Sweden v England, 20 June 2006

Score2-2
RefereeMassimo Busacca
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Finals Group B
VenueRheinEnergie Stadion, Köln
Attendance45,000
Kick-Off: 21:00 Local (20:00 BST) Assistant referees: Francesco Buragina (Switzerland) Matthias Arnet (Switzerland) Fourth official: Khalil Al Ghamdi (Saudi Arabia) Fifth official: Fathi Arabati (Jordan) Man of the Match: Joe Cole (England) England will play Ecuador in the last 16 of the World Cup after securing a draw with Sweden to top Group B. England went in front when Joe Cole hit a sensational lob from 35 yards, only for Marcus Allback to equalise when he headed home from a right-wing corner. Steven Gerrard headed in Joe Cole's 85th-minute cross, but Henrik Larsson levelled for Sweden in injury time. The result was marred by a knee injury to striker Michael Owen, who was stretchered off in the first minute.

2  Sweden

Manager: Lars Lagerbäck

2  England

Manager: Sven-Göran Eriksson

Goals:

Marcus Allback 51 G
Henrik Larsson 90 G

Goals:

Joe Cole 34 G
Steven Gerrard 85 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson
Defender/Centre back Teddy Lucic
Defender/Centre back Olof Mellberg (captain)
Defender/Left back Erik Edman
Midfielder Mattias Jonson
Midfielder Kim Kallstrom
Midfielder Tobias Linderoth
Midfielder Freddie Ljungberg
Forward Marcus Allback
Forward Henrik Larsson

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Paul Robinson
Defender/Centre back Rio Ferdinand
Defender/Centre back John Terry
Defender/Midfielder Jamie Carragher
Defender/Midfielder Owen Hargreaves
Defender/Left back Ashley Cole
Midfielder David Beckham (captain)
Midfielder Joe Cole
Midfielder Frank Lampard
Forward Michael Owen
Forward Wayne Rooney

Substitutions:

Christian Wilhelmsson for Mattias Jonson 54
Johann Elmander for Marcus Allback 74
Daniel Andersson for Tobias Linderoth 90

Substitutions:

Peter Crouch for Michael Owen 4
Sol Campbell for Sol Campbell 56
Steven Gerrard for Wayne Rooney 69

Cards:

Niclas Alexandersson 83 Y
Freddie Ljungberg 87 Y

Cards:

Owen Hargreaves 76 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper John Alvbage
Goalkeeper Rami Shaaban
Defender Fredrik Stenman
Defender Karl Svensson
Defender/Midfielder Daniel Andersson
Midfielder Petter Hansson
Midfielder Mikael Nilsson
Midfielder Anders Svensson
Forward Johann Elmander

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Scott Carson
Goalkeeper David James
Defender/Right back Gary Neville
Defender/Centre back Sol Campbell
Defender/Left back Wayne Bridge
Midfielder Michael Carrick
Midfielder Stewart Downing
Midfielder Steven Gerrard
Midfielder Jermaine Jenas
Midfielder Aaron Lennon
Midfielder/Forward Theo Walcott
Forward Peter Crouch

Comments:

This result confirmed Sweden as runners-up of Group B and will meet hosts Germany in the Round of 16. Henrik Larsson's last minute equaliser retained Sweden's record of not being beat by England since 1968, a run of 12 games. He has now scored at three World Cup finals and joins Pele, Uwe Seeler, Diego Maradona, Michael Laudrup and Sami Al Jaber as the players to have scored at World Cups over a 12-year time span. Henrik Larsson appeared in the finals for the 12th time, becoming Sweden's most capped World Cup player ever. He equalled Kennet Andersson as Sweden's all-time World Cup top scorer with five goals, and also became the 19th player to score at three or more of the competition finals.

Comments:

This result confirmed England as winners of Group B and will meet Ecuador in the Round of 16. This draw brought to an end England's run of eight consecutive wins since losing a World Cup qualifier in Northern Ireland in September. Referee Massimo Busacca was also in charge of the game in Belfast. Michael Owen was substituted in the fourth minute of the match, equalling the fastest substitution in World Cup history. Sol Campbell became the tenth English player to appear in three World Cups, and England are still without a victory over Sweden since 22 May 1968. Rio Ferdinand was making his 50th appearance for England while today was Frank Lampard's 28th birthday.