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Euro 2012: Day four report

  • 11 June 2012 22:05
  • Posted by Chris Eccles

England and France drew 1-1 thanks to goals from Joleon Lescott and Samir Nasri while Andriy Shevchenko bagged a brace in a vintage performance for host nation Ukraine who beat Sweden 2-1.

England v France

Roy Hodgson's England started the tournament with a creditable 1-1 draw  against an in form French team with both first half goals coming from players more used to entertaining the City faithful.

Joleon Lescott celecrates scoring against France

Joleon Lescott scored with a powerful header after 30 minutes before club team mate Samir Nasri equalised with a deft shot from the edge of the box past an unsighted Joe Hart

The second half failed to match the first for incident as both side tired in the Donetsk heat but England can be pleased with a valuable point from a tough opening game.

 

Ukraine v Sweden

Ukranian legend Andriy Shevchnko delighted the host nation with two second half goals in the space of six minutes. After a goalless first half, the game sparked into life on 55 minutes when Zlatan Ibrahimovic put Sweden ahead from close range.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

The home crowd, who had earlier been calling for Shevchenko to be replaced after a first half miss, were sent into ecstacy when the striker rolled back the years, scoring two headed goals to win the match.

Sweden vs Ukraine 2012

Sweden produced a late flurry of attempts to get back into the match but Ukraine held out to top Group D after the first round of matches.

The next action in Group D is on June 15 when Ukraine play France before Sweden take on England.

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