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Sweden earn second success

Published: Monday 31 May 2004, 0.57CET
Germany 1-2 Sweden Jon Jönsson and Johan Elmander carry Scandinavians into the semi-finals.

Match statistics

GermanySweden

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target1
 
2
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Group B(Host country: Germany)

TeamsPWDLFA+/-Pts
1Sweden Sweden22005236
2Germany Germany21013303
3Switzerland Switzerland201134-11
4Portugal Portugal201135-21

Legend:

P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Drawn   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Last updated: 30/11/2017 14:55 CET
Published: Monday 31 May 2004, 0.57CET

Sweden earn second success

Germany 1-2 Sweden Jon Jönsson and Johan Elmander carry Scandinavians into the semi-finals.

By Tim Dykes at the Carl-Benz-Stadion

Second-half goals from Jon Jönsson and Johan Elmander enabled Sweden to take a giant stride towards the semi-finals of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship with a 2-1 victory against Germany in Group B.

New-look lineup
Jönsson struck on 49 minutes and Elmander chalked up his third goal of the tournament just past the hour mark as a much-changed Germany team was put to the sword in Mannheim before Benjamin Auer's late effort made for a frantic finish.

Nine changes
Germany coach Uli Stielike rang the changes, with only goalkeeper Tim Wiese and Christoph Preuss retaining their places following Friday's 2-1 victory against Switzerland. As promised, Lukas Podolski started in attack alongside Mike Hanke, while Sweden, who beat Portugal in their opening game, began with the fit-again Tobias Hysén supporting Elmander.

Goalkeepers untroubled
There was little promise of the frantic finale during a first half that was at times painfully disjointed, with neither side willing to venture too far forward for fear of exposing themselves at the back. Wiese twice had to clear with his feet in the opening exchanges and his opposite number, Johan Wiland, punched clear a 15th-minute Podolski free-kick - but neither man had a significant save in a cagey first half hour.

Volz falters
After Germany had claims for a penalty turned down, the best chance of the half fell to Moritz Volz. The Fulham FC full-back ventured forward and found himself with a gilt-edged opportunity before disappointing the expectant home crowd by dragging the ball wide from eight metres with just Wiland to beat.

Jönsson strikes
Hysén drew the first true save of the match from Wiese with a soft header as the interval approached and the goalkeeper did well to force Elmander wide when the big striker bore down on goal, but the second half was a different story. Sweden took just four minutes to break the deadlock, Jönsson pouncing on indecision in the German defence to drill into the corner from 16 metres.

German pressure
Sweden then had to weather the storm and although Maik Franz was booked for bringing down Elmander, Stefan Ishizaki soon joined him in the referee's notebook for a tackle on Hanke. Podolski then went close with an acrobatic attempt with Wiland stranded before Robert Huth headed wide with the Swedish goal at his mercy.

Elmander quickest
Germany switched to 4-3-3 with the 59th-minute introduction of Auer but it left them stretched in defence and when Wiese pawed Samuel Holmén's header from Ishizaki's cross on to the crossbar, Elmander reacted quickly to stab the ball over the line and double Sweden's lead.

Audacious chip
Podolski showed a glimpse of the form which has put him on the brink of Rudi Völler's senior squad with an audacious chip which bounced off the crossbar before Auer swept in from close range on 85 minutes to rouse the home crowd. Despite Ishizaki then having to clear Andreas Görlitz's rasping effort off the line, Sweden held on for victory.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.50CET

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Lineups

Germany

Germany

Sweden

Sweden

1
WieseTim Wiese (GK)
12
WilandJohan Wiland (GK)
2
VolzMoritz Volz
Substitution65
2
AntonssonMikael Antonsson
3
GemitiGiuseppe Gemiti
3
DorsinMikael Dorsin
Yellow Card88
5
FranzMaik Franz
Yellow Card49
6
StenmanFredrik Stenman
10
PodolskiLukas Podolski
7
IshizakiStefan Ishizaki
Yellow Card51
11
HankeMike Hanke
8
HolménSamuel Holmén
14
OdonkorDavid Odonkor
Substitution72
9
ElmanderJohan Elmander (C)
Goal62
Substitution79
15
FeulnerMarkus Feulner
Substitution59
10
FarnerudAlexander Farnerud
16
PreussChristoph Preuss (C)
17
HysénTobias Hysén
Substitution71
18
RietherSascha Riether
18
GerrbandPatrik Gerrband
21
HuthRobert Huth
Yellow Card90+2

Substitutes

12
OchsTimo Ochs (GK)
1
AlvbågeJohn Alvbåge (GK)
22
RensingMichael Rensing (GK)
22
SandqvistJonas Sandqvist (GK)
4
FathiMalik Fathi
4
MelanderDennis Melander
6
HitzlspergerThomas Hitzlsperger
5
NilssonPer Nilsson
7
GörlitzAndreas Görlitz
Substitution65
11
A JohanssonAndreas Johansson
Substitution60
8
BalitschHanno Balitsch
14
StefanidisHaralampos Stefanidis
Substitution71
9
AuerBenjamin Auer
Substitution59
Goal84
15
AnderssonJohan Andersson
13
SchweinsteigerBastian Schweinsteiger
Substitution72
16
JärdlerChristian Järdler
17
MadlungAlexander Madlung
19
NilssonLasse Nilsson
19
AzaouaghMimoun Azaouagh
20
RosenbergMarkus Rosenberg
Substitution79
20
TiffertChristian Tiffert
21
DjurićDušan Djurić

Coach

Ulrich Stielike (GER) Torbjörn Nilsson (SWE)

Referee

Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP)

Assistant referees

Victoriano Giraldez Carrasco (ESP), Marcel Savaniu (ROU)

Fourth official

Grzegorz Gilewski (POL)

Legend:

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution