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Germany Into Quarters

Germany became the first team into the quarter-finals of the 2006 FIFA World Cup as two early Lukas Podolski goals secured a comfortable 2-0 win against Sweden in Munich.

Final – Allianz Arena, Munich Attendance: 66,000
Germany 2 – 0 Sweden
Lukas Podolski (4)
Lukas Podolski (12)
  Henrik Larsson (pen miss 53)
Game 49

FT: For the 15th time Germany are ion the last eight of the World Cup after totally outplaying a disappointing Sweden. Germany were impressive, particularly in the first half, with Ballack outstanding in midfield. But for keeper Isaksson the scoreline would have been far worse for Sweden whose last hopes of getting back into the game disppeared when Larsson smashed a penalty high over the bar. Germany are now likely to face Argentina in the quarter-final, and what a prospect that is.

90 mins: Schneider tries to set Neuville away, but Hansson intercepts. Less than a minute to go now, and Germany will be the first team into the quarter-finals.

90 mins: We’ve already played one of the three minutes to be added at the end of this one-sided contest.

90 mins: The free-kick comes to nothing despite Wilhelmsson’s attempts to make something of Linderoth’s pass. Borowski hacks clear towards Klose, but Isaksson is out of his area to clear.

90 mins: Ljungberg wins a free-kick in the centre-circle.

89 mins: Taken quickly to Linderoth who looks long for Larsson, but overhits it and Lehmann gathers.

89 mins: Allback is fouled by Friedrich on the right.

88 mins: Schneider squares to Neuville who tees up Kehl, but he blazes over the bar.

87 mins: Lahm’s shot is blocked into Neuville’s path. His first-time shot on the turn is beaten away again by Isaksson, who is probably the only Swede to emerge in credit from this game.

86 mins: Germany are just keeping the ball in midfield now, content to pass the ball around and run down the clock.

85 mins: The corner is headed clear by Hansson.

85 mins: Sebastian Kehl replaces Frings for Germany.

84 mins: Schneider’s shot deflects off Linderoth, hits the post and Germany have a corner.

83 mins: It’s been a much more subdued second half but, apart from the penalty that Larsson missed so spectacularly, Germany have rarely been troubled by a Swedish side who seem to have used up all they had in that second half against England.

82 mins: Good run from Klose across the face of the area, but Edman makes a good challenge to halt the German’s march.

81 mins: Ballack deserves a goal, but he is denied once more by Isaksson who parries his shot and Klose heads the rebound over the bar.

80 mins: Frings is fouled by Allback on halfway.

79 mins: Ballack is once again given time to measure a shot, but Linderoth gets the block, and Mellberg clears as the ball spins across the face of goal.

78 mins: Borowski’s cross is too high for Ballack, but it’s a walk in the park for Germany now.

77 mins: Friedrich is caught late by Allback, who gets a booking. Allback protests his innocence, but he was definitely late, although the German certainly made a meal of it.

76 mins: It takes an age for Borowski to get treatment, then he is stretchered off to the side of the pitch, when it would have been far quicker to get him off behind the goal, and eventually after a lot of messing around the game can continue.

75 mins: Lahm’s cross is helped on by Neuville to Borowski, but Hansson makes a good block. Borowski stays down and eventually Sweden put the ball out of play.

74 mins: Another change for Germany, and it’s two-goal hero Podolski who goes off to a huge ovation, to be replaced by Oliver Neuville.

73 mins: The referee gives a foul throw again Friedrich for advancing 10 yards before taking it.

72 mins: Both teams make a change. Tim Borowski replaces Schweinsteiger for Germany, while Allback replaces the disappointing Ibrahimovic for Sweden.

72 mins: Ballack shoots again under no pressure 30 yards out, but it flashes just wide.

71 mins: Sweden enjoy a rare spell of possession, but it doesn’t get them anywhere, and eventually Schneider gets the ball back for Germany.

70 mins: Decent move from Sweden, but Ljungberg shoots wide from Larsson’s pass.

69 mins: Linderoth’s corner is headed away by Mertesacker.

68 mins: Sweden take the free-kick quickly, and Ibrahimovic eventually wins a corner off Metzelder from Larsson’s deep cross.

68 mins: Ljungberg is fouled on halfway by Schneider.

67 mins: Good defending from Mellberg, sliding in to deny Klose a shooting chance.

66 mins: Friedrich is the latest German to have a pop on goal from distance, but his effort is way off target.

65 mins: Wilhelmsson thinks he’s in on goal, but Larsson was flagged offside as he flicks the ball on.

64 mins: Linderoth is okay, but can’t get his pass intended for Wilhelmsson past Lahm.

63 mins: Germany play on with Linderoth down injured, and Podolski eventually shoots wide to hoots of derision from the Swedish fans.

62 mins: Larsson tries to get the ball through to Ibrahimovic, but it goes straight through to Lehmann.

61 mins: The Swedish free-kick comes to nothing and Podolski bursts clear. He finds Klose on the right and continues his run. But Klose’s cross is just too far ahead of Podolski and out for a goal-kick.

60 mins: Linderoth wins a free-kick in midfield after getting kicked by Schweinsteiger.

59 mins: Germany soon have the ball back and a patient passing move ends with Ballack shooting over from 25 yards. Again, the German midfielders are allowed far too much space in the middle of the park.

58 mins: Podolski’s raking pass is too strong for Schweinsteiger on the left, and it’s a Sweden throw.

57 mins: Ljungberg drives down the left, but Friedrich holds him off and Lehmann gathers.

56 mins: Klose squares to Podolski and looks for a return ball, but Podolski slightly greedily goes for goal and clears the crossbar by some distance.

55 mins: Great strength and skill from Ballack to hold off two challenges and unleash a powerful right-foot shot that Isaksson somehow diverts onto the post and away to safety.

55 mins: Linderoth looks long for Larsson, but the ball is too close to Lehmann who gathers.

54 mins: Klose tries to play in Podolski on the left, but Alexandersson is there to snuff out the threat.

53 mins: It just isn’t Sweden’s day as the normally ice-cool Larsson blazes the penalty high over the bar. Sweden bizarrely made a change before the spot-kick, bringing on Wilhelmsson for Jonson, and that may have put Larsson off. Whatever the reason, it was a dreadful penalty.

52 mins: Amazingly, Sweden have a penalty and a chance to get back in the game. Much better play from Ibrahimovic this time, showing some strength on the left. His low cross finds Larsson who is tripped by Metzelder.

51 mins: Linderoth tries to hit the ball over the top for Ibrahimovic, but he can’t even be bothered to challenge Metzelder for the ball, and the attack breaks down all too easily.

50 mins: Schneider is in acres of space on the right, where Frings picks him out, but Hansson manages to clear the cross.

49 mins: Schneider tries to release Podolski, but Hansson is across to clear.

48 mins: Jonson clatters into Ballack, and earns a richly-deserved booking. Amazingly Sweden are unhappy with the decision, but they really have no grounds for complaint there.

48 mins: Ballack trips Ljungberg in midfield, and is perhaps lucky to avoid a caution considering what Lucic was dismissed for.

47 mins: Great reverse pass from Ljungberg plays Mattias Jonson in, but Lehmann comes out bravely to gather.

46 mins: Germany get the second half underway, with one foot already in the last eight.

HT: That’s the last action of a half Germany have absolutely dominated. They have had the run of midfield, with Ballack, Schneider and Schweinsteiger pulling the strings while Klose and Podolski look a great pairing upfront. Podolski got the goals, but both were made by Klose who loves World Cups it seems. Sweden have been atrocious though, and their defensive horror show was summed up when Lucic was sent off for a second booking, although he could certainly consider himself unfortunate for the second of the two yellows. Only goalkeeper Isaksson with a string of world-class saves has kept Sweden from being on the wrong end of a cricket score in Munich.

45 mins: Larsson’s free-kick is met by Mellberg, but Ballack is there to block.

45 mins: Ibrahimovic draws a foul from Metzelder, and Sweden may have a chance to get a foothold in the game right on the stroke of half time.

45 mins: Good defending from Mellberg, holding off Klose and winning a goal-kick.

45 mins: There will be two additional minutes at the end of this first half.

45 mins: Ibrahimovic heads the corner clear. The ball is helped back into the area by Friedrich. Podolski brings it down beautifully, but he’d strayed just offside.

44 mins: Another great break from Germany. Schweinsteiger tees up Podolski who is tackled by Mellberg. But the ball breaks to Klose whose shot is beaten away by Isaksson, who has kept the score down to respectable levels in this opening 45 minutes.

43 mins: Lehmann again almost lets Sweden back into the game, making a complete hash of Larsson’s cross before being bailed out by Metzelder.

42 mins: Ljungberg is fouled by Schneider in midfield.

41 mins: This time Linderoth’s corner is headed clear. The ball comes back in to Ibrahimovic who erroneously believes Linderoth to still be out on the right after taking the corner, and passes straight out of play.

40 mins: Linderoth’s corner is deflected over by a German defender after sub Hansson won the header.

40 mins: Against the odds, Sweden are almost back in the game as Ibrahimovic holds off Metzelder, swivels and shoots at Lehmann’s near post, and the Arsenal keeper is almost embarrassed, just managing to smuggle the ball round the post.

39 mins: Petter Hansson comes on for Kallstrom. Hansson is a defender, so he will go into the back four allowing Linderoth to move back into the midfield.

38 mins: Good move again from Germany, but it ends with a disappointing overhit cross from Lahm for a goal-kick.

37 mins: Germany were passing the ball through Sweden’s midfield with indecent ease before. Now they’re only up against 10 men it’s got even easier.

36 mins: Linderoth has dropped back from midfield to play alongside Olof Mellberg at the back for Sweden.

35 mins: Sweden’s nightmare gets worse as Klose spins round Lucic and is pulled back by the defender. That earns Lucic a very harsh second yellow card and, as Graham Poll isn’t the ref today, that means red for Lucic, and Sweden are down to 10 men as well as being 2-0 down.

34 mins: Several of the German fans thought they’d gone 3-0 up when Schweinsteiger’s shot hit the post behind the goal and runs along the back of the goal. It was actually another great save from Isaksson to divert it round the post, but a goal-kick is given.

33 mins: Frings has time and space to measure a shot from 25 yards, and Isaksson makes a great save, tipping a swerving shot over the bar.

33 mins: Some confusion in the German penalty area, and Sweden appeal for handball against Metzelder to no avail.

32 mins: The corner is cut back to Frings who shoots over the bar.

31 mins: Great run from Lahm on the left, beating Larsson before pulling the ball back for Klose. His shot is sneaking inside the near post before Isaksson gets down at the last moment to make a good save and keep the Swedes just about in this game.

31 mins: Germany work the ball nicely out to Friedrich on the right, but his cross is cleared by Linderoth.

30 mins: Erik Edman fouls Podolski, who stays down for a while clutching his ankle. Worrying moments for Germany, but Podolski is back on his feet soon enough.

29 mins: Klose is penalised for backing into Lucic as Friedrich launches the ball forward.

28 mins: Ibrahimovic dwells on the ball and Schweinsteiger nicks the ball away. He sets Klose away and Lucic picks up a booking for a foul on the in-form striker.

27 mins: Klose tries to chest Lehmann’s clearance into the path of Podolski, but Lucic intercepts and brings the ball out.

26 mins: Wonderful pass from Frings finds Schweinsteiger on the left, but good Swedish defence forces him to play back to Lahm, and the move peters out, ending with a very optimistic shot from Ballack that goes well wide of the target.

25 mins: Schweinsteiger tries to dink the ball into Klose’s path, but Tobias Linderoth makes the block.

24 mins: Kallstrom links up with Ibrahimovic on the right, but puts his cross behind for a goal-kick. Lehmann takes about a week over the goal-kick, which doesn’t go down well with the Brazilian referee.

23 mins: Germany are so dominant here it’s almost embarrassing, keeping the ball with ease in midfield. The ball eventually comes to Schneider on the right, and he comes inside and fires a swerving shot just wide.

22 mins: Decent ball in, but a flapping Lehmann just about gets enough on it to claw it away from danger.

21 mins: Larsson almost gets a half-chance, but Metzelder is on him into a flash to make the challenge at the expense of a corner.

21 mins: Klose almost release Schneider with a deft one-two, but Teddy Lucic gets a foot in.

20 mins: Niclas Alexandersson tries to play long to Ibrahimovic, but he can’t bring the ball down and Germany clear.

19 mins: Another chance for Germany – again falling to Podolski, but he makes no contact with his attempted header from Lahm’s cross.

18 mins: The ball comes back into the box and slack marking allows Klose to get on the end of it, but he can’t keep his header down.

18 mins: Ballack again finds embarrassing space in the midfield and strides forward before unleashing a shot that Isaksson does well to beat away.

17 mins: The throw finds Ibrahimovic on the edge of the box, but he can’t turn Metzelder, and Germany clear. Edman then fouls Friedrich.

17 mins: Lehmann slices an attempted clearance for a Sweden throw.

16 mins: Podolski tries to return the favour to Klose, but overhits his cross from the left, and Sweden can smuggle the ball clear, but they look all over the place at the back.

15 mins: Ballack is caught in possession and Kallstrom’s ball almost plays in Ljungberg, but he can’t control and Jens Lehmann gathers.

14 mins: Edman takes the free-kick, clearing everyone and out for a German throw.

14 mins: Ljungberg wins a free-kick on the left for Sweden, who face a huge task to drag themselves back into the game.

13 mins: GOAL PODOLSKI – the hosts are in dreamland now, and Podolski has both goals. Great work from Klose, running across the edge of the area and then reversing a pass into Podolski’s path, leaving the Swedish defence open, and Podolski coolly slots the ball past Isaksson. Great move, great goal, and the Germans are absolutely flying.

12 mins: Good cross from the left by Ljungberg, but Ibrahimovic tries to play it with his foot when he should surely have gone with the head and is penalised for high feet.

11 mins: The free-kick finds Schweinsteiger at the back of the area. He finds Philipp Lahm sho squares to Ballack. The Chelsea midfielder is given time to measure a shot but sends it narrowly wide.

10 mins: Ljungberg fouls Klose tight to the touchline on the right.

9 mins: Schweinsteiger switches to the right, but is denied by Edman’s challenge. Great start from Germany though, not allowing Sweden to bring the ball clear.

8 mins: Chance for Henrik Larsson to pull Sweden level, spinning away from his defender but snatching at his shot from the left and dragging it into the side-netting under pressure from Ballack, who has covered every blade of grass on the pitch in these opening minutes.

7 mins: Podolski is full of confidence now, smashing a shot narrowly over the bar from fully 30 yards after being found by Ballack. He could have picked out Bastian Schweinsteiger on the left, but hads the confidence to go for goal, and wasn’t far away.

6 mins: Arne Friedrich gets back well to halt Ljungberg’s marauding run down the left.

5 mins: Dream start for the hosts, but it was all about a great ball from Ballack, and a wonderful first touch from Klose to take him clear of the Swedish defence.

4 mins: GOAL PODOLSKI – Germany have the lead inside four minutes as Sweden are caught napping at the back after Michael Ballack’s neat pass plays in Klose. He is denied by the keeper, but the ball comes out to Lukas Podolski who coolly slots home to ease the nerves of the hosts.

4 mins: The free-kick is overhit and easily claimed by Andreas Isaksson.

3 mins: Miroslav Klose is fouled in midfield by Kim Kallstrom.

2 mins: Former Spurs full-back Erik Edman swings in the free-kick, but Per Mertesacker heads clear impressively under pressure from Ibrahimovic.

1 mins: Freddie Ljungberg wins the first free-kick of the game after being pulled down by Bernd Schneider.

1 mins: Sweden get the first of the last-16 clashes underway.

Pre-Match: Germany coach Jurgen Klinsmann recalls Christoph Metzhelder to theheart6 of the defence at the expense of Chelsea’s Robert Huth for their second-round clash with Sweden. The hosts have history on their side, having not lost at this stage of the competition in 68 years.

Sweden also make just one change to the team which drew their final group match against England, Zlatan Ibrahimovic recovering sufficiently from a groin injury to take the place of Marcus Allback up front. But that means winger Christian Wilhelmsson must settle for a place on the bench.

Teams
Germany Sweden
1 Jens Lehmann (G) (G) Andreas Isaksson 1
3 Arne Friedrich (D) (D) Erik Edman 5
16 Philip Lahm (D) (D) Teddy Lucic 4
17 Per Mertesacker (D) (D) Olof Mellberg 3
21 Christoph Metzelder (D) (M) Niclas Alexandersson 7
13 Michael Ballack (M) (M) Kim Kallstrom 16
8 Torsten Frings (M) (M) Tobias Linderoth 6
19 Bernd Schneider (M) (M) Fredrik Ljungberg 9
7 Bastian Schweinsteiger (M) (S) Zlatan Ibrahimovic 10
11 Miroslav Klose (S) (S) Mattias Jonson 18
20 Lukas Podolski (S) (S) Henrik Larsson 11
Substitutes
23 Timo Hildebrand (G) (G) John Alvbage 12
12 Oliver Kahn (G) (G) Rami Shaaban 23
4 Robert Huth (D) (D) Petter Hansson 13
2 Marcell Jansen (D) (D) Mikael Nilsson 2
6 Jens Nowotny (D) (D) Fredrik Stenman 14
18 Tim Borowski (M) (D) Karl Svensson 15
15 Thomas Hitzlsperger (M) (M) Daniel Andersson 19
5 Sebastian Kehl (M) (M) Anders Svensson 8
22 David Odonkor (M) (M) Christian Wilhelmsson 21
14 Gerald Asamoah (S) (S) Marcus Allback 20
9 Mike Hanke (S) (S) Johan Elmander 17
10 Oliver Neuville (S) (S) Markus Rosenberg 22
Substitutions
T Borowski for B Schweinsteiger (72) P Hansson for K Kallstrom (39)
O Neuville for L Podolski (74) C Wilhelmsson for M Jonson (52)
S Kehl for T Frings (85) M Allback for Z Ibrahimovic (72)
Yellow Cards
Torsten Frings (27) Teddy Lucic (28)
  Mattias Jonson (48)
  Marcus Allback (78)
Red Cards
  Teddy Lucic (35)
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