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Sweden 1-0 Paraguay
Thursday, 15 June 2006




Aldo Bobadilla saves at Henrik Larsson's feet

Aldo Bobadilla keeps his place in the Paraguay goal and is forced into some early action by Henrik Larsson

Kim Kallstrom reacts to having his ninth-minute shot well saved by Bobadilla

Kim Kallstrom returns to bolster Sweden's midfield and goes close with a number of chances in the opening 10 minutes

Christian Wilhelmsson goes close after linking up with Larsson

Christian Wilhelmsson also threatens as the Scandinavians continue to dominate the first period of the game

Freddie Ljungberg breaks down the right but Larsson fails to convert the chance

The South Americans offer very little going forward and find themselves on the backfoot again as Freddie Ljungberg breaks

Roque Santa Cruz shields the ball from Erik Edman

Paraguay settle down after the frantic start allowing star player Roque Santa Cruz to see far more of the ball

Zlatan Ibrahimovic holds his head after missing a good chance

After 41 minutes Zlatan Ibrahimovic beats the offside trap but shoots tamely straight at Bobadilla as the half ends goalless

Nelson Valdez poses one of the main threats to Sweden's defence

Soon after the interval Nelson Valdez jinks his way past Olof Mellberg as Paraguay look to catch Sweden on the counter

Denis Caniza hooks the ball clear on the hour

Having replaced Ibrahimovic, Marcus Allback goes close to breaking the deadlock but sees Denis Caniza clear off the line

Julio Dos Santos is challenged by Kim Kallstrom

Coach Anibal Ruiz introduces Paraguayan player of the year Julio Dos Santos as he looks for a crucial winning goal

Freddie Ljungberg celebrates after heading the winner late on

With both sides continuing to fail to find the net it is left to Ljungberg to steal victory with an 89th-minute header

Sweden's players celebrate as the result puts them right back in contention

Mass celebrations ensue as Sweden book a group decider against England in Cologne on Tuesday

For Paraguay, however, it is a night of despair - the late goal ensures their exit from the tournament with a game to spare



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