The players of Sweden took it up on Monday evening for their teammate Marcus Berg.

The striker received hundreds of hate messages on social media after he missed an open goal opportunity in the European Championship match against Spain (0-0).

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"It's ridiculous, really so ridiculous," goalkeeper Robin Olsen grumbled to

Aftonbladet

about the hundreds of messages Berg received on Instagram.

"I don't even want to put any energy into it."

Sweden mainly had to defend in Sevilla and had only 25 percent of the ball.

Via Alexander Isak, the team came out dangerous a few times.

Shortly after the break, Isak squeezed past three Spanish defenders and passed the ball to Berg, who could have scored at the far post with a simple tap.

But the former striker of FC Groningen and PSV hit the ball wrong and shot wide.

This led to insults and calls on Instagram, in particular, to deprive Berg of Swedish citizenship.

Olsen protected the hapless attacker.

"Me and all the other players know how important he is to us. It's incredibly sad that people are doing this. Marcus knows the rest of the team is behind him."

Marcus Berg is disappointed after his miss against Spain.

Marcus Berg is disappointed after his miss against Spain.

Photo: ANP

'We win together and lose together'

The 34-year-old Berg was not available to the media after the game.

Isak was and the young striker supported his fellow striker.

"It is very sad that he is being scolded. We win together and lose together," said the former Willem II player.

The Swedish Football Association said it is now monitoring the development on social media.

"We are scanning all messages and will compile an overview tomorrow," said a Swedish federation press officer Jakob Kakembo Andersson.

"We are in constant contact with our security department in case we need to go to the police or something."

After the match, Berg also received many messages on social media from Swedish fans who supported him and called the insults reprehensible.

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