Sweden’s 34-year-old veteran captain ANDERS SVENSSON (8) of IF Elfsborg, the former midfielder for FC Southampton in England who has earned 111 caps for his country, attempts to stay ahead of Germany’s 23-year-old Spanish legionnaire, SAMI KHEDIRA (6) of Real Madrid, at the Ullevi, the largest stadium in Scandanavia which is located in Gothenburg, Sweden. (Bjorn Larsson/AP/Scanpix)
November 17, 2010
0 – SWEDEN
0 – GERMANY
A goalless draw in Scandanavia, then, for the 3rd place side at this past summer’s 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa as GERMANY and SWEDEN drew 0-0 in an international friendly in Gothenburg.
Several front-line players for Germany, including Spanish legionnaire MESUT OEZIL of Real Madrid and LUKAS PODOLSKI of 1.FC Koeln, were given the night off in what was the final international date of the year for Deutschland.
Goalkeeper RENE ADLER of second place Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen, who was left off the World Cup squad by national team coach JOACHIM LOEW, was not required to make a single save by defensive-minded Sweden and posted the shutout on his 10th appearance for Germany.
Adler’s counterpart at the opposite end, ANDREAS ISAKSSON of Dutch club PSV Eindhoven, had a solid match for Sweden though the Germans mostly were off-target with their attempts.
Sweden’s well-traveled winger CHRISTIAN WILHELMSSON (21), who has played in Belgium, France, Italy, England, Spain and currently competes for FC Al Hilal in Saudia Arabia, looks to clear the ball from Germany’s Borussia Dortmund winger KEVIN GROSSKREUTZ with defender OSCAR WENDT (17) of Danish side FC Copenhagen seeking to avoid the foul at the Ullevi sports facility in Gothenburg, Sweden.(Torsten Silz/DAPD)
Loew included two rookies in his starting XI against Sweden : 22-year-old defender MARCEL SCHMELZER of Bundelsiga leaders Borussia Dortmund and FSV Mainz’s on-loan 20-year-old midfielder LEWIS HOLTBY, who is the property of Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen; a pair of Borussia Dortmund spieler in the first team at the Ullevi, 21-year old defender MATS HUMMELS and 22-year-old midfielder KEVIN GROSSKREUTZ, earned their second-ever cap for Germany.
It was the new faces Holtby and Schmelzer who forced Sweden’s goalkeeper Isaksson to record his two saves for the evening.
Two more youngsters appeared as substitutes for their first ever international appearances — the recently-turned 20-year-old FSV Mainz striker ANDRE SCHUERRLE and 18-year-old Borussia Dortmund midfielder MARIO GOETZE, who became the 7th youngest player ever to play football for the national team of Germany.
OLA TOIVONEN, who has netted nine goals in 13 Eredivise games for PSV Eindhoven as an attacking midfielder in Holland, was used as a central striker up front by Sweden and effectively neutralized by the Germans.
Toivonen’s club teammate and 69th minute substitute in the match against Germany, MARCUS BERG, fared no better.
Sweden goalkeeper ANDREAS ISAKSSON of PSV Eindhoven, who earned his 80th international cap in the match, smothers the ball at the feet of Germany World Cup reserve MARIO GOMEZ (23), the in-form striker who has scored seven goals in his last four matches in all competitions for Bayern Munich, at the Ullevi. (Bob Strong/Reuters)
gk — Andreas ISAKSSON (PSV Eindhoven – Hol)
df — Mikael LUSTIG (BK Rosenborg Trondheim – Nor), Andreas GRANQVIST (FC Groningen – Hol), Daniel MAJSTOROVIC (Glasgow Celtic – Sct), Oscar WENDT (FC Copenhagen – Den)
mf — Anders SVENSSON (IF Elfsborg), Kim KALLSTROM (Olympique Lyon – Fra)
mf — Sebastian LARSSON (Birmingham City – Eng), Pontus WERNBLOM (AZ 67 Alkmaar – Hol), Christian WILHELMSSON (FC Al Hilal- Saudi Arabia)
fw — Ola TOIVONEN (PSV Einhoven – Hol)
df — Behrang SAFARI (FC Basel – Switz)
fw — Marcus BERG (PSV Eindhoven) for Toivonen – 69th min
mf — Rasmus ELM (AZ 67 Alkmaar) for Wernblom – 76th min
mf — Alexander GERNDT (IF Helsingborg) for Kallstrom – 88th min
gk — Rene ADLER (Bayer Leverkusen)
df — Jerome BOATENG (Manchester City – Eng), Mats HUMMELS (Borussia Dortmund), Heikko WESTERMANN (SV Hamburg), Marcel SCHMELZER (Borussia Dortmund)
mf — Sami KHEDIRA (Real Madrid – Spa), Bastian SCHWEINSTEIGER (Bayern Munich)
mf — Lewis HOLTBY (FSV Mainz), Kevin GROSSKREUTZ (Borussia Dortmund), Marko MARIN (Werder Bremen)
fw — Mario GOMEZ (Bayern Munich)
df — Andreas BECK (TSG Hoffenheim) for Boateng – 46th min
mf — Toni KROOS (Bayern Munich) for Schweinsteiger – 60th min
mf — Christian TRAESCH (Vfb Stuttgart) for Khedira – 60th min
fw — CACAU (Vfb Stuttgart) for Marin – 60th min
mf — Mario GOETZE (Borussia Dortmund) for Grosskreutz – 79th min
fw — Andre SCHUERRLE (FSV Mainz) for Holtby – 79th min
Talented 18-year-old midfielder MARIO GOETZE (14) of Borussia Dortmund prepares to take the field and earn his first-ever international cap for Germany as Bundesliga teammate KEVIN GROSSKREUTZ (16) makes way at the Ullevi, the largest stadium in Scandanavia which was originally built in 1958 as one of the venues for the 1958 World Cup. (Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images)