Germany To Blame For So Many Empty Seats For England Vs Sweden
Thousands of seats were left empty in England's game against Sweden in the World Cup quarter final match - after they were reportedly bought in advance by confident Germany fans.
Well this is awkward, isn't it?
There were empty seats across the stadium in Samara and it was all down to ambitious Germans who believed they would be playing in the fixture after winning their group.
According to reports, there were 10,000 tickets sold back to Fifa by Germany fans who had expected their team to be in the last eight.
Could be up to 10,000 empty seats at England v Sweden today. 32,000 tickets sold so far for 42,000 capacity stadium. 2836 England fans, 3000 Sweden. Lots of Germans in Samara... could have been playing here today
- Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) July 7, 2018
England fans were only able to buy 2,500 from the Football Association and tickets were apparently being sold for around £30($39) earlier today with plenty still on offer.
Germany were one of the favourites to win the World Cup, and they entered the competition as the holders, having won in Brazil four years ago.
However they got off to a terrible start when they lost 1-0 to Mexico in their opener thanks to Hirving Lozano's brilliant goal.
They went 1-0 down in their second game of the Group Stages against Sweden but Toni Kroos' last minute curling free kick handed the four times World Cup winners hope to qualify.
Their last game of the group was against Japan and they knew a win against a side already out would take them through to yet another knockout stage of the World Cup.
Germany couldn't find a way through and South Korea scored two late goals with their European opponents pushing for a winner and latterly an equaliser sending the Germans home.
Instead it was Sweden who went through top and made it to the quarter finals where they faced England but after Harry Maguire and Dele Alli scored headers they too headed home.
So they may not have been able to halt their long term rivals getting to a semi-final but Germany did stop them doing it infront of a full crowd.
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