Miyagi Stadium, Miyaki, Japan

Referee: Ali Bujsaim

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  • Anders Svensson 59'

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  • Hernán Crespo 88'
  • 90'

    The final whistle goes and it finishes 1-1 - Argentina, tipped to do so much in this World Cup, crash out of the tournament!

  • 90'

    Cavallero is out of his goal to get to the ball from a rare Sweden break... literally seconds to go as Argentina win another throw...

  • 90'

    Another long ball - another Mjallby header... Lopez hits a shot which whistles into the side-netting. It's nerve-shredding

  • 90'

    Argentina hammer the ball long once more... it's headed away for a throw

  • 90'

    Samuel lurks, but Lucic heads clear for a corner. Argentina's fans turning up the noise - Sweden hack the ball away

  • 90'

    And Argentina will pour forward: they win another free-kick and Mellberg does well to put the ball out for a throw

  • 90'

    Hedman punches well... then Ortega's deflected cross is caught by the keeper. There will be four minutes of stoppage time...

  • 90'

    Alexandersson gets the block in and it's a corner... could this be Argentina's last chance?

  • 89'

    Sweden clear their lines, but Zanetti comes back at them again

  • 88'

    Larsson is off and Ibrahimovic on for Sweden... Argentina win another free-kick and Veron will play this in

  • 87'

    Ortega takes, Hedman saves - but Crespo gets to the rebound first and it's 1-1!

  • 86'

    Yet another cross comes in... Ortega goes down under challenge from Jonsson and the referee says penalty

  • 86'

    Veron spreads the ball to Lopez... Kily Gonzalez hammers in a shot, which is blocked and hacked clear

  • 85'

    Zanetti comes forward... it's another corner. Aimar tries to get there, but the final outcome is a goal-kick

  • 85'

    Andreas Andersson so nearly puts the game beyond doubt, curling in a shot which ricochets off the woodwork. A fraction away from 2-0

  • 84'

    And the ball is wasted: it goes out of play, Sweden have a throw and not much longer to hang on now. They're set to top the group as things stand

  • 83'

    ...but here's Zanetti again. Jonsson sticks to his task, but Aimar crosses. All he'll get from that is a throw

  • 83'

    Then the ball falls to Zanetti on the edge of the box - the shot is crisp, and Hedman makes a good low save. Crespo can't reach the rebound...

  • 82'

    Aimar and Zanetti... the latter crosses and again Sweden's defending is spot-on

  • 81'

    At the other end, a good interception denies Argentina as a low cross is fired into the area... soon afterwards, Hedman has to race out of his area to hack the ball clear

  • 80'

    Sweden break through Argentina's fraying ranks - Jonsson attempts to find Larsson, and keeper Cavallero is there

  • 79'

    Aimar and Chamot... now Ortega down the left... Mjallby is there with another challenge, typifying Sweden's solid defensive work

  • 78'

    Ortega miscontrols as the nerves grow for Argentina. Larsson plays the ball forward, but it's a bit aimless

  • 77'

    It's a bad one and Larsson can break... he tumbles to the ground under challenge, but is booked for an alleged dive

  • 77'

    And time is running out for one of the pre-tournament favourites. Jonsson concedes a free-kick in a good crossing position for Argentina

  • 76'

    His effort is on target but straight at Cavallero, who holds on... as Argentina try to move downfield, the offside flag is up

  • 75'

    Almost an amazing own-goal... Kily Gonzalez is then booked for fouling Larsson, who will take the free-kick himself

  • 74'

    Sweden break - Pochettino gets to the cross and deflects it towards his own goal: it ricochets to safety off keeper Cavallero

  • 73'

    Veron prompts again - Mjallby is there to head clear as the ball is floated into the penalty area

  • 72'

    Ortega looks for Veron with a curling cross... Andersson is beaten to the ball as Sweden try to break after clearing. Anxious faces on the Argentina bench

  • 72'

    Another Argentina free-kick: Veron delivers, but the flag is up for offside

  • 71'

    Alexandersson is the man in the right place to get that clear, and Argentina have less than 20 minutes in which to rescue their World Cup campaign

  • 70'

    Kily Gonzalez, on for Almeyda, crosses - that will be headed away but Chamon is there...

  • 70'

    He delivers it poorly, though, and Sweden can clear without difficulty

  • 69'

    It's cleared, but another soon follows... Lopez to take this one

  • 68'

    Ortega is crowded out after a good run towards the area... Crespo takes the ball on and crosses, and that's put behind for a corner

  • 66'

    The Celtic striker's effort crashes into the wall... Mattias Jonsson is coming on and goalscorer Anders Svensson will be replaced as Sweden make a switch

  • 65'

    Another Sweden free-kick - Argentina's frustrations growing. It's a long way out and Larsson is looking at it...

  • 64'

    Sweden again clear their lines well, and Zanetti is unable to reach the follow-up ball forward

  • 63'

    Magnus Svensson is booked for kicking the ball away after his side concede a free-kick... substitute Juan Sebstian Veron, on for Almeyda, will take...

  • 62'

    It's cleared... Zanetti crosses again... Sweden clear again

  • 61'

    Back come Argentina - they win a corner, which Lopez crosses in

  • 60'

    A long ball is launched forward by Argentina - the Swedes clear and counter, but Andersson is unable to reach that

  • 60'

    A magnificent goal by Svensson: Sweden have had to do the vast majority of the defending, but find themselves in front

  • 60'

    Argentina have half an hour to score twice, otherwise they're going out of the World Cup

  • 59'

    He curls it beautifully over the wall and into the corner... Cavallero helpless. It's 1-0 Sweden!

  • 58'

    Anders Svensson lining up a shot...

  • 57'

    Before it can be taken, Batitsuta is taken off and Hernan Crespo comes on. Argentina shaking up their attacking options now

  • 57'

    Anders Svensson is fouled by Almeyda about 35 yards out - another chance for Sweden to create danger from a dead-ball. Almeyda is booked

  • 57'

    Zanetti gets the ball again - Sweden, however, are pressing them back well and Linderoth steps in to win possession

  • 56'

    A good effort, and here come Argentina again. They look for Zanetti, but that pass out wide was a bit telegraphed and is easily cleared

  • 55'

    In the end, Anders Svensson hits it. It's low and well struck - and just wide

  • 55'

    It's a long way out... Larsson among those considering the options

  • 54'

    The ball ricochets off a defender and falls nicely for Hedman. Chamot is booked for handball as the ball goes downfield again

  • 53'

    That comes to nothing, but the pressure's growing as Lopez races into the box from the left

  • 52'

    Zanetti crosses, Batistuta can't quite get there... it's crossed again and Sorin is beaten by Lucic. Corner...

  • 52'

    Signs already that the Swedes may be taking a more adventurous approach than they did before the break

  • 51'

    Ortega chips a ball into the box, but that won't ask too many questions of the Sweden defence

  • 51'

    The flag-kick is floated in and the referee spots some pushing. It's Argentina's free-kick

  • 50'

    But Argentina have it back and Aimar wins a free-kick... Sweden clear and break well. Andersson crosses and forces a corner - a good move, that one

  • 49'

    Ortega and Chamot link - Zanetti takes over and promptly directs a pass straight out of play

  • 49'

    Cavallero tries to control the ball inside his own area and fails - Larsson challenges, but gives away a free-kick in doing so

  • 48'

    At the other end, Sorin chases a ball down the left - a goal-kick is the verdict as he is challenged, and the Argentina star doesn't look too impressed by that

  • 47'

    Alexandersson is on the ball for Sweden - Magnus Svensson turns it back across the area but nobody is able to capitalise

  • 47'

    Goal-kick - can Argentina find the breakthrough they so desperately need?

  • 46'

    Anders Svensson controls the ball neatly, but the move doesn't come to anything as Argentina step in

  • 45'

    Straight away, Argentina move forward with Lopez - his wayward shot, though, won't worry Hedman

  • 45'

    Andreas Andersson is on for Sweden, replacing Allback, who took a knock at the end of the first period

  • 45'

    It's the final action of a first half dominated by Argentina - but they have no goals to show for it and the score is 0-0 at the break

  • 45'

    That is a free-kick - on the bench, Claudio Caniggia voices his discontent in over-strong terms and is shown a red card by the referee

  • 45'

    Ortega tumbles theatrically under challenge - his free-kick claims are waved away. Then Anders Svensson is fouled inside his own half

  • 45'

    Two minutes of added time to be played as the flag-kick is cleared. The follow-up ball forward is easy for Hedman

  • 44'

    ...but wait a moment: Lopez crosses deep and Magnus Svensson leaps well to head it clear

  • 44'

    Sweden have a throw inside the Argentina half, and it looks as though they will make it to the break with a goalless scoreline

  • 43'

    Lopez on the ball again, but he waits too long to release it and can only find Zanetti offside

  • 43'

    Zanetti plays the ball back in - it's another dangerous low cut-back - and it's scrambled clear once again

  • 42'

    Argentina goal-kick - Cavallero plays it long and Mellberg is there with a header for Sweden

  • 41'

    Lopez hits a crisp left-foot drive from the corner of the box, and it whistles just past the post with Hedman at full stretch

  • 40'

    Larsson takes it, but can't steer his ambitious effort over the wall and Chamot will play it forward for Argentina

  • 40'

    Larsson and Lucic look interested in this...

  • 39'

    Svensson does well and finds Allback - he's challenged heavily by Samuel and it's a free-kick some 40 yards from goal

  • 38'

    It's played towards Batistuta... the flag is up and that's more frustration for Argentina

  • 37'

    Svensson concedes a free-kick inside the Argentina half

  • 36'

    Sweden will be pretty happy with their defensive performance so far - they've had some tough moments but have held their shape well

  • 35'

    Corner... it comes to nothing and Alexandersson tries to break, but that one's intercepted

  • 34'

    Ortega runs towards the edge of the area and Aimar takes it on... Zanetti lurks as Almeyda plays the ball in, and it's only just scrambled clear

  • 34'

    The ball's inside the Argentina half - not for long, as Sorin looks forward. Lopez is caught offside... have Sweden weathered the storm?

  • 34'

    Sweden look for Larsson, but that's an aimless ball and they're gifting possession back to their opponents at times

  • 33'

    Samuel heads clear from a Sweden free-kick with Allback going for the ball. The referee has spotted a foul on the Argentina player and it's a free-kick in any case

  • 33'

    But it still hasn't brought them a goal in a game they have to win

  • 32'

    Another example of the speed of Argentina's passing - their football has been crisp and creative today

  • 31'

    That's cleared, and Zanetti breaks rapidly to look for Ortega - Batitsuta, though, is offside

  • 30'

    It seems that an Argentina goal is inevitable at this rate... but Sweden break to win a corner

  • 30'

    From a tight angle, he sidefoots goalwards but sees the effort end up hitting the side netting

  • 29'

    Ortega takes up the charge and Lopez is waiting on the far side...

  • 28'

    Argentina keeper Cavallero, with virtually nothing to do so far, claims a rare cross... his side launch another attack with stylish passing

  • 28'

    Lopez floats another free-kick into the area - the ball comes back to him and he hits a volley from the left of the box which flies over the top

  • 27'

    Jakobsson gets there with a good header - the pressure on his side is growing all the time

  • 26'

    Svensson lunges in on Aimar just outside the area on the right... free-kick, and Argentina's fans turn up the noise

  • 25'

    More last-ditch defending inside the Sweden area - Mjallby gets a low cross away as real danger threatened

  • 24'

    Lopez looks for Aimar down the left-hand side... his attempt to find him in a crossing position is too strong and Sweden have the goal-kick

  • 23'

    Sweden trying to keep the ball with a spell of controlled, if rather negative, passing... that breaks down as the ball drifts out of play

  • 23'

    Mellberg heads clear as Argentina press yet again - they earn some respite when Larsson is sent tumbling for a free-kick

  • 22'

    Neat interplay finds Ortega deep inside the Swedish half - Sorin is the player darting through, but the chip towards him is just overhit

  • 21'

    Larsson produces some great skill and control to finds Svensson, but the move peters out just outside the penalty area

  • 20'

    ...but then Ortega is fouled and Sweden have conceded a dangerous free-kick on the right. It's swung towards Aimar, who is just unable to get a touch

  • 20'

    This one's disappointing, and relatively easily cleared

  • 19'

    Lopez meets it with an attempted header back across goal, and that's scrambled behind for another flag-kick

  • 19'

    And there's more to do now - another Argentina corner...

  • 18'

    Sweden struggling to produce anything in an attacking sense at the moment - they've certainly had their work cut out defensively lately

  • 17'

    ...he meets it with a header, which flies over the top. Argentina probably should have made more of that

  • 16'

    Argentina suddenly playing very well - Lopez moves down the left and finds Sorin with another quality cross...

  • 15'

    Good skill by Ortega gives him room: Aimar takes it on, but his pass forward finds Batistuta offside

  • 14'

    Again Sweden defend the set piece well. Soon afterwards, Batistuta tumbles under challenge on the edge of the area - but the referee is unimpressed by his free-kick claims

  • 14'

    Zanetti crosses - superbly - and Sorin meets it with a header which keeper Hedman scrambles away. Corner...

  • 13'

    Zanetti makes a mistake, rolling his attempted pass out of play, and the Swedes win a throw inside their own half

  • 12'

    The kick causes one or two initial problems, but is eventually cleared... Ortega follows up with a good cross which produces another header clear

  • 11'

    Almeyda plays a good ball forward to Zanetti, who is breaking down the right... he makes ground and wins a corner...

  • 11'

    Sweden clear again - in the meantime, Larsson has taken a slight knock but will be fine to continue

  • 10'

    The kick goes long, and when it falls to Svensson he attempts a shot from long range - it goes well wide

  • 9'

    Another free-kick - this one to Sweden inside their own half. No real shape to proceedings at the moment

  • 8'

    But the offside flag goes up to bring an end to what had looked a promising move

  • 7'

    But here come Argentina again - Lopez breaks and frees Batistuta down the left...

  • 6'

    Batistuta blasts his effort high and wayward - it's a goal-kick

  • 6'

    Anders Svensson has the corner on the left but it's too deep - Argentina throw. They break up field and Magnus Svensson brings down Aimar

  • 5'

    Larsson takes - off the wall for a corner

  • 4'

    Now the Swedes press again. Allback gets hailed down by Chamot 25 yards out

  • 2'

    Early cross from fullback Sorin, but the Swedes clear and break upfield before Allback gets the game's first offside flag

  • 1'

    Game on in the Miyagi Stadium - and with no Veron or Ayala, Batigol captains Argentina.


    Argentina coach Marcelo Bielsa retains striker Gabriel Batistuta but drops midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron. Captain Roberto Ayala remains out injured. Team: Cavallero, Zanetti, Samuel, Pocchettino, Chamot, Ortega, Almeyda, Sorin, Aimar, Claudio Lopez, Batistuta.


    Sweden are without injured Freddie Ljungberg and captain Patrik Andersson. Team: Hedman, Mellberg, Mjallby, Jakobsson, Lucic, Alexandersson, Linderoth, Anders Svensson, Magnus Svensson, Larsson, Allback.

Goal Shot Video
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Sweden

  • 5(3)

  • -

  • 18

  • 0%


  • Argentina

  • 15(3)

  • -

  • 13

Match Stats

  • Sweden
  • Argentina
5(3) Shots (on goal) 15(3)
18 Fouls 13
3 Corner kicks 13
1 Offsides 8
0% Time of Possession 0%
2 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0
3 Saves 1

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