Trinidad and Tobago v Sweden, 10 June 2006

Score0-0
RefereeShamsul Maidin
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Finals Group B
VenueWestfalenstadion, Dortmund
Attendance62,959
Kick-Off: 18:00 Local (17:00 BST) Assistant referees: Prachya Permpanich (Thailand) Eisa Gholoum (United Arab Emirates) Fourth official: Óscar Ruiz (Colombia) Fifth official: Fernando Tamayo (Ecuador) Man of the Match: Dwight Yorke (Trinidad and Tobago) Trinidad and Tobago held on for a courageous draw despite playing the whole of the second half with 10 men. Soca Warriors defender Avery John picked up the first red card of the World Cup after two reckless tackles. Cornell Glen had Trinidad and Tobago's best chance with a thumping drive that hit the bar, but they were pinned back for much of the game. Marcus Allback and Zlatan Ibrahimovic both should have done better with good chances but the islanders held on.

0  Trinidad and Tobago

Manager: Leo Beenhakker

0  Sweden

Manager: Lars Lagerback

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Shaka Hislop
Defender Cyd Gray
Defender Brent Sancho
Defender/Centre back Dennis Lawrence
Defender/Midfielder Carlos Edwards
Defender/Midfielder Avery John
Midfielder Chris Birchall
Midfielder Densill Theobald
Forward Stern John
Forward Collin Samuel
Forward Dwight Yorke (captain)

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Rami Shaaban
Defender Teddy Lučić
Defender/Centre back Olof Mellberg (captain)
Defender/Left back Erik Edman
Midfielder Tobias Linderoth
Midfielder Freddie Ljungberg
Midfielder Anders Svensson
Forward Henrik Larsson

Substitutions:

Cornell Glen for Collin Samuel 53
Aurtis Whitley for Densill Theobald 66

Substitutions:

Marcus Allback for Anders Svensson 62
Mattias Jonson for Christian Wilhelmsson 78
Kim Kallstrom for Tobias Linderoth 78

Cards:

Avery John 15 Y
Avery John 46 Y
Avery John 46 R
Dwight Yorke 74 Y

Cards:

Henrik Larsson 90 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Clayton Ince
Goalkeeper Kelvin Jack
Defender/Centre back Marvin Andrews
Defender/Centre back Ian Cox
Midfielder Russell Latapy
Midfielder Aurtis Whitley
Midfielder Anthony Wolfe
Forward Cornell Glen
Forward Kenwyne Jones
Forward Jason Scotland
Forward Evans Wise

On the bench:

Goalkeeper John Alvbage
Goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson
Defender Daniel Andersson
Defender Petter Hansson
Defender Fredrik Stenman
Defender Karl Svensson
Midfielder Mattias Jonson
Midfielder Kim Kallstrom
Midfielder Mikael Nilsson
Forward Marcus Allback
Forward Johann Elmander

Comments:

This was a truly magnificent performance by Trinidad and Tobago in their first-ever game in the World Cup finals. With a population of around 1.1 million, it is the smallest nation ever to qualify for the World Cup. Keeper Shaka Hislop came in as a last minute replacement for Kelvin Jack who suffered a calf injury during the pre-match warm-up. At 37 years and 108 days, Shaka is the oldest player at the 2006 tournament. Avery John received the first red card of the 2006 finals.

Comments:

Sweden have now failed to win any of their last seven opening World Cup games. Their most recent first game victory was in 1958 when the tournament was held in Sweden. They defeated Mexico 3-0. Sweden have failed to win any of their seven games since qualifying for the World Cup in October.