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Denmark’s coach Morten Olsen only once became animated as he discussed tonight’s game against Sweden. It was not mention of the Are All Prada Products Made In Italy countries’ rivalry that outlet stirred him nor the thought of a quarter-final. What made the 54-year-old shift in his seat was the question of whether the Scandinavian neighbours might secretly agree to play out a high-scoring draw that would see them through at the expense of the Italians.
“That’s ridiculous,” Olsen snapped, visibly annoyed. “Don’t speak about that. That’s ridiculous. We are honest people. We are going out to win the game and that’s all. [Italy] can speak about these things but not Denmark and Sweden. We are going honestly for a result.”
Italy has been awash with conspiracy theories since it became clear that a draw of 2-2 or more would see Denmark and Sweden progress. Denmark otherwise need a win, Sweden a point from any scoreline. “A 2-2 draw would really seem like a fix,” Authentic Prada Fairy Bag For Sale Alessandro del Piero said, surely beating even his country’s record for early excuse-searching.
Not content with that, Del Piero dragged up Sweden’s support for the ban on Francesco Totti for spitting. “They spoke about a lack of sportsmanship,” he said. “Now it will be curious to see how much [sportsmanship] they have.”
Italy is in a state of such anxiety that the state broadcaster RAI has installed an extra camera behind each goal at Black Prada Bag With Gold Hardware the Bessa stadium in the bizarre belief that they would help to expose any match-fixing. It requested seven cameras. Those with conspiratorial minds will be delighted to know that Denmark and Sweden are staying in hotels around the corner from one another. Perfect for clandestine meetings in a dimly lit underground car park.
Giovanni Trapattoni, Italy’s coach, has been a voice of reason but some of his countrymen have failed to grasp that it would not be the Danish or Swedish manner to strike a deal. When Italian journalists asked their Swedish counterparts what the Swedish word is for “fix”, they were stunned to be told that there was not one. In Italian, they pointed out, there are about 20.
“Machiavelli might have been Italian and Italians might like to think in a Machiavellian way, but it would not be possible to play for a 2-2 draw against Denmark and I don’t think it Bicester Village London Prada will end 2-2 – that is a very unusual result,” said Lars Lagerback, one of Sweden’s Bicester Village Prada Bag Price Authentic Prada Purses Sale joint coaches.
“There’s absolutely no question we could arrange anything,” he added. “You would have to have the co-operation of all 22 players and even then, who knows? The Authentic Prada Handbags For Cheap referee could give a penalty to change the score.”
Tommy Soderberg, Lagerback’s co-coach, became so angry when pressed by Italians that he hit a table with his hand and banged a fist against his chest as he said: “We say it again, we will not make a deal with Denmark. It’s about passion and dignity.”
In any case Sweden and Denmark are historically enemies. Thomas Sorensen, Denmark’s goalkeeper, compares the football rivalry to that between Germany and Holland or Brazil and Argentina. It is widely accepted this emnity is no longer on the scale Sorensen suggests but, with so much at stake Best Prada Outlet In Milan tonight, it might feel like old times.
Olsen recalled their only previous European Championship match, a group game in Sweden ’92. Denmark lost but went through and won the tournament.
“In that game we could lose, but in this one we cannot lose or we are out,” Olsen noted. “It is an important game for both countries. Before the tournament, when we knew we would play each other in the last game, we hoped it would be the ‘final’ – and it is.”
Denmark’s chances are likely to depend largely on how they handle the strikers Henrik Larsson and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and whether their wingers can wreak havoc. Jesper Gronkjaer is expected to start.
Sweden could be vulnerable at right-back, where Teddy Lucic is injured and Agatha Ruiz Dela Prada Book Bags his replacement, Mikael Nilsson, is ordinarily a midfielder. In central midfield Sweden must replace the suspended Tobias Linderoth, with Anders Andersson a strong candidate.
The Danes are confident. “I simply see us as a better team than Sweden,” said the striker Ebbe Sand.
It would be unthinkable to Sweden that they could go out after starting the tournament so impressively, hammering Bulgaria 5-0 and drawing with Italy. The subject of manufacturing a result with Denmark is best avoided. Don’t mention the draw. Or at least the high-scoring one.