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  • Date:15 Jun 2012
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Olympic Stadium - Kiev
  • Olof Mellberg (59)
  • Andrew Carroll (23)
    Theo Walcott (64)
    Daniel Welbeck (78)

Live Commentary


What a game! Well, what a second half really. Sweden came from behind, and then England did exactly the same right back to them, clinching victory with Welbeck's brilliant finish. Substitute Walcott made all the difference for England. Sweden, meanwhile, are now out of the tournament.


Full-time: Sweden 2-3 England


One last chance for Sweden! But Jonas Olsson heads a cross from the right tamely over the bar.


Parker plays Oxlade-Chamberlain through on goal for England, but the Arsenal winger can't control the ball. A minute of added time to go.


England break three-on-two, Walcott crosses for Gerrard but the England captain's volley is saved by Isaksson.


England win a free-kick 30 yards from the Sweden goal and, instead of recycling possession, Gerrard inexplicably goes for goal but fires well over and presents Sweden the ball back.


Substitution for England as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Welbeck.


And a corner now to Sweden as the pressure on England ramps up further, but Hart dives out and punches clear.


Joleon Lescott clatters into Rosenberg to present Sweden with the chance to hurl the ball into the box, but the free-kick is repelled by the England defence.


Sweden have all of a sudden become hasty and desperate-looking in their build-up play. England, on the other hand, have moved into time-killing mode.


Sweden have lost their momentum now but England have nevertheless gone on to the defensive.


England look for a fourth on the counter-attack but Scott Parker blazes Welbeck's square ball well over.


And another substitution for Sweden, who are sending on Christian Wilhelmsson for Rasmus Elm.


Change for Sweden, who have sent on Markus Rosenberg for Elmander.


Fantastic goal from England as Walcott tears through the left side of Sweden's defence with a rapier of a run and crosses for Welbeck, who spins and flicks the ball home with his backheel from four yards. Sensational stuff.


Goal! Sweden 2-3 England (Danny Welbeck)


Another close call for Sweden! Ibrahimovic lets a vicous, swerving shot fly from 22 yards and Hart has to lunge to his right to turn it around the post.


Fantastic chance for Sweden! Martin Olsson beat Johnson on the left wing and cut the ball back to Kallstrom, who sent his shot inexplicably high and wide with all the goal to choose from. Major let-off for England.


Chance for England from a free-kick 25 yards out, but Young's strike was always going over.


Jonas Olsson is booked for Sweden for blocking Hart's kick out.


This game is anyone's now, with both sides attacking at will. Carroll has just lifted a right-foot shot from 20 yards over the bar for England.


Change for Sweden as Mikael Lustig replaces Andreas Granqvist.


From the resulting corner, Walcott picks the ball up outside the box and scores with a bobbing and weaving shot that deceived Isaksson. The Sweden keeper should have saved it.


Goal! Sweden 2-2 England (Theo Walcott)


Fantastic save by Isaksson from Terry, who had run forward and headed Johnson's cross goalwards.


Yellow card for Mellberg for rash challenge.


Another chance for Sweden as Ibrahimovic charges forward down the left channel and gets a shot in, but Johnson challenges him sufficently to knock him off balance as he pulled the trigger, allowing Hart to save easily.


Substitution for England as Theo Walcott replaces Milner.


The free-kick given away by Milner is swept into the box by Larsson and Mellberg rises high unmarked to head down and into the far corner. England have completely collapsed. Shocking defending.


Goal! Sweden 2-1 England (Olof Mellberg)


James Milner is booked for cynically fouling Martin Olsson with Sweden pushing forward at pace.


Sweden breach the England back line as Kallstrom plays in Elm, but Johnson recovers to get a last-ditch tackle in and diffuse the danger. Sweden pressing now.


England look to respond with a high-tempo attack down the left that ends with Gerrard having a rasping shot from 25 yards blocked on the edge of the box.


Sweden win a free-kick on the edge of the box, Ibrahimovic hits the wall but then pushes the ball back towards Mellberg, who finds the bottom corner via a deflection from Hart and a failed clearance from Glen Johnson.


Goal! Sweden 1-1 England (Olof Mellberg)


We're under way in the second half, where both sides have already enjoyed spells of possession but it's Sweden currently on the attack.


A closely fought battle so far. England deservedly took the lead but then allowed Sweden back into the game, who improved after a sluggish but struggled to break England down and were restricted to half-chances. England look good to score again but need to retake the initiative first.


Half-time: Sweden 0-1 England


One minute of added time.


Ibrahimovic continues to direct all of Sweden's play and just tried to find Elmander with a curling ball into the box, but his cross was just too close to Hart.


England counter-attack through Welbeck but the Manchester United striker was soon tackled by Mellberg. Sweden back in possession now.


Sweden sweep forward again with Larsson nodding Elmander through on goal, but Hart was out quickly to gather. England are living slightly dangerously by conceding too much possession and allowing Sweden to run at them from deep.


Ibrahimovic is at the centre of everything for Sweden and he just tried to square a ball for Johan Elmander inside the box, but Terry was alert and intercepted. Sweden are forcing the issue at the moment and are pushing England back.


Sweden hit straight back with a surge forward from Ibrahimovic and then a left-footed shot from outside the box from Kim Kallstrom, but his effort was always rising and it flew over.


Great chance for England as Ashley Cole plays in Ashley Young with a fine ball down the left flank, but instead of crossing, the Manchester United winger went for goal and skewed his shot wide of the near post. Big waste of an opportunity.


Ibrahimovic rises slowly back to his feet and his movement doesn't seem too badly hindered.


Ibrahimovic is down hurt for Sweden after a hefty tackle from John Terry.


Chance for Sweden as Ibrahimovic drives forward and shoots left-footed from the edge of the box. His effort took a deflection, though, which removed the sting from it and allowed Hart to save easily. The AC Milan striker could have passed to Elm in space on the left, but opted to go for glory alone.


England don't seem over-eager to press home their advantage and are currently allowing Sweden to have the ball in defence and midfield, but the Scandanavians are struggling to make forward progress against two dense England banks of four.


But England respond with an attack of their own down the right that culminates with Milner trying to pull the ball back towards the penalty spot, only to see it intercepted by a retreating Swedish midfielder.


Sweden respond well to the goal by going on the attack and pegging England back. Their momentum is thrown away, however, by a corner that goes straight out of play.


Carroll's inclusion is justified as Steven Gerrard crosses brilliantly from deep on the right for his Liverpool team-mate to run between two Sweden defenders, rise high and power a header into the bottom corner. Fine goal.


Goal! Sweden 0-1 England (Andy Carroll)


Part of the problem is that neither team are playing with much width, which means central areas are extremely congested and play is consequently being regularly broken up. Ashley Young has barely touched the ball on the left wing for England, so has started drifted infield to get a touch.


Still, both teams are struggling to get in behind their respective defences. That is typified by Zlatan Ibrahimovic opting to shoot through a cluster of players from 30 yards rather than pass, presenting Hart with a comfortable save.


England look really up for this game. They're very competitive and are playing with urgency. Sweden, on the other hand, are taking time to get up to speed.


Good chance for England as James Milner crosses from the right for Danny Welbeck to get in front of Mellberg and head wide from six yards. If he had made fuller contact, that would have been very difficult for Isaksson to keep out.


England look keen to play the ball early and direct to Carroll, their big man up front. Sweden, meanwhile, are yet to spend any settled time on the ball.


Chance for Sweden now as Sebastian Larsson lets a right-footed shot fly from 25 yards, but England goalkeeper Joe Hart was right behind it. England back in possession now and are building up play steadily.


England have moved into the ascendancy and are starting to enjoy the bulk of possession, without really penetrating the Swedish backline. Andy Carroll has been in the thick of the action against the Swedish centre-backs, Olof Mellberg and Jonas Olsson.


Great effort from Scott Parker, who lets fly from 25 yards with a brilliant right-foot strike that Andreas Isaksson had to dive to push around the post. That was bound for the top corner.


Neither side can hold possession. The passing has been really poor. But as I write England start playing the ball around in the final third, only for their rhythm to be broken up by a Swedish foul.


Scrappy start to the game, with both teams committing needless fouls. There's no pattern to it at all as yet.


England's passing has been poor early on. They have already misplaced two passes out of play and unncecessarly lost possession in the porcess.


And Sweden have got the game under way.

Sweden have two players on yellow cards: Kim Kallstrom and Rasmus Elm. Only Ashley Young is carrying a booking in England's starting line-up.

And now the anthems are being sung. England will play in their changed strip of blue, while Sweden are in their traditional yellow with blue trim.

This game was delayed by 15 minutes due to heavy rain causing a one-hour stoppage in Ukraine's game with France, but the two teams are now in the tunnel.

A word of warning to the England defence: Sweden have scored in every one of their 11 competitive matches under Erik Hamren.

England won't relish this fixture, having never beaten Sweden in their seven previous competitive meetings. Their last three competitive matches have ended in a draw.

And here is the Sweden team: (4-4-2) Isaksson; Granqvist, Mellberg, J Olsson, M Olsson; Larsson, Svensson, Kallstrom, Elm; Ibrahimovic, Elmander.

This is how England will line up: (4-4-2) Hart; Johnson, Terry, Lescott, Cole; Milner, Gerrard, Parker, Young; Carroll, Welbeck.

England make one change to their starting line-up, with winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain making way for striker Andy Carroll. That is likely to mean Ashley Young reverts the left wing to allow Carroll to start up front. Sweden, meanwhile, makes three changes, with Jonas Olsson, Johan Elmander and Anders Svensson coming in for Mikael Lustig, Markus Rosenberg and Ola Toivonen.

Welcome to our coverage of England's Group D clash with Sweden in Kiev. Roy Hodgson's team are looking for their first win of the tournament after being held to a 1-1 draw by France in their opener, while Sweden will hope to bounce back from their 2-1 defeat to co-hosts Ukraine.

The teams are on their way back out and the second half is about to get under way.

**Provisional teams until kick-off


  • Erik Hamren Coach
  • Andreas Isaksson Goal
  • Andreas Granqvist Defender
  • Olof Mellberg Defender
  • Jonas Olsson Defender
  • Martin Olsson Defender
  • Sebastian Larsson Midfielder
  • Anders Svensson Midfielder
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic Midfielder
  • Kim Källström Midfielder
  • Rasmus Elm Midfielder
  • Johan Elmander Forward
  • Johan Wiland Substitute
  • Par Hansson Substitute
  • Tobias Hysén Substitute
  • Mikael Antonsson Substitute
  • Pontus Wernbloom Substitute
  • Behrang Safari Substitute
  • Samuel Holmén Substitute
  • Emir Bajrami Substitute
  • Ola Toivonen Substitute
  • Mikael Lustig
  • Markus Rosenberg
  • Christian Wilhelmsson


  • Roy Hodgson Coach
  • Joe Hart Goal
  • Glen Johnson Defender
  • John Terry Defender
  • Joleon Lescott Defender
  • Ashley Cole Defender
  • James Milner Midfielder
  • Steven Gerrard Midfielder
  • Scott Parker Midfielder
  • Ashley Young Midfielder
  • Daniel Welbeck Forward
  • Andrew Carroll Forward
  • Robert Green Substitute
  • Jack Butland Substitute
  • Martin Kelly Substitute
  • Jordan Henderson Substitute
  • Leighton Baines Substitute
  • Phil Jones Substitute
  • Phil Jagielka Substitute
  • Stewart Downing Substitute
  • Jermain Defoe Substitute
  • Theo Walcott Substitute who played
  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Substitute who played

Match Report

Welbeck and Walcott rescue England as Sweden out
England remained on course for a place in the knockout rounds after coming from behind to send Sweden crashing out of the tournament with a 3-2 victory in Kiev.
Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck scored a well-taken winner for England in the 78th minute after the introduction of substitute Theo Walcott swung a see-saw Group D battle back in his side's favour.
England had got off to a dream start when recalled striker Andy Carroll headed them into a 23rd-minute lead.
But an own goal from Glen Johnson on 49 minutes followed by a header from Olof Mellberg in the 59th minute threatened to set up a disastrous night for Roy Hodgson's side.
However, the substitution of James Milner for Walcott changed the game. The Arsenal winger lashed in a 64th-minute equaliser to make it 2-2 and then provided the run and pass which set up Welbeck's winner.
England's first ever competitive victory over the Swedes means they will qualify for the quarter-finals with only a point in their final group game against co-hosts Ukraine in Donetsk next Tuesday.
Hodgson's side had started positively, Scott Parker forcing a fine save out of Andreas Isaksson after only seven minutes with a fine swerving effort from 20 yards that the Swedish keeper parried to safety.
Sweden meanwhile had to wait until 20 minutes before threatening the England goal, captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic letting fly with a long range shot that was blocked comfortably by Joe Hart.
After successive crosses from Ashley Young and Milner failed to meet their targets, captain Steven Gerrard had clearly seen enough on 23 minutes.
Seizing possession in midfield the England skipper looked up to curl in a pinpoint long-range diagonal ball which the twisting Carroll met with a thunderous header that gave Isaksson no chance.
England's positive first half display came unstuck, however, within five minutes of the restart as a rejuvenated Sweden dominated play.
The equaliser came after an Ibrahimovic free-kick bounced back off the wall and was played back to an unmarked Mellberg being played onside by Johnson.
The centre-half's shot beat Hart and Johnson was unable to scramble out of his own net. Mellberg claimed it, but the equaliser was ruled an own-goal by Johnson.
England were rocking and it got worse for Hodgson's men on 59 minutes as Sweden went 2-1 up. Sebastian Larsson swung in a curling free-kick and shambolic defending allowed Mellberg to nod home Sweden's second.
Milner, who had capped a poor evening by conceding the free-kick which led to Sweden's second, was then promptly hauled off for Walcott.
The Arsenal winger made an immediate impact and within minutes England were level, Walcott's shot from just outside the area catching Isaksson off-balance to make it 2-2.
Sweden continued to cause England problems on the break and Ibrahimovic forced Hart to dive at full-stretch to turn around a 76th-minute effort.
But two minutes later Walcott rescued England again, darting into the box with an electrifying burst to cross for Welbeck, who flicked in a deft finish with the back of his heel to make it 3-2.





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