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Germany checked in Swedish stalemate

Published: Wednesday 17 November 2010, 23.10CET
Sweden 0-0 Germany
Neither side managed to break the deadlock at the Ullevi Stadium as Sweden matched Joachim Löw's youthful Germany side.
by Sujay Dutt
Germany checked in Swedish stalemate
Germany's Kevin Grosskreutz tries to get away from Sweden's Oscar Wendt ©Getty Images

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Published: Wednesday 17 November 2010, 23.10CET

Germany checked in Swedish stalemate

Sweden 0-0 Germany
Neither side managed to break the deadlock at the Ullevi Stadium as Sweden matched Joachim Löw's youthful Germany side.

Neither side managed to break the deadlock at the Ullevi Stadium as Sweden held a youthful Germany side to a goalless draw.

With Zlatan Ibrahimović and Johan Elmander rested, goals would always be hard to come by for the hosts, while Germany had notable absentees in Mesut Özil, Philipp Lahm and Thomas Müller, who gave way for several newcomers.

Sweden and Germany were both well-organised defensively, but cautious in attack. The first shot on goal arrived in the 32nd minute when Lewis Holtby tried his luck from outside the area, Andreas Isaksson palming the shot away.

Sweden's best chance came five minutes before the break when Christian Wilhelmsson beat Jerome Boateng and sent a cross in from the left but, under pressure from Bastian Schweinsteiger, Ola Toivonen failed to connect.

Of the two goalkeepers, Isaksson was busier than his German counterpart, René Adler, and midway through the second half the PSV Eindhoven man was at full stretch to keep out Toni Kroos' powerful effort.

After crashing 4-1 to the Netherlands in their last match, keeping the visitors goalless was important for Sweden. "We were outplayed and outscored in Amsterdam," said Anders Svensson. "We wanted to make sure we could play it tight against a side of this quality."

"It was difficult today," said Germany striker Mario Gomez, who was kept in check by the robust Swedish centre-backs. "Sweden were good defensively so it was difficult for us to create chances – 0-0 was OK. It was a good test for our young players."

 
Last updated: 16/04/12 7.33CET

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Lineups

Sweden

Sweden

Germany

Germany

1
IsakssonAndreas Isaksson (GK)
AdlerRené Adler (GK)
2
LustigMikael Lustig
Substitution68
BoatengJérôme Boateng
Substitution46
13
GranqvistAndreas Granqvist
HummelsMats Hummels
4
MajstorovicDaniel Majstorovic
WestermannHeiko Westermann
17
WendtOscar Wendt
SchmelzerMarcel Schmelzer
8
SvenssonAnders Svensson (C)
KhediraSami Khedira
Substitution60
9
KällströmKim Källström
Yellow Card50
Substitution88
SchweinsteigerBastian Schweinsteiger
Substitution60
7
LarssonSebastian Larsson
HoltbyLewis Holtby
Substitution79
16
WernbloomPontus Wernbloom
Substitution75
GrosskreutzKevin Grosskreutz
Substitution79
21
WilhelmssonChristian Wilhelmsson
MarinMarko Marin
Substitution60
6
ToivonenOla Toivonen
Substitution68
GomezMario Gomez

Substitutes

5
SafariBehrang Safari
Substitution68
BeckAndreas Beck
Substitution46
18
GerndtAlexander Gerndt
Substitution88
TräschChristian Träsch
Substitution60
20
ElmRasmus Elm
Substitution75
KroosToni Kroos
Substitution60
15
BergMarcus Berg
Substitution68
SchürrleAndré Schürrle
Substitution79
GötzeMario Götze
Substitution79
CacauCacau
Substitution60

Coach

Erik Hamrén (SWE) Joachim Löw (GER)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
 
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