WCQ – Sweden Rallies For Shock Draw With Germans In Berlin


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Germany winger MARCO REUS (21) of defending German champion Borussia Dortmund runs past Sweden right back MIKAEL LUSTIG (2) of reigning Scottish king Glasgow Celtic during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Group 3 qualification match at the Berliner Olympiastadion in the national capital city.
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It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. And when it was all over in Berlin — as indicated by one German publication with its piece, “Die Fussball-Welt Lacht Ueber Deutschland” — the football world laughed at Germany while the former English interntional legend and current BBC presenter Gary Lineker hastily re-evaluated his famous and oft-stated Philosophy of Inevitability.

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GERMANY
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goal — Manuel NEUER (Bayern Munich / 35 caps)

defense — Jerome BOATENG (Bayern Munich / 28 caps, 0 go), Per MERTESACKER (FC Arsenal – Eng / 84 caps, 2 go), Holger BADSTUBER (Bayern Munich / 30 caps, 1 go), Philipp LAHM (Bayern Munich / 94 caps, 5 go)

def midfield — Toni KROOS (Bayern Munich / 34 caps, 4 go), Bastian SCHWEINSTEIGER (Bayern Munich / 97 caps, 23 go)

att midfield — Thomas MUELLER (Bayern Munich / 37 caps, 10 go), Mesut OEZIL (Real Madrid – Spa / 43 caps, 14 go), Marco REUS (Borussia Dortmund / 13 caps, 5 go)

striker — Miroslav KLOSE (SS Lazio Rome – Ita / 126 caps, 67 go)

substitutes
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MF – Mario GOETZE (Borussia Dortmund / 19 caps, 3 go)
for Mueller – 67th min
MF – Lukas PODOLSKI (FC Arsenal – Eng / 105 caps, 44 go)
for Reus – 88th min

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SWEDEN
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goal — Andreas ISAKSSON (Kasimpasaspor – Trk / 101 caps)

defense — Mikael LUSTIG (Glasgow Celtic – Sct / 30 caps, 2 go), Andreas GRANQVIST (FC Genoa – Ita / 26 caps, 2 go), Jonas OLSSON (West Bromwich Albion – Eng / 15 caps, 0 go), Behreng SAFARI (RSC Anderlecht – Bel / 28 caps, 0 go)

def midfield — Pontus WERNBLOM (CSKA Moscow – Rus / 29 caps, 2 go), Rasmus ELM (CSKA Moscow – Rus / 30 caps, 3 go)

att midfield — Sebastian LARSSON (FC Sunderland – Eng / 49 caps, 6 go), Zlatko IBRAHIMOVIC (Paris St. Germain – Fra / 84 caps, 35 go), Samuel HOLMEN (Istanbul B.B. – Trk / 31 caps, 2 go)

striker – Johan ELMANDER (Galatasaray Istanbul – Trk / 68 caps, 18 go)

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MF – Kim KALLSTROM (Spartak Moscow – Rus / 97 caps, 16 go)
for Wernblom – 46th min
MF – Alexander KACANIKLIC (Fulham Athletic – Eng / 3 caps, 1 go)
for Holmen – 46th min
MF – Tobias SANA (Ajax Amsterdam / 1 cap, 0 go)
for Larsson – 78th min

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