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German Papers Bemoan Sweden's Historic Comeback
Telegraph, October 17th, 2012 1:14PM

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German newspaper headlines bemoaned Sweden’s amazing comeback from 4-0 down to draw 4-4 with the German national team in Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier in Berlin. The visitors scored four unanswered goals in the last 30 minutes of the game to draw level, the last coming in the third minute of stoppage time. 

"Jogi, was that daft!" cried the Bild on its front page, referring to Germany coach Joachim Loew. It was the first time Germany had squandered a 4-0 lead before. In reference to the “stupid record,” Bild added: "So beautiful, so brutal, so daft soccer can be!"

Der Spiegel described the game as "60 Minutes Heaven, 30 Minutes Hell." The Germans had a "terrific victory in sight” but that after Sweden clawed itself back to parity: "All debate on the deficiencies of the German 11 will now start again,” the paper declared.

The Berliner Zeitung called it a “grotesque” evening: "In the end, a grotesque 4-4 draw in the fourth World Cup qualifier against the utterly overstretched Scandinavians left behind many questions.”

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