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

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Saturday, June 24, 2006

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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.

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Round of sixteen

Match 49

June 24, 2006
Flag of Germany.svg Germany 2–0 Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden Allianz Arena
Podolski 4' 12'

Attendance: 66'000



Flag of Germany.svg
Right wing Right Center Left Left wing
Flag of Germany.svgJens Lehmann (GK)
Flag of Germany.svgArne Friedrich Flag of Germany.svgChristoph Metzelder Flag of Germany.svgPer Mertesacker Flag of Germany.svgPhilipp Lahm
Flag of Germany.svgBernd Schneider Flag of Germany.svgTorsten Frings 27' Yellow card.svg Flag of Germany.svgMichael Ballack (C) Flag of Germany.svgBastian Schweinsteiger
Flag of Germany.svgLukas Podolski Soccerball.jpgSoccerball.jpg Flag of Germany.svgMiroslav Klose


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

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Right wing Right Center Left Left wing
Flag of Sweden.svgAndreas Isaksson (GK)
Flag of Sweden.svgErik Edman Flag of Sweden.svgOlof Mellberg (C) Flag of Sweden.svgTeddy Lucic 28'Yellow card.svg35'Yellow card.svgRed card.svg Flag of Sweden.svgNiclas Alexandersson
Flag of Sweden.svgKim Kallstrom
Flag of Sweden.svgMattias Jonson 48'Yellow card.svg Flag of Sweden.svgFredrik Ljungberg
Flag of Sweden.svgTobias Linderoth
Flag of Sweden.svgZlatan Ibrahimovic Flag of Sweden.svgHenrik Larsson


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

Soccerball.jpg denotes one goal scored.


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Referee: Carlos Simon Yellow card.svg Red card.svg

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Assistant referee: Aristeu Tavares

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Assistant referee: Ednilson Corona

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Fourth referee: Shamsul Maidin

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Fifth referee: Prachya Permpanich

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