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Germany 2-0 Sweden
Saturday, 24 June 2006


L Podolski 4
L Podolski 12



T Frings 27yellow card


T Lucic 28yellow card
M Jonson 48yellow card
M Allback 78yellow card


Sent off:

T Lucic 35red card



63% 37%

Shots on target

13 2

Shots off target

16 2


4 4


15 20


  • 01 J Lehmann
  • 03 A Friedrich
  • 21 C Metzelder
  • 17 P Mertesacker
  • 16 P Lahm
  • 07 B Schweinsteiger (72 T Borowski )
  • 08 T Frings yellow card (85 S Kehl )
  • 13 M Ballack
  • 19 B Schneider
  • 20 L Podolski (74 O Neuville )
  • 11 M Klose


  • 02 M Jansen,
  • 04 R Huth,
  • 05 S Kehl,
  • 06 J Nowotny,
  • 09 M Hanke,
  • 10 O Neuville,
  • 12 O Kahn,
  • 14 G Asamoah,
  • 15 T Hitzlsperger,
  • 18 T Borowski,
  • 22 D Odonkor,
  • 23 T Hildebrand


  • 01 A Isaksson
  • 07 N Alexandersson
  • 03 O Mellberg
  • 04 T Lucic yellow card red card
  • 05 E Edman
  • 09 F Ljungberg
  • 06 T Linderoth
  • 16 K Kallstrom (39 P Hansson )
  • 18 M Jonson yellow card (52 C Wilhelmsson )
  • 10 Z Ibrahimovic (72 M Allback yellow card )
  • 11 H Larsson


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

Ref: Carlos Eugenio Simon
Att: 66000


FULL-TIME: Germany book their place in the quarter-finals of the World Cup after a 2-0 win over 10-man Sweden. Lukas Podolski grabbed both goals early in the first half and the Swedes never looked like getting back into the match after Teddy Lucic received his marching orders.

"Germany have dealt with their games well. You can only beat who you are playing. Sweden were organised and drew with England but Germany put them out of the game within the first 12 minutes. We'll just have to see what they can do when they do come up against better opposition."
Graham Taylor, Five Live Sport

PLAYER RATER: Goal-scoring hero Lukas Podolski tops Player Rater with a score of 9.21. Strike partner Miroslav Klose, who set up both goals, gets 8.82 and playmaker Michael Ballack 8.34. Swedish goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson, who saved his side from a raft of goals, is the highest points scorer on the losing side with 8.16.

"This country, this team, is beginning to think that it can win the World Cup on home soil. Next though, it's Argentina or Mexico. Let's wait and see how they deal with that."
Alan Green, Five Live Sport

90mins+3: The whistle finally goes and Germany progress to the quarter-finals of the World Cup, while Sweden contemplate packing their bags and heading home.

90mins+2: The challenges are still coming in thick and fast in the final seconds of the match.

90 mins: Sweden try one final onslaught as Henrik Larsson bids to become his country's highest goal scorer in World Cup history. There's little to suggest he'll add his name to the record book.

88 mins: The clapping, cheering and singing goes up another notch inside the Allianz Arena. The 66,000-plus crowd are primed to let out a massive roar at the full-time whistle.

86 mins: Germany are hogging possession now in the dying minutes of the match. Oliver Neuville, whose first language is French and needed a translator when he first joined the German squad, gets restless of the build-up. He swivels and snaps a shot but once more the resilient Andreas Isaksson is up to the challenge.

84 mins: It's like a game of pinball in the Swedish box as Bernd Schneider and Oliver Neuville lead the way in some slick passing. Schneider gets the shot in, Andreas Isaksson's post gets in the way.

82 mins: A German fan is spotted waving the World Cup trophy in the air. It's a tad premature despite the impressive form of the host nation in this match. For the record, they've had some 25 shots in the match already.

81 mins: Michael Ballack is absolutely livid with himself. He's so desperate to score today but Andreas Isaksson once again defies him as he unleashes another Germanic missle.

80 mins: Sweden are doing remarkably well to hold off Germany with only 10 men. But they're well aware holding them off is not enough. Sadly, the Swedes don't look capable of scoring one, let alone two, goals.

78 mins: Lars Lagerback looks understandbly anxious on the bench but still gets up out of his seat to tell his players to push forward. There's few other options left to them. In the interim, Marcus Allback gets yellow carded. It doesn't take someone fluent in Swedish to get the gist of what he's saying to the referee at that decision.

76 mins: Tim Burowski takes a nasty blow to the knee after a strong block by Peter Hansson. The referee insists he has to go off on a stretcher - as somewhat pointlessly Fifa dictates.

74 mins: There's another change - Oliver Neuville comes into proceedings for Lukas Podolski. The Polish-born front man gets a rapturous applause and milks it with high fives for the players on the bench, apart from Oliver Khan, who he saves a hug for.

72 mins: Michael Ballack sprints in to latch on to a cross-ball from Bastian Schweinsteiger. Not the best effort from Chelsea's summer signing. Meanwhile, Marcus Allback replaces a fairly dire Zlatan Ibrahimovic while Tim Borowski takes the place of Schweinsteiger.

69 mins: There's suggestions Christoph Metzelder handballs it when Zlatan Ibrahimovic breaks clear but play, quite rightly, is waved on. Meanwhile, Torsten Frings briefly goes off the field after the ball strikes him in the face. It's nothing serious though.

67 mins: Lukas Podolski tries to return the favour to goal-provider Miroslav Klose by sending him darting into the box but Olof Mellberg produces a superb challenge, steals the ball and coolly hoofs it upfield.

65 mins: Christian Wilhelmson very nearly finds himself clear on goal, but the parrot-loving Swede is called back after team-mate Henrik Larsson is flagged for offside.

63 mins: The 4,000-strong Swedish contingent boo heavily when Lukas Podolski fires a shot despite the fact Tobias Linderoth is writhing in pain on the turf next to him. Podolski's subsequent apology is too little too late.

61 mins: The electric nature of the first half has dissipated a little. Henrik Larsson is trying to do his best to make amends for his penalty, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been virtually invisible. Despite that, Ibrahimovic is quite a character - he once impersonated a policeman in Malmo and tried to arrest a man he thought was a kerb crawler.

59 mins: The 60,000-strong German crowd is cheering at every pass by the home nation. It's entertaining for about a minute but the novelty soon wears off.

57 mins: Freddie Ljungberg shows a great turn of pace to initially beat Arne Freidrich before Freidrich makes amends by winning the ball back.

55 mins: Michael Ballack shows great strength, despite the interest of Freddie Ljunberg, and drives the ball toward the Swedish goal. Andreas Isaksson, who has already saved Sweden's blushes with a host of stops, does the honours once more as he forces the ball onto the post.

54 mins: Christian Wilhelmsson, by the way, is on for Mattias Jonson. He was added to proceedings just before Henrik Larsson's penalty (see 53 mins).

Henrik Larsson is felled in the box by Christoph Metzelder and the referee immediately awards a penalty. But Larsson makes a complete hash of it and it flies over the crossbar. No one can believe it, least of all Larsson, who immediately looks to the ground and blows his nose.

50 mins: The heat in Munich is searing. Meanwhile, Christian Wilhelmsson is getting ready on the bench. According to the player's girlfriend, his favourite interests are football, his pet parrot and his that order!

48 mins: Boos echo around the ground after Michael Ballack tumbles to the turf after a late, and frankly, terrible shoulder charge by Mattias Jonson. Jonson ushers Ballack to get up and shut up, and receives a yellow card in the process.

47 mins: Jens Lehmann, who went into this game with a bruised hip, is left clutching his face after a brave save. Mattias Jonson just clips his face - accidentally - after a sprightly break from the Swedes.

46 mins: Michael Ballack, undeniably Germany's most creative force, is the last man out on the field. Seconds later, his team-mates kick off for the second half.

"Up front, Germany have had chances galore and the two front have linked up exceptionally well. The question is now do they want to go on and score five or six that they're more than capable of doing, or do they sit back and preserve what they've got?"
Alan Shearer, BBC Sport pundit

PLAYER RATER: Lukas Podolski is the unsurprising leader on Player Rater following his two goals. His score of 9.44 eclipses the 9.0 of fellow striker Miroslav Klose. Henrik Larsson tops the Swedes on 8.38. Meanwhile, our latest poll shows that 94% of you believe there have been too many cards at this World Cup.

"You leave the referee to referee the game. You don't throw imaginary cards in his face. It shouldn't have swayed him but I don't like to see that. It would be so much better if players didn't stoop to that level."
Graham Taylor, Five Live Sport summariser

"There's an area in Berlin called the fan's mile where they can watch the game. They're expecting one million fans there. I can't imagine what the scenes will be like there right now."
Alan Green, Five Live Sport

"I'm on a television platform looking down on 60,000 German fans watching the game on the big screens in the main square in Stuttgart. When the second goal went in the noise was like Concorde taking off. The Germans sure know how to party and there's a big group of England fans singing songs outside the square and standing among the German fans, and it is all good natured."
Chris Charles, BBC Sport in Stuttgart

HALF-TIME: Germany look in a commanding position to qualify for the quarter-finals of the World Cup after two early goals from Lukas Podolski and the harsh sending off of Teddy Lucic.

45mins+2: Sweden have a final chance of the half to cut the deficit with a great free-kick opportunity. It is cut out by the Germans and the whistle goes for half-time.45 mins: The crowd, bar the 4,000-strong Swedish contingent, combine in song to cheer on the Germans. Sweden have two minutes of added time to ride out before the half-time whistle.

43 mins: Henrik Larsson picks out frailties in Jens Lehmann's keeping skills with a good, but stoppable cross. He completely spills the ball under the attentions of Mattias Jonson but he trickles harmlessly away. Seconds later Miroslav Klose unleashes a cracker, which Andreas Isaksson saves.

MATCH POLL: Can this German team win their home World Cup? According to our poll, 35.1% say absolutely, 54.1% with luck, while 10.8% still think they have no chance. Interestingly 73% say the referee was wrong to send off Lucic.

40 mins: Zlatan Ibrahimovic shows his class for the first time in the game. He receives the ball in the box, snaps around and rifles it towards Jens Lehmann's goal. Lehmann is just quick enough to palm it out for a corner - a cracking save from the Arsenal keeper.

39 mins: Swedish coach Lars Lagerback makes a tactical change after the red card and shores up the defence with Petter Hansson replacing Kim Kallstrom.

37 mins: Germany start spreading the ball even more now with the player advantage. To their credit, Sweden are doing a good job of tracking the attacking players.

35 mins: RED CARD
Teddy Lucic pulls back Mirsolav Klose, who immediately appeals to the referee. The ref, seemingly smiling in the process, delves into his pocket and produces a second yellow card for Lucic. His game is over... and you get the feeling that Sweden's is too.

34 mins: Almost everyone inside the packed Allianz Arena starts celebrating what they think is goal number three but Bastian Schweinstiger's effort is saved, it smacks the advertising hoardings and hits behind the goal.

33 mins: Zlatan Ibrahimovic is tackled on the edge of the area and the ball bobbles up to hit a German hand but there is no penalty and strangely not much of an appeal from the Swedes.

32 mins: Philipp Lahm races to the byline with Swedish defenders almost ushering him forward. His cutback finds Miroslav Klose and Andreas Isaksson dives low to his right to turn the shot round the post.

30 mins: There is growing needle in this match and Torsten Frings is lucky the Brazilian referee did not spot his stray elbow.

28 mins: Teddy Lucic receives a yellow card. It means his team-mates get a breather from being on the back foot, but only momentarily before the free-kick is humped forward.

26 mins: Henrik Larsson gets a pass deep in German territory from Freddie Ljungberg but, as he tries to turn, he is swamped by white shirts. Larsson opened his World Cup goal-scoring account 12 years ago. He'd dearly love another goal now...

24 mins: Bernd Schneider receives the ball on the edge of the box and smacks it goalward. It's only a little off-target and the "ooohs" and "aaahs" ring out at the Allianz Arena in Munich.

22 mins: Jens Lehmann is forced to stretch in the box and punch the ball clear as Olof Mellberg lunges in for a header from a corner.

21 mins: Freddie Ljungberg screams and shouts at the referee after failing to be awarded a free-kick for a foul. The referee, meanwhile, looks totally unfazed by the abuse.

18 mins: Michael Ballack is given way too much space in front of goal and smashes the ball at great pace from distance. Andreas Isaksoon makes a great save and lets out a big sigh of relief. It's relentless at the moment for the Swedes.

17 mins: Arne Freidrich gets a knee in the back from Erik Edman and has to receive treatment for the knock. He's soon back up and running.

16 mins: Jurgen Klinsmann looks so excitable as he rises from the bench you get the impression he'd pull on a German shirt and play if given half a chance.

15 mins: Erik Edman tries to get Sweden back into contention. He curls the ball across the face of the goal and it misses everyone's head - both German and Swedish.

13 mins: GOAL Germany 2-0 Sweden
Germany are absolutely buzzing as Lukas Podolski scores his second of the game. Once again it's a fine combination with Miroslav Klose, who spurns the approaches of the Swedish defenders, slips a pass through to Podolski, who finds the back of the net with ease.

12 mins: Zlatan Ibrahimovic gets a cross into the box but his boot is deemed too high. Jens Lehmann quietly lets the referee know as well.

10 mins: Neither team is shying away in the challenges. Freddie Ljungberg is the latest player accused of going in a bit too heftily. It at least gives the players a brief breather.

8 mins: It's hard to keep up in Munich as Sweden break clear and Henrik Larsson snaps his shot into the side netting.

7 mins: Michael Ballack finds Lukas Podolski in acres of space in front of the box. High on confidence after his previous effort, he belts it from distance. But it misses by some distance, although the crowd cheer him all the same.

4 mins: GOAL Germany 1-0 Sweden
Lukas Podolski scores his second goal of the tournament to potentially silence his critics once and for all. The creator, however, was Miroslav Klose. Klose broke clear in the box, was just stopped by Andreas Isaksson but Podolski was on hand to convert the rebound. Jurgen Klinsmann goes absolutely bonkers in the dug-out.

3 mins: There's cheers and whistles already at every twist and turn. The loudest noise to date comes following a foul on Miroslav Klose, the top scorer in this World Cup with four.

2 mins: Bernd Schneider is told to calm down after a foul early in the game. Erik Edman whips in a testing cross but a foul on Per Mertesacker gives Germany a reprieve.

"It's all or nothing for these teams - you have to go out there and you can't afford to be careless. The whole tournament steps up another level now."
Graham Taylor, Five Live Sport summariser

1600 BST: Sweden get things going in Munich. Jurgen Klinsmann, sitting and watching from the German bench, could not look more pumped up if he tried.


1557 BST: Germany's XI today are unlikely to be in line for any singing awards following their national anthem. It's difficult to pick out the guilty parties but there's a few tone deaf players in their team.

1555 BST: The Swedish national anthem is the first one ringing out over the speakers. Interestingly, well that's debatable, it has never been officially legislated as the national anthem.

1553 BST: The volume at the stadium in Munich is massive as both sides come out onto the field for the national anthems.

1552 BST: The tunnel at the Allianz Arena in Munich is packed with players, officials and mascots. Michael Ballack is all smiles before he is caught on camera letting out a slight belch. Somewhat worryingly, referee Carlos Eugenio Simon looks the most nervous of everyone lined up.

1551 BST: Happy birthday, by the way, to Mikael Nilsson. The Swedish defender's present for turning 28? - a place on the bench.

1547 BST: These two teams have met 31 times - it's currently all square at 12 wins apiece, although Sweden have not won this fixture since 1978. They last met in the semi-final of Euro 1992 when the Germans won 3-2 with a certain Jurgen Klinsmann in their line-up.

1541 BST: Swedish fans will be hoping for a different outcome should they win in Germany today than happened when they defeated the Germans in 1958. Following that victory, Swedish tourists in Germany were refused petrol, while Scandanavian food was scratched off menu boards.

1535 BST: "Jurgen Klinsmann had his critics ahead of the World Cup what with holding team talks from his home in California. That's a hell of a long way to run a time talk from. He has his sceptics but seems to have proved people wrong. The key to his tactics has been the introduction of Michael Ballack in the last two games. I'd go as far as to say they're 40% better with him in their side."
Martin O'Neill, BBC Sport pundit

1529 BST: "I think everybody's been surprised by how everything is going, from organisation through to the team itself. At the outset, we all saw this was a young German team and we weren't sure how they would cope but, after three matches, they haven't lost or drawn - only won."
Boris Becker, Five Live Sport

1523 BST: "Germany haven't gone back and said they're going to work on their defences after each game. They seem to have given everything to their attack and it's really paid off. The confidence is building among them and the fans."
Graham Taylor, Five Live Sport summariser

1516 BST: There's a genuine belief now in this German side. Ahead of the World Cup, only 5% of the country thought they could win the tournament. But the people are now fully behind their side, with 23 million of the population - an 82% share of the audience - watching their win over Ecuador.

1506 BST: Hosts Germany and Sweden have made a change apiece for the first second-round match of the tournament. Defender Christoph Metzelder is in for the Germans, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic is back in Sweden's attack.


Germany: Lehmann, Friedrich, Metzelder, Mertesacker, Lahm, Schweinsteiger, Frings, Ballack, Schneider, Podolski, Klose.
Subs: Jansen, Huth, Kehl, Nowotny, Hanke, Neuville, Kahn, Asamoah, Hitzlsperger, Borowski, Odonkor, Hildebrand.

Sweden: Isaksson, Alexandersson, Mellberg, Lucic, Edman, Ljungberg, Linderoth, Kallstrom, Jonson, Ibrahimovic, Larsson.
Subs: Nilsson, Anders Svensson, Alvbage, Hansson, Stenman, Karl Svensson, Elmander, Andersson, Allback, Wilhelmsson, Rosenberg, Shaaban.

Referee: Carlos Eugenio Simon (Brazil)

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