Soccer...and Sweden underlined possible World Cup problems for defending champions West Germany by beating the?
Soccer...and Sweden underlined possible World Cup problems for defending champions West Germany by beating the Germans 3-1 in a friendly in Stockholm on Wednesday (19 April). West German trainer Helmut Schoen said after the game that repeat form from Sweden in the World Cup finals in June would take them far in the game's most famous competition.
SYNOPSIS: In the early stages, West Germany looked the livelier team. They sped swiftly towards goal, and an awkward shot from an unmarked forward missed by inches.
Germany took the lead in the 22nd minute. From an indirect free-kick, Rainer Bonhof booted the ball through a Swedish defender's leg to score.
German euphoria was snuffed out inside two minutes. Sweden rushed the ball along the right flank, and German defender Rolf Ruessmann was mortified to head the cross firmly into his own net.
The second half, and the pace and buzzing insistence of the Swedish team were constantly worrying the Germans. A corner kick frantically fisted away by the German goalkeeper came straight back. The ball deflected off a Swedish player for his teammate Lennart Larsson to score their second goal.
A lucky escape for the Germans. Their harassed goalkeeper fumbled and was lucky to retrieve a header that struck the post.
This was proving an ecstatic night for the Swedish supporters in the crowd of 30,000. A corner kick produced a brief ballet of headers, the last of which made Sweden's third, and Larsson's second goal in a decisive win. Larsson plays for the West German club Schalke 04.