Saturday, 10th June 2006
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Trinidad & Tobago vs Sweden
Trinidad and Tobago vs Sweden is a fixture cruising into somewhat unknown territory,
unless some of the Swedish players have holidayed in the Caribbean and kicked a football
around on a Tobago beach.
OK, the two countries did play a friendly on 16th November, 1983; which
Sweden won (5:0).
Sweden knew they needed the three points to keep up with England, who held on to an early
goal during a hot 90 minutes in Frankfurt, while Trinidad and Tobago would probably be
happy with a draw; happy is an understatement, they were ecstatic.
Trinidad & Tobago and Sweden started furiously in Dortmund, with
Trinidad & Tobago lucky not to be a goal down in the second minute, as Shaka Hislop
completely missed a cross and left his goal invitingly open; the shot blocked.
Sweden had another chance to go in front in the 5th minute when they
were awarded a free-kick in the penalty D. Henrik Larsson blasted wide of the wall and the
While Sweden made most of the running, after their long balls,
Trinidad & Tobago were equally prepared to chase after everything and move the ball up
swiftly towards Stern John.
For all the mileage on the park though, neither team had a goal to
show for their high-octane, energy output; after 35 minutes of play.
Hislop wasn't prepared to let things change as he parried a drive from
Christian Wilhelmsson over the crossbar shortly before half-time.
Well, who said scoreless draws are boring?
No snore-bore here. The fans from the Caribbean even celebrated when
the teams went into the break, as if they were two goals up.
Drama in the first minute of the second-half as Avery John is shown
his second yellow card for turning over Christian Wilhelmsson on the edge of the area.
Henrik Larsson's free-kick was driven straight into the wall.
Naturally, Sweden continued with their high-tempo, direct approach but
ten.man Trinidad were equal to it; substitute Cornell Glen hitting the post shortly after
coming on for Collin Samuel.
Straight away, at the other end, Shaka Hislop was again called into
action again to deny Zlatan Ibrahimovic; from point-blank range.
Again Hislop held firm, with fifteen minutes left on the clock, from
substitute Marcus Allback's rushed attempt at goal from near the penalty spot.
A double substitution from Sweden, with a little over ten minutes to
go, was a last ditch attempt to alter the balance against the ten men from the Caribbean.
Then Hislop's display in the six-yard box again thwarted Sweden's
attempts to break the deadlock.
An amazing display by the Soca Warriors as the Swedish fans looked on
in disbelief; Hislop continued to ride the hurricane waves of assault upon assault.
Henrik Larsson finally entered the referee's book in the 90th minute,
not for a goal.... but for a challenge made out of pure frustration.
Trinidad & Tobago 0 - Sweden 0
Our Man of The Match:
Shaka Hislop, without a doubt.
Trinidad & Tobago: (Captain
1 Shaka Hislop; 3 Avery John, 5 Brent Sancho, 6 Dennis Lawrence, 8 Cyd
Gray; 7 Christopher Birchall, 11 Carlos Edwards, 18 Densill Theobald,
19 Dwight Yorke; 12 Collin Samuel, 14 Stern John.
Sweden: (Captain Olof Mellberg)
23 Rami Shaaban; 3 Olof Mellberg, 4 Teddy Lucic, 5 Erik Edman; 6 Tobias Linderoth, 7
Niclas Alexandersson, 8 Anders Svensson, 9 Fredrik Ljungberg, 21 Christian Wilhelmsson; 10
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 11 Henrik Larsson.
Shamsul Maidin (Singapore)
53 Mins (Trinidad) - 13 Cornell Glen in for 12 Collin Samuel
62 Mins (Sweden) - 20 Marcus Allback in for 8 Anders Svensson
67 Mins (Trinidad) - 9 Aurtis Whitley in for 18 Densill Theobald
79 Mins (Sweden) - 18 Mattias Jonson in for 21 Christian Wilhelmsson
79 Mins (Sweden) - 16 Kim Kallstrom in for 6 Tobias Linderoth
15 Mins - Avery John (Trinidad)
46 Mins - Avery John (Trinidad)
74 Mins - Dwight York (Trinidad)
90 Mins - Henrik Larsson (Sweden)
1 Red Card:
46 Mins - Avery John (Trinidad)
2006 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.
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