Germany 'stunned to silence' by 4-4 draw against Sweden

Published: 18 October, 2012 10:10 IST | PA Sport |

Coach Joachim Low revealed the Germany dressing room had been "stunned to silence" by Sweden's recovery to snatch a 4-4 draw despite trailing 4-0 in the 2014 World Cup qualifying match at Berlin's Olympiastadion

Miroslav Klose scored a double early on before Per Mertesacker added a third for the hosts before half time. Once Mesut Ozil made it 4-0 early in the second half, Germany’s 14th consecutive win in qualifying competitions seemed to be in the bank.

Sweden’s Rasmus Elm (centre) scores late in injury time to earn his team a 4-4 draw against Germany in Berlin on Tuesday. PIC/AFP

However, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Mikael Lustig got the comeback under way in the 62nd and 64th minutes before Johan Elmander brought them back to within a goal with 14 minutes left to play. The stage was then set for Rasmus Elm to grab an equaliser in the third minute of stoppage time to earn Sweden a precious draw. “To throw away a 4-0 lead is normally impossible. I am shocked. I have never experienced anything like it. Everybody in the dressing room is stunned to silence; we are speechless,” he said.

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