Trinidad, Sweden draw 0 a€" 0

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:34 IST

Shaka Hislop, Dwight Yorke and Trinidad and Tobago did more than just show up at the World Cup.

Trinidad, Sweden draw 0 a€" 0

Dortmund, Germany:

Shaka Hislop, Dwight Yorke and Trinidad and Tobago did more than just show up at the World Cup. Despite playing nearly the entire second half with 10 men, the Soca Warriors played like they belong on soccer's biggest stage, earning a 0-0 draw with Sweden in Group B at the World Cup. Hislop turned aside countless chances from the heavily favored Swedes, and Yorke provided a steadying influence. Despite a decided edge in experience and talent, as well as the one-man advantage after Avery John was sent off in the 46th minute, Sweden couldn't end its opening match funk. Sweden, which has more players on its current squad from the 2002 World Cup than any other team in Germany, is now winless in seven opening matches since 1958, with two losses and five draws. Trinidad and Tobago, the twin-island Caribbean nation with a population of 1.3 million, was the smallest country ever to reach the World Cup and needed to beat Bahrain in a playoff just to get here. Trinidad's next game is Thursday against England, the small country's former colonial ruler. Sweden will play Paraguay next Thursday in its second game in the group. England beat Paraguay 1-0 earlier Saturday. Trinidad coach Leo Beenhakker used a defensive game plan with Yorke playing deeper than usual. Trinidad got even more defensive after John was sent off for receiving his second yellow card in the 46th minute for a foul on Christian Wilhelmsson. But Hislop stepped up with big save after big save, including a sliding stop off a shot from Marcus Allback in the 80th minute.

Topics : Football Federation Internationale de Football Association
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