Masculins / Mondial 2006

Sweden get late win

Published on 15 June 2006 at 11:09 PM
Thanks to a last minute Fredrik Ljungberg goal, Sweden registered a priceless 1-0 win over Paraguay on Thursday. The result sees the South Americans eliminated while Sweden are almost assured of a second round berth ahead of their final group match against England.
The Scandinavians are almost into the next round and only need a draw against England next Tuesday to reach the last 16.
Used as a late substitute in Sweden’s opening match against Trinidad and Tobago, Kim Kallström started Thursday’s game in the centre of midfield. Playing just behind the strikers, Larsson and Ibrahimovic, the new Lyon recruit had a very good game.
He was especially impressive during a blistering opening half-hour, clearly dominated by Lars Lagerbäck’s squad. Playing a pivotal role between defence and attack, Kallström took four shots at goal (5’, 9’, 18’ & 46’) but was unable to beat the inspired Paraguayan ‘keeper. In the 87th minute he was replaced by Johan Elmander.

Group B results:
England – Trinidad-and-Tobago: 2 – 0
Sweden – Paraguay: 1 – 0

Group B standings:
1. England 6 points; 2. Sweden 4 pts; 3. Trinidad-and-Tobago 1pt; 4. Paraguay 0pts.

Three teams are already qualified for the second round. England joined Germany and Equador in having won their opening two games. Late on Wednesday, the host nation needed an injury-time winner from Oliver Neuville to overcome Poland, 1-0.
While on Thursday Ecuador defeated Costa Rica 3-0.