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By ESPN Staff
May 31, 2006

Sweden hoping to make amends for 2002

Former Sweden international Johan Mjallby believes his country will atone for their 2002 World Cup exit in this year's tournament.

After qualifying from the group stages alongside England, the Swedes were presented with a gilt-edged chance to reach the last eight when they lined up against Senegal.

Hopes were high that they could go on to repeat the semi-final appearance of 1994, but it was the African side which clinched a last-eight berth with a golden goal in extra-time.

The Senegalese were then beaten by Turkey in the quarter-finals in the same fashion, leaving Mjallby and his team-mates wondering what could have been.

Mjallby said: 'We should have done better in 2002 because many of the big teams had already gone out.

'We had a great chance. We thought we should beat Senegal and then it would have looked very open to advance to the semis. But it wasn't to be.

'This time we have a chance as well, but it will be very tough and we will need plenty of luck.

'What we did in 1994 was unbelievable and I have my fingers crossed.'