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ECUADOR NEXT FOR SPURS FOUR

Posted on 20 June 2006  - 12:00

Paul Robinson made one fantastic save as England drew with Sweden to book a second round tie against Ecuador in the World Cup.

Paul Robinson made one fantastic save as England drew with Sweden to book a second round tie against Ecuador in the World Cup.

Robbo somehow managed to tip Henrik Larsson's header onto the crossbar with the scoreline poised at 1-1 in the second half of the final Group B game in Cologne on Tuesday night.

It looked like that save might help England to three wins out of three when Steven Gerrard headed home after 85 minutes but Sven Goran Eriksson's men were undone again from a set-piece in injury time as Larsson snatched a 2-2 draw for the Swedes.

It wasn't to matter though as the point was enough to top the table and therefore take on Ecuador, runners-up behind Germany in Group A, in Stuttgart on Sunday. Kick-off is 4pm.

Earlier, England lost striker Michael Owen to a knee injury but looked good for a 1-0 lead going into half-time via Joe Cole's spectacular volley.

However, Sweden drew level five minutes into the second half when Marcus Allback flicked home Tobias Linderoth's corner and looked a threat throughout from set-pieces - Robbo's save arrived just four minutes later, Gerrard cleared off the line from Kim Kallstrom and Olof Mellberg struck the crossbar.

Michael Carrick, Aaron Lennon and Jermaine Jenas remained unused substitutes.

The next Spurs interest arrives on Friday when Lee Young-Pyo's South Korea battle it out with Switzerland in Hanover, kick-off 8pm. The pair currently top Group G on four points and a draw could even be enough for them both to go through at the expense of France.