Germany Beats Ecuador 3-0, Sweden Ties England 2-2

Germany and England may meet in this year's World Cup. Just not yet.

Germany cruised through as Group A winner Tuesday with a comfortable 3-0 victory over second-placed Ecuador and will face Sweden in the second round after the Scandinavians qualified with a 2-2 draw with England.

England finished top of Group B and plays Ecuador next.

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Poland beat Costa Rica 2-1 in Hanover in a game between two already eliminated teams, and Paraguay beat Trinidad and Tobago 2-0. The Caribbean side had a slim chance of qualifying for the second round, but their hopes were hit by Brett Sancho's own-goal in the 25th minute and Nelson Cuevas score in the 86th.

England, which has not beaten Sweden since 1968, led twice through Joe Cole's 30-meter (yard) shot and a header from substitute Steven Gerrard. Sweden fought back each time through Marcus Allback and veteran Henrik Larsson — the latter equalizing in the 90th.

England lost striker Michael Owen in the second minute with a knee injury and he may miss the rest of the competition.

Germany will play Sweden in Munich on Saturday, while Ecuador will play England in Stuttgart on Sunday.

Berlin's Olympic Stadium was packed with a capacity crowd of 72,000, almost all of them in white shirts adorned with the national colors of red, black and yellow, and chanting, "Deutschland, Deutschland."

It was a memorable scene in a stadium where Jesse Owens won Olympic gold medals 70 years ago. The German team rarely plays in the Olympic Stadium — but has its sights on another trip to the historic arena, on July 9 in the World Cup final.

Miroslav Klose scored twice and Lukas Podolski scored the third. Klose also scored twice in the opening 4-2 victory over Costa Rica and is now the tournament's leading scorer with four goals.

"Our goal was to win the group and we achieved this," Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann said. "We are looking forward to the knockout stage. Our strikers are in really good shape, they are working hard and scoring. But it will be more difficult to score in later rounds, so they will have to work even harder."

In Cologne, police were on the highest alert for England's game against Sweden. Tens of thousands of fans descended on the city, but the mood was party-like in the hours leading up to the evening kickoff.

Klose got Germany off to the best of starts when he finished strong German pressure in the fourth minute. Defender Per Mertesacker flicked the ball over to the far post and Bastian Schweinsteiger crossed it back onto the path of Klose, who drove it inside the far post.

A minute before halftime, captain Michael Ballack produced a moment of magic, insolently flicking the ball over the Ecuador defense to Klose, who shook off two defenders while playing the ball off his thigh, went around Mora and scored.

In the 57th minute, Robert Huth blocked a shot outside the German penalty area, and Schweinsteiger carried the ball forward before timing his pass to Bernd Schneider perfectly. Schneider curled a cross into the box to the galloping Podolski, who prodded the ball in inside the right post.

In Cologne, Cole's 34th minute volley came as England was in almost complete control despite Owen's injury. Coach Sven-Goran Eriksson, asked if Owen was out for the tournament, said, "maybe, we don't know yet, but it doesn't look good."

"We won the group, that's what counts," Eriksson said.

Marcus Allback's 51st minute header from a corner leveled the scores. Sweden then hit the crossbar twice before Gerrard headed in Cole's cross in the 85th.

As England fans celebrated, a long Swedish throw in was missed by the English defense and Larsson got a toe to it to equalize.

In Kaiserslautern, Trinidad and Tobago never recovered from the own goal in a game it needed to win to have any chance at advancing to the second round.

After starting its first World Cup with a surprising 0-0 draw against Sweden, Trinidad and Tobago finished last in the group with only that one point.

"They can be proud," Trinidad coach Leo Beenhakker said. "Before the start of the tournament the question was if we would lose 6-0, 8-0 or 5-0."

In Hanover, Bartosz Bosacki, not on Poland's original 23-man roster, scored twice after Costa Rica had taken the lead in their final game of the World Cup.

Striker Ronald Gomez gave Costa Rica the lead in the 25th when he hit a left-footed free kick from 20 meters (yards) past the wall and Poland goalkeeper Artur Boruc.

Bosacki leveled the scores eight minutes later.

Costa Rica goalkeeper Jose Porras stumbled trying to punch a corner out, and the ball fell to Bosacki, who sidefooted it in.

Bosacki gave the Poles the lead in the 66th, rising above Paulo Wanchope to head in a corner from Krzynowek.

Meanwhile, France coach Raymond Domenech dismissed reports of a rift between him and captain Zinedine Zidane, saying the veteran international is the squad's leader.

"I don't understand it," Domenech said. "Our future is still in our hands. With a two-goal win over Togo we are into the last 16 and we are still alive."