World Cup

June 20, 2006

Full-time

Sweden

2 - 2

England

Group B

19:00 +00:00, June 20, 2006

Rhein Energie Stadion, Cologne, Germany

Referee: Massimo Busacca (SUI)

Game 35

  • 93'

    All over in Cologne and England can breathe a sigh of relief. England top the group and face Ecuador next, but they still can't beat Sweden. Joe Cole, with a beauty, and Gerrard for England, but the Swedes came back twice and fully merited their point, if not more.

  • 92'

    Three added minutes, by the way.

  • 92'

    Gerrard belts the ball, aiming for Row Z. He might have found it, too.

  • 92'

    Daniel Andersson comes on for the excellent Linderoth in midfield.

  • 91'

    Not a difficult finish for the veteran, but the unfortunate Robinson had no chance. Don't write off Sweden - they are level again.

  • 90'

    Diabolical defending by England who committed the cardinal sin of letting the long throw bounce.

  • 90'

    GOAL - Edman's long throw is turned in by Larsson

  • 90'

    But the pressure continues. Wilhelmsson delivers yet again and Terry heads clear. Then - guess what? - another cross and Carragher gets it away.

  • 89'

    Now it's Kallstrom from teh right. Now Lampard is the man to head away. Wilhelmsson crosses and Carragher clears.

  • 89'

    Linderoth will take again. Terry wins a vital header with Mellberg closing in.

  • 88'

    Kallstrom's ball over the top finds Wilhelmsson, whose cross is blocked. Corner.

  • 87'

    Cole goes to clear and is caught by Ljungberg, who becomes the latest name in the book.

  • 87'

    Kallstrom to take from the right flank. He only finds the head of Frank Lampard.

  • 86'

    A deep cross from Kallstrom and Ashley Cole has to concede a corner.

  • 86'

    The substitute has made the difference and England, now, are on the brink of an undeserved win.

  • 85'

    GOAL - Joe Cole finds room, chips to the back post and Steven Gerrard heads in.

  • 84'

    Lampard gives the ball away in midfield which hardly helps England's cause.

  • 83'

    Really poor tackle on Joe Cole by Alexandersson. Booking and he can't argue with that.

  • 82'

    Dismal free kick from Beckham, sailing miles over goal

  • 81'

    A nervy final 10 minutes await England

  • 80'

    Edman lines up the free kick and Lampard gets it away at the second attempt.

  • 79'

    Hargreaves, who has to be careful, pushes Ljungberg over.

  • 79'

    Wilhelmsson has a little treatment but carries on.

  • 78'

    Beckham takes, Crouch meets but Isaksson holds his header comfortably.

  • 78'

    Then Gerrard looks for Beckham and Edman has to be alert. Another corner.

  • 77'

    England try to take the sting out of the game by knocking the ball around the back four.

  • 76'

    Linderoth, who has caused problems with his set-piece delivery, is across to but he leaves it for Edman. Two defenders jump, and they both miss it, but England clear.

  • 76'

    And Hargreaves enters the book for a handball as he acted to stop Elmander going through.

  • 76'

    Elmander for Allback looks a straight swap so Sweden still have two up front to England's one.

  • 75'

    But it is met by Edman, with a certain inevitability.

  • 75'

    Beckham, meanwhile, has won a free kick from Edman in one of the game's duels. The captain will take himself.

  • 74'

    Now a Swedish swap. The goalscorer Allback departs and Elmander comes on.

  • 74'

    Still 1-0 in the other game, so Paraguay will finish third in the group and T&T fourth as it stands.

  • 73'

    He goes deep, Joe Cole retrieves and his cross is too deep as well.

  • 73'

    But now Beckham has a corner to taken after Edman headed behind.

  • 73'

    England, now, can count themselves fortunate to be level. Gerrard came on to shore up the midfield and ended up clearing off his own line.

  • 72'

    Linderoth goes deep, Mellberg heads down to Kallstrom who strikes his half-volley really well... and Steven Gerrard clears off the line.

  • 71'

    Larsson beats the offside trap and wins a corner. They, it appears, are going for the win.

  • 71'

    Well, England's attitude is clear. They want the draw. But what about Sweden?

  • 70'

    It's 4-1-4-1 for England now, with Crouch alone in attack.

  • 69'

    Now England do make the swap. Rooney, who has tired in the second half, goes off and Eriksson has been forced to gamble on Gerrard.

  • 69'

    Meanwhile the Coles advance in tandem. Lampard then finds Rooney, but his chip evades Crouch.

  • 68'

    England were about to make a change, but have delayed.

  • 67'

    A very tough 20 minutes for England and word comes in that Gerrard is warming up - is it worth the gamble, given that a booking would rule him out of their next game?

  • 66'

    But now they have a corner which Beckham drills in. Crouch meets it with a firm header that drops over the bar.

  • 65'

    And England squander possession in such a way they go straight back to Robinson.

  • 64'

    A sign of Swedish confidence that Allback is closing down Carragher near his own corner flag. No one is sitting off them now.

  • 63'

    And once again, England appear to be panicking. The positives from the first half are being rivalled by the negatives in the second.

  • 62'

    But then Wilhelmsson comes forward, picks out Larsson and Campbell makes a fantastic block from the striker's shot.

  • 62'

    And Crouch has come very deep as England just enjoy some respite by being on the ball.

  • 61'

    Larsson finds Ljungberg who tries to run in on goal from the half-way line. It's ambitious and Robinson tidies up.

  • 60'

    And England must be worried now that they will lose this game and face Germany in Munich.

  • 59'

    Yet more proof that the Swedes have got England's number at set-pieces now.

  • 59'

    Linderoth takes, Lucic heads down and unmarked Mellberg hooks his shot just wide.

  • 59'

    Beckham charges down Edman's cross and the Swedes have another corner.

  • 58'

    Crouch just gets his direction wrong on a little lay-off which he intended to go to Rooney.

  • 57'

    Crouch goes forward, Ashley Cole whips in a cross and Isaksson's handling is safe.

  • 56'

    And now an England charge - Ferdinand limps off and Sol Campbell is the replacement.

  • 56'

    The Swedes, meanwhile, think Larsson's header hit an arm en route to the bar.

  • 55'

    Kallstrom takes and to England's relief, Lampard heads away.

  • 55'

    And these Swedish corners are causing England a problem - and now they have another.

  • 55'

    Kallstrom takes the corner, this time it is Larsson with the angled header and it rebounds back off the bar.

  • 54'

    Now the change is made, Jonson going off for the winger Wilhelmsson.

  • 54'

    Larsson is well tackled by Ferdinand at the other end, but it's another corner.

  • 53'

    Joe Cole squeezes in a cross which Lucic does really well to clear. Then Lampard supplies Crouch who slips as he shoots and it's tame.

  • 53'

    Reassurance for the Swedes, who were already in second place. A win here today would put them on top of the group.

  • 52'

    Sweden are waiting to bring on Wilhelmsson.

  • 52'

    And Sweden, who just never lose to England, are level again.

  • 51'

    A terrific header at the near post. He got in front of Beckham and even the jumping Ashley Cole at the back psot couldn't keep it out.

  • 51'

    GOAL - Allback heads in Linderoth's corner.

  • 50'

    Now Ljungberg jockeys inside Carragher, fires a low shot and Terry gets back well to prod it wide.

  • 50'

    Ljungberg and Larsson combine at the other end, but England are back in numbers. Carragher charges down one cross, but Sweden still have the ball.

  • 49'

    Beckham goes deep but Rooney miscues his volley.

  • 48'

    Then Lampard goes wide to Cole, whose cross is aimed at Crouch but headed away by Lucic. Cole crosses again and it is a corner.

  • 48'

    Rooney with room to turn. He links up with Crouch, gets in back and England turn infield.

  • 47'

    Lampard picks out Joe Cole wide on the left, he rolls it back to his namesake, and then on to Hargreaves, whose shot is blocked.

  • 46'

    An early interception by Terry, who made it look easy. No changes on either side, by the way.

  • 46'

    England get the second half going.

  • 45'

    Half-time and England lead courtesy of Joe Cole's terrific goal. No Michael Owen, who was injured, but a good half for England.

  • 45'

    Lampard and Cole play a one-two, Lampard goes for a chip and Isaksson deals with it comfortably.

  • 45'

    Rooney passes wide to Joe Cole, who twists, turns, aims for Rooney and eventually is denied by Lucic.

  • 45'

    One added minute in this first half, largely for the injury to Owen.

  • 44'

    Hargreaves concedes a free kick in England's half, but then Larsson is penalised for backing in to Terry.

  • 43'

    Beckham, predcitably, takes. Terry gets his head on it, but can't apply direction. Then Cole crosses, Isaksson punches, Beckham crosses from the opposite flank and finally Rooney fires a shot over the bar.

  • 42'

    Rooney collects Crouch's flick-on, juggles the ball over one and Alexandersson comes across to cover. Corner.

  • 42'

    It must be a relief for the Swedes that the result in their game is going their way. No need to panic for them, therefore.

  • 41'

    Crouch skips away from Linderoth, goes for the one-two with Rooney and Mellberg just intercepts.

  • 40'

    Now Lampard goes for goal from distance and that is the best of his many shots this World Cup - dipping and not far over.

  • 40'

    Larsson goes for the cross, but he can only pick out Paul Robinson.

  • 39'

    And at the other end, a really good tackle by Ferdinand on Ljungberg.

  • 38'

    Hargreaves slides a pass to Joe Cole and the sliding Alexandersson makes a fine tackle.

  • 37'

    Well, a rarity for England - the lead against Sweden. How will they deal with it?

  • 37'

    Now the irrepressible Cole crosses, but too deep for Peter Crouch.

  • 36'

    And now England are content to knock the ball around in their own half.

  • 35'

    Back come Sweden with Larsson heading the ball down for Jonson, but his miscued shot doesn't trouble Robinson.

  • 35'

    It came after a move instigated by Carragher on the right, but all the credit has to go to Cole.

  • 34'

    Wonderful right-footed shot from 25 yards. Alexandersson headed away to him outside the box, he chested it down and hit a dipping half-volley,

  • 33'

    GREAT GOAL! It's Joe Cole to give England the lead.

  • 33'

    It's headed away at the near post, and both sides are defending solidly.

  • 32'

    Now Joe Cole is penalised near the touchline and Kallstrom has a chance to whip a cross in.

  • 31'

    Kallstrom tries to line up a shot, but Beckham gets a foot in.

  • 31'

    Good play by Joe Cole again, curling in a cross that Crouch heads down, but Linderoth collects the second ball.

  • 30'

    Now an injury worry for Sweden, with Ljungberg down after a clash with Carragher. He hobbles around gingerly but then continues.

  • 30'

    Mazy run from Joe Cole. He finds Rooney, who drills a shot against the shins of Lucic.

  • 29'

    The corner is aimed at Terry, but again the Swedes defend the set-piece well.

  • 29'

    But then Joe Cole is fouled on the left. Beckham comes across to take the free kick, goes for goal and Isaksson punches away.

  • 28'

    Ashley Cole's cross is just too long for Rooney. He has the chance to cross again and it is blocked.

  • 27'

    And in the other game in Group B, Paraguay have taken the lead. Great news for Sweden.

  • 26'

    Lucic, at the near post, gets the corner away.

  • 26'

    Beckham finds Rooney who beats Mellberg with ease, shoots... and Lucic makes a valuable block.

  • 25'

    Joe Cole can cross and he does well to find Crouch, leaping unopposed, but his header is poor, neither at goal nor for a team-mate. Still, it comes back to Hargreaves, whose shot is blocked.

  • 24'

    A set-piece for Beckham. The two centre backs are up for it. He takes, but Kallstrom heads away.

  • 23'

    The Coles combine at pace and Jonson brings down the marauding Ashley.

  • 23'

    Anyway, Kallstrom comes across to take - and like his corner, it is too deep and sails out for a goal kick.

  • 22'

    Allback comes forward for Sweden, Jonson crosses low but the whistle goes for a handball on the edge of the box. Ashley Cole, the presumed culprit, is bemused

  • 21'

    Joe Cole weaves his way infield. His first shot is blocked, but it rebounds to him for a clean strike from 20 yards, which goes just over.

  • 20'

    Rooney's cross is turned away by Alexandersson.

  • 20'

    Now it's the left-footed Kallstrom. He goes deep, but too deep for everyone.

  • 19'

    Which Linderoth takes. He finds an unnmarked Lucic at the back post, he volleys and it strikes Lampard. Corner.

  • 19'

    Mellberg crosses deep and, with Larsson behind him, Carragher has to concede the corner.

  • 18'

    Sliced clearance from Terry goes off for a throw.

  • 18'

    Linderoth curls it in, Robinson punches under pressure and eventually Ferdinand clears.

  • 17'

    This time Hargreaves gets the tackle in, but it is a corner for the Swedes.

  • 17'

    At the other end Ljungberg runs at Carragher and gets little joy, though he does earn a throw.

  • 16'

    Joe Cole finds room to cross on the left. Crouch leaps highest, but not high enough to make contact.

  • 15'

    Interesting to see Rooney again the furthest forward with Crouch dropping deeper to link up.

  • 15'

    Jonson crosses deep, Kallstrom comes in at far post, jumps highest and heads wide.

  • 14'

    As it stands, it is 0-0 in the other game in the group, which suits Sweden, who will qualify if T&T don't win.

  • 13'

    More bright play from Joe Cole, robbing Alexandersson. He and Rooney have provided England's causes for optimism.

  • 13'

    Rooney himself retrieves, crosses and Lampard, forward again, heads wide.

  • 12'

    Rooney goes for a first-time shot and Mellberg blocks.

  • 12'

    Beckham picks out Crouch, who moves it on to Joe Cole, and that is better build-up from England, even if it comes to nothing.

  • 10'

    Joe Cole again skips away from a marker and slips the pass through to Rooney who, perhaps wrongly, is given offside.

  • 9'

    Late tackle from Linderoth on Joe Cole after the England man skipped away from the Swede.

  • 9'

    Rooney shows strength and skill to turn away from Mellberg, but he can't link up with Crouch.

  • 8'

    Nice flick from Larsson to Jonson. Kallstrom has a shot, it is blocked and he commits a foul as he goes for the follow-up.

  • 7'

    Lampard comes forward again and has a second shot, this one drilled low at Isaksson from 20 yards. The keeper holds on.

  • 7'

    Lampard spreads play to Beckham right on the touchline, but he can't keep it in.

  • 6'

    Linderoth takes and Crouch's first touch is to clear at the near post.

  • 5'

    Jonson crosses towards Ljungberg at the back post. Carragher defends solidly and concedes the corner.

  • 5'

    At the back post Ashley Cole volleys away Ljungberg's cross.

  • 4'

    Crouch replaces Owen, and his World Cup could already be over.

  • 4'

    On the pitch, Carragher tidies up nicely after a Ferdinand pass sells him a little short.

  • 3'

    Owen, meanwhile, is being put on to a stretcher, and that hardly suggests he's likely to return

  • 3'

    But on the pitch, Rooney sets up birthday boy Frank Lampard for his first shot - from 25 yards it sails wide.

  • 2'

    No challenge from a Swede on Owen there - it looked a freak injury

  • 2'

    An early concern for England - Michael Owen appears to have crawled off in agony. He went down really awkwardly while passing the ball.

  • 1'

    No shock to see both teams surrender possession easily in the first minute.

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    Sweden get us underway in Cologne.

  •  

    England haven't beaten Sweden since 1968, despite appointing a Swedish manager.

  •  

    England know that a win or a draw will mean they top the group and thus face Ecuador in the last 16. Sweden, meanwhile, need a point to be sure of qualifying.

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    The teams are in - Rooney and Hargreaves replace Crouch and Gerrard, each on a yellow card. Ibrahimovic is on the bench for Sweden. Sweden: Isaksson, Lucic, Mellberg, Edman, Alexandersson, Linderoth, Kallstrom, Ljungberg, Jonson, Larsson, Allback. Subs: Alvbage, Andersson, Elmander, Hansson, Ibrahimovic, Nilsson, Rosenberg, Shaaban, Stenman, Anders Svensson, Karl Svensson, Wilhelmsson. England: Robinson, Carragher, Ferdinand, Terry, Ashley Cole, Beckham, Lampard, Hargreaves, Joe Cole,