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Euro 2012: England turn it around

  • 15 June 2012 23:04
  • Posted by Chris Eccles

On a night when thunder and lightning suspended the group's earlier game, the drama in Kiev was confined to the pitch in a topsy turvy 3-2 win for England.

It was the first time England have recorded a victory against Sweden in a competitive fixture and means that Roy Hodgson's team now only need a draw against Ukraine to progress to the knockout stage.

Andy Carroll, Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck were on the mark for England with ex-Aston Villa defender Olof Mellberg scoring two.

Danny Wellbeck and Andy Carroll

Liverpool striker Andy Carroll was the only change for England as the three City players who featured against France; Joe Hart, Joleon Lescott and James Milner were again in the starting line-up.

The decision to start with Carroll paid dividends halfway through the first half as he powered a headed goal past ex-Blue Andreas Isaksson from a Steven Gerrard cross.

England celebrate v Sweden

Joe Hart was called into action later in the half as Sweden attempted to get back into the game, saving bravely at the feet of Johan Elmander.

Just minutes into the second half, England lost their lead as Olof Mellberg bundled the ball into the goal. Hart was given no chance 10 minutes later when the same Swedish defender met a Seb Larsson free kick with a unbeatable header.

Sweden celebrate v England

Theo Walcott, a 60 minute replacement for James Milner, brought England back into the game with only his third touch, before providing the cross from which Danny Welbeck scored England's winner with a cheeky flick.

In truth, England played well in patches and poorly in others, but it was a brave comeback and a hard earned win.

Wayne Rooney is free to return against Ukraine in the final group game on Tuesday 19 June. England will surely now be confident of progression.

City watch:

Joe Hart
The City keeper made a few vital stops including a flying save to keep out a powerful drive from Ibrahimovic. Confident when punching and sure with his kicking.

Joleon Lescott
After the goal scoring heroics of the first group game, it was a fairly solid performance, alongside John Terry, for the majority of the game. The defence as a whole were guilty of some sluggish defending to allow Sweden back into the game.

James Milner
Provided a great cross for Welbeck early in the game that the United man was unable to convert. Booked on 57 minutes and replaced by Theo Walcott moments later.

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