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Tuesday, 20th June 2006
England Just Can't Beat Sweden

Group B Match

Sweden vs England
Kln

Previous Encounters:
England have not beaten the Swedes in the last 11 matches, stretching back 37 years. The last time they met was for a friendly in Gothenburg, on 31st March 2004; which Sweden won (1:0).

The two teams drew (1:1) in Saitama, during the Korea-Japan 2002 World Cup Finals.

The Match:
Michael Owen rolled over on the touchline in the first minute, with what looked like a twisted knee.

While the part-time Newcastle striker was getting treatment, Wayne Rooney lined up Frank Lampard for a long-range shot.

England's early domination eventually paid dividends when Joe Cole, on the left, took the ball on his chest and volleyed it into the top right corner of the goal; a screaming goal equal to anything we've seen so far in this classic World Cup Finals. And Sven Goran Eriksson dropped his composure to show his delight.

Sweden tried to play the English game but England played it better, for the first-half.

Half-time: (0:1).

Then things went wrong.

It doesn't matter how much control you have of the game, if you don't turn it into goals there's always a chance the other team will get back into the game; and Sweden did, twice.

A Tobias Linderoth corner, six minutes after the break, was headed into the top right corner by Marcus Allback; who got away from David Beckham on the front post. What is Beckham doing on the front post?

Four minutes later, from another Swedish corner, England looked in trouble again.

Just a few minutes after Steven Gerrard came on for Wayne Rooney, the Liverpool captain cleared Kim Kallstrom's shot off the line; things not going England's way at all, in the second-half.

Steven Gerrard then saved England at the other end, by heading them back into the lead with five minutes to go.

Then Henrik Larsson equalised in the last minute of normal time, to make England nervous during injury time.

Final Score:
Sweden 2 - England 2

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
0:1 Joe Cole (33)
1:1 Marcus Allback (51)
1:2 Steven Gerrard (85)
2:2 Henrik Larsson (90)

Teams

Sweden:
1 Andreas Isaksson; 3 Olof Mellberg, 4 Teddy Lucic, 5 Erik Edman; 6 Tobias Linderoth, 7 Niclas Alexandersson, 9 Fredrik Ljungberg, 16 Kim Kallstrom, 18 Mattias Jonson; 11 Henrik Larsson, 20 Marcus Allback.

England:
1 Paul Robinson; 3 Ashley Cole, 5 Rio Ferdinand, 6 John Terry, 15 Jamie Carragher; 7 David Beckham, 8 Frank Lampard, 11 Joe Cole, 16 Owen Hargreaves; 9 Wayne Rooney, 10 Michael Owen.

Referee:
Massimo Busacca (Switzerland)

Substitutions Substitutions:
4 Mins (England) - 21 Peter Crouch on for 10 Michael Owen
54 Mins (Sweden) - 21 Christian Wilhelmsson on for 18 Mattias Jonson
56 Mins (England) - 12 Sol Campbell on for 5 Rio Ferdinand
69 Mins (England) - 4 Steven Gerrard on for 9 Wayne Rooney
74 Mins (Sweden) - 17 Johan Elmander on for 20 Marcus Allback
90 Mins (Sweden) - 19 Daniel Andersson on for Tobias Linderoth

Yellow Cards 3 Yellow Cards:
76 Mins - Owen Hargreaves (England)
83 Mins - Niclas Alexandersson (Sweden)
87 Mins - Fredrik Ljungberg (Sweden)

Red Cards 0 Red Cards.

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Friday, 9th June
Germany vs Costa Rica
Poland vs Ecuador

Saturday 10th June
Argentina vs Ivory Coast
England vs Paraguay
Trinidad vs Sweden

Sunday 11th June
Angola vs Portugal
Mexico vs Iran
Serbia vs Holland

Monday 12th June
Australia vs Japan
Italy vs Ghana
USA vs Czech Republic

Tuesday 13th June
Brazil vs Croatia
France vs Switzerland
South Korea vs Togo

Wednesday 14th June
Germany vs Poland
Spain vs Ukraine
Tunisia vs Saudi Arabia

Thursday 15th June
Ecuador vs Costa Rica
England vs Trinidad
Sweden vs Paraguay

Friday 16th June
Argentina vs Serbia
Holland vs Ivory Coast
Mexico vs Angola

Saturday 17th June
Czech Republic vs Ghana
Italy vs USA
Portugal vs Iran

Sunday 18th June
Brazil vs Australia
France vs South Korea
Japan vs Croatia

Monday 19th June
Saudi Arabia vs Ukraine
Spain vs Tunisia
Togo vs Switzerland

Tuesday 20th June
Costa Rica vs Poland
Ecuador vs Germany
Paraguay vs Trinidad
Sweden vs England

Wednesday 21st June
Holland vs Argentina
Iran vs Angola
Ivory Coast vs Serbia
Portugal vs Mexico

Thursday 22nd June
Croatia vs Australia
Czech Republic vs Italy
Ghana vs USA
Japan vs Brazil

Friday 23rd June
Saudi Arabia vs Spain
Switzerland vs South Korea
Togo vs France
Ukraine vs Tunisia

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Teams by Group

Group A
Costa Rica
Ecuador
Germany
Poland

Group B
England
Paraguay
Sweden
Trinidad and Tobago

Group C
Argentina
Cte d'Ivoire
Holland
Serbia and Montenegro

Group D
Angola
Iran
Mexico
Portugal

Group E
Czech Republic
Ghana
Italy
USA

Group F
Australia
Brazil
Croatia
Japan

Group G
France
South Korea
Switzerland
Togo

Group H
Saudi Arabia
Spain
Tunisia
Ukraine

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