World Cup: Sweden and Mexico knocked out

, posted: 25-Jun-2006 12:23

Sweden is going home after being pulverised by Germany in the World Cup. The 2-0 result doesn't reflect how much Germany were in command of the game; it could easily have ended up with one or two more goals for the German side, especially after Sweden's Teddy Lucic was sent off after receiving his second yellow card. Lucic earnt both yellow cards when stopped Germany's Miroslav Klose who pretty much ran the game together with Lukas Podolski, who scored both goals.

Before the game, Sweden was thought of as having a fighting chance against the Germans. Nobody expected the Swedish side to fold the way it did. Nothing went the Swedes' way: star player Henke Larsson missed a penalty that might have seen the Swedes back in the game for instance.

Argentina on the other hand was expected to send Mexico packing with consummate ease. Instead, Mexico found its World Cup mettle and battled the Argentinians into extra time. Mexico took an early lead through Rafael Marquez scoring on a freekick from Mario Mendez. Soon after however, Argentina equalised when Jared Borgetti headed in an own-goal which was credited to Hernan Crespo later. The 1-1 score lasted into injury-time but eight minutes into extra time, "Super Rodriguez" slammed the ball into the Mexican goal with his left foot - very impressive.

The refereeing in both games was a bit dodgy I thought, but seems to be par for the course in this World Cup.
Both Podolski's goals plus Henke Larsson's missed penalty shot: Marquez scores the first goal for Mexico: Crespo's "goal" shortly after:

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