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Lloris confident of France progression

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 19 Jun 2012


France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris says he is confident his team will advance to the quarter-finals of Euro 2012 from Group D along with England.

The two Group D favourites drew 1-1 in their opening clash in Poland and Ukraine, before winning their second matches to head into Tuesday’s final fixtures in a strong position to progress to the quarter-finals.

“I expected France and England to get through this group,” Lloris told “And as things stand, it looks as if that will be the case, but there are still 90 minutes left and it’s no good being over-confident.

Lloris said his team were happy with what they had achieved so far, but had set their sights on topping the group.

“We are satisfied with our play so far at the European Championship,” he said. “The sensations are good, but we still haven’t won anything. We have to beat Sweden and finish as group winners.”

Sweden have lost both of their games and have already been knocked out of the tournament, but Lloris claims that makes them a dangerous rival on Tuesday.

“The Swedes are out of the Euros, but that doesn’t mean anything,” he said. “It’s their farewell game and they will want to give a good account of themselves.

“We are not taking anything for granted and we know it won’t be an easy match. You can’t take any rival for granted, whoever they are.”

And the former Nice ‘keeper is surprised Sweden have flopped in Poland and Ukraine.

“I expected more from Sweden at the Euros, but losing the first game Ukraine after being ahead was a big blow for them and that showed in their second match, against England,” he said.


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