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Sweden boss still on cloud nine

SWEDEN boss Erik Hamren toasted his side's astonishing four-goal comeback draw against Germany with a cigar, stating: "I didn't want the night to end."

Hamren said he had not slept all night and that he regretted not having spent more time with his players to savour one of the greatest sporting comebacks in Swedish history.

"That's the saddest part with the national team - we have a result like this and enjoy it, like we did last night," he said.

"But then when we were eating breakfast almost everyone was gone. It's very sad."

The Swedish coach also expressed sympathy for his German counterpart Joachim Loew.

"I felt sorry for him (Loew) when he came into the corridor on the way in to the press conference," he said.

"I wouldn't like to be in his shoes. I imagine that he's getting the criticism today that I would have gotten had we lost - maybe even more."

The unlikely draw kept Sweden in second place in Group C on seven points, three behind Germany and one ahead of Ireland, who they meet in their next qualifier in Stockholm on March 22.