||ESPNsoccernet: World Cup
Saturday, June 24, 2006
Klinsmann 'proud and satisfied' after progress
Germany manager Jurgen Klinsmann was a proud man after watching his team eliminate Sweden from the World Cup as two goals from Lukas Podolski moved the hosts into the quarter-finals.
Strikes in the fourth and 12 minutes from the Cologne striker put the home
side on top while the expulsion of Swedish defender Teddy Lucic 10 minutes
before the break further enhanced Germany's position.
A missed penalty from Henrik Larsson eight minutes after the restart
compounded Sweden's misery as a packed Allianz Arena celebrated Germany's
progress to the last eight of the competition.
'I think we can be more than satisfied and we can be proud of this German
team,' said Klinsmann. 'Each individual player who is on the pitch and the
extraordinary support from everyone means it was a lot of fun watching this team
play, especially in the first half-hour.
'It was out of the ordinary. Everything we set out to do, to play with a lot
of pressure and get goals quickly was achieved.
'Strangely we lost our rhythm after the Swedish player's expulsion so we had
some good opportunities, but then there was the penalty which also took some
'We played all the way to the end and created a lot of opportunities and it
was amazing and we can be very proud.'
The Germans will face either Argentina or Mexico in the quarter-finals, but
while Klinsmann was revelling in the performance of his constantly improving
young team, Sweden coach Lars Lagerback was frustrated by Brazilian referee
'Normally I won't talk about the referee but this time he had some influence
on the game,' he said. 'I don't know if he stood up to the pressure. Both
yellow cards for Teddy Lucic were not the worst things I have seen players do,
especially the second one.
'To beat a very good team like Germany with 11 players is tough but to beat
them with 10 players is even tougher.'
Lucic's 35th-minute sending-off came with Lagerback's team already trailing by
two goals and the Swedish coach blamed his side's attitude at the start of the
game for their troubles.
'It's difficult to say what happened in the first 10 minutes,' he said. 'I
think we were a little passive and at the same time the goals were a little
coincidental. I think it was a little bit of bad luck as well as the quality of
the German forwards.'