ATHENS (AFP) - The Greek press on Wednesday blamed titleholders Greece's 2-0 defeat by Sweden in their Euro 2008 opening match on "mingy" tactics employed by coach Otto Rehhagel. A national hero for overseeing Greece's capture of the championship four years ago in Portugal, Rehhagel came under fire for an overly defensive strategy against the Swedes on Tuesday night. Playing with five men at the back and only one true striker up front, Ethnos daily said Greece's game was "mingy" and "timid". "Using the same system he had used in Portugal, Rehhagel tried to get a good result but his star did not shine this time," the daily said, warning that the tactics employed in 2004 "pose the greatest threat for an early goodbye." "The 2004 recipe had an expiry date, only Rehhagel went and used it again," added Kathimerini daily.Eleftherotypia daily said the Greeks had "knowingly abused" the game by passing the ball amongst themselves instead of going on the offensive, and got what they deserved. "Advancing to the next round is probably out of the question...Rehhagel and his players must now make sure that European champions Greece are not humiliated in upcoming matches," warned Ta Nea. Greece next face Russia on June 14.