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October 16, 2013
• Friends Arena, Solna
Referee: W. Collum
• Attendance: 49251
T. Hysén 6', 69'
A. Kačaniklić 42'
M. Özil 45'
M. Götze 53'
A. Schürrle 57', 66', 76'
That's all from me for tonight guys and girls. What a game! I hope you enjoyed it just as much as I did. Good night everyone!
FULL-TIME: SWEDEN 3-5 GERMANY A fantastic second-half hat-trick from Schurrle for the visitors turned the game on its head, after Sweden had led 2-1 at the break thanks to well-taken goals from Hysen and Kacaniklic. Ozil pulled a goal back moments before half-time for Low's team, before Gotze made it 2-2 with a wicked finish in the 53rd minute. Three fine Schurrle goals were then punctured by a divine volley from Hysen. Germany top Group C, which they already knew, while Sweden will wait to see who they face in the play-offs after finishing second in the group.
90' + 4'
And there is the final whistle! A wonderful game finishes 5-3 to Germany.
90' + 3'
Germany are sliding the ball around neatly just inside the Sweden half as they look to run the clock down.
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We don't seem to have been made aware how many minutes of added time there will be in this game, but with eight goals I imagine it will be a few!
A fortunate ricochet nearly bounces into the path of Draxler inside the Sweden box on the right, but Olsson recovers well to get his body between the ball and the Germany substitute and then pass it back to his goalkeeper Wiland.
We're into the 88th minute and Sweden are still going in search of goals. A move down the right falters when Bengtsson tries to dribble past Jansen though, as the Dortmund full-back easily nicks the ball off his opponent.
Draxler misplaces a couple of passes in quick succession, but tries to make amends on both occasions by hassling Kallstrom and then Wernbloom.
Dare I say it's gone a bit quiet at the Friends Arena?
Svensson tests Neuer with a swerving effort from distance and then Hysen thinks he has completed a hat-trick of his own! The linesman launches his flag into the air on the near side though, to shatter the Sweden striker's dreams with an emphatic offside decision.
Low opts to make his final change of the evening with just under 10 minutes left on the clock. Julian Draxler comes on for the birthday boy, Ozil.
Howedes makes his way into the book not long after coming on, for a foul on Olsson. The Sweden left-back has put in a decent shift down that side for his team tonight.
Yellow Card Benedikt Höwedes
Some football fans of little faith thought these two sides might take their foot off the gas tonight, with Germany already through and Sweden having sealed a place in the play-offs. But they have done the opposite, it's been a beautifully open match.
Assist Toni Kroos
Goal Andre Schürrle
SCHURRLE COMPLETES HIS HAT-TRICK! The Germany attacker swings a divine finish into the top right corner from 20 yards after cutting onto his right foot from his outpost on the left. What a brilliantly-taken trio of goals from him tonight!
And now another switch for the visitors. Kruse, a striker, is replaced by Howedes, a centre-back. Bit of a strange one from Low, that.
Alert goalkeeping from Neuer keeps Germany ahead as he jumps to his left to gather an opportunistic strike from Larsson.
Sweden make their second change of the evening as Kacaniklic makes way for Durmaz.
Yellow Card Max Kruse
Most of us were praying for a repeat of these two sides' 4-4 thriller a year ago, but few would have thought it would actually happen. This game is finely poised to do just that as we fly into the final 20 minutes.
Game on in Solna!
Assist Sebastian Larsson
Goal Tobias Hysen
SWEDEN PULL ONE BACK!! THAT IS A DELIGHTFUL GOAL FROM HYSEN! Larsson pinged a quick free kick over the top from left and Hysen let it fall over his left shoulder before directing a brilliant volley past Neuer with his left foot. That was a very very good finish from the 31-year-old.
Assist Mario Götze
Goal Andre Schürrle
RUTHLESS FROM SCHURRLE! Germany lead 4-2 after some more horrid defending from the hosts. Antonsson is at fault this time as he surrenders possession in a dangerous area to Gotze. He quickly moves the ball on to Schurlle, and the Chelsea forward shows great composure to curl his second goal past Wiland from the left side of the penalty area.
Kallstrom looks to curl the ball towards the top right corner with his left foot, but the Germany wall does its job and the Sweden midfielder's effort never has the chance to call Neuer into action.
Yellow Card Mats Hummels
Just as I say Sweden are struggling they burst forward and win a free kick 20 yards from goal through Toivonen. The attacker is felled by a crunching challenge from Hummels, who receives a yellow card for his troubles.
Hamren's side are struggling to touch the ball now. Germany, meanwhile, are in Kroos control...
It's a fair decision, Elm had been fairly abject for the hosts in the centre of midfield this evening. He was dominated by Schweinsteiger and Kroos during his time on the pitch.
Sweden make their first change, and it is Elm that makes way for Anders Svensson. Now he really is a veteran! 37 years young.
Quite the turnaround from Germany! They have given Sweden a taste of their own medicine after Hamren's side recovered from being 4-0 down to secure a draw the last time these sides met.
Goal Andre Schürrle
SCHURRLE MAKES IT 3-2! Nilsson gives the ball away far too easily, which allows Schurrle the time and space to sprint into the box on the left, turn back past the recovering Nilsson, and then sweep a low finish past Wiland and into the far corner.
That touch deserves to be on a highlight reel. Gotze lets the ball bounce into him and rolls the ball with his instep through his legs and into the path of Lahm on the right wing. That was lovely.
Schweinsteiger is looking for the free kick under pressure from Elm, and the referee buys it. Germany get a set piece 30 yards from goal, but rather than trying to test Wiland with a shot, they play it short and try and work the ball into the box.
Assist Mesut Özil
Goal Mario Götze
GOTZE DRAWS GERMANY LEVEL!! The Bayern attacker gives Wiland no chance as he whips the ball into the top right corner from 15 yards after being set up unselfishly by Ozil. It's all square in Solna!
Schurrle shifts through a couple of gears to burst past Bengtsson and weave the ball onto his right foot, but his eventual effort from 25 yards is too close to Wiland, who palms the ball down once before catching it.
Sweden counter at a blistering pace but Kacaniklic's attempted through ball to Hysen is intercepted at the last moment by Hummels. The home side have looked very dangerous on the few times they have got forward this evening.
Another iffy cross from Lahm is flicked away, this time by Antonsson. Germany are quite clearly on the hunt for an equaliser here in Solna though.
A wave of white shirts roll into the Sweden box as Schurrle sweeps a pass out to Lahm on the right, but the normally dependable full-back's pass is off target and Elm is able to steal possession.
Back underway we go at the Friends Arena. Sweden surrender possession in a matter of seconds though, which gives Germany an early chance to attack in this second half.
Tupac once rapped about changes, and we've got one at the break here. Mario Gotze, the former Borussia Dortmund sweetheart, is coming on for Muller. One Bayern man replaces another.
Low will be concerned with the ease at which Sweden have cut through his side's defence in the first half. Hysen and Kacaniklic were commendably clinical in front of goal, but that does not excuse the space they were afforded by Boateng and Hummels.
HALF-TIME: SWEDEN 2-1 GERMANY The home side looked to be going in at the break two goals to the good after neat finishes from Hysen and Kacaniklic, but a well-taken finish from Ozil in the dying seconds of the first period cut their lead in half. The visitors have dominated possession, but without really testing Wiland in the Sweden goal. Muller struck the crossbar with a header midway through the half but that was the closest they came to scoring until Ozil's goal moments before the break.
Goal Mesut Özil
OZIL PULLS A GOAL BACK FOR THE VISITORS IMMEDIATELY! The Germany midfielder notches his eighth goal of the qualification campaign with a driven right-foot finish past Wiland after latching on to a deflected pass from Kruse.
And that is pretty much the last kick of the half!
Assist Kim Källström
Goal Alexander Kacaniklic
SWEDEN GO 2-0 UP!! Kacaniklic slots the ball into the bottom right corner to double the hosts' lead after racing on to a pass from Kallstrom. That is the Fulham youngster's first goal for his country.
Some more good attacking play from Germany has Sweden on the back foot. A misplaced pass from Lahm looks to have given Sweden a chance to attack, but there is the centre-back Boateng, 40 yards from his opponent's goal, winning the ball back and starting an attack for his side. The visitors have dominated possession without forcing Wiland into action.
Another long-range effort from Schweinsteiger! And again it fails to test Wiland. The Sweden shotstopper has had a straightforward half so far.
A brilliant spell of possession from Germany nearly results in a chance for Muller, but he cannot quite connect with the ball as it flies towards him from the byline after Kruse had stepped over a cross from Janssen.
Kacaniklic and Kallstrom combine well on the left and think they have done enough to win a corner for the hosts, but their protests are to no avail as Germany are awarded a goal kick.
Schweinsteiger looks determined to notch on his 100th appearance for his country. He has had a shot blocked, and one whistle wide of the post in the last five minutes alone.
Yellow Card Andre Schürrle
Schurrle's clearly been picking up some tips from the theatre since his move to London. The Chelsea attacker has just flung himself to the floor after very little contact from Kallstrom, and the referee takes a dim view of the act by promptly reaching for his pocket and showing the Germany forward a yellow card.
It's rare that Ozil's control deserts him, but on this occasion it's on a different continent. Lahm picks the Arsenal man out in space with a clipped cross to the back post from the right, but the mercurial attacker's touch is wayward and Sweden are able to clear the ball upfield.
Yellow Card Martin Olsson
Olsson thunders through Muller while trying to win the ball and can have absolutely no complaints when a yellow card greets him as he gets to his feet.
Kruse has had a quiet game for Low's men in this first half. The Borussia Monchengladbach forward has seen very little of the ball, but credit Sweden's defence for that, they have marshalled him well so far.
Schurrle's touch lets him down as he tries to ghost inside past Bengtsson and make his way into the Sweden box. The right-back is able to get his body in front of the Chelsea attacker and pass the ball to Kallstrom, and in doing so ease the pressure on his side.
But for Muller's header that came crashing off the crossbar, Germany have not really threatened here in Solna. I am very good at cursing teams so get ready for an imminent equaliser.
Schurlle tries to find Muller from the set piece with a lofted pass but Antonsson is alert to the danger and beats him in the air to clear the ball away for the home side.
Now Germany have a free kick in a dangerous position. 35 yards from goal. Just left of centre...
Ozil saunters over to take a corner on the right, but his set piece is easily nodded away by Olsson at the near post. Not a good delivery from the birthday boy.
That's really good play from Sweden! Hamren's side work the ball out of defence superbly under pressure from Germany's front four with a lightning exchange of passes between Kallstrom, Antonsson and Elm.
The Sunderland midfielder's enticing cross fails to find a team-mate though, and sadly the ball bounces all the way through and out for a goal kick.
Lahm loses his temper and catches Olsson with a late challenge on the near side. Sweden now have a free kick, and Larsson will no doubt relish the opportunity to test this Germany back line.
MULLER RATTLES THE CROSSBAR! The Bayern Munich forward crashes a header onto the woodwork after being left all alone inside the penalty area to attack an Ozil free kick from the left.
Kallstrom looks like he might be the first man into the referee's notebook after flying into a tackle with Schweinsteiger but Willie Collum lets him off on this occasion, and just gives him a stern talking to.
Jansen swings a ball to the back post for Low's side but there are no players attacking it, and Martin Olsson is able to clear.
That opening goal was route one in its purest form. A huge punt forward from Wiland was nodded down to Larsson, he quickly looked up and fed a pass through to Hysen, and the veteran striker finished nonchalantly. Advantage to Sweden early on here!
Goal Tobias Hysen
SWEDEN HAVE THE LEAD THROUGH HYSEN!! The 31-year-old rolls back the years to slip the ball under the onrushing Neuer from 15 yards after racing onto a neat through ball from Larsson. A clever dummy from Toivonen flummoxed the Germany defence, and allowed Hysen to run through unattended and roll the ball under Germany's No.1.
Assist Sebastian Larsson
SCHWEINSTEIGER SLAMS AN EFFORT WIDE! Germany's centurion will fancy getting the scoresheet tonight, and he gets his first sniff early on as the ball rolls to him 25 yards out. His low right-footed effort drifts wide of the left-hand post though.
The visitors move the ball nicely with a series of quick passes in the Sweden half, but the move eventually grinds to a halt as Marcell Jansen is adjudged to have been in an offside position on the left as he controlled Ozil's arcing pass.
They work it down the right-hand side to Philipp Lahm, and he slides a neat pass into the path of Thomas Muller, but his subsequent flick is overhit and runs through to Johan Wiland.
A robust challenge from Kim Kallstrom sends Ozil to the deck on the halfway line and Germany win the first free kick of the game.
And we are off! Germany get the ball rolling over in Sweden. Fingers crossed we get a repeat of their last meeting...
The two captains have exchanged the usual pleasantries in the centre circle and we are just moments away from kick-off here at the Friends Arena.
Quick tip of the hat to Mr Bastian Schweinsteiger by the way. The Germany stalwart wins his 100th international cap this evening, nine years after making his debut.
SUBS: Adler, Bender, Howedes, Draxler, Sam, Westermann, Mertesacker, Gotze, Reus, Zieler
GERMANY (4-2-3-1): Neuer; Lahm, Boateng, Hummels, Jansen; Schweinsteiger, Kroos; Muller, Ozil, Schurrle; Kruse
SUBS: Isaksson, Lustig, Svensson, Elmander, Karlsson, Granqvist, Johansson, Durmaz, Nordfeldt, Wernbloom, Gerndt, Zengin
SWEDEN (4-4-2): Wiland; Bengtsson, Nilsson, Antonsson, Olsson; Larsson, Elm, Kallstrom, Kacaniklic; Toivonen, Hysen
The hosts are without Ibrahimovic this time round though. Speaking of which, let's have a peak at the two side's starting XIs ahead of kick-off...
I hope you lot remember the last time these two teams faced one another. There were fireworks – in a spectacularly good way. Germany raced into a four-goal lead before the hour-mark thanks to two goals from Miroslav Klose and further strikes from Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil. But then something clicked for the Swedes in Berlin, and they proceeded to complete a marvellous comeback to seal a point, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic imperious for the final 30 minutes. That was the only point Germany have dropped throughout this qualification campaign.
My name is Charlie Scott and I'm the lucky chap tasked with guiding you through the game in Sweden as it unfolds. Germany have shown their typical efficiency to qualify with a game to spare in Group C, while Erik Hamren's side can also relax having already nabbed one of the eight best runners-up spots to seal a place in the play-offs.
Good evening ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to LIVE coverage of the World Cup qualifying fixture that pits Joachim Low's uber-talented Germany side against Sweden in Solna in the final round of European group matches.
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