Swedish triumph again at King’s Cup

Swedish football fans celebrated as their team won the 34th King’s Cup after defeating North Korea 4-0 in the final at the Suphachalasai National Stadium in Bangkok on February 22.
     “We could control the game and every player performed very well today. That’s why we won by such a big margin. It is a very nice tournament,” said Sweden’s head coach Lars Lagerback.
     Niklas Skoog scored the first goal to take Sweden 1-0 ahead of North Korea after just two minutes of the first half. The team extended their lead when Tobias Granh sent the ball to the net in the 25th minute of the game.
     The gap between both sides became clear in the second half when the Scandinavians led a one-sided attack and extended the margin to 4-0. Markus Johannesson curled a free-kick from 20 yards into the net nine minutes into the second half. Sweden has many chances to score and they struck again in the 73rd minute when Niklas Skoog penetrated North Korea’s defence before firing a shot in the net.
     Lagerback. said he was very happy to win the King’s Cup and hoped to return again next year. He added that Thailand also showed good technique and predicted that if the players get stronger they will be a tough team to beat.
Sweden earlier won the tournament in 1997 and 2001.

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