Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany

Referee: Carlos Eugenio Simon | Attendance: 66000

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  • Lukas Podolski 4'
  • Lukas Podolski 12'

2 - 0


Game 49

  • 93'

    Germany are into the last eight for the 15th time. Podolski's two early goals, followed by Lucic's red card, sealed it before half time. The hosts were excellent, the Swedes hugely disappointing.

  • 92'

    Germany are in cruise control with Ballack at the heart of everything as they pass the ball around with such ease.

  • 91'

    Three added minutes are signalled, and spare a thought for Larsson. His excellent Sweden career is set to end in anti-climax.

  • 90'

    Ballack picks out Klose. It should have been a corner, though a goal kick is given, and Germany are still looking for the third.

  • 89'

    Linderoth chips forward, but too far for Larsson.

  • 88'

    Neuville sets up Kehl for the shot, but he drills over. As usual, there is no pressure on the man from the Swedes.

  • 88'

    It's no exaggeration to say this could have been a real thrashing.

  • 87'

    Yet another excellent save. The outstanding Isaksson denies Neuville, who shot on the turn after Kehl brought the ball down

  • 86'

    Sweden's World Cup is almost over, and it hasn't really been a tournament to remember for them, despite an excellent second half against England. No doubt about the low for them - their performance today

  • 85'

    Germany bring on Kehl for the tireless Frings in their third change.

  • 84'

    Schneider hits the post! It's the end of an excellent move, taking a deflection off Hansson and wrongfooting Isaksson.

  • 83'

    Now Edman needs treatment, and these stoppages have robbed the game of its fluency.

  • 82'

    Klose powers past one defender, but is halted by Edman on the edge of the box.

  • 81'

    The power and accuracy of Ballack's shooting bodes well for Germany for the rest of the game. He's deserved a goal today.

  • 81'

    Another great save - and inevitably Ballack is the man denied by Isaksson, with a strong parry.

  • 80'

    Frings is fouled by Allback and the Swede, on a yellow card, is quick to apologise.

  • 80'

    Yet another Ballack shot. This one is blocked by Mellberg, and deflected wide.

  • 79'

    Klose can't find room to shoot in the box. Instead, he passes to Borowski, but he can't find a team-mate with a shot.

  • 78'

    Allback is booked for a rather late challenge on Friedrich. The Swedes aren't too happy with the referee again.

  • 76'

    Madness as Borowski, who wants to walk off, is told he has to go off on the stretcher.

  • 75'

    The German sub Borowski is in seeming pain after a strong, but legal, challenge from Hansson.

  • 74'

    Allback heads wide from a long throw, but he is adjudged to have committed a foul anyway.

  • 74'

    Germany make their second change. No hat-trick for Podolski today - he goes off - and Neuville is the new man.

  • 72'

    While Sweden introduce Allback and remove Ibrahimovic. His World Cup seems to be over, and without a goal.

  • 72'

    And Schweinsteiger is the man to go off as Borowski is brought off.

  • 72'

    Schweinsteiger finds Ballack, who shoots again and, as usual, doesn't miss by much.

  • 71'

    Both teams appear to be plannnig substitutions in the next few minutes. Sweden, meanwhile, pass the ball around with little ambition.

  • 70'

    Frings returns as Ljungberg volleys tamely wide.

  • 70'

    Linderoth with the corner, but Mertesacker heads solidly away.

  • 69'

    Frings, meanwhile, has taken a bit of a whack to the head and play is halted.

  • 68'

    Metzelder holds off Ibrahimovic as they compete for Larssson's pass. It's a corner.

  • 68'

    Now they get a decision as Ljungberg goes down and Schneider's advance forward is halted.

  • 67'

    Friedrich has perhaps Germany's worst shot of the day. It's some way over the bar.

  • 66'

    Now Mertesacker gets a free kick, and the Swedes may suspect all the decisions in the last few minutes have gone against them.

  • 65'

    Fine block from Lehmann as Wilhelmsson - ruled offside anyway, though he wasn't - almost capitalises on a mistake by Mertesacker.

  • 64'

    Lovely nutmeg by Klose on Hansson, but Schneider can't get his cross in and then Frings' shot is blocked.

  • 63'

    The Swedish fans are annoyed as Podolski plays on - and shoots wide - while Linderoth is down, waiting for treatment.

  • 62'

    This should be a very comfortable half-hour for the Germans and Klinsmann has the chance to rest key players if he so wishes.

  • 60'

    Podolski and Klose almost link up again, but the latter just can't reach his junior partner's cross to touch it in.

  • 60'

    Dreadful cross from Edman, gifting Germany a goal kick.

  • 59'

    Another fine shot from Ballack and, so far, it looks as though it won't go in for him today. That was over, but not by much.

  • 57'

    Ljungberg intercepts a pass from Friedrich and accelerates away from him. The defender retreats back and the Swede tumbles, but there is no real appeal for a penalty this time.

  • 56'

    Now Podolski blazes well over from Klose's pass.

  • 55'

    It's been a running duel between Ballack and Isaksson today, and the keeper has been excellent.

  • 54'

    Superb save. It's Isaksson again as Ballack has another fantastic long-range shot, which he turns on to the post.

  • 53'

    Meanwhile Wilhelmsson does come on and Jonson, rather unimpressive today, goes off.

  • 52'

    Larsson blazes it over the bar. Lehmann never moved, and never had to. And surely now Sweden have no chance at all.

  • 52'

    Penalty - and it's for Sweden. Larsson is shoved, rather needlessly, by Metzelder as he reaches Ibrahimovic's pass.

  • 51'

    Well, the supposed weakness in this German side was in the centre of defence. Sweden have never tested that theory at all.

  • 51'

    It looks as though Wilhelmsson could soon come on for Sweden.

  • 50'

    Schneider, once again, enjoys so much space as he probes for an opening on the right. Edman hasn't got near him.

  • 50'

    Schneider attempts a through ball which Hansson cuts out calmly.

  • 49'

    The German captain receives treatment while Frings changes his boots.

  • 48'

    Now Ballack is down after being caught by Jonson, who is belatedly booked.

  • 47'

    Ljungberg skips away from Ballack, who brings him down. The Swedes are entitled to wonder why that is not a yellow card.

  • 46'

    Larsson looks for Jonson and Lehmann is caught by the winger as he comes out to claim.

  • 46'

    No changes from either manager at half-time. The question is whether the 10-man Swedes are willing to risk losing by more in a bid to get back into the game.

  • 46'

    Germany start the second half in an enviable position. It would surely take a miracle to deprive them of a place in the last eight.

  • 45'

    A wonderful half for the rampant Germans. Podolski scored two early goals and, to make things worse for Sweden, Lucic was harshly dismissed.

  • 45'

    Larsson chips a free kick in the direction of Mellberg and Ballack clears at the second attempt.

  • 45'

    Good defending from Mellberg, trackning Klose's run.

  • 44'

    Schweinsteiger takes the resulting corner, but only finds Ibrahimovic.

  • 44'

    Germany counter-attack and after Podolski and Schweinsteiger almost shoot, Klose does and Isaksson produces another decent block.

  • 43'

    And again, Sweden almost score. Under pressure from Jonson, Lehmann spills Larsson's cross. It rolls towards goal, but Lahm is htere to clear.

  • 41'

    This time Mertesacker can get it away.

  • 41'

    Linderoth takes the corner and finds Hansson. His header is touched behind by Ballack.

  • 40'

    The Swedes almost get back into the game. Ibrahimovic shoots on the turn, Lehmann parries and then palms it wide at his near post.

  • 40'

    Sweden get a free kick but Ballack is untroubled to head away from Linderoth.

  • 39'

    Now Sweden are forced into a change. The defender Hansson comes on and Kallstrom is withdrawn. 4-3-2 for the Swedes now.

  • 38'

    And surely Sweden's faint hopes disappeared with Lucic. Germany have even more space now they're playing 10 men.

  • 37'

    Mis-kick by Mertesacker, but he gets away with it. It's that kind of day for the Germans.

  • 36'

    It looks as though Linderoth has dropped into the defence with Lucic off.

  • 35'

    It was his second booking for a tug on Klose. But contact is minimal and that decision was harsh, to say the least, and wrong, in all probability.

  • 35'

    And it gets even worse for Sweden - Lucic is sent off

  • 34'

    The Swedes have been dreadful in midfield today, and it's all too easy for Ballack and co.

  • 34'

    Now it's Schweinsteiger from distance and he is inches away from a third goal. It rebounds back into the back of the net. A fantastic hit and so close.

  • 33'

    And at the other end, Frings tries his luck from distance and Isaksson does well to tip it over.

  • 33'

    Fine last-ditch tackle from Metzelder when Ibrahimovic gets behind the German defence. Then it appears to hit a hand, but no penalty is given.

  • 32'

    The corner is played to Frings, who fires over from the edge of the box.

  • 31'

    And almost three. Lahm cuts into the box and finds Klose. He squeezes out a shot to the near post, tipped wide by the diving Isaksson.

  • 31'

    Now Friedrich crosses low but Schweinsteiger loses out in the box

  • 30'

    He can continue, however, and is immedidiately back in the game.

  • 30'

    Edman clips Podolski's ankle and it looks a little painful for the two-goal striker.

  • 28'

    Now a second booking as Lucic chops down Klose.

  • 27'

    Frings is booked for a deliberate handball, the first caution of the day.

  • 26'

    Ballack can shoot again but, though powerful, that was not his best effort.

  • 26'

    It's a great day to be a German midfielder. They are enjoying just so much space.

  • 25'

    Ljungberg tries to slide Larsson in, but Lahm is across to cover.

  • 25'

    Lehmann is already warned by the referee for what he perceives as time-wasting at the goal kick.

  • 24'

    Kallstrom gets his cross horribly wide and it sails behind for a goal kick.

  • 24'

    Now Schneider has a chance to shoot. He aims for the far corner from 25 yards and doesn't miss by much.

  • 23'

    Already Germany are confident enough to try a few tricks and flicks. It has been a disastrous start for the Swedes.

  • 22'

    A Swedish corner, which Linderoth takes and Lehmann claws away as Mellberg jumps.

  • 21'

    Fine defending from Metzelder, getting back to rob Larsson as he prepares to shoot.

  • 20'

    Lovely dummy from Schneider, Klose tries to then pass it back to the advancing midfielder and the Swedish defence, for once, does its job.

  • 19'

    More trauma at the back for the Poles as Lahm crosses and Podolski should have won his header.

  • 19'

    Lucic, with a headstart, just beats Podolski to a through ball.

  • 18'

    Now Klose comes, er, close, heading just over from Frings' cross.

  • 18'

    Ballack almost makes it three. A really good strike that Isaksson meets with a strong parry.

  • 17'

    And already the Germans may be thinking about facing Argentina in the last eight.

  • 15'

    Klose finds Podolski again, but he rather miscues his cross.

  • 15'

    The first of Ljungberg's angled runs to appear between the strikers, but he can't meet Kallstrom's pass.

  • 14'

    He goes deep, looking for Mellberg, but everyone misses it.

  • 14'

    A free kick for Sweden on the left. Edman to take...

  • 13'

    And already, the Swedes are in desperate straits. Germany seem to be able to cut open their defence at will.

  • 12'

    Fine build-up from Germany with Schweinsteiger finding Klose, who set up Podolski to slide it in.

  • 12'

    NOW IT'S TWO - Podolski calmly sidefoots his second and it couldn't be going much better for Germany.

  • 11'

    Ibrahimovic goes for the acrobatic, and perhaps silly volley, from Ljungberg's cross. It goes way over and he is penalised for a high boot.

  • 11'

    Schweinsteiger turns on the edge of the box and, via Lahm, the ball goes to Ballack whose first-time shot from 25 yards isn't far wide.

  • 10'

    Really positive start from the Germans. The midfield have been very attack-minded so far.

  • 8'

    A chance for Sweden. Larsson turns Metzelder but Ballack comes back to make it hard for him and fires his shot into the side-netting.

  • 7'

    Ballack and Schneider combine, the latter finds Podolski who strikes his shot from 25 yards really well... but it's too high

  • 6'

    Larsson leads Sweden forward at the other end , but he is crowded out.

  • 5'

    Mellberg got his head to Podolski's shot but he couldn't keep it out.

  • 4'

    Klose was played through on goal by Ballack, Isaksson came out bravely to block from him, but the rebound fell to his stirke partner.

  • 4'

    GOAL! Podolski fires the Germans ahead

  • 3'

    But he makes it easy for Isaksson in goal.

  • 3'

    And at the othe end, Klose is fouled. Frings takes the free kick.

  • 2'

    Edman takes and Mertesacker heads away strongly.

  • 2'

    Then Schneider fouls Kallstrom and Sweden have a free kick.

  • 1'

    Germany have the ball for the first time but Linderoth cuts out Schneider's pass.

  • 1'

    Sweden get the game underway, looking to cause a shock by knocking out the hosts.


    This is the first straight knockout game of the World Cup. The winner will face either Argentina or Mexico in the quarter-finals.


    So Ibrahimovic is back for Sweden and he takes Allback's place in attack.


    The teams are in: 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, Rosenbe

Goal Shot Video
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Germany

  • 29(13)

  • -

  • 14

  • 63%


  • Sweden

  • 4(2)

  • -

  • 20

Match Stats

  • Germany
  • Sweden
29(13) Shots (on goal) 4(2)
14 Fouls 20
4 Corner kicks 4
3 Offsides 2
63% Time of Possession 37%
1 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 1
2 Saves 9

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