Seb Larsson

Seb's Sweden are comeback kings

by Stuart Vose

Larsson plays in eight-goal thriller.

Seb Larsson’s Sweden engineered a magnificent comeback as they came from 4-0 down to claim a point against Germany in Berlin last night.

Larsson, who played 80 minutes, and the visitors found themselves four goals behind after just 55 minutes in front of 70,000 fans at the Olympiastadion.

Miroslav Klose scored twice in the first 15 minutes, with Per Mertesacker and Mezut Ozil also adding goals.

But Zlatan Ibrahimovic pulled a goal back just after the hour with Mikael Lustig adding another two minutes later.

Johan Elmander gave the Swedes real hope 14 minutes from time before Rasum Elm netted an incredible equaliser in the third minute of stoppage time.

Speaking afterwards, German coach Joachim Low admitted he couldn’t comprehend the scale of the Swedes’ comeback.

"I cannot explain it so soon after the game has finished," he said. "It is hard to explain how we could throw away such an advantage.

"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."

The result means Sweden remain second in their qualifying group, three points behind Germany with a game in hand.