25 June 2006
I can't decide when Sweden let themselves down the most. As I was thinking about it I thought it might've been when Teddy Lucic got himself expelled from the game in the 35th minute effectively kicking Sweden's comeback hopes in the stomach. Or, I thought, it might've been when Henrik Larsson missed his penalty shot in the 53rd minute, effectively throwing any chance of a Swedish comeback to the ground and sitting on them. But then I realized the end was probably much nearer to the start of the match, when Lucas Podolski scored twice in the first 15 minutes to give Germany a commanding 2-0 lead. You can't fuck with these Germans, not at home, not while they're playing like this. Not with fans like this. Didn't hurt that Ballack is playing well in form now. Basically Sweden got trounced.