Saturday, 24th June
No Contest For The Hosts
Germany vs Sweden
The last time Sweden beat Germany was in the Semi-finals of Sweden 1958 (3:1), before losing to Brazil in the
Final. The two teams have registered a handful of draws but mostly, Germany tend to win.
The two teams also met the last time West Germany hosted the World Cup
Finals, in 1974. West Germany won the Second
Round group match (4:2), in Dusseldorf. Germany also won the quarter-finals match in Italy 1934 (2:1).
So now it goes to all or nothing as Germany and Sweden kick-off the Second Round series ok
Germany took the early lead as Lukas Podolski was on hand to
follow-up, after Andreas Isaksson came off his line to save at the feet of Miroslav Klose.
Michael Ballack had a shot fly wide of the left post in the tenth
minute. Then Podolski doubled Germany's lead, two minutes later, as Klose drew the
defenders away before reversing the pass to his striking partner, in space to the right.
On the half-hour, the German fans started singing out Jürgen
Then Andreas Isaksson dived down to his right to keep out a low shot
from Miroslav Klose; as Germany came so close to making it three. A minute later, the
Swedish goalkeeper tipped over a thundering drive from Torsten Frings; Germany completely
dominating, with Sweden allowing them far too much space in midfield.
A second yellow card for Teddy Lucic, for tugging on Klose's shirt,
meant Sweden were reduced to ten men with only 35 minutes gone. Sadly, it was two German
players who approached the referee to act.
With just over five minutes before half-time, Zlatan Ibrahimovic
slipped away from his defenders and swivelled to drill a shot at the near post that caused
Jens Lehmann problems. The Arsenal goalkeeper missed the ball initially and just managed
to slap the ball around the post; before it bounced through him and over the line.
Another blunder from Lehmann almost proved costly, before the
half-time whistle, as the ball bobbled away from him towards an open goal.
Two goals down and with one man short, Sweden have the proverbial
mountain to climb; and it's not getting any cooler in Munich.
Sweden were given a lifeline when Christoph Metzelder barged into the
back of Henrik Larsson; in the penalty area. Carlos Simon didn't hesitate to point to the
spot and there were no protests from the German players.
Henrik Larsson, looking to set Sweden's goalscoring record, fired the
penalty high over the right of the bar with Jens Lehmann not even bothering to move.
With Sweden a little deflected, Michael Ballack turned Fredrik
Ljungberg at the other end of the pitch and Andreas Isaksson just managed to touch the
shot onto the post.
Although Germany had the game pretty much under control, they did push
up at times, especially towards the end; to give the fans a little something extra to
Seven minutes before the final whistle, Bernd Schneider had a shot
deflected onto the post and a few minutes later, Isaksson saved from Michael Ballack
In all, Germany could have won the game by six or seven goals; Sweden
Germany 2 - Sweden
1:0 Lukas Podolski (4)
2:0 Lukas Podolski (12)
Germany: (Captain: Michael Ballack)
1 Jens Lehmann; 3 Arne Friedrich, 16 Philip Lahm, 17 Per Mertesacker,
21 Christoph Metzelder; 7 Bastian Schweinsteiger, 8 Torsten Frings,
13 Michael Ballack, 19 Bernd Schneider; 11 Miroslav Klose, 20 Lukas
Sweden: (Captain: Olof Mellberg)
1 Andreas Isaksson; 3 Olof Mellberg, 4 Teddy Lucic, 5 Erik Edman; 6 Tobias Linderoth, 7
Niclas Alexandersson, 9 Fredrik Ljungberg, 16 Kim Kallstrom, 18 Mattias Jonson; 10 Zlatan
Ibrahimovic, 11 Henrik Larsson.
Referee: Carlos Simon
39 Mins (Sweden) - 13 Petter Hansson on for 16 Kim Kallstrom
53 Mins (Sweden) - 21 Christian Wilhelmsson on for 18 Mattias Jonson
72 Mins (Germany) - 18 Tim Borowski on for 7 Bastian Schweinsteiger
72 Mins (Sweden) - 20 Marcus Allback on for 11 Henrik Larsson
74 Mins (Germany) - 10 Oliver Neuville on for 20 Lukas Podolski
85 Mins (Germany) - 5 Sebastian Kehl on for 8 Torsten Frings
27 Mins - Torsten Frings (Germany)
28 Mins - Teddy Lucic (Sweden)
35 Mins - Teddy Lucic (Sweden)
48 Mins - Mattias Jonson (Sweden)
78 Mins - Marcus Allback (Sweden)
1 Red Card:
35 Mins - Teddy Lucic (Sweden)
2006 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.
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