Germany book quarter-final spot with 2-0 win over Sweden

Saturday, June 24, 2006

A two goal burst from Lukas Podolski in the first 12 minutes put Germany through to the quarter-finals of the Fifa World Cup, Saturday.

The Allianz Arena Stadium, Munich, Germany.

Sweden did not get into the round of sixteen game against the host nation and were not helped when Teddy Lucic was sent off before half time. Lucic had tugged Miroslav Klose's shirt to stop a dangerous run, and received his second yellow card on a controversial call.

Podolski scored the goals but the supremacy on the field was due to captain Michael Ballack who, with his passes from midfield, controlled the game for the Germans. Klose was influential next to young Podolski in attack, setting up both goals.

In the fourth minute, Klose turned and split two Swedish defenders just outside the box. His shot was blocked by Andreas Isaksson, but Podolski was there to put in the rebound. Soon thereafter, Klose occupied three Swedish defenders with a run across the penalty area, sent a reverse ball into the centre and Podolski converted for his second goal of the match.

Jürgen Klinsmann's side did not hesitate to shoot; they kept 63 per cent of possession and Ballack dominating many chances were created. Germany had 21 more shots than Sweden in the game. Isaksson made some outstanding one-handed saves to keep the score at 2-0, from Klose and a Ballack effort which he tipped onto his right post.

Lars Lagerback's side played with just ten men in the second half but they nearly got the perfect start with a penalty after Christoph Metzelder pushed Henrik Larsson from behind. This was the referee's second disputed call, after sending off Lucic. Larsson took the spot kick but the 35 year old Swedish star shot just over the crossbar.

Argentina, the winner of match 50 versus Mexico, would meet the hosts in the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

Round of sixteen

Match 49

June 24, 2006
  Germany 2–0   Sweden Allianz Arena
Podolski 4' 12'

Attendance: 66'000



Right wing Right Center Left Left wing
 Jens Lehmann (GK)
 Arne Friedrich  Christoph Metzelder  Per Mertesacker  Philipp Lahm
 Bernd Schneider  Torsten Frings 27'    Michael Ballack (C)  Bastian Schweinsteiger
 Lukas Podolski     Miroslav Klose


  • 72' Tim Borowski for Schweinsteiger
  • 74' Oliver Neuville for Podolski
  • 85' Sebastian Kehl for Frings

  denotes one goal scored.


Right wing Right Center Left Left wing
 Andreas Isaksson (GK)
 Erik Edman  Olof Mellberg (C)  Teddy Lucic 28' 35'    Niclas Alexandersson
 Kim Kallstrom
 Mattias Jonson 48'   Fredrik Ljungberg
 Tobias Linderoth
 Zlatan Ibrahimovic  Henrik Larsson


  • 39' Petter Hansson for Kallstrom
  • 53' Christian Wilhelmsson for Jonson
  • 73' Marcus Allback 78'  for Ibrahimovic.

  denotes one goal scored.



Referee: Carlos Simon    


Assistant referee: Aristeu Tavares


Assistant referee: Ednilson Corona


Fourth referee: Shamsul Maidin


Fifth referee: Prachya Permpanich

Argentina score in extra-time; beat Mexico, get to quarter-finals



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