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Sweden 2 – England 3

Danny Welbeck

Danny Welbeck – Scorer of England’s Winner in Kiev (Photo: Wikipedia)

Group D
Sweden vs England (2:3)
Olympiyskiy Stadium, Kiev.

Apart from a Scott Parker strike in the seventh minute, the start to the game seemed a little scrappy; Sweden holding England out and England not creative enough to provide any sort of quality moves to break down the two racks of four.

The World United Through Football Sweden 0 – England 1 (23 mins)
With no dithering about, Steven Gerrard’s long, high ball over the Swedish midfield found target man Andrew Carroll; who rose high in the air, to powerfully header the ball into the back of Sweden’s net.

Andreas Isaksson hardly saw it coming.

Ashley Young could have increased the advantage for England, after Ashley Cole’s first touch released the Manchester United player down the left.

Instead of cutting inside, or passing to Andrew Carroll, Young chose to fire into the side netting.

Sweden were not out of the game and Joe Hart had to be alert and come off his line swiftly on a couple of occasions.

As the whistle blew for the break, Andrew Carroll felt he could let his hair down.

Half-time: Sweden 0 – England 1

Sweden started the second half more positively and were gifted a great opportunity when Andrew Carroll played clumsy defender on the edge of the England area.

The World United Through Football Sweden 1 – England 1
Zlatan Ibrahimovic fired his free-kick into the wall then followed up to prod the ball through into a confused penalty area. The ball bobbled and bounced like it was in a pinball machine; with Olof Mellberg in the mix, Hart seemed to get a hand to the ball as Glen Johnson tried in vain to hook it back out of the goal.

Sweden started to play like a team with the scent of victory in their nostrils; England like headless chickens without a sense of what to do.

The World United Through Football Olof Mellberg 2 – England 1
As Sweden prepared for another free-kick, Zlatan Ibrahimovic barked out the orders from behind the England wall. Sebastian Larsson’s free-kick was long and high, right onto the head of an unmarked Mellberg.

And then we had a game of football; real, desperate football. Throwing everything forward, changing the game plan with a substitution with pace – Walcott on for Milner – and a change of side for the fans doing the singing. England’s moon was on the rise.

The World United Through Football Sweden 2 – England 2
Unbelievably, an England corner is cleared and lands at the feet of the substitute; who doesn’t think twice about lifting and curling the ball over the head of Isaksson.

Sometimes the luck falls right and so it was with the fifth goal of the game.

The World United Through Football Sweden 2 – England 3
Theo Walcott picked up the ball on the edge of the Swedish area and decided to run with it; through two defenders and deep into the right side of the area.

With a quick whip of the ball from Walcott, Danny Welbeck didn’t have time to think about what to do but seemed to somehow get his heel to the ball and turn in the same second; to land on his rear and watch the ball roll past Isaksson.

Sweden join the Republic of Ireland on the plane home.

Full Time: Sweden 2 – England 3

Teams

Travel to Sweden
1-Andreas Isaksson; 13-Jonas Olsson, 3-Olof Mellberg, 5-Martin Olsson, 4-Andreas Granqvist; 9-Kim Kallstrom, 8-Anders Svensson, 6-Rasmus Elm, 7-Sebastian Larsson; 11-Johan Elmander, 10-Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Travel to England
1-Joe Hart; 15-Joleon Lescott, 6-John Terry, 3-Ashley Cole, 2-Glen Johnson; 17-Scott Parker, 4-Steven Gerrard, 11-Ashley Young, 16-James Milner; 9-Andrew Carroll, 22-Danny Welbeck.

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June 15, 2012 - Posted by | England, Euro 2012, Match Reports, Sweden | , , ,

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