Malmoe captain Markus Rosenberg scored twice in the Swedes’ 2-0 win over Olympiakos on Wednesday and illustrated his confidence in the team after the game.
Rosenberg capitalized on slack defending to put his team ahead four minutes before halftime in the Group A match and sealed it with a strike in the 82nd minute.
“I didn’t hit it right but it went in anyway,» Rosenberg said of his second goal. «We’re strong at home and were not afraid. We’ve believed in this since the very start.”
Malmoe reached the final in 1979 when the competition was known as the European Cup, but this year is the first time the Swedish club has reached the group stage since it became the Champions League in 1992.
Olympiakos controlled possession but couldn’t beat Malmoe goalkeeper Robin Olsen, who didn’t concede a single goal at home in the qualifying rounds.
“Three points in the group stage here in the Champions League, that’s huge,» Rosenberg said. «Even if they had the ball a lot, it was mostly in their own half. In our half, they didn’t have a lot of possession.”