Friday June 15, 2012 Group Stage: Group D Finished Olimpiyskyi

Sweden 2 - 3 England

  • Johnson 49’ (o.g.)
  • Mellberg 59’
  • Carroll 23’
  • Walcott 64’
  • Welbeck 78’

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    England need a draw against Ukraine in their final Group D match to reach the Euro 2012 quarter-finals after a late 3-2 win over Sweden. More

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    • Sweden
    • England
    • 90+5' There goes the final whistle. A 3-2 win for England. Sweden out. England need a point against Ukraine in their final Group D match to qualify.
    • 90+2' Isaksson pulls off a brilliant stop to save from Gerrard after Walcot had chipped the ball into the middle. Sweden almost cut open on the break. England almost home and dry here.
    • 90+1' Larsson is going to be booked for a late tackle on Carroll. Gerrard lifts the free-kick well over the bar. Into four minutes of added time.
    • 89' Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Welbeck for England.
    • 88' England survive the free-kick, but are forced to defend a corner that is going to be tossed into the area by Källström. Hart off his line to palm the corner away.
    • 87' Lescott takes out Rosenberg with a late clumsy challenge. Sweden can throw this free-kick into the England box.
    • 86' The last international match England won despite conceding two goals was a 3-2 friendly victory over Argentina in November 2005. England came back twice after being one goal down at the European Championships: one win vs Croatia and one draw vs Portugal.
    • 85' Svensson with a ball from out wide looking for Ibrahimovic, who can't get to that cross. England inching towards the three points here.
    • 84' Walcott is carrying an injury. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain getting ready for action. Walcott comes back on.
    • 83' Chance for England on the break, but ends with Parker lifting the ball well over the bar. Hodgson looks on with his hands in his pockets.
    • 82' Another change for Sweden as Elm departs the action to be replaced by Wilhelmsson..
    • 81' Rosenberg takes over from Elmander for Sweden, who must find an equaliser otherwise they are out of the tournament.
    • 80' Welbeck manages to get a backheel on the ball. That Swedish defence all over the show with Mellberg marking fresh air.
    • 79' GOAL! Welbeck tucks the ball home from Walcott's cross and England have a 3-2 lead. Sweden caught out badly again at the back.
    • 78' Hart comes to punch clear the corner from Larsson. One for either side could settle this match.
    • 77' Ibrahimovic slams a brilliant shot at goal, but Hart dives to make the stop. Sweden pushing for what could be the winning goal.
    • 76' Glorious chance for Källström, but he lifts a shot over the bar after some fine play involving Martin Olsson, who drove into the box.
    • 75' Young decides to go for the curling free-kick, but always too high. A goalkick to the Swedes.
    • 74' Young brought down by Källström. Around 30 yards from goal. Real chance for England here.
    • 73' Jonas Olsson goes into the book for a handball.
    • 72' Källström throws the ball into the middle, but Hart comes off his line to claim the cross.
    • 71' Hart fails to keep the ball in play and Sweden will have a corner here after some protesting.
    • 70' Martin Olsson can't cut beyond Johnson. Chance for Carroll at the other end, but he lifts the shot over from outside of the area. Would be difficult to predict how this one is going to finish.
    • 69' The last substitute to score for England at a major championship was Steven Gerrard against Sweden at the 2006 World Cup - 2-2.
    • 68' Svensson guilty of bringing down Parker out wide, but England can't do anything with the ball. Källström with a shot blocked before Mellberg tackles Welbeck. Game racing from end to end.
    • 67' Lustig takes over from Granqvist for Sweden, who are rocking here.
    • 66' Not sure what the Sweden goalkeeper was doing there. Sweden all over the place all of a sudden.
    • 65' GOAL! Walcott drives the ball straight down the middle from 25 yards. Isaksson dives to his left, but the ball heads straight down the middle. 2-2 now here.
    • 64' Isaksson dives to keep out the header from Terry. Brilliant cross from Johnson, but the keeper somehow keeps the ball out.
    • 63' Mellberg goes into the book for a late challenge on Carroll.
    • 62' Superb recovery work by Johnson to get back and prevent Ibrahimovic from cracking a shot at goal. England have hardly been on the ball in the second half.
    • 61' Theo Walcott takes over from Milner. England have a corner. Johnson's shot is blocked before Sweden break.
    • 60' Shocking defending by England it must be said. Lescott and Terry nowhere to be found in marking Mellberg, who can't believe he has scored two goals.
    • 59' GOAL! Mellberg rises to head into the England net and the Swedes have a 2-1 lead. England all over the place at the back from Larsson's free-kick.
    • 58' Lescott wins the ball from Elmander. Sweden then on the ball. Milner is booked for a late tackle on Martin Olsson.
    • 57' England have failed to score in the second half of their last six matches at major tournaments – since David Beckham scored in the 1-0 World Cup second round win against Ecuador in 2006.
    • 56' Johnson back to make a last-ditch tackle on Elm. Superb tackle with Elm set to fire a shot at goal. England living dangerously.
    • 55' Parker with a handball in the Swedish half. Sweden can collect from the free-kick. Match evenly poised now.
    • 54' Källström blocks the long-range strike by Gerrard. Isaksson then taking a stupid risk when he could have picked the ball up, but tried to run it out of play under pressure from Carroll. England deep in the Sweden half.
    • 53' Lescott thumps a long ball from the ball. Straight into the arms of Isaksson in the Swedish goal. Game on in this match.
    • 52' Sweden suddenly been handed a lifeline. Awful defending it must be said by England. All over the place at the back. You have to wonder how a central defender was left unmarked to get that shot away.
    • 51' Hart made the save from Mellberg's shot, but Johnson failed to keep the ball out as it comes back off a post and nestles in the net.
    • 50' GOAL! Sweden level as Mellberg forces the ball over the line after Ibrahimovic had drove a free-kick into the wall.
    • 49' Carroll lucky to avoid a yellow card after clattering into a late, late tackle on Källström.
    • 48' Lescott lumps the ball away from Ibrahimovic before Terry heads clear from Granqvist's cross.
    • 47' No changes for either side at the break. Sweden need to show a bit more in this half otherwise they are out of this tournament. They were pretty poor in the first half here.
    • 46' England get this second period off and running.
    • 45+1' There goes the whistle for the break! England lead 1-0. Not the greatest of first periods, but England lead.
    • 44' One minute to be added to this half as Granqvist hammers another long aimless ball straight into the paws of Hart.
    • 43' Welbeck races to just outside of the Sweden box. Lack of support before Mellberg comes across to make a timely tackle. Hart then out of his goal to clasp the cross from Ibrahimovic. Looks good for a 1-0 England lead at the break.
    • 42' Milner overhits a high ball seconds after Sweden were found to be struggling with Carroll going for the cross.
    • 41' Mellberg and Carroll locking horns in the Swedish half. England have another free-kick some 40 yards out.
    • 40' Larsson manages to get the ball into the path of Elmander, but Hart comes out bravely to take the loose ball.
    • 39' Källström tries to backheel the ball into Ibrahimovic's path, but Parker is well positioned to mop up in the box. Sweden look dramatically ordinary it must be said. Up there with Ireland perhaps and the Greeces of this tournament.
    • 38' Gerrard getting through plenty of work in that midfield as Elmander fails to control the ball and England regain possession.
    • 37' Lyon's Källström gets plenty of meat into a shot from 25 yards, but ball was always rising over Hart's bar. England look content to let the Swedes try their luck from distance.
    • 36' Cole dinks a cross just too high for Welbeck. Sweden look to break at the other end.
    • 35' The game slows after a fairly frenetic start. Chance for Young from Cole's pass, but he drives the shot wide of goal. Was a real chance for Young, but not snapped up.
    • 34' Ibrahimovic bumps into Terry, who is already flying into tackles like there is no tomorrow. Ibrahimovic carries the main threat for that Swedish side.
    • 33' Eight of England’s last nine opening goals in a European Championship match have been headers. Not a huge surprise.
    • 32' Ibrahimovic's shot is deflected into the arms of Hart after Parker gave the ball away. Sloppy play by England, but the AC Milan forward can't make them pay.
    • 31' Svensson takes out Young with a silly foul. Bit early to get carried away, but the Swedes do not look anything special.
    • 30' Elm and Terry collide going for a 50-50 ball, but England are given the decision. Hart can hammer this free-kick down the park.
    • 29' Tom Adams of Eurosport is lamenting some of the defending he has been witnessing in the Swedish defence. "Seven of the last eight goals Sweden have conceded now headers. Hodgson right to target their aerial weakness." Follow Tom Adams in Kiev on Twitter...
    • 28' England keeping the ball. Don't really need to chase this game. England would join France at the top of Group D with a win here after the French completed a 2-0 win over Ukraine earlier in the day.
    • 27' Wayne Rooney enjoyed that moment from the stands. Sweden have to come out and chase this game otherwise they are finished at these finals.
    • 26' Carroll's first start at a major tournament and a first goal. Elm looking very dangerous down his left-hand side. Some fine runs, but the final ball is not there.
    • 25' A brilliant header with Swedish defenders all over the place. Swedish defence continue to struggle with high balls. Just the start England were looking for.
    • 24' GOAL! Carroll rises to power home a header and England have the lead. Superbly taken from Gerrard's cross. A 1-0 lead for England.
    • 23' Young thumps a volley at goal from 35 yards out. Misses the target by some distance. Ball not even behind for a goalkick.
    • 22' Ibrahimovic wins the ball from Terry before losing it again seconds later. Not much space in that midfield. Crammed full of players.
    • 21' England have had only five attempts at goals - two on target. They are the only team that are not in double figures.
    • 20' Ibrahimovic thumps an effort at goal from distance. Not too much power in the shot as Hart dives to his right to make a comfortable stop.
    • 19' Gerrard wins the ball for England. Seems to have taken a bit of a knock, but is quickly back on his feet. The Sweden fans making all the noise.
    • 18' Sweden not overly comfortable on the ball under pressure. A far cry from Spain yesterday. Ibrahimovic gives the ball away with a poor pass looking for Granqvist.
    • 17' Johnson back to win the ball ahead of Ibrahimovic, who seemed to want too much time from Larsson's ball.
    • 16' Great ball into the middle from Milner, but Welbeck heads wide of the target. Frustration for the Manchester United forward. That was a real chance.
    • 15' Parker whacks the ball clear after Källström battled for the ball at the edge of the England box.
    • 14' Before England beat Sweden 1-0 in a friendly in November 2011, Sweden were unbeaten in twelve consecutive international matches against England. No team, other than Sweden, has ever played twelve matches in a row against England without losing.
    • 13' Parker picks out Cole, who has his pocket picked by Elmander. Elmander fails to find Ibrahimovic up front and England can regain possession.
    • 12' Larsson strikes a shot at goal. Straight down the throat of Hart, who will take those all day long. Or all night long in Kiev.
    • 11' Mellberg and Carroll collide. Two big men matching up there. Sweden playing with what seems to be a traditional 4-4-2. They know what they are after tonight. And that is to make life difficult for the English.
    • 10' Cole keeps his cool to nod the ball back to Hart with Larsson looking for scraps behind him. A frantic start to this match, but England looked to have settled better.
    • 9' Sweet strike by Parker from distance. Really got through that shot, but Isaksson dives to claw away the howitzer. That is a cracking hit, but an excellent save.
    • 8' Carroll goes for Parker's long free-kick, but Jonas Olsson is there to win the ball. England looking menacing here.
    • 7' Sweden forcing England to play in front of them before Larsson brings down Parker with a late challenge. The Swedes playing a pressing game.
    • 6' Olof Mellberg is playing his 20th match in a major final tournament. He is the second Swedish player to reach that number of matches. Henrik Larsson holds the record with 23 matches.
    • 5' Mellberg goes long from the back. Typical long ball. Not well aimed and into the arms of Hart.
    • 4' Welbeck on the ball for England, but Parker puts too much pace trying to pick out Young and the ball is back in the hands of Swedish goalkeeper Isaksson.
    • 3' England are winless in competitive matches against Sweden: 5 draws and 2 defeats. Would be a good time to pick up their first win this evening. Three points gratefully received.
    • 2' Carroll going in late on Mellberg as Sweden win an early free-kick in their own half. Plenty of noise. This feels like a classic English FA Cup tie.
    • 1' Sweden get this match off and running. Sweden can't afford another loss or else they are heading for the exit door.
    • 19:57 Plenty of noise in the ground. Looks like Gothenburg rather than Kiev. At least the Swedes will have the advantage in terms of numbers in the stands.
    • 19:55 Right, we are just five minutes from kick-off now and the players are in the tunnel! The music is blaring out, and Steven Gerrard leads England out, alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Sweden.
    • 19:50 Erik Hamren: "In my opinion, Roy is a really good coach and a really nice person as well... I really like him and you have seen so far with England, that he is a good coach. I am looking forward to meeting him tomorrow but I hope he is going to have most of the headaches after the game. Yes, he knows Swedish football but I also know English football really well so we will see!"
    • 19:45 Roy Hodgson: "I would be surprised if teams weren’t taking England seriously. With the reputation of football in England, not least of all the quality of the Premier League and the famous names in there, I don’t think we are ever going to be taken lightly. In fact, we run the risk of a country like Sweden, who spend a lot of their time watching the Premier League."
    • 19:40 France have just recorded a very comfortable victory over Ukraine, and that really changes the look of Group D, with England's opening draw looking increasingly good. Group D details
    • 19:35 Just to confirm, England make only one alteration, Andy Carroll taking the place of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. That means Ashley Young, who had played up front against France, moves out to the left wing with Caroll assuming his usual position up front.
    • 19:30 Joleon Lescott's goal against France was his first England goal on his 17th appearance. It was also England's only attempt on target in Donetsk, compared to France's 15.
    • 19:25 If you are just joining us, you've missed a cracking build-up LIVE chat with our man out in Ukraine, the excellent Tom Adams. Still, it's not too late to check it out... Build-up chat...
    • 19:20 So the big news for England is the inclusion of striker Andy Carroll, who will play alongside Danny Welbeck in what is a 4-4-2 formation. What do you make of the two line-ups?
    • 19:15 THE TEAMS! England: Hart, Johnson, Cole, Terry, Lescott, Gerrard, Young, Milner, Parker, Carroll, Welbeck SUBS: Green, Butland, Kelly, Baines, Jones, Jagielka, Walcott, Henderson, Downing, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Defoe. Sweden: Isaksson, Mellberg, Granqvist, M. Olsson, J. Olsson, Elm, Larsson, Svensson, Kallström, Ibrahimovic, Elmander SUBS: Wiland, Hansson, Lustig, Antonsson, Safari, Wernbloom, Holmen, Bajrami, Wilhelmsson, Hysen, Toivonen, Rosenberg.
    • 19:10 You can follow the other Group D match of the evening at the Donbass Arena with our live commentary... Ukraine v France: LIVE
    • 19:05 As you are probably already aware, the kick-off has been put back by 15 minutes to 20:00 UK time. The decision comes after play was suspended for an hour in the earlier Group D game between Ukraine and France in Donetsk because of a thunderstorm and torrential rain.
    • 19:00 Welcome to our LIVE commentary as striker Andy Carroll is handed a start as England take on Sweden in their crucial Euro 2012 group match at Olimpiyskyi stadium in Kiev.
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