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Tuesday, 20 June 2006
FIFA Fußball-Weltmeisterschaft 2006 First Phase Group B, Match Five/Six

Sweden 2 England 2 [0-1]

Rhein-Energie-Stadion, Junkersdorf, Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Attendance: 45,000;
Kick-off: 9.00pm CET, 8.00pm BST;
Live on ITV (UK) - Commentator: Clive Tyldesley

England - Joe Cole (chest then twenty-five yard volley 34 33:05), Steven Gerrard (seven-yard header 85 84:43).
Sweden - Marcus Allbäck (six-yard header 50 50:00 World Cup Finals 2000th goal scored), Henrik Larsson (four-yard scrambled jab-in 90 89:46).
Match Summary
Sweden Squad
England Squad
Results 2005-2010 England - Owen Hargreaves (76).
Sweden -
Niclas Alexandersson (83), Fredrik Ljungberg (87).

Sweden kicked-off. 93 minutes (45 & 48).


Match Summary

Officials from Switzerland




Referee (silver) - Massimo Busacca
37 (6 February 1969), Bellinzona, FIFA-listed 1998;

Assistant Referees - Francesco Buragina, 40 (7 January 1966) and Matthias Arnet, 38 (2 June 1968).

Fourth official - Khalil Al Ghamdi, 35 (2 September 1970), Saudi Arabia, FIFA-listed 2002;

Fifth official - Fathi Arabati, 42 (5 February 1964), Jordan.
6 Goal Attempts 14
6 Attempts on Target 8
2 Hit Bar/Post 0
12 Corner Kicks Won 6
0 Offside Calls Against 1
18 Fouls Conceded 13
45% Possession 55%

Sweden Team



FIFA (17th May 2006) 16th
EFO ranking Group 5
ELO rating 13th to 12th
Colours: Made by Umbro - Yellow crew neck jerseys with large blue narrowing cross on shoulders/trimmed collar, blue shorts with yellow narrowing side stripe, yellow socks with blue pinhoops.
Capt: Olof Mellberg Manager: Lars Lagerbäck, 57 (16 July 1948), appointed as joint-coach in January 2000, took sole responsibility July 2004;
Sweden Lineup
1 Isaksson, Andreas 24 3 October 1981 G Stade Rennais FC, France 41 0
16 Källström, Kim 23 24 August 1982 CM Stade Rennais FC, France 37 4
3 Mellberg, E. Olof 30 3 September 1977 CD Aston Villa FC, England 67 2
4 Lučić, Teddy M.S. 33 15 April 1973 CD BK Häcken 84 0
5 Edman, Erik K. 27 11 November 1978 LB Stade Rennais FC, France 40 1
6 Linderoth, Tobias J.H., off 90+1st min. 27 21 April 1979 CM FC København, Denmark 61 1
7 Alexandersson, J. Niclas 34 29 December 1971 RB IFK Göteborg 90 7
Alexandersson cautioned in the 83rd min. for Unsporting Behaviour; for a foul on Joe Cole.
18 Jonson, Mattias, off 54th min. 32 16 January 1974 RM Djurgårdens IF 56 9
9 Ljungberg, K. Fredrik 29 16 April 1977 LM Arsenal FC, England 60 13
Ljungberg cautioned in the 87th min. for Unsporting Behaviour.
20 Allbäck, Marcus C., off 75th min. 32 5 July 1973 F FC København, Denmark 59 24
11 Larsson, Henrik E. 34 20 September 1971 F FC Barcelona, Spain 92 36
Sweden Substitutes
scoreline: Sweden 1 England 1
21 Wilhelmsson, Christian U., on 54th min. for Jonson 27 8 December 1978 M RSC Anderlecht, Belgium 32 2
17 Elmander, Johan E.C., on 75th min. for Allbäck 24 27 May 1981 F Brøndby IF 20 7
scoreline: Sweden 2 England 2
19 Andersson, Daniel J., on 90+1st min., for Linderoth 30 28 August 1977 M Malmö FF 48 0
result: Sweden 2 England 2
unused substitutes: 2-Mikael Nilsson, 8-Anders Svensson, 12-John Alvbage, 13-Petter Hansson, 14-Fredrik Stenman, 15-Karl Svensson, 22-Markus Rosenburg, 23-Rami Shaaban.
team notes:

Marcus Allbäck scored the 2,000th goal in World Cup history when he netted Sweden's equaliser.
Henrik Larsson's goal came twelve years after his first in the World Cup in 1994. He joins Pele, Uwe Seeler, Diego Maradona, Michael Laudrup and Sami Al Jaber who have equalled the achievemnent.
Larsson appeared in the finals for the twelfth time, becoming Sweden's most capped World Cup player ever. He equalled Kennet Andersson as Sweden's all-time World Cup top scorer with five goals, and also became the 19th player to score at three or more of the competition finals.
Tobias Linderoth's father, Anders, captained Sweden against England in June 1979.



Isaksson -
Alexandersson, Mellberg, Lucic, Edman -
(Wilhelmsson), Linderoth (Andersson), Källström, Ljungberg -
 Larsson, Allbäck

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 29.5 Appearances/Goals 62.5 8.8


England Team



FIFA (17th May 2006) 10th
EFO ranking Group 3
ELO rating 4th
Colours: The 2006 away uniform - Red crew neck jersey with St. George flag on right shoulder, white shorts with red triangular shard on hem, red socks.
Capt: David Beckham, 56th captaincy. Head Coach: Sven-Göran Eriksson, 58 (5 February 1948), appointed 30 October 2000, took post 12 January 2001, 
65th match, W 39 - D 16 - L 10 - F 127 - A 61.
England Lineup
1 Robinson, Paul W. 26 15 October 1979 G Tottenham Hotspur FC 24 14 GA
15 Carragher, James L.D. 28 28 January 1978 RB Liverpool FC 27 0
3 Cole, Ashley 25 20 December 1980 LB Arsenal FC 49 0
16 Hargreaves, Owen L. 25 20 January 1981
born in Canada

FC Bayern München, Germany

32 0
Hargreaves cautioned in the 76th min. for Handball.
5 Ferdinand, Rio G., injured off 56th min. 27 7 November 1978 CD Manchester United FC 50 0
6 Terry, John G. 25 7 December 1980 CD Chelsea FC 27 1
7 Beckham, David R.J. 31 2 May 1975 RM Real Madrid CF, Spain 92 16
8 Lampard, Frank J. 28 20 June 1978 CM

Chelsea FC

43 10
9 Rooney, Wayne M.,  off 69th min. 20 24 October 1985 F Manchester United FC 31 10
10 Owen, Michael J., injured off 4th min. 25 14 December 1979 F Newcastle United FC 80 37
Cole, Joseph J. 24 8 November 1981 LM Chelsea FC 35 6
England Substitutes
Crouch, Peter J., on 4th min. (3:30) for Owen 25 30 January 1981 F

Liverpool FC

10 6
scoreline: Sweden 1 England 1
12 Campbell, Sulzeer J., on 56 min. for Ferdinand 31 18 September 1974 CD

Arsenal FC

69 1
4 Gerrard, Steven G., on 69th min. for Rooney 26 30 May 1980 M Liverpool FC 45 9
scoreline: Sweden 2 England 2
unused substitutes: 13-David James, 14-Wayne Bridge, 17-Jermaine Jenas, 18-Michael Carrick, 19- Aaron Lennon, 20-Stewart Downing, 22-Scott Carson, 23-Theo Walcott.
team notes: Michael Owen was substituted in the fourth minute of the match, equalling the fastest substitution in World Cup history.
Sol Campbell became the tenth English player to appear in three World Cups.
England are still without a victory over Sweden since 22 May 1968.
Steven Gerrard's goal is the fiftieth by a substitute for England. The third goal by a substitute in Finals play.


Robinson -
Carragher, Ferdinand
(Campbell), Terry, A.Cole -
Beckham, Hargreaves, Lampard,
J.Cole -
(Gerrard) -

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.8 Appearances/Goals 44.5 7.5


    Match Report (Mike Payne's exclusive report coming shortly)

England will play Ecuador in the last 16 of the World Cup after securing a draw with Sweden to top Group B.  England went in front when Joe Cole hit a sensational lob from 35 yards, only for Marcus Allb�ck to equalise when he headed home from a right-wing corner.  Steven Gerrard headed in Joe Cole's 85th-minute cross, but Henrik Larsson levelled for Sweden in injury time.  The result was marred by a knee injury to striker Michael Owen, who was stretchered off in the first minute.

England will now meet Ecuador in the second round on Sunday at 1600 BST in Stuttgart, while Sweden play Germany in Munich 24 hours earlier.  It was an improved display from England, but they will be concerned by the way they struggled after the break having dominated the first half.  England knew if they could win or draw they would avoid a knock-out encounter with in-form hosts Germany.

But if Sven-Göran Eriksson was looking for a bright start from his side, it could barely have been any worse.  With less than a minute on the clock, Owen picked the ball up on the left and as he tried to pass it, his right knee buckled underneath him.  He immediately crawled to the touchline in agony and received treatment before being stretchered off, replaced by Peter Crouch. 

Owen's team-mates looked shell-shocked at such a cruel twist of fate and the contest took time to get going as a result.  When it did get going it was England in the ascendancy, as Joe Cole fired over and Rooney went on a mazy dribble only to see Teddy Lucic block his goalbound shot.  When they went ahead, it was thanks to a goal that announced Joe Cole on the world stage as one of the stars of this tournament.  The Chelsea midfielder chested down a clearance 35 yards out and hit the most outrageous, dipping volley that Andreas Isaksson could only help into the top corner.

In a World Cup already full to the brim of sensational strikes, this one will remain up there with the very best.  England were buzzing, Joe Cole and Rooney in particular, and Frank Lampard and Rooney shot just over as England tried to double their lead.  But they were hit by a sucker-punch six minutes after the break, as Allb�ck rose all too easily to glance home a Tobias Linderoth corner.  Former Villa striker Allb�ck nearly made it two from another corner as England failed to learn their lesson, this time the ball ricocheting off Jamie Carragher's arm and Paul Robinson brilliantly reacting to tip it onto the bar.

From being in total control, England were all of a sudden in disarray.  Another corner, another free header - this time for Lucic - and Olof Mellberg volleyed against Robinson's crossbar.  England still looked shaky at the back and substitute Gerrard had to hack the ball off the line after Kim Kallstrom fired goalwards, as yet again a corner caused chaos.  Just as England looked like they were on the rack, Joe Cole crossed for Gerrard to nod in at the far post.

But they were denied a first win over Sweden since 22 May 1968 when they failed to clear another ball pumped into their box and Larsson pounced to poke home. - BBC Sport

Source Notes

BBC Sport
Infostrada Sports