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

    Live Commentary

    90mins

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

    90mins

    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.

    90mins

    Four minutes of added time to be played.

    89mins

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

    88mins

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

    87mins

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

    87mins

    Zaha is on for England.

    86mins

    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.

    84mins

    Zlatan free-kick forthcoming...

    83mins

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

    82mins

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

    81mins

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

    80mins

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

    79mins

    Wilshere has already been fouled three times.

    78mins

    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.

    76mins

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

    75mins

    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.

    74mins

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

    73mins

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

    72mins

    Sweden change: Sana is on for Lustig.

    71mins

    Carl Jenkinson due to come on, apparently.

    70mins

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

    69mins

    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.

    68mins

    Granqvist in the book for a clumsy tackle on Wilshere.

    67mins

    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.

    66mins

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

    65mins

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

    64mins

    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.

    63mins

    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.

    62mins

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

    61mins

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

    60mins

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

    59mins

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

    58mins

    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.

    57mins

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

    56mins

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

    55mins

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

    54mins

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

    53mins

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

    52mins

    Sterling is a thorn in Sweden's side.

    51mins

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

    50mins

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

    49mins

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

    48mins

    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.

    47mins

    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.

    45mins

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

    44mins

    One minute of added time will be played.

    43mins

    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.

    42mins

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

    41mins

    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.

    40mins

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

    39mins

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

    38mins

    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.

    36mins

    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.

    34mins

    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.

    33mins

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

    32mins

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

    31mins

    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.

    30mins

    Oh, my...

    29mins

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

    28mins

    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.

    27mins

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

    26mins

    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.

    25mins

    Sitter!

    24mins

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

    23mins

    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.

    22mins

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

    21mins

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

    20mins

    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.

    18mins

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

    17mins

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

    16mins

    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.

    15mins

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

    14mins

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

    13mins

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

    12mins

    "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.

    11mins

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

    10mins

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

    9mins

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

    8mins

    Atmosphere: flat.

    7mins

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

    6mins

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

    5mins

    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.

    4mins

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

    3mins

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

    2mins

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

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