World Cup 2010
Match Reports

Sweden 2 England 3
2012 European Championship Finals - Group D
Olympic Stadium, Kiev, Ukraine - Friday 15 June 2012


This was game number two for England in Euro 2012, and with it brought a change to the team which faced France on Monday - Andy Carroll replaced Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. With this change saw the pairing of Carroll and Welbeck up front for the first time. England were in their all-blue kit, playing in a 4-4-2 formation. A strange sight in this match was the England fans being outnumbered by the Swedish fans. England usually have a large following, especially in tournaments. The kick-off was delayed 15 minutes due to the late completion of the Ukraine-France game, which was interrupted by a thunderstorm.

A dull first half was highlighted with Andy Carroll's goal in the 23rd minute. Prior to this, Scott Parker tested Isaksson in the 7th minute and Welbeck's 15th minute header went wide of the goal. Mid-way through the half, England captain, Gerrard, made a lovely cross from the right which was met by a powerful header from Carroll, who had risen between two Swedish players to get the ball into the corner of the net.

There was a dramatic difference in play in the second half. Sweden quickly equalized after the re-start. Ibrahimovic took a freekick which went into the England wall. The ball returned to Sweden's captain and he tried again, the ball this time getting to Mellberg. With the ball sailing into England's net Glen Johnson, playing with a toe infection, raced to the line. The defender was unable to keep the ball out of the net, getting the last touch on the line, resulting in an own goal.

Ten mintues later, Sweden took the lead when Larsson's freekick was met by Mellberg. He headed the ball from the edge of the 6-yard box, beating Hart, into England's goal. In the 63rd minute it looked a certainty that former England captain, Terry, was going to level the score. Johnson chipped the ball, and Terry's header down prompted an excellent save from Isaksson right in front of the goal. The Swedish 'keeper put the ball over the bar. The resulting corner paid off for England. Ashley Young took the corner, however it was headed away but only to Walcott. The Arsenal forward made a trememdous strike from outside the area, beating a sea of players to bring the game back to level terms. It was a superb goal.

England finally restored their lead in the 78th minute. Walcott, seemingly critical in turning the game around in England's favour, made a run into the area to get the ball by two defenders, after good build-up starting in their own half by the England team. The ball was back-healed into the Sweden's goal by Danny Welbeck. Incredible.

This was the first time England have beaten Sweden in a competitive match. The win means England go into their final group match against the Ukraine only needing a draw, but it won't be easy facing one of the tournament's hosts on their home turf. It should be noted that England will have Wayne Rooney at their disposal for their final group game. He will be eager to play for the first time in these championships after missing the first two games through suspension.


Teams

SWEDEN:
Isaksson #1, Mellberg #3, Granqvist #4 (Lustig 66 mins - #2), M Olsson #5, J Olsson #13, Elm #6 (Wilhelmsson 81 mins - #21), Larsson #7, Svensson #8, Kallstrom #9, Ibrahimovic #10 - Captain, Elmander #11 (Rosenberg 79 mins - #22).
Subs Not Used: Wiland #12, Hansson #23, Antonsson #15, Safari #17, Wernbloom #16, Holmen #18, Bajrami #19, Hysen #14, Toivonen #20.

ENGLAND:
Hart #1, Johnson #2, A Cole #3, Terry #6, Lescott #15, Gerrard #4 - Captain, Young #11, Milner #16 (Walcott 61 mins - #7), Parker #17, Carroll #9, Welbeck #22 (Oxlade-Chamberlain 90 mins - #20).
Subs Not Used: Green #13, Kelly #5, Baines #12, Jones #14, Jagielka #18, Henderson #8, Downing #19, Defoe #21, Butland #23. (Full Squad)

Match Details

Sweden Goals: Johnson OG (49 mins), Mellberg (59 mins)
England Goals: Carroll (23 mins), Walcott (64 mins), Welbeck (78 mins)


Sweden Cautions: Mellberg (63 mins), J Olsson (72 mins), Svensson (90+1 mins)
England Cautions: Milner (58 mins)

Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)

Attendance: 70,000