EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP

Olympic Stadium, Kiev, Ukraine

Attendance: 65000

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Sweden

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic 54'
  • Sebastian Larsson 90' +1'

2 - 0

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  • 95'

    They couldn't get anything going up front, Menez wasting their best chance in the final ten minutes of the game. Spain will fancy their chances. And do get to see Ibrahimovic's opener - it was majestic.

  • 95'

    FULL TIME - pride restored for Sweden, who were brilliant tonight. Much work for France to do at either ends of the field before they meet Spain in the quarter-finals. Ibrahimovic and Larsson with the goals.

  • 94'

    What a shame for Wilhelmsson - he is sprung through on goal but waits for age as Lloris claims at his feet.

  • 93'

    Full time in Donetsk and Wayne Rooney's goal hands England a 1-0 win. They go through top of the group.

  • 92'

    What a kick up the backside this is for France. They haven't done enough at either end of the field and Spain will be licking their lips.

  • 91'

    GOAL Larsson makes the game safe! No more than they deserve, a great break from Wilhelmsson and a clever cross, Holmen's volley hits the bar but Larsson smashes home the rebound.

  • 90'

    Lloris comes out to meet Larsson's free kick and France head off upfield.

  • 89'

    Some nervous moments for England in Donetsk but they still lead Ukraine 1-0.

  • 88'

    France complaining about time-wasting now as Sweden's fans erupt in song. Wilhelmsson now wins a free kick off Debuchy.

  • 87'

    Martin Olsson with solid defending this time as he stands Benzema up and blocks the shot. His namesake Jonas nods clear the resulting corner.

  • 86'

    Sweden have numbers froward on the break when they get the ball and Ibrahimovic again sets up a lovely chance for Kallstrom to shoot but his effort skews wide.

  • 85'

    Good looking ball in from Clichy but it is marginally ahead of Giroud. France getting desperate now.

  • 84'

    My word what a chance that was. He sped on and ran straight into the area, no-one picked him up and he nodded wide from six yards with the goal at his mercy.

  • 83'

    Another French change as Giroud comes on for M'Vila and misses a free header from six yards with his first touch!

  • 82'

    France's best chance as they work a chance for Menez in on goal, he scuffs his shot but Isaksson does well to stand up and save with his feet.

  • 81'

    Ten minutes left for France to prevent finishing second in the group and facing world and European champions Spain in the last eight.

  • 80'

    The eager Holmen gets a card for an ugly chop on M'Vila. Not necessary either.

  • 79'

    A huge ovation for Svensson - this may well be his last international game for Sweden at the tender age of 35.

  • 78'

    Menez replaces Nasri, who still looks a little troubled by that knee injury. For Sweden, a double change: Wernbloom and Holmen replace Toivonen and Svensson.

  • 77'

    A great piece of defending from Mellberg as his flying block prevents Mexes turning Ribery's cross home.

  • 76'

    Another shot from the edge of the box, from Benzema, and another corner for France. Sweden must make sure they don't drop too deep here.

  • 75'

    He nearly had a chance to make it two as Wilhelmsson plays architect again. Nice back post ball but just a tad too far in front of Ibrahimovic.

  • 74'


    Ibra rises to hammer the ball home

  • 73'

    Another effort from range which tells you France are struggling to penetrate Sweden. Malouda this time but his effort was always heading over the bar.

  • 71'

    Fierce effort from M'Vila, Isaksson gets a fist on it to take it behind. Pressure growing on Sweden.

  • 70'

    Svensson gets his usual yellow card. No idea what for, I'll be honest. Dissent probably.

  • 70'

    Sweden have defended heroically at times and Jonas Olsson earns another gold star for tracking Benzema and taking the power off his shot with an excellent block.

  • 69'

    Wilhelmsson howls for a penalty as do Sweden's fans as he is bundled to the ground by Rami. All sorts going on there.

  • 68'

    Mexes gets a card and that means he'll miss the quarter-final. Toivonen went down easily in fairness.

  • 67'

    Terrible pass from Malouda as Sweden look for wilhemsson again but he is offside as he cuts down the left.

  • 66'

    Benzema inside the box cutting inside and inside again, then lays off to Ribery but his shot is blocked by Kallstrom.

  • 64'

    The take finds its way to Ribery and his cross is turned behind for a corner that is taken quickly, to Nasri, who flashes a shot wide from the edge of the box.

  • 63'

    Debuchy wins a free kick as Jonas Olsson goes right through him, but wins the ball. Malouda to deliver.

  • 62'

    Controversy in Ukraine - the co-hosts think they have scored as Terry clears Devic's deflected shot off the line. Replays show it was in. Payback for Lampard in South Africa perhaps?

  • 61'

    ESPN's Mark Lomas on Twitter: Stand up for Zlatan Ibrahim" is latest chant from those in yellow & blue. Seconds later, Lloris makes two spectacular saves

  • 60'

    Benzema fires a shot well over the bar. France need some new ideas. Not sure Malouda is the man to provide them.

  • 59'

    Ben Arfa, who hasn't been at his best, is replaced by Malouda.

  • 58'

    Where was this from Sweden in the first two games? And where was Wilhelmsson?

  • 57'

    Another save from Lloris! This one is even better as Mellberg gets in front of his man and toe pokes on goal. Another corner.

  • 56'

    Now Lloris is forced to save from the near post as Ibra lifts a ball into the box for Wilhelmsson. He's had a huge impact since coming on.

  • 55'

    A showcase of the skill Ibra possesses. He's done nothing all game then lashes a volley into the far corner from a right wing cross. A quite wonderful goal.

  • 54'

    GOAL Ibrahimovic with a stunner! A superb, acrobatic volley from Larsson's cross and that turns the game on its head completely!

  • 52'

    Decent effort from Diarra as he lines one up from range. Nicely struck but right at Isaksson.

  • 51'

    News of England's goal will have filtered through to Laurent Blanc's ear I'm sure. As it is France are heading for a quarter-final with Spain.

  • 50'

    Good effort from Benzema as he stays onside from a Nasri pass, he steps inside and goes for the curler but it is a good two yards wide in the end.

  • 49'

    Another linesman's flag from Larsson's free kick as France enlisted the help of the old 'offside trap'.

  • 48'

    Goal! In Donetsk! Gerrard crosses for Rooney to score from a yard. England go top of the group as it stands.

  • 47'

    Now Wilhelmsson is penalised for a high boot as he tried to challenge Rami, who had taken an age to clear.

  • 46'

    Wilhelmsson for Bajrami is the only chnage as we begin again. Progressive move from Sweden. He nearly scored with his first touch too but was offside!

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    I seem to recall France weren't particularly convincing in the first half against Ukraine but did the damage in the opening 15 minutes of the second half. Think on.

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    Ukraine and England are locked at 0-0 too so as it stands France are going through first with Roy Hodgson's men second. But one goal can change all that.

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    Toivonen goes past Mexes on his way to squandering the half's best chance

  • 45'

    HALF TIME - another offside flag against Toivonen cuts short a promising Sweden move and that is half time. France dominating but not creating many chances. The best have gone to Sweden but Toivonen is far from convincing downright rotten in fact.

  • 45'

    Kallstrom looks for Toivonen but he was just the three yards offside this time.

  • 44'

    Ribery cuts inside from Benzema's touch but his shot is deflected wide as Mellberg dived in. Good tracking.

  • 43'

    A good half's work from Sweden so far. Some thinking for Laurent Blanc to do.

  • 42'

    Benzema spins a shot wide from range as France struggle to find the fluidity they displayed against the Ukrainians.

  • 41'

    Bajrami is not happy after he tracked Ribery well, though he didn't really make much contact with the ball. France take it short and we're off again.

  • 40'

    Mexes is fouled by Toivonen but the big man has made life uncomfortable for the French centre half. I'm not sure he'd be able to live with Andy Carroll (joke) (sort of).

  • 39'

    Nasri is back on after treatment, but still moving gingerly.

  • 38'

    Very little sympathy from the crowd, largely Swedish of course. Unless Norwich City are having an en masse close season break.

  • 37'

    Nasri stays down after a strong challenge from Kallstrom. Looks like his knee got knocked after the Swede had won the ball.

  • 36'

    France need to start moving the ball quicker as Sweden have plenty of men behind the ball whenever they do attack. Ribery threads a ball for Benzema there but it is way off target.

  • 35'

    Sweden's passing has been sloppy tonight. With a touch more belief they can definitely hurt France.

  • 34'

    Effort number three from Ben Arfa, who again struck that powerfully, but though Isaksson is more worried by this one, it misses the top of the bar by inches.

  • 33'

    Bajrami hasn't been good tonight, he does get forward well then as Larsson fed him but couldn't lift a cross above his man.

  • 32'

    Panic in France's box - they do look shaky at times - as Svensson's pass goes through to Toivonen, forcing Lloris to tackle him strongly. Problem was, Toivonen was offside.

  • 30'

    Terribly bunched on the edge of Sweden's box, allowing Robery to find Clichy but Jonas Olsson flicks away the cross before Benzema could get onto it.

  • 29'

    Nasri's free kick is nodded away by Ibrahimovic after Svensson had nibbled at Ribery's ankles. He's a tenacious chap isn't he?

  • 28'

    Wayne Rooney misses a clear chance for England, heading wide from six yards.

  • 27'

    Superb tackle from Svensson, who tracked Benzema well and made sure his effort didn't trouble Isaksson.

  • 26'

    Rami tries an ambitious thumper and as there is no goal symbol to the left of this update, I don't need to tell you he didn't score. Miles high, miles wide.

  • 25'

    Larsson lunges at Ribery, from the side, and concedes a free kick 45 yards from goal. Rami and Nasri over it.

  • 24'

    Bajrami hauls back Debuchy, who has recovered well after those early raids down his flank.

  • 23'

    Speaking of which, Sweden need to keep the ball batter full stop. Too many passes going astray when there is no need.

  • 21'

    Ben Arfa does give away possession quite easily sometimes. The easy pass is not always his preferred option.

  • 20'

    Lovely passing from Ibrahimovic as he drifts 40 yards down the field with a series of one-two's. Then Diarra stops him in his tracks.

  • 19'

    Lots of tricks, flicks and back heels from France as they try to open Sweden up.

  • 18'

    The free kick goes deep for Kallstrom and he nods back for Larsson but the striker is wild. Still, signs that Sweden can hurt France down the aerial route.

  • 17'

    Diarra with a stud-flicker on Ibra - not a great tackle, though he did get some of the ball. Still 0-0 in Donetsk but Ukraine putting pressure on England.

  • 16'

    Ribery makes a mug of Granqvist with an instant flick round the corner. His cross finds Benzema but it was a difficult ball to hit and he can't keep it down.

  • 15'

    France playing some really slick stuff but yet to open Sweden up fully yet. The pressure is steadily building though.

  • 14'

    Ribery starys offside as Benzema plays it wide. Poor show all round.

  • 13'

    Nasri clips the ball into Benzema and he wins a corner off Bajrami.

  • 12'

    Good opening to the game here - nice and open with chances at both ends. What a chance that was for Toivonen. He didn't look at all convincing.

  • 11'

    Sweeping move from France as they reply to that Toivonen chance, Debuchy pulls it back for M'Vila but his ambitious volley trickles out for a goal kick.

  • 10'

    A huge chance wasted by Toivonen! Mexes fluffs an aerial challenge and the striker is in on Lloris, he goes round the keeper but then dribbles a shot against the post from an wide angle.

  • 9'

    Another effort from Ben Arfa but this one was always rising, despite the clean strike. Never afraid to have a dig that lad.

  • 8'

    Ribery forces a save from Isaksson after the ball had broken loose in the box. It was only eight yards out but at the angle. Ribery not getting all of the ball with his left peg.

  • 7'

    Ibrahimovic wins a free kick wide left from Rami. Larsson over it.

  • 6'

    Good football from France as Nasri finds Debuchy down the right but his cross is cleared by Mellberg. Good spell of possession for Blanc's outfit that ends with Ben Arfa firing wide from Benzema's excellent pass.

  • 5'

    Another chance for Sweden as Kallstrom crosses for Larsson to head on goal but it is right at Lloris. Huge noise from the Swedish fans present.

  • 4'

    What a chance! Martin Olsson crosses and Toivonen has a free header eight yards out but puts it a yard wide of the far post. Promising for Sweden.

  • 3'

    Now Diarra clips Toivonen and that could also have been a card. Nice to see some early doors leniency.

  • 2'

    Svensson clips Ribery as he flies down the wing. Lucky not to get a card there I reckon.

  • 1'

    KICK OFF - France, in all white, get us underway.

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    ESPN's intrepid Mark Lomas is in Kiev and loves a Tweet: Sweden fans creating a lively atmosphere and if nothing else, their yellow & blue attire makes it hard to see the empty seats!

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    Of course, I shall also keep you bang up to date with goings on in Donetsk as England take on Ukraine. Should you want to follow that one, or both, then Dale Johnson is waxing lyrical here.

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    And for the inside track on France, have a read of Jonathan Johnson's effort as he claims France are in a strong position heading into the clash with Sweden.

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    Ten minutes to kick off. Time for some pre-match reading. So, why not start with James Dall's match preview.

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    As ever, Sweden's main man is Zlatan. He flitted in and out against England but never really sparked into life. When he is in the mood he's a handful, when he's not he's a passenger. Which Ibra will we get tonight?

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    Interesting that Ben Arfa has his chance tonight. I assume Laurent Blanc thinks that change isn't going to alter the balance of his side and that they should still have plenty about them with the Newcastle man on board to win.

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    France need to match or better England's result to finish top of the group - the question is, how motivated will Sweden be to avoid losing all three of their Euro 2012 games? They will have plenty of fans in the stadium, just like against England, so I'm sure they won't let their players slack off.

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    Let us remind ourselves of the permutations: The only way France can be eliminated tonight is if both they and England lose, and goals scored/against is same or worse than England. I think that outcome is very unlikely though, don't you?

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    Sweden make a few changes for their final game, where pride is their only mission after two defeats. Rasmus Elm and Johan Elmander make way for Emir Bajrami and Ola Toivonen.

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    The France team is in and Hatem Ben Arfa for Jeremy Menez and Yann M'Vila for Yohan Cabaye are the only change to the side that beat Ukraine 2-0 in a very soggy Donetsk. Bit harsh on Menez, though he did get a booking, so perhaps Laurent Blanc doesn't want to risk him.

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    Welcome along to Group D-Day, as France, Ukraine and England battle it out for a place in the last eight of Euro 2012. This man could be prominent in this evening's action.

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