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Veteran striker Henrik Larsson starts for Sweden against Greece at Euro 2008

Veteran striker Henrik Larsson starts for Sweden against Greece at Euro 2008

Veteran striker Henrik Larsson was picked to start for Sweden in its group D match against defending champion Greece on Tuesday at the European Championship.
Larsson, who came out of international retirement for the second time to play in Austria and Switzerland, will play up front with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
In a surprise move, Sweden coach Lars Lagerback dropped Kim Kallstrom for the more defensive Daniel Andersson in the central midfield. Andersson will play alongside Anders Svensson in the middle, with Christian Wilhemsson and captain Fredrik Ljungberg on the flanks.
Ljungberg has recovered from a cracked rib but has said he will play with a special protective device throughout the tournament.
Olof Mellberg will lead defense next to Petter Hansson, Mikael Nilsson and Niclas Alexandersson, with Andreas Isaksson guarding the goal.
Greece coach Otto Rehhagel fielded a flexible side, starting with two strikers, but with the capability of switching to a fortress-like defense formation.
Playmaker Giorgos Karagounis, who has an injured right knee, started in the 4-4-2 formation as Rehhagel abandoned the three-striker lineup employed for much of his impressive qualifying campaign.
Angelos Charisteas and Fanis Gekas will play in attack.
Costas Katsouranis joins Karagounis, Pasaskevas Antzas and captain Angelos Basinas in the midfield. Both Antzas and Katsouranis can assist in defensive positions.
Sotiris Kyrgiakos joins Traianos Dellas in the central defense, with Vassilis Torossidis on the left and Giourkas Seitaridis on the right.
Six of Greece's starters on Tuesday were members of the victorious Euro 2004 squad.
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Lineups:
Greece: Antonis Nikopolidis, Giourkas Seitaridis, Vassilis Torossidis, Sotiris Kyrgiakos, Traianos Dellas, Costas Katsouranis, Angelos Basinas, Giorgos Karagounis, Paraskevas Antzas, Angelos Charisteas, Fanis Gekas.
Sweden: Andreas Isaksson, Niclas Alexandersson, Olof Mellberg, Petter Hansson, Mikael Nilsson, Christian Wilhemsson, Daniel Andersson, Anders Svensson, Fredrik Ljungberg, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrik Larsson.


Updated : 2021-06-18 00:29 GMT+08:00