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Euro 2012 Group D: Sweden 2-3 England

Saturday, June 16, 2012

England battled back from a goal down to earn a crucial 3-2 win over Sweden in Kiev and eliminate the Swedes from Euro 2012.

English player Theo Walcott kicks the ball to score a goal against Sweden
English player Theo Walcott kicks the ball to score a goal against Sweden

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Roy Hodgson introduced Andy Carroll to England's starting XI and that decision seemed to have paid dividends when the Liverpool striker sent England into a first-half lead with a powerful header.

Sweden equalised within four minutes of the restart as Zlatan Ibrahimović inadvertently picked out Olof Mellberg, who swept a left-footed effort shot past Joe Hart that Glen Johnson could only clear off the line on to the inside of the post, with the ball subsequently bouncing back into the net.

Erik Hamrén's side then took the lead on 59 minutes when Sebastian Larsson sent a long free-kick deep into the England box, where Mellberg was completely unmarked and gave Hart no chance from point-blank range.

Hodgson responded by throwing on Theo Walcott for James Milner and the move was rewarded within three minutes as the Arsenal winger crashed a swerving volley beyond Andreas Isaksson from just outside the area.

England grabbed the winner in the 78th minute when Walcott drove toward the by-line before lifting a precise cross into Danny Welbeck, who instinctively back-heeled it in.

The result ensured Sweden's departure from the competition with one group game while England need just a point from their final Group D game against Ukraine in Donetsk.


Sweden: Andreas Isaksson; Andreas Granqvist (Mikael Lustig, 66), Olof Mellberg, Jonas Olsson, Martin Olsson; Sebastian Larsson, Kim Källström, Anders Svensson, Rasmus Elm (Christian Wilhelmsson, 81); Zlatan Ibrahimović, Johan Elmander (Markus Rosenberg, 79)

England: Joe Hart; Glen Johnson, John Terry, Joleon Lescott, Ashley Cole; James Milner (Theo Walcott, 61), Steven Gerrard, Scott Parker, Ashley Young; Danny Welbeck (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 89), Andy Carroll

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