Peno to Sweden
Larsson skies it up into the crowd!!!
Why the *** did Sweden insist on making that substitution right as he
was getting ready to take the keep.
Seems like it broke his concentration..... unbelievable.
>Dear me. :((
This can only serve to either (1) motivate the Swedes because they at
least got a PK, and trust me, Simon is the Larrionda type to give
reds, PKs galore (2) give an almost undefineable sense of finality to
Was it me, but did you notice the deep embarrassment everyone felt for
Larsson, when he missed that PK?
Even the German crowds started to laugh their cries, and then stopped
of a sudden, and let it die down to an awkward guffaw.
Poor Henke, the hero of Scotland...
>> GERMANY SWEDEN
>> [ 4-4-2 ] [ 4-4-2 ]
>> Jens Lehmann Andreas Isaksson
>> Arne Friedrich Niclas Alexandersson
>> Christoph Metzelder Teddy Lucic
>> Per Mertesacker Olof Mellberg
>> Philipp Lahm Erik Edman
>> Bernd Schneider Mattias Jonson
>> Torsten Frings Tobias Linderoth
>> Michael Ballack Kim K?llstr?m
>> Bastian Schweinsteiger Fredrik Ljungberg
>> Miroslav Klose Zlatan Ibrahimovic
>> Lukas Podolski Henrik Larsson
>> Jrgen Klinsmann Lars Lagerback
>> Referee :
>> Carlos Simon (Brazil) [What the hell, he was awful last time!]
> First half recorded.
> The Germans were magnificent, and it probably had little to do with
> the home town crowd. They did not exclusively try to take control of
> the offensive half by incessant passing before setting up goal
> attacks, but scored the second goal on the run after pulling the
> Swedish defense to the midfield. Their constant ***s from hard
> kicks taken out of the box is stressing out the Isaksson more than a
> goalkeeper would be stressed. Swedish offense has been no factor
> against Germans who quickly close on the ball.
> Klinsmann has done a magnificent job in planning for the Swedish game.
> With 10 men left, it will be hard for the Swedes even to think about
> scoring one goal, although they pretty much have no choice and will
> have to play the goalkeeper.
> The Brazilian ref missed the cleating of Podoloski's heel, but other
> than that, he seems to have called a decent match. Lucic should have
> been more mindful in figuring out what he could get away with; he
> probably assumed the ref would not dare give him a 2nd yellow for
The Germans mostly spent the time sitting on their comfortable lead with a
solid defense, although Ballack certainly took his whacks at the Swedish
net. Even the goal side bar had to help Isaksson against Ballack.
Larsson's great grandchildren, when they reach ***hood 70 years from now,
will probably be told of his missing the PK with the team down 2-0.
Probably reading it from a Swedish primary school history textbook in a
chapter called "The Shame of the Nation."
At one point in the match, the Germans controlled the ball more than 60% of
the time, a telling statistic.
anders t ha escrito:
Tyskland will have to reconsider some defensive things.
> Tyskland will have to reconsider some defensive things.
They attacked fiercely.
As anders say, most probably, they would have won anyway.
>Dear me. :((
Really a match that was lost for Sweden, in the first 12 minutes. They
didn't show that much to warrant a comeback from behind, since they
usually play like ferocious lions versus England -- but collapse in
subsequent rounds versus opponents which are not that much more
superior to them, on paper.
I am still not entirely "convinced" about this Germany side, but they
have JUST enough to win the World Cup -- including, most importantly,
an opportunistic striker duo.
Hard cheese, Schweeden.
There will be much Aquavit in the streets of Stockholm, tonight!
>> ***Y HELL!
>> Lucic's yellow card => red because SIMON GIVES Germany a free ride by not
>> giving Ljungberg the freekick!
>> We don't need the REF to aid the Germans!
>Half Time, 2-0.
>Right, the second yellow was a joke. I would prefer a win without the
> anders t ha escrito:
>> We managed to create our ticket back into the game (the PK), but we
>> did not use it. Two + one major defensive errors helped Germany take
>> control of the game, and the ref did his part by looking the other
>> way while Ljungberg was being brought down, and in the next moment
>> suddenly awaken and find something ridiculous on the other half of
>> the field. Germany would probably have won anyway, but I don't like
>> the way it actually went. Oh well.
> Sweden did very well considering they played 10 against 12 for longs
> periods ;-)
You'd rather have Germany in the quarters to take on Argentina (rather than
Sweden), since if the Germans get through somehow, you would rather see a
Germany-Brazil final than an Argentina-Brazil, nicht wahr?
Who's going to be tougher against the Brazilians? Hometown Germans? Or
the rivals who have extreme motivation?
The second yellow might have been harsh, but it wasn't any harsher than
> Hard cheese, Schweeden.