WC qualifying group C: Sweden fights back to 4-4 draw with Germany

WC qualifying group C: Sweden fights back to 4-4 draw with Germany

Berlin : Germany | Oct 16, 2012 at 2:28 PM PDT
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Germany vs Sweden 4-4 All goals and Highlights

Sweden, after taking four German goals in 62 minutes, performed a miracle and scored four unanswered goals in the final third of the match. Germany fired its opening salvo in the first 45 with goals from Klose in the 8th and 15th minute and Mertelsacker in the 39th minute. At the half Germany led 3-0 to the joy of 72,000 spectators in the Olympiastadon in Berlin.

While no one prior to the game expected a roust, it looked that way when Mesut Oezil increased the lead to 4-0 in the 56th minute. That should have settled it, but never discount your opponents. The German side looked effective in the offense, but the defense had barely been tested to this point.

Sweden then proceeded to perform the impossible. In the time span of 38 minutes plus injury time they proceeded to find the weakness in the German defense and scored four unanswered goals. Ibrahimovic started the scoring spree in the 62nd minute, followed by Lustig in the 64th and Elmander in the 76th. Elm equaled the score two minutes into injury time. What seemed to be impossible ended it a 4-4 tie.

Klose got the first goal of the night at the 8-minute mark, after Phillip Lahm passed the ball to Marco Reus, who dropped it near the penalty spot, where Klose fired it just under the crosspost, defeating Sweden's keeper Isaksson.

Klose's second goal came in the 15th minute when Klose attempted a pass from the five-meter mark. Isaksson blocked the ball, but left it for rebound and Klose fired it between the posts.

The third goal came in the 38th minute from an unlikely source. Per Mertelsacker was the scorer after a well-executed corner kick by Marco Reus. Thomas Miller went up for the header but was unable to get to the ball, which landed on the feet of Per, who put it away for the 3-0 lead.

The game appeared to be a roust for the German side after 45. Germany dominated, played textbook domination and offensive soccer and the Swedes seldom tested the German defense.

The game seemed totally out of reach for the Swedes when Mesut Oezil scored the fourth of the night in the 56th minute. A quick counter left Thomas Mueller with plenty of room and he had at least five available players to pass to. His pass came to the far post, where Oezil brought the ball under control and fired it with his left foot in the lower left corner 4-0

The Swedes seemed to wake up after the fourth goal and Ibrahamovic's goal in the 62nd minute was a colossal collapse by the German defense and surprised keeper Manuel Neuer. Kallstrom took the ball from Mueller and on a quick counter delivered it on the German penalty spot. Ibrahamovic was in place and catapulted it into the target, narrowing the score to 4-1.

The Swedes weren't done. Kallstrom placed another pass into the German penalty are in the 64th minute. Badstuber was too late to stop Ludwig, who put it away for 4-2.

On the Swedish third goal, in the 76th minute, the German defense seemed totally disengaged. Both Badstuber and Mertelsacker were left out of the play when Kacinlincic passed to Elmander, who narrowed the score to 4-3 from five meters.

The German side managed to hold its narrow lead to the end of regulation time, but three minutes of injury time were added on by the official. The extra three minutes were Germany's Waterloo. Two minutes into injury time, Sweden found the net for the equalizer. Mertelsacker was occupied by Ibrahmovic, which gave Elm a clear shot, who fired the ball into the net from 14 meters to ensure a point for the Swedes. Final score 4-4

What seemed like an impossible task just 30 minutes prior to the match's end had become a nightmare for the Germans. Instead of winning three points, they left the pitch with just one.

While Germany's offense appears to be fine tuned, Jogi Loew has some work to do with the defense.

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Sweden and Germany fought to a 4-4 draw after Germany had a 4-0 lead
Karl Gotthardt is based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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