World Cup qualifiers: Sweden produce amazing fightback against Germany


Sweden pulled off an unforgivable comeback in their World Cup qualifier with Germany, coming back from 4-0 down with 30 minutes left to draw 4-4. Rasmus Elm scored Sweden's equaliser in Berlin in the 93rd minute, ending Germany's 100% record in Group C. Spain were also denied victory by a late goal, as a 94th-minute header by Olivier Giroud salvaged a point for France in Group I. Sergio Ramos had put Spain ahead from a Xavi corner in the first half and the world and European champions missed a good chance to extend their lead when France keeper Hugo Lloris saved a Cesc Fabregas penalty kick just before half-time.

The biggest surprise of the night was Germany's result, a draw against Sweden after holding a four-goal lead. That is the first time that Germany don't win a game after holding a four-goal lead. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mikael Lustig and Johan Elmander scored in the space of 14 minutes, before Elm's late strike which completed a highly unlikely fightback.

"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," Sweden boss Erik Hamren said after the match. "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 boss Joachim Loew said he was left stunned by his side's collapse. "To sum things up, the first 60 minutes were brilliant from us, the last 30 were incredibly weak," Loew said. "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."

The Netherlands and Russia are now the only European nations to hold perfect winning records in this qualifying campaign. Holland grabbed an impressive 4-1 away win over Romania, who had been their nearest rivals in Group D. Fabio Capello's Russia needed a late penalty to see off Azerbaijan in Group F despite dominating their match in Moscow.

Bet365 give odds of 6/4 for Sweden to qualify for the World Cup finals in Brazil.

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