Senegal is the surprise of the tournament but the mental lapses against Uruguay are a worrysome point. Sweden on the other has looked rock solid especially mentally, they have shown that they can play with anyone
Judging from what I saw in Sweden's game against Nigeria, I think the Senegalese have a decent chance of progressing to the quarters. Had the Nigerians been better tactically and a lot more careful in defence they could have snatched at least a point from the Sweden match.
The Senegalese, thus far, have showed much better tactical awarness and defensive competence than the Nigerians. If they maintain this, I do not see why they cannot beat the Swedes. Senegal matched the Danes (who have an identical style to Swedes) boot for boot in their group game. In fact, they should have beaten Denmark.
Ture,Fadiga's absence is a worry but Salif Diao will return from suspension and this should bolster the Senegalese midfield. Senegal's second half performance against Uruguay was not far from awful. But I'm sure the complacency that crept into the Senegalese play that day will not be repeated against the Swedes!
I think a lot depends on how hot it is. After Denmark started out very well (should have been 2-0 up if it wasn't for a stupid ref. disallowing a clear cut goal from Tomasson) they were beaten in the second half by 1. a different team who had a plan b. Senegal were great in the 2nd half. 2. the heat that was horrific.
Still think that Sweden should go through as they are better tactically and they are a great TEAM. And the Swedes are known for their will to win important matches and deliver when they need to.
1-1 in ordinary time
2-1 in extra time - Larsson scoring the deciding goal
Senegal...... definetly senegal.. the game will produce more than 3 goals for sure... sweden looked very stron g in the first round and they have the attacking power to score gaols at any time... when you have players like Lumberg who is making thiose runs all the time the deffenders of senegal will have to be very alert and quick as bot the the swedes Larsson and Lumy is very qucik..... but senegal is the typical african team and like the previous two teams when they made their debut in the world cup they will make the upset and will go through... El hadji willbe the main man up. they have a very very pacy young strikers..... who can score goals from any where......
Although I hope Senegal can pull it off.. I think that Sweden will go through.. Simply cuz Senegal are missing 2 key players in Fadiga and Diao.. although I can't believe FIFA made that red card a 2 game suspension!! we've seen worth tackles with no cards at all!! Actually, I feel FIFA suddenly decided to go very hard on players to cut back on harsh tackles.. and its effect started in that game between Denmark and Senegal with Diao and was followed by Henry in the France Uruguay game and later on in the cards parade in the Uru - Sen game and Ger - Cam games!!
Anyway.. I think Sweden will make it through.. they have too much power in this match up!!
This will be the most frustrating and the most difficult match for Sweden so far. This team Senegal is really Sweden´s biggest enemy. Why? Because they play identical to what Sweden does. These defensive strategies, counter attacks, one striker and so on. It´s identical to Sweden and I believe that Sweden has much less patience than Senegal when it comes to deciding who should control the match. I have a feeling that we will see Sweden controlling the ball possession and be the creative team, while Senegal will do what Sweden is good at and play defensively and counter attack. And Sweden just really suck against teams where they have to dominate the ball possession. They had to do it throughout the qualifications, and they could only score one or two goals against really crappy teams like Macedonia and so on. Teams that normally gets beated by lots of goals.
We also had to play that way against Paraguay. We lost.
So this match is not to be underistimated. We will struggle, if we aren´t allowed to play our game. We are much better when being outplayed like against Argentina, than to be the team that outplay the other. We just don´t have the players that can score so many goals and take care of so many chances, and still keep a solid defence.
I´m hoping that Coly will be injured along with the two suspended players Fadiga and Diao, which takes off three of their best players. Then I am also hoping for that normally very insecure keeper Tony Sylva to have a very bad day. If he doesn´t play like he has done so far and is being more this really insecure keeper he can be, then we can get some "free" goals and that gives us another advantage.
This will be a struggle like never before. :nervous:
I feel just like before the game against Nigeria...I just dunno what to think
Only difference is that I think Senegal are stronger as a team and therefore this game is even more unpredictable :dazed:
But I think and HOPE that Sweden will make it.
One thing that speaks for a swedish win at the moment is that key players like Fadiga and prolly Coly will miss the game on Sunday.
But still I'm worried. Denmark plays similar to Sweden, and they had lots of trouble against Senegal, a lot thanx to the heat :stress:
But we managed the heat against Nigeria (although I rank Senegal better than Nigeria) and since we couped with injuries in the group of death, I think we could handle Senegal aswell.
Yup! The heat will be a main factor in this match. Some of the Danish players almost collapsed in the 2nd half due to that. Not an excuse as I also recognize that Senegal was the best team in that half.
You wont be able to "rest" and play walking football until you're 2-0 up - and the players who run a lot in the Swedish team really need those rests.
Senegal has more than 1 way of playing football and they know how to change plans during a match. Their coach is good (though he looks like a German popstar)...
OITA, Japan, June 15 (AFP)
Key to Senegal v Sweden second round match to be played here Sunday:
- Can Senegal defy the odds again? Any side who defeats the holders merits respect and if taking a line through Cameroon's defeat of then champions Argentina in 1990 is anything to go by then they are due a place in the last eight. However unlike Cameroon they will not be facing an eccentric goalkeeper called Rene Higuita and will be up against one of the most solid defences in the tournament. Without the deadball specialist Khalilou Fadiga it may well be time for El-Hadji Diouf to come up with some goals.
- Can Sweden overcome the probable loss of Freddie Ljungberg?
If he is forced out yet again with a hip problem then the Swedes will be shorn of their one flair player capable of changing the course of the match. Without him they are an honest bunch of hardworking midfielders but hardly a mark above anything that the Senegalese haven't dealt with so far. Once again the 1958 finalists will have to rely on hardrunning and counter attack if they are to progress to the last eight but they are up against a formidable defence which apart from the 3-3 draw with Uruguay has looked well in control.
We managed pretty well without Ljungberg against Argentina.
One player I think we should play is Ibrahimovic!
Or atleast Andreas Andersson, who has been a colourfull injection to the team
Allbäck seems to be out of form and Zlatan and Andersson are both worthy replacements when they're in good form, which they are at the moment.
BTW, I'd like to see Svennis or Trap doing something like this.