vote for the Republican nominee in the forthcoming US presidential election.

Swedes named fourth most gender equal in the world
A file photo of men and women pushing prams in Stockholm. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

Sweden has closed 81 percent of its overall gender gap according to the World Economic Forum.

Sweden: Russian warships in the Baltic 'worrying'
Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist. Photo: Vilhelm Stokstad/TT

Two Russian warships equipped with long-range missiles have entered the Baltic Sea after passing Denmark.

Why businesses are worried about Sweden's drone ban
A drone filming in Stockholm. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT

The Local investigates what Sweden's new drone ban could mean for businesses in the country.

This is the new top boss of Swedish Ericsson
Börje Ekholm. Photo: Magnus Hjalmarson Neideman/SvD/TT

Telecoms giant Ericsson has appointed a new CEO after a turbulent year for the company.

These are Sweden's best universities: ranking
A new university ranking has been released. Photo: Cecilia Larsson Lantz/Imagebank.sweden.se

At least according to this global ranking, which picks 12 Swedish universities among the top-1000.

Swedish pharmacies restrict paracetamol sales for teens
The move is intended to cut paracetamol overdoses. Photo: Nora Lorek/TT

Sweden's pharmacies are banning teens under 18 from buying more than one pack of pills at a time.

Rwandan genocide suspect held in Sweden
A memorial centre in Kigali, Rwanda. Photo: Ben Curtis/AP

A man has been arrested in Sweden suspected of involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide which claimed 800,000 lives.

Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Sweden cuts 2016 refugee forecast
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
Is Game of Thrones coming to Sweden?
Property of the week: Kungsholmen, Stockholm
Blog updates

6 October

10 useful hjälpverb (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hej! I think the so-called “hjalpverb” (auxiliary verbs in English) are a good way to get…" READ »


8 July

Editor’s blog, July 8th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hej readers, It has, as always, been a bizarre, serious and hilarious week in Sweden. You…" READ »

Sponsored Article
This is Malmö: Football capital of Sweden
Will Swedes soon be looking for fairtrade porn?
Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
The Local Voices
'I simply don’t believe in nationality'
Why we're convinced Game of Thrones is based on Sweden
People-watching: October 21st-23rd
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
Fury at plans that 'threaten the IB's survival' in Sweden
Sponsored Article
Swedish for programmers: 'It changed my life'
Analysis & Opinion
Are we just going to let half the country die?
Angry elk chases Swede up a lamp post
Sponsored Article
Top 7 tips to help you learn Swedish
The Local Voices
'Alienation in Sweden feels better: I find myself a stranger among scores of aliens'
Sponsored Article
‘Extremism can't be defeated on the battlefield alone’
People-watching: October 20th
The Local Voices
A layover at Qatar airport brought this Swedish-Kenyan couple together - now they're heading for marriage
Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Swede punches clown that scared his grandmother
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
Fans throw flares and enter pitch in Swedish football riot
Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
Could Swedish blood test solve 'Making a Murderer'?
Sponsored Article
One expat's strategy for making friends in Stockholm
Swedish school to build gender neutral changing room
Sponsored Article
Nordic fashion in focus at Stockholm University
People-watching: October 14th-16th
Man in Sweden assaulted by clowns with broken bottle
Nobel Prize 2016: Literature
Watch the man who discovered Bob Dylan react to his Nobel Prize win
Record numbers emigrating from Sweden
People-watching: October 12th
The Local Voices
'Swedish startups should embrace newcomers' talents - there's nothing to fear'
How far right are the Sweden Democrats?
Property of the week: Triangeln, Malmö
The Local Voices
Syria's White Helmets: The Nobel Peace Prize would have meant a lot, but pulling a child from rubble is the greatest reward
jobs available