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  • Date:14 Nov 2012
  • Kick-off:19:30
  • Venue:FRIENDS ARENA
    Goal!

    Live Commentary

    90:00

    Ibra booked for taking his shirt off at celebrating his fourth goal, which was mega.

    90:00

    Goodness me. Right, let's get this out of the way: Hart made an error. Regardless, after said goalkeeper had weakly headed clear, Zlatan then executed a quite stunning overhead kick from about 30/35 yards out to loop the ball over the defenders and into the net. Superb.

    90:00

    Four minutes of added time to be played.

    89:00

    Wilshere looks on angrily after having his feet taken away from his by Zlatan. No card forthcoming for the hat-trick hero though.

    88:00

    Osman arrives late in the area and yellow legs are been swung. He might have gone down, but the ball is lost.

    87:00

    Wilshere is booked for a body check on Zlatan. Amusing clash that.

    87:00

    Zaha is on for England.

    86:00

    Ibra trots up to a free-kick and hits it low. It skims off the turf and nestles into the bottom corner. Hart was nowhere near, yet he probably should have been.

    84:00

    Zlatan free-kick forthcoming...

    83:00

    Zaha is also about to come on. He who apparently received a call from Drogba about pledging his allegiance to Ivory Coast.

    82:00

    Bizarre moment as Andreas Isaksson's kick hits the cables that hold the suspended TV camera. A drop ball is then had.

    81:00

    Neat feet from Osman before he drags a tame effort at the goalkeeper.

    80:00

    Huddlestone sends in a free-kick but Sturridge's header is loopy and floats over. The flag was up, too.

    79:00

    Wilshere has already been fouled three times.

    78:00

    Ibrahimovic's movement is smart as he loses Shawcross entirely. Svensson dinks a ball into his path and the PSG striker thunders in a wicked volley.

    76:00

    England have been happy to hit Sweden on the counter and Welbeck leads a charge before under-hitting his pass to Sturridge.

    75:00

    Jenkinson's first international touch is a ball down the line that finds a yellow shirt. Sweden are enjoying much more of the ball now.

    74:00

    Gerrard shakes hands with those on the bench after marking his 100th cap with a solid display that included an assist.

    73:00

    Triple England change: Caulker off for Shawcross, Johnson off for Jenksinon and Gerrard off for Huddlestone.

    72:00

    Sweden change: Sana is on for Lustig.

    71:00

    Carl Jenkinson due to come on, apparently.

    70:00

    Smart play from Wilshere and he brings the ball forward before switching the play. The move breaks down as Gerrard attempts to find Welbeck.

    69:00

    Hart scoops up a chipped ball in from the left. If a leveller is to come, it is almost certainly going to come via Zlatan, who looks a class apart, with all due respect to his Sweden team-mates.

    68:00

    Granqvist in the book for a clumsy tackle on Wilshere.

    67:00

    Gerrard is in the mood to mark his 100th cap with a worldy, make no mistake. Indeed, he's just attempted a scissors like volley, but the effort bounced wide of the post.

    66:00

    Sturridge wins a free-kick after being bundled into by Granqvist. The Chelsea man dusts himself down and gets on with proceedings.

    65:00

    Sweden have at least improved over the last five minutes, following a sleepy start to the second period.

    64:00

    Seconds later, Zlatan finds better space and this time blasts first time. It would have been a stunning goal, but the shot was skewed off target.

    63:00

    Ibra attempts to roll Caulker but the defender does enough to force him wide, meaning the Swede's strike is from an acute angle and is blazed off target.

    62:00

    Arsenal fans hold their breath as Wilshere enters the fray. Arsene too, for that matter.

    61:00

    Sweden change: Kallstrom off for Svensson. England subs: Young off for Sturridge, Cleverley off for Wilshere.

    60:00

    Wilshere is about to come on, is the word on the street.

    59:00

    Baines is alive to a ball over the top. He swings a right boot at the ball to deny the lurking Zlatan.

    58:00

    Hart rises to claim a high ball but he fails to keep hold of the ball. Larsson strikes the spillage, but his effort is high, with the midfielder leaning back.

    57:00

    Kacaniklic scampers down the left and cuts the ball back but no team-mate is there and England calmly play the ball out.

    56:00

    Gerrard has a smash from distance. It swerves and Isaksson is forced to spring to his left and parry clear.

    55:00

    England are well on top at present. Sweden, like their fans, have been very flat.

    54:00

    Sterling and Young have switched flanks. Hodgson, you sly dog.

    53:00

    The more-involved Osman swivel and pings one at the near post, but Andreas Isaksson is down well to palm away.

    52:00

    Sterling is a thorn in Sweden's side.

    51:00

    Corner to England after some wriggling down the right flank. They might have dinked it to the back post where Baines was waiting.

    50:00

    I have said it before, but, just to reiterate, the atmosphere is very bad. Could hear a pin drop, and other such idioms.

    49:00

    Osman already move involved in the second period than he was in the first, demonstrating some nifty footwork and the like.

    48:00

    Terrific cross from Baines following smart hold up play from Welbeck. The delivery zooms past everyone, until Osman arrives at the back post to toe it wide from a tight angle.

    47:00

    Behrang Safari, on for Martin Olsson, loops a cross in from the left and Zlatan rises unmarked. He nods over the bar, struggling to get power on the header.

    45:00

    Already thoughts turn to who might come on in the second half, with Wilshere and Zaha among the young stars who could feature.

    44:00

    One minute of added time will be played.

    43:00

    Chance for Sweden to test the unconvincing Hart as they win a free-kick on the left. It is sent in and again the goalkeeper is a bit iffy. Ultimately, though, it is cleared.

    42:00

    Sterling's been a positive. He has played without an ounce of fear.

    41:00

    Almost a second of the game for Zlatan as, similar to his first one, he stabs at the ball but this time the shot is lifted over the crossbar.

    40:00

    "1-0 and you f****d it up," sing the travelling fans.

    39:00

    Caulker was of course on target at the weekend for Spurs against Man City. An excellent week for the promising defender.

    38:00

    Gerrard swings in a fine delivery and the debutant Caulker ghosts in at the back post to tap in from a yard or so out.

    36:00

    Young sends in a delicious cross from the left side and Welbeck gambles. He loses his man before stretching to direct in from close range.

    34:00

    The flag is up for offside, perhaps wrongly, as the corner is cleared but the ball then clipped back in. Cahill and Gerrard were both lurking.

    33:00

    England corner after Young's bending cross is headed over.

    32:00

    England are fine at keeping the ball in non-threatening areas, but when a killer pass is attempted it is invariably loose.

    31:00

    Shambolic scenes in the England defence as another defensive mix-up between goalkeeper and centre-backs sees the ball pop out to Mathias Ran'egie, who blazes over the bar when he should certainly score.

    30:00

    Oh, my...

    29:00

    Caulker ruffled just now by Zlatan. Could be a long night for the youngster.

    28:00

    Not convincing defending from the away side as they fail to fully clear an attack. Zlatan then bangs one from about 20 yards out but it hits a team-mate and zips wide.

    27:00

    Another scare for England as a delivery, yet again from a wide area, in between the defence and goalkeeper threatens to be turned in.

    26:00

    Sterling paces forward then slips a pass to his right. Welbeck holds it up before laying it off to Johnson, who lashes a shot goalwards. It is going wide but Cleverley stretches a leg out to it from just a few yards away from goal. He makes contact but fails to steer it home.

    25:00

    Sitter!

    24:00

    Sterling has endured a rough and ready opening to his first England start. A couple of times he has been clattered.

    23:00

    England have actually enjoyed more of the ball, but have lacked penetration come the final third, with Sweden happy to soak up matters then counter.

    22:00

    Cleverley attempts a cross but it is a looping effort that is easily caught by the goalkeeper. Never threatened.

    21:00

    Sweden have their tails up as Lustig whirls in a cross from the right. It finds no-one though.

    20:00

    Very cool finish. England lost possession high up the field and Sweden sprung clear. Martin Olsson fires in a skimming cross. Zlatan's first effort hits Cahill but the striker reacts quickest to the loose ball by stabbing it past Joe Hart.

    18:00

    Tidy passage of play from England under pressure. The atmosphere, meanwhile, remains pretty poor. Mexican wave, etc.

    17:00

    First proper shot by Sweden as Kallstrom fires a skimming one wide. Hart was a-scrambling.

    16:00

    Ooof! Gerrard sends in a tempting free-kick that Cahill attempts to flick home, but the defender fails to make contact and Isaksson just about gathers.

    15:00

    Gerrard whips in a corner but Jonas Olsson leaps to get above Cahill and nod away.

    14:00

    Seconds later, Ashley Young bursts onto Gerrard's decent ball, but his first touch is rotten. He was offside too.

    13:00

    Ran'egie falls on his bottom after he slipped when trying to control a low cross.

    12:00

    "Why is Ashley Young playing?" asks a colleague. Good point. As I type, the winger scampers onto a long ball but can't get there.

    11:00

    Zlatan update: he is tying a shoelace. Meanwhile, Caulker makes a vital interception.

    10:00

    A modicum of pressure exerted by Sweden, but nothing too meaningful just yet. Mainly passes down the right flank.

    9:00

    A shot! Osman digs out a left-footed number which bobbles on the iffy surface before being gobbled up by Isaksson.

    8:00

    Atmosphere: flat.

    7:00

    Ashley Young hits the deck as his tasered, but the referee waves away his appeals for a free-kick.

    6:00

    Worst. Pass. Ever. Jonas Olsson, of West Brom, hopelessly lofts one out for a throw-in.

    5:00

    Promising opening for England down the left flank, but Cleverley's pass into Welbeck is thumped rather than caressed, and a handball is eventually given.

    4:00

    Not much occurring just yet. Hodgson is looking thoughtful. He also has a big watch.

    3:00

    Hairy moment as Hart is sluggish off his line. Cahill is forced to hack clear before colliding into the goalkeeper.

    2:00

    "Proper test, proper game," says Andy Townsend. Let's see, eh, Andy.

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