• Germany's news in English
 

Germany wastes huge lead to draw Sweden 4-4

Published: 17 Oct 2012 07:48 GMT+02:00

"To sum things up, the first 60 minutes were brilliant from us, the last 30 were incredibly weak," said German coach Joachim Löw.

"Honestly, shortly after the game I can find no explanation as to how we let a 4-0 lead slip out of our hands. It's deathly quiet in the changing room: players are laid out on the benches and are totally speechless.

"Had we won the game, we would have been in control of the group, now things are wide open."

Germany captain Philipp Lahm admitted he was also struggling to explain what went wrong.

"It is very difficult to explain, it is hard to understand how we could be left with a 4-all draw having outplayed our opponents for the first 60 minutes," he admitted.

"At 4-1, you think, well it's only a goal, at 4-2 you get a little worried, but before you know it, it's a 4-4 draw.

"It is unprecedented in international football, maybe only the 3-3 draw between Liverpool and AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final compares.

"We ticked the game off after it was 4-0, that is normal, but we let our concentration slip, made mistakes and lost our form."

Midfielder Rasmus Elm wrote himself into Swedish football folklore with the dramatic right-footed equaliser as Sweden came back from 4-0 down with an hour gone to claim a point at Berlin's Olympic Stadium.

Germany had been cruising thanks to two early goals from Miroslav Klose before Arsenal's Per Mertesacker, then Real Madrid's Mesut Özil gave the hosts a comfortable lead.

But Erik Hamren's side roared back as Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic headed home before Celtic's Mikael Lustig, then Galatasary's Johan Elmander rattled the hosts and then Elm produced the shock equaliser.

"It was still a strange feeling in the dressing room, it's not every day on the international stage that you come back for a 4-4 draw having been 4-0 down," said Hamren.

"To come to Germany and get a point against one of the best teams in the world is incredible.

“It is something historical, I am very proud of my team and the way they reacted."

Germany remain top of Group C on ten points with Sweden second in the table on seven, but with a game in hand.

The hosts' opening goal came after just eight minutes as captain Philipp Lahm attacked down the left wing and fed Marco Reus to square for Lazio's Klose who fired past Sweden goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson.

It was Klose's 66th goal on his 126th appearance having been honoured before kick-off with a fair play award for honesty having had a goal he scored for Lazio last month in the Italian league cancelled after admitting he touched the ball.

It was one-way traffic from the hosts as Reus again provided the final scoring pass from the same position when he combined with Thomas Müller to put Klose in the perfect position to double his tally on 15 minutes.

Having also scored in the 6-1 victory over Ireland last Friday, Klose has now scored three times in two games to leave him with 67 international goals, just one short of Gerd Müller's record for Germany of 68 set in the 1970s.

Sweden had barely launched an attack and Ibrahimovic hardly had a look in as the visitors were allowed only the rare forage into Germany's half.

The third goal came from an unlikely source as Mertesacker scored only his second on his 84th appearance as he fired home from close range after Müller headed across goal on 39 minutes.

It finished 3-0 at the break, but the fourth came soon after as Müller again supplied the cross and with the Germans lining up to score, Ozil, who celebrated his 24th birthday on Monday, fired home on 55 minutes.

Ibrahimovic showed his class when he turned his first clear chance into a goal after slipping his marker Holger Badstuber to power home Kim Kallstrom's header on 62 minutes to give the Swedes a lifeline.

With the bit between their teeth, belief flowed through the Swedes who doubled their tally two minutes later as Kallstrom again provided the pass for Lustig to hit their second on 64 minutes with Badstuber again at fault.

Sweden were right back in the game and the German defence suddenly found themselves working overtime to try to keep their opponents at bay.

The third Swedish goal came on 76 minutes when Elmander fired through Badstuber's legs to leave Löw fuming on the sidelines before Elm's late equaliser.

AFP/hc

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

16:59 October 19, 2012 by michael valerio
What do you expect with a team made up of gastarbeiter.
Today's headlines
Alps Plane Crash
Germanwings co-pilot 'hid illness' on crash day
Photo: DPA

Germanwings co-pilot 'hid illness' on crash day

State prosecutors in Düsseldorf said on Friday that Germanwings flight 4U9525 co-pilot Andreas Lubitz had a sick note from his doctor on the day of the crash. READ  

Varoufakis 'considering resignation': Bild
Yanis Varoufakis. Photo: DPA

Varoufakis 'considering resignation': Bild

German tabloid Bild reports that GErmany's least-favourite Greek minister Yanis Varoufakis is considering resigning from his post just two months after taking it up. READ  

Germany urgently needs immigrants: study
Spanish immigrants in Germany. Photo: DPA

Germany urgently needs immigrants: study

A study by the Bertelsmann Institute found on Friday that Germany will need around half a million new immigrants every year until 2050 to maintain its work force. READ  

Bundesbank tough, public soft on Greece
Jens Weidmann, head of the Bundesbank. Photo: DPA

Bundesbank tough, public soft on Greece

Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann said on Friday that he is opposed to giving Greece further financial help because he believes the new government has frittered away too much trust, but a new poll showed that support for a "Grexit" had shrunk below 50 percent. READ  

Town flocks to mourn lost schoolchildren
A black ribbon on a sign in Haltern, North Rhine-Westphalia. Photo: DPA

Town flocks to mourn lost schoolchildren

President Joachim Gauck arrived in Haltern on Friday to join families and schoolchildren mourning the loss of their classmates and teachers in the Germanwings flight 4U9525 crash. READ  

Alps Plane Crash
Airlines agree two-person cockpit rule
Photo: DPA

Airlines agree two-person cockpit rule

The Federation of the German Air Travel Industry (BDL) decided on Thursday that from now on two people must be in the cockpit at all times, in a bid to avoid a repeat of the Germanwings disaster. READ  

Interior ministry bans Salafist group
Thomas de Maizière. Photo: DPA

Interior ministry bans Salafist group

Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière ordered the dissolving of salafist organisation Tauhid Germany on Thursday, saying that the group radicalized youth and encouraged them to travel to Syria to fight for Isis. READ  

New minute of silence for Germanwings victims
MPs in the Bundestag (German parliament) fall silent for a minute before beginning the day's work. Photo: DPA

New minute of silence for Germanwings victims

Germans again took a few moments on Thursday to remember those killed in the Germanwings flight 4U9525 plane crash on Tuesday. READ  

Ukraine refugees make tracks to Germany
Ukrainian refugees arriving in Poland by plane. Photo: DPA

Ukraine refugees make tracks to Germany

Germany received one of the highest numbers of Ukrainian asylum seekers in Europe last year, according to data released last week by Eurostat and analyzed by The Local. READ  

Merkel must be firm with Modi: Amnesty
Narendra Modi. Photo: DPA

Merkel must be firm with Modi: Amnesty

Speaking to the The Local ahead of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Germany next month, Amnesty International warned that his poor record on human rights must factor into the talks. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Can the 'nightmare' of a pilot downing a plane be prevented?
National
LIVE: Co-pilot suspected of crashing plane
National
LIVE: Co-pilot suspected of crashing plane
National
LIVE: Co-pilot suspected of crashing plane
Pupils mourn lost classmates
National
Freed after 25 years on death row
National
Cologne Cathedral returns from space
National
Germanwings co-pilot was 'locked out of cockpit' before crash
Sponsored Article
What expat parents should ask before choosing a school
Features
Paddy's Day, Berlin style
Is your workload 'out of control'? You're not alone...
National
Why east Germans are happy to get it on on camera
National
What would you do with a 250-year-old pretzel?
Features
Just why is the German flag Schwarz, Rot, Gold?
Business & Money
Getting German workers and bosses thinking positive
National
Uplifting thoughts to get you through the last week of winter
National
Who wants the Olympics more - Hamburg or Berlin?
National
Last-minute drama of Germany's Eurovision 2015 entry
National
German photographer takes world's top prize
Features
Meet the woman getting Germans to drink more – and better – beer
Gallery
Get inspired for International Women's Day with German heroes
Sponsored Article
Expert US tax preparation for Americans in Germany
Green party proposes first-ever cannabis legalization plan
Gallery
In pictures: Germany's seven most livable cities
National
Singapore canes Germans for train graffiti
Politics
Surprise! Germans love feeling like they run the EU
Politics
Anger over plan to show women what men earn
Travel
Munich tram fans bicker over new bell
Features
Kafka: puzzling translators 100 years on
Business & Money
France or Germany: Which country really is the best country to work in?
Photo: Police
Rhineland
Student driver crashes tank into family garden.
Photo: DPA
Politics
There was a notable absence at the Anti-Semitism Commission
National
How Dresden bombing still divides Germany, 70 years on
Photo: DPA
Gallery
Take a cute break with this gallery of baby animals
International
What's keeping UK expats from voting?
Photo: DPA
National
Terror alert at a new high. Should you be worried?
Gallery
The best regional foods TTIP opponents want to protect
Photo: DPA
Features
All you ever needed to know about Pegida
Photo: Shutterstock
Culture
This cosplayer did not think his plan through
National
Europe in statistics - from Spain to Sweden
Gallery
Top 12 German idioms
Culture
10 top tips for partying in Germany
Photo: DPA
Technology
What does the Chancellor see as the future of the internet?
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
JobTalk: All you need to know about working in Germany
National
Share news tips with The Local Germany
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

7,137
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd