Martin Olsson hoping to join Norwich City teammates at Euro 2016 with Sweden
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Sweden and Norwich City's Martin Olsson may be in pole position to advance to Euro 2016 this evening against Denmark but his manager must contend with a defensive headache first.
With Mikael Antonsson injured, coach Erik Hamren has called in reinforcements to help his side finish the job off in Copenhagen tonight after their 2-1 win in the first leg. Antonsson limped out of the action before Emil Forsberg opened the scoring for Sweden on Saturday and Zlatan Ibrahimovic was spot on with a penalty to make it 2-0.
He will miss tonight's return in Copenhagen due to a groin problem, with Hamren bringing Besiktas' Alexander Milosevic and the uncapped Filip Helander of Verona into contention.
'It was a bit problematic that we lost Mikael Antonsson to a first-half injury – we had to change the game plan a bit and could not benefit from the fresh legs of a third sub in the last 15 minutes,' Hamren explained.
'We played a high-pressure game, my players had to run a lot, and if you throw in the early substitution, I had a lot of tired players in the second half.
'Of course it would feel better if it had been 2-0 instead, but we have the tie in our hands now having won the first half.'
Denmark manager Morten Olsen is hopeful his side can overturn the deficit to make it to France.
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'We have to believe,' he said. 'It will be a different game from that in Sweden. There is no doubt that the fantastic support I expect from our home crowd will be a tremendous help.'