Olympiastadion - Berlin 16/10/2012 - 20:45CET (20:45 local time)

Qualifying round - Group C

Germany - Sweden
4-4
 

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Four-goal Sweden comeback stuns Germany

Published: Tuesday 16 October 2012, 23.25CET
Germany 4-4 Sweden
Four down with 28 minutes left, Sweden made a sensational comeback thanks to Zlatan Ibrahimović, Mikael Lustig, Johan Elmander and Rasmus Elm.
Four-goal Sweden comeback stuns Germany
Rasmus Elm is mobbed after equalising ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

Germany
Sweden

4

Goals scored

4

16

Total attempts

8

10

Attempts on target

4

6

off target

3

0

blocked

0

2

against woodwork

0

5

Corners

6

2

Offsides

2

3

Yellow cards

1

0

Red Cards

0

5

Fouls committed

11

7

Fouls suffered

3

Standings

Last updated: 18/04/2013 16:21 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
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Published: Tuesday 16 October 2012, 23.25CET

Four-goal Sweden comeback stuns Germany

Germany 4-4 Sweden
Four down with 28 minutes left, Sweden made a sensational comeback thanks to Zlatan Ibrahimović, Mikael Lustig, Johan Elmander and Rasmus Elm.

Sweden became the first team to come back to draw from four down against Germany in an extraordinary FIFA World Cup Group C qualifier in Berlin.

For an hour it was a German gala, with Joachim Löw's men leading through two early goals by Miroslav Klose and one each from Per Mertesacker and Mesut Özil. It could have been more, but with 28 minutes left Zlatan Ibrahimović pulled one back and Mikael Lustig, Johan Elmander and – in added time – Rasmus Elm somehow kept Sweden's unbeaten start intact.

Germany, with captain Philipp Lahm back from suspension, began brightly and Thomas Müller hit the post right away, before Marco Reus entered the area and pulled the ball back for Klose to power in. Seven minutes later, Müller and Reus helped Klose to his second of the night and his 67th in total – one shy of the legendary Gerd Müller.

While Löw stated beforehand that Sweden played short passes compared with the long ones employed by the Republic of Ireland – whom Germany had put six past on Friday – intense pressing forced the visitors to punt the ball wide and far like their Dublin hosts had, and they were punished in the same way. Before the interval Müller headed the ball to Mertesacker, who volleyed home from short distance to register only his second international goal.

When Mesut Özil made it 4-0 – Müller once more the provider – it seemed the game was over; in fact it was just starting. Ibrahimović, anonymous until then, slipped away from Holger Badstuber to connect with a long Kim Källström cross and nod over Manuel Neuer. Things got more interesting within two minutes as Källström centred from a similar position and, at the far post, Lustig surprised Neuer.

Lustig almost scored the third Swedish goal after a corner, and Elmander then did make it 4-3 with a low finish after fine work by Alexander Kacaniklic. With 14 minutes left to play, the unthinkable now appeared possible and the crowd in Berlin started to worry.

Tobias Sana, handed his Sweden senior debut minutes before, had already wasted a big chance to level when Neuer fumbled and the substitute missed an empty target from 20 metres. However, Elm duly completed the sensation with fittingly the last move of the match.

Last updated: 08/05/14 7.07CET

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Lineups

Germany

Germany

Sweden

Sweden

1Manuel Neuer (GK)1Andreas Isaksson (GK)
Yellow Card39
7Bastian Schweinsteiger
Yellow Card90+2
2Mikael Lustig
Goal64
8Mesut Özil
Goal56
3Jonas Olsson
11Miroslav Klose
Goal8
Goal15
4Andreas Granqvist
13Thomas Müller
Substitution67
6Rasmus Elm
Goal90+3
14Holger Badstuber7Sebastian Larsson
Substitution78
16Philipp Lahm (C)
Yellow Card89
10Zlatan Ibrahimović (C)
Goal62
17Per Mertesacker
Goal39
11Johan Elmander
Goal76
18Toni Kroos16Pontus Wernbloom
Substitution46
20Jérôme Boateng17Behrang Safari
21Marco Reus
Yellow Card84
Substitution88
18Samuel Holmén
Substitution45+2

Substitutes

12Ron-Robert Zieler (GK)23Pär Hansson (GK)
4Benedikt Höwedes12Johan Dahlin (GK)
5Heiko Westermann5Martin Olsson
9André Schürrle8Anders Svensson
10Lukas Podolski
Substitution88
9Kim Källström
Substitution46
19Mario Götze
Substitution67
13Adam Johansson
22Marc-André ter Stegen (GK)14Tobias Sana
Substitution78
15Michael Almebäck
19Alexander Kacaniklic
Substitution45+2
20Marcus Berg
21Christian Wilhelmsson
22Mathias Ranégie

Coach

Joachim Löw (GER)

Referee

Pedro Proença (POR)

Assistant referees

Tiago Trigo (POR), Bertino Miranda (POR)

Fourth official

Duarte Gomes (POR)

Legend:

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

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