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The powerhouse striker is happy with Sweden's preparation to date, but admits he is feeling the pressure going into their first match of the tournament

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has vowed that Sweden's players will give their all in Monday's Euro 2012 Group D opener against Ukraine.

The 30-year-old forward believes it is imperative his side get off on the right foot, which he feels inevitably adds extra pressure on the players ahead of their first match in Poland and Ukraine.

"Everyone will be a bit nervous in the first minutes of the match," he said at a press conference. "Both teams like to hold the ball, but we will try to make the most of the chances we get.

"I will give 100 or 200 per cent, and I think it will be the same for every one of us.
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"The teams so far have been a little nervous because the first game is so important to give you breathing room. Every game is difficult and there are no easy teams, everyone deserves to be here.
 
"I feel a lot of pressure, but I like playing under pressure. It means you never get relaxed and you have something big to play for. But everyone has a small responsibility as part of the full package.

"We are playing in a good way, doing what has worked for us, and coach Erik Hamren has put us playing in a different way to the typical Swedish way."

A number of racist incidents have marred the first days of the championships, but Ibrahimovic has called on the team not to get distracted by what may happen in the stands.

"Ukraine are co-hosts, and everyone wants to have the crowd behind them," he noted.

"You just have to close your eyes and not think about what happens off the pitch. We will have to ignore that."

Kick-off in Kyiv is scheduled for 20:45CET.

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