Thursday, 15th June 2006
Sweden Sneak The Win
Sweden vs Paraguay
Sweden and Paraguay have met twice before. Sweden lost the 2002 friendly in Stockholm
(1:2) and drew with Paraguay in Curitiba (2:2), during the Brazil 1950 World Cup Finals; which was enough for
them to qualify for the final round.
With England already on six points, Sweden's win puts Paraguay out.
The first chance fell to Sweden in the 9th minute, when Kim Kallstrom
had his shot pushed around for a corner by Aldo Bobadilla.
Once again, Sweden knocked up a lot of long balls and did a lot of
running but had trouble producing anything productive.
Just when it looked like Sweden were going to numb the world with
another goaless draw, a cross from the right was headed back across the goalmouth, by
substitute Marcus Allback, for Fredrik Ljungberg to head past Aldo Bobadilla; two minutes
The Swedish bench celebrated as if they'd just won the World Cup
Final, while the Paraquayans knew their World Cup dreams were over.
Sweden now need a point against England to be sure of qualification,
or for Trinidad & Tobago to lose or draw against Paraguay.
Sweden 1 - Paraguay 0
Fredrik Ljungberg (89)
Sweden: (Captain Olof Mellberg)
1 Andreas Isaksson; 3 Olof Mellberg, 4 Teddy Lucic, 5 Erik Edman;
6 Tobias Linderoth, 7 Niclas Alexandersson, 9 Fredrik Ljungberg,
16 Kim Kallstrom, 21 Christian Wilhelmsson; 10 Zlatan Ibrahimovic,
11 Henrik Larsson.
Paraguay: (Captain Carlos Gamarra)
22 Aldo Bobadilla; 2 Jorge Nunez, 4 Carlos Gamarra, 5 Julio Cesar Caceres, 21 Denis
Caniza; 6 Carlos Bonet, 10 Roberto Acuna, 13 Carlos Paredes, 16 Cristian Riveros; 9 Roque
Santa Cruz, 18 Nelson Valdez
Lubos Michel (Slovakia)
46 Mins (Sweden) - 20 Marcus Allback in for 10 Zlatan Ibrahimovic
62 Mins (Paraguay) - 19 Julio Dos Santos on for 16 Cristian Riveros
63 Mins (Paraguay) - 20 Dante Lopez on for 9 Roque Santa Cruz
68 Mins (Sweden) - 18 Mattias Jonson on for 21 Christian Wilhelmsson
81 Mins (Paraguay) - 8 Edgar Barreto on for 6 Carlos Bonet
86 Mins (Sweden) - 17 Johan Elmander on for 16 Kim Kallstrom
3 Mins - Denis Caniza (Paraguay)
14 Mins - Tobias Linderoth (Sweden)
48 Mins - Teddy Lucic (Sweden)
51 Mins - Roberto Acuna (Paraguay)
60 Mins - Marcus Allback (Sweden)
74 Mins - Carlos Paredes (Paraguay)
85 Mins - Edgar Barreto (Paraguay)
0 Red Cards.
2006 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.
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