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    Trin & Tob




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    Ivory Coast



Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany

Referee: Shamsul Maidin | Attendance: 65000

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Game 4

Sweden 0-0 Trinidad & T

West Ham goalkeeper Shaka Hislop came in from the cold for Trinidad and Tobago

to do England a massive favour.

Veteran Hislop, a late replacement for Kelvin Jack, who sustained a head

injury just before kick-off, made a series of stunning saves to deny Sweden an

opening win in Group B.

The fact the World Cup newcomers gained a point was remarkable given that

Avery John was sent off in the first minute of the second half.

But they dug deep to rattle the Swedes, now two points behind England after

the opening game.

The debutants showed they were not prepared to stand on any ceremony and

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was left reeling after a stiff challenge by Avery John.

Henrik Larsson then curled a free-kick wide of the post from the edge of the

area for Sweden.

They looked menacing and Ibrahimovic tested 37-year-old Hislop from an acute


The opening stages were proving taxing for Trinidad, who qualified through the

play-offs, and Gray was forced into a hurried clearance to repel another Swedish


Sweden continued to dominate and Ibrahimovic was proving to be handful.

The Juventus striker raced clear in the 20th minute but Sancho showed good

positional sense to make the clearance.

Two minutes later Ibrahimovic carved out a path down the right and whipped in

a cross which Larsson just failed to get a touch to.

The Swedes were playing some neat football but struggling to make the


Larsson then knocked a shot wide in the 26th minute from a difficult angle

before Freddie Ljungberg clipped a shot over the top.

Trinidad made a rare breakaway in the 34th minute and Carlos Edwards stung

former Arsenal goalkeeper Rami Shaaban's fingers with a shot from distance.

However they were again forced on the back foot four minutes later when

Larsson escaped his marker only for his header to clear the bar.

Hislop had to come to Trinidad's rescue when he did well to turn over a

thumping drive from Christian Wilhelmsson.

The goalkeeper then proved equal to a stinging shot from Ibrahimovic in the

43rd minute as Trinidad managed to escape the first half on level terms.

Trinidad suffered a massive blow a minute into the second half when Avery John

was sent off after picking up his second yellow card following a challenge on

Wilhelmsson, however he did appear to take both the ball and the man.

That gave the vastly experienced Swedes a clear advantage with so much of the

match left.

Dwight Yorke then showed his defensive ability by blocking Larsson's

close-range effort.

It was proving a test of Trinidad's resolve if nothing else as they were down

to 10 men, and they adopted a policy of containment, being forced to rely on


They almost stunned the Swedes in the 59th minute when substitute Cornell Glen

found himself in the clear inside the area.

He wasted no time in rattling in a shot which beat Shaaban but came back off

the bar.

That should have been a wake-up for the Swedes, who were become increasingly

impatient, as were their fans.

They had scored goals for fun in qualifying but were finding it hard with

Sancho and Dennis Lawrence holding firm at the back for the Caribbean side.

Substitute Marcus Allback should have given Sweden the lead after 76 minutes

but sent a shot from close range into the arms of the grateful Hislop.

Allback again fluffed his lines three minutes later as Trinidad's veteran

shot-stopper made the block.

The World Cup newcomers then dug deep to snatch a point against all the odds.

Scoring Summary

  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Sweden

Match Stats

  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Sweden
6(1) Shots (on goal) 25(6)
10 Fouls 8
1 Corner kicks 8
1 Offsides 2
46% Time of Possession 54%
2 Yellow Cards 1
1 Red Cards 0
7 Saves 1


  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Sweden
Yellow Cards
Avery John (16')
Dwight Yorke (74')
Henrik Larsson (90 + 1')
Red Cards
Avery John (46')