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Eder dedicates Sweden winner to Italy team-mates

02:28 GMT+4 18/06/2016
The forward paid tribute to his colleagues after his last-gasp strike helped them down their Group E counterparts and book their spot in the last 16 with a game to spare

Eder dedicated his match-winning goal against Sweden to his Italy team-mates after they booked their place in the Euro 2016 knockout stages with a game to spare.

The 29-year-old's last-gasp strike proved decisive as the Azzurri followed up their opening-game 2-0 win against Belgium with a 1-0 victory over Sweden in Toulouse.

And aftewards Eder paid tribute to the effort his team-mates have put in at the tournament so far.

"I'm delighted first and foremost for all of my team-mates, considering how hard we've worked," Eder said. 

"I was happy after the Belgium game too because I felt it was a great performance, even if I didn't score.

"When one works so hard, the joys always arrive. There's no such thing as an easy game anymore. We knew it was going to be hard."

A tight match against Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Sweden was settled by a quick throw-in as Eder took advantage of some slack marking to dart into the box, before curling a low finish into Andreas Isaksson's bottom-left corner.

And Eder revealed that Italy boss Antonio Conte had his charges working on how to exploit Sweden from throw-ins prior to the clash.

"Details make the difference in football and even throw-ins matter - and these are things we have been working on," the goalscorer added.

"I dedicate this goal to the whole group, everybody who has worked with us this last year-and-a-half and been here from May 18 because we've prepared well, so I dedicate this goal to the whole group."