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Sweden 2-2 England
Tuesday, 20 June 2006


M Allback 51
H Larsson 90


J Cole 34
S Gerrard 85


N Alexandersson 83yellow card
F Ljungberg 87yellow card


O Hargreaves 76yellow card



46% 54%

Shots on target

6 7

Shots off target

7 11


13 6


19 12


  • 01 A Isaksson
  • 04 T Lucic
  • 03 O Mellberg
  • 05 E Edman
  • 07 N Alexandersson yellow card
  • 06 T Linderoth (90 D Andersson )
  • 16 K Kallstrom
  • 09 F Ljungberg yellow card
  • 18 M Jonson (54 C Wilhelmsson )
  • 11 H Larsson
  • 20 M Allback (74 J Elmander )


  • 12 J Alvbage,
  • 19 D Andersson,
  • 17 J Elmander,
  • 13 P Hansson,
  • 10 Z Ibrahimovic,
  • 02 M Nilsson,
  • 22 M Rosenberg,
  • 23 R Shaaban,
  • 14 F Stenman,
  • 08 A Svensson,
  • 15 K Svensson,
  • 21 C Wilhelmsson


  • 01 P Robinson
  • 15 J Carragher
  • 05 R Ferdinand (56 S Campbell )
  • 06 J Terry
  • 03 A Cole
  • 07 D Beckham
  • 08 F Lampard
  • 16 O Hargreaves yellow card
  • 11 J Cole
  • 09 W Rooney (69 S Gerrard )
  • 10 M Owen (4 P Crouch )


  • 14 W Bridge,
  • 12 S Campbell,
  • 18 M Carrick,
  • 22 S Carson,
  • 21 P Crouch,
  • 20 S Downing,
  • 04 S Gerrard,
  • 13 D James,
  • 17 J Jenas,
  • 19 A Lennon,
  • 02 G Neville,
  • 23 T Walcott

Ref: Massimo Busacca
Att: 45000


PLAYER RATER Despite England's average scores dropping in parallel with their second-half performance, Joe Cole remains the man of the match in the eyes of Player Rater users. He boasts a score of 8.74 at the final whistle, a full point clear of substitute Steven Gerrard on 7.74, with Wayne Rooney third on 7.43. Marcus Allback is the pick of the Swedes with a rating of 7.82.

FULL-TIME Sweden 2-2 England
England are confirmed as Group B winners after a hard-earned point. There were positives for England, particularly with their first-half display. But a worrying injury to Michael Owen, and some horribly inept second-half defending means the question marks remain.

90 mins: There will be three minutes of injury time.

90 mins: GOAL Sweden 2-2 England
England are destined to never beat Sweden ever again. Henrik Larsson appears to get the final touch to prod the ball into the corner of the net - although Olof Mellberg was in the mix as well and may claim the goal. The England defence was in disarray.

89 mins: The win is still not secure. Sweden's Tobias Linderoth has caused all sorts of problems with his corners and another one flashes across the face of goal.

86 mins: Steven Gerrard's goal appears to have made England's place at the top of Group B secure. And ensured that England will not be playing Germany.

85 mins: GOAL Sweden 1-2 England
Fans across the nation heave a sigh of relief as Steven Gerrard nets his second goal of the tournament. Joe Cole supplies a superb cross and Gerrard heads powerfully past Andreas Isaksson.

83 mins: Niclas Alexandersson is the first Swedish player to go in the book, for a foul on Joe Cole.

82 mins: Beckham gets a free-kick on the left and a rare chance to alleviate the tension. But the Real Madrid man hoofs the ball far too hard and it goes out for a goal-kick.

80 mins: Ten minutes remain, and a game in which England appeared so comfortable at half-time is set for a tense finish. Sweden need a goal to get the win which will make sure they top the group and avoid Germany in the second round. They have the momentum and they are certain to go for it.

76 mins: Owen Hargreaves is the first recipient of a yellow card.

75 mins: "England have run out of steam after the break, and there is now genuine concern among supporters. Rooney looked exhausted when he came off and they will have to dig in now against a resurgent Sweden to earn at least the point they need to top the group."
Phil McNulty, BBC Sport in Cologne

73 mins: "Rooney's still giving off stink on the bench about being taken off. He's thrown his boots down on the ground. Wayne, it's for your own good!"
Alan Green, Five Live Sport commentator

72 mins: If the first half was England's, the second is undeniably Sweden's. Kim Kallstrom is next to threaten, with his goalbound strike being kicked off the line by substitute Steven Gerrard.

69 mins: Wayne Rooney, understandably, is replaced by Steven Gerrard. The Manchester United striker has, understandably, run out of steam during the second half. But he is not happy at leaving the field and strikes the dug-out in frustration.

68 mins: The furious pace of the game has just fallen slightly in the past few minutes. Coach Sven-Goran Eriksson looks ready to make his third and final substitution.

65 mins: After quarter of an hour of almost incessant Sweden pressure, England fashion a half-chance, but Peter Crouch heads David Beckham's corner over the top.

60 mins: England are living very dangerously. Another corner results in Olof Mellberg striking the ball goalwards and it clips the top of the bar with Paul Robinson beaten.

59 mins: Despite Sweden's equaliser, users of the Player Rater say England will still finish the night on top of Group B. 81% of users who respond to a poll say Sven-Goran Eriksson's men will top the group ahead of the Swedes.

58 mins: "Suddenly it's the Sweden fans, who have been subdued for long periods, who sense their side can go in for the kill, with Allback's equaliser and Ljungberg hitting the bar. It is interesting to wonder what Eriksson said to England at half-time, given their history of poor performances in the second-half. England's supporters are even more subdued having just seen Rio Ferdinand come off."
Phil McNulty, BBC Sport in Cologne.

56 mins: England take off Rio Ferdinand and replace him with Sol Campbell. There is a suggestion that the Manchester United defender may be limping.

55 mins: England have dominated the game - but they are lucky not to be behind. It is similar to the goal - a corner comes in from the right and is deflected on to the bar by an instinctive save from Paul Robinson before bouncing out to safety.

51 mins: GOAL Sweden 1-1 England
Sweden are level and England's defence is caught out rather alarmingly from a set-piece. Marcus Allback flicks Tobias Linderoth's corner into the far corner of the net. It has stunned England somewhat - although fans of statistics may be buoyed by the news that it is the 2,000th goal in World Cup finals history.

50 mins: Sweden's first attack of the half is dangerous and Freddie Ljungberg's shot is deflected out for a corner by John Terry.

48 mins: England appear to have started the second-half in the manner they finished the first. An early attack end with Joe Cole forcing a corner, but Sweden clear the danger.

45 mins: The game is back under way.

PLAYER RATER: Goalscorer Joe Cole is the eye-catcher on Player Rater. At half-time, he leads the poll with an average of 9.05 out of 10. Wayne Rooney is next best with 8.2, while Owen Hargreaves takes third place with 7.73.

"England have just delivered their best 45 minutes of the World Cup so far and their fans are in celebratory mood at half-time. They dominated Sweden and Joe Cole was outstanding. Owen Hargreaves delivered in his holding midfield role - now there's a dilemma in the making for Sven-Goran Eriksson with Steven Gerrard watching from the sidelines."
Phil McNulty, BBC Sport in Cologne

HALF-TIME: It was a disastrous opening to the half, with Michael Owen being stretchered off. But apart from that blow it is generally good news for England. The passing, movement and energy was good - and England fully deserve the lead which was given to them, in spectacular fashion, by Joe Cole.

45 mins: A nice, neat move from England finishes with Frank Lampard chipping the ball rather tamely at Andreas Isaksson.

43 mins: Wayne Rooney is next to have a long-range pot-shot. The radar is slightly off as it goes over the top, but it has been a hugely encouraging first-half display from the Manchester United youngster.

40 mins: The England players clearly fancy their luck from long range. Frank Lampard is next to try his luck and his drive from just outside the area is only fractionally too high.

39 mins: Rio Ferdinand is forced into action, producing a fine blocking tackle inside the box to stop Freddie Ljungberg.

38 mins: "Joe Cole is the man who is galvanising England after the shock of Owen's injury and he deserved his goal. He is tormenting Sweden's makeshift right-back Niclas Alexandersson and it is clear Eriksson's tactical plan has been to target the ponderous former Everton man."
Phil McNulty, BBC Sport in Cologne.

36 mins: Users of our Player Rater are in no doubt about the quality of Joe Cole's goal. An overwhelming 70% of BBC Sport viewers reacting to a poll on Player Rater rank his spectacular strike as the goal of the tournament so far.

34 mins: GOAL Sweden 0-1 England
Joe Cole scores a spectacular goal. The Chelsea man picks up the ball in space on the left hand side. He controls it with his chest, takes aim, then smashes the ball in with his right foot from fully 35 yards. Andreas Isaksson gets a hand to it, but it is placed in the top corner. Truly stunning.

32 mins: Kim Kallstrom gets space in the England box, but it does not last long and his shot is charged down.

29 mins: Joe Cole is fouled on the left wing. David Beckham whips in a vicious free-kick which Andreas Isaksson has to punch over from beneath the crossbar.

25 mins: Brilliance from Wayne Rooney. He picks up a long pass from David Beckham and controls beautifully before firing in a shot which is blocked. If it had gone in, there would have been shades of Gazza against Scotland in Euro '96.

23 mins: Among users of our Player Rater, optimism is high that England can go all the way to the final. In a poll on Player Rater, 38% of those who responded say England will reach the final, though 16% believe Sven-Goran Eriksson's side will fall at the second round hurdle. Twenty four per cent say England will reach the quarter finals and 22% predict a semi-final exit.

22 mins: "Michael Owen's injury is shown again on television screens in the media tribune, bringing audible gasps from England supporters in that area for what appears a very serious problem."
Phil McNulty, BBC Sport in Cologne

21 mins: Joe Cole shows good persistence of the edge of the area and fashions a shooting chance. The Chelsea man gets plenty of power in the shot, but it is just too high.

18 mins: Another corner for Sweden and it causes problems. Teddy Lucic volleys goalwards and Frank Lampard blocks it for another corner.

16 mins: Tobias Linderoth takes a corner for Sweden and England goalkeeper Paul Robinson has to stretch to punch the ball clear.

12 mins: Injured Michael Owen is in the dressing room receiving treatment. That is the bad news. But the good news for England fans is that Wayne Rooney looks up for it. He is already giving the Sweden defence trouble and one shot is well blocked by the defence.

10 mins: Joe Cole feeds Wayne Rooney and the striker is in the clear, bearing down on goal. But an offside flag stops him in his tracks. It is a very marginal decision.

7 mins: Frank Lampard makes a surging run forward, but Sweden keeper Andreas Isaksson easily holds his low shot.

6 mins: Sweden are the first team to force the pressure, although England's defence holds firm. The fans seem stunned by the disastrous start for Michael Owen. We await news of the injury.

3 mins: Michael Owen's injury looks bad. Peter Crouch was rested to protect him from picking up a yellow card which will see him banned for the next match. But he is on to replace the Newcastle striker. Theo Walcott looks on from the bench.

1 min: Michael Owen is off the field with an injury. The striker is forced to crawl off the pitch after falling awkwardly on the left of midfield and injuring his right knee. The physio is straight over to him - and it looks serious.

2000 BST: Referee Massimo Busacca of Switzerland blows his whistle, Sweden kick-off and the match is under way.


1955 BST: The national anthems are played - and a there is a possible omen for the match ahead. Seven Sweden players decided to sing along to theirs - and seven England players belted out 'God Save The Queen'. All square - will the match produce a winner?

1953 BST: The players walk out on to the pitch to enormous cheers from both sets of fans.

1951 BST: England skipper David Beckham takes his place in the tunnel ready to lead the team out.

1950 BST: You can cut the atmosphere with a knife. The people here think there's a real danger Sweden could go out - there's a real feeling of apprehension.
Rob Walker, BBC Five Live reporter in Stockholm bar with 1,500 Swedish fans.

1949 BST: The RheinEnergieStadion stadium in Cologne is now nearly full and England have huge support, as always. But they do not outnumber the opposition fans to the same extent as they did in Frankfurt or Nuremberg. The Swedes have a decent following, and one corner of the stadium is a mass of yellow and blue.

1942 BST: The build-up is all too much for one England fan, who is captured fast asleep on the giant screens inside the stadium showing all the signs of indulging in an over-ambitious lunch. Meanwhile, Rio Ferdinand stops his warm-up to watch the announcement of the Sweden team on the electric scoreboard.
Phil McNulty, BBC Sport in Cologne

1935 BST: England's pre-match warm-up is lively, Wayne Rooney almost clattering into Michael Owen in a tackle, possibly a sign of how fired up Sven-Goran Eriksson's great hope is. At least the weather is a little more manageable for these northern European rivals. The temperature in the stadium is 24C.
Phil McNulty, BBC Sport in Cologne

1930 BST: I can't see England going for it tonight - I think it'll be a draw. I'd rather get Germany in the next match. Ecuador will want to stick 10 men behind the ball, whereas Germany won't be able to do that in front of their home crowd. England are fairly solidly average. They haven't conceded any goals and don't look like conceding any, which is a big plus and is as good as winning 5-0 for me.
Noel Gallagher, Oasis singer/guitar player

1925 BST: I wonder what Frank Lampard thinks about the fact that Sven-Goran Eriksson has left out two players with yellow cards (Steven Gerrard and Peter Crouch) but not him. I think he'll be a little bit unsettled.
Graham Taylor, Five Live Sport summariser

1922 BST: England and Sweden's players come out to warm up in what is building into a sensational atmosphere. England will be wearing their change kit of red shirts - and Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney walk on side-by-side and smiling, hoping to re-create the "good old days" of their partnership, as Sven-Goran Eriksson said.
Phil McNulty, BBC Sport in Cologne

1913 BST: England's goalkeepers come out to warm up, and for the first time at this World Cup they are not greeted by massed ranks of their own fans. Sweden's supporters are out in force for a game with much riding on it after Germany's win against Ecuador.
Phil McNulty, BBC Sport in Cologne

1905 BST: Most of the seats at the 46,000-capacity RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne are still empty. But the fans are starting to fill the arena for the final match in Group B.


Sweden: Isaksson, Mellberg, Lucic, Edman, Linderoth, Alexandersson, Ljungberg, Larsson, Kallstrom, Jonson, Allback.

England: Robinson, A Cole, Ferdinand, Terry, Beckham, Lampard, Rooney, Owen, J Cole, Carragher, Hargreaves.

Referee: Massimo Busacca (Switzerland).

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