Germany 2 Sweden 0
Posted by ssbg on June 24, 2006
Michael Ballack bosses the midfield all game but his efforts to add to the score are thwarted by a resolute Isaksson
Hosts Germany booked their place in the World Cup quarter-finals as two early goals from Lukas Podolski helped secure victory over 10-man Sweden.
Podolski scored on just four minutes, driving home the loose ball after Sweden keeper Andreas Isaksson parried.
And Podolski finished smartly after Miroslav Klose's pass on 12 minutes.
Sweden's Teddy Lucic was sent off for a second booking on 35 minutes and their miserable day was complete when Henrik Larsson missed a second-half penalty.
It was an assured display from Germany, who always looked like adding to their lead after gaining the early advantage.
Both sides were still settling down when Podolski's goal sent the home fans at the Allianz Arena into raptures.