• FT

    Argentina

    1

    Nigeria

    0

  • FT

    Paraguay

    2

    South Africa

    2

  • FT

    England

    1

    Sweden

    1

  • FT

    Spain

    3

    Slovenia

    1

FIFA WORLD CUP

Saitama Stadium, Saitama, Japan

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England

  • Sol Campbell 24'

1 - 1

FT

Sweden

  • Niclas Alexandersson 59'
  • 90'

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  • 90'

    Both goals came from mistakes; Hedman's error for Campbell's goal and Mills' poor play for the Alexandersson goal. A fair result but the Swedes will be the happier.

  • 90'

    Not enough for either side. England could have won the game in the first-half but failed to add to their lead. Sweden came back strongly as England's midfield faded completely.

  • 90'

    Time ticking on...the game sliding by. In fact it's over.

  • 90'

    Larsson benefits from a Cole ricket. The Celtic man's touch is poor and he fires wide. Bad play all round.

  • 90'

    Mills concedes a throw. Who wants it now?

  • 90'

    Sweden, now in added time, are happy for the draw it seems. England need a win.

  • 90'

    Dyer breaks but Owen, largely anonymous, can't do anything. Ashley Cole shoots. Wide.

  • 89'

    Scholes lob found Mills. His volleyed cross reaches Heskey and his header is wide. Better but not enough.

  • 88'

    Scholes, far too deep, tries a passing move. Hedman clears the ball as Danny Mills chased hard.

  • 87'

    Ferdinand's chest saves England as a through ball would have found Ljungberg in space.

  • 87'

    Sven Goran Eriksson looks pensive on the bench. He should be. His team have failed to do their job of killing off the Swedes. Now they must hang on.

  • 85'

    Cole on a run but his ball is not in Owen's direction. England need a spark.

  • 84'

    England hanging on. A draw seemingly the best they can hope for.

  • 84'

    Campbell clears and England fail to hold the ball. The story of the game.

  • 83'

    Corner to Sweden. Seaman punches. Andersson fires the rebound. Hargreaves clears.

  • 83'

    Campbell comes across to stop Andersson's run. The Swedes definitely the brighter.

  • 81'

    Andreas Jakobsson is the target and he gets a volley in. The bounce defeats him and he can't direct it. Luckily for England.

  • 80'

    Andersson, on for Allback does well and forces a corner.

  • 79'

    Heskey, looking more comfortable, turns his man, sets off on goal and shoots. He fires wide. Better from him. It needed to be.

  • 77'

    Mills has a chance to cross. Cole is the target but a lack of inches sees him unable to direct it at goal.

  • 77'

    Mills attacks but over-hits his pass to Dyer. Poor again from the Leeds man who's suffered in this half.

  • 76'

    England need some inspiration. Cole could be the man.

  • 76'

    Joe Cole runs across the line as Dyer pulls men away. Shot is scuffed and dribbled to Hedman.

  • 74'

    Owen tries one of his runs but he can't do anything as he's stopped.

  • 73'

    Vassell is replaced by Joe Cole. Heskey will go up front. His better position it has to be said.

  • 72'

    It's chipped and cleared. Very disappointing.

  • 72'

    Free-kick. Dyer will take....

  • 72'

    Vassell beats Andreas Jakobsson for pace but is cynically hacked down.

  • 70'

    Campbell tackles well. Heskey down the left fails to create anything.

  • 70'

    Heskey gets a cross in. It's cleared by the first man.

  • 70'

    Allback and Ljungberg both get a chance to shoot. Seaman stops again. He's had a good game.

  • 70'

    Owen finds space to shoot. He beats Hedman at the near post but not the post itself as the side-netting is rattled.

  • 68'

    England need a foothold. Vassell mis-controls and Scholes fouls. Shambolic stuff from England.

  • 67'

    Mills and Dyer link well but Dyer's touch is poor and Ljungberg breaks. Mills has to foul the Arsenal man.

  • 66'

    Ball is pumped into the England box. Campbell heads out and Linderoth smashes a shot just over the bar. Sweden really are dominating.

  • 65'

    Cole muffs a cross. Something better change, to quote the Stranglers.

  • 64'

    England really rocked. Beckham-less and clueless.

  • 64'

    Larsson cuts through the defence with a great ball for Lucic. He jabs a shot and Seaman saves.

  • 63'

    Beckham is the man to be replaced by Dyer. Is he suffering from an injury. Watch this space.

  • 61'

    But Vassell has a dart. Well cleared by Mjallby.

  • 61'

    England have the ball but are doing little with it.

  • 61'

    Dyer is set to come on for England. They need something to change.

  • 61'

    Lucic volleys and Seaman saves well, perhaps making up for a rather soft goal.

  • 60'

    Sweden have got back into a game they didn't deserve to. England have been overrun in midfield.

  • 60'

    Hargreaves tries to get the ball going and passes it through. To no-one.

  • 58'

    Mills dallies. The ball came back to Alexandersson and the Everton man fires it past Seaman. The ball seemed to swerve. It's 1-1.

  • 57'

    A lull in play as Sweden play it across the back. Scholes stops the attack but he's without help and the ball goes back to the Swedes.

  • 56'

    Ljungberg flails at a cross. His acrobatics can't direct the ball goalwards.

  • 55'

    Magnus Svenson is replaced by Southampton's Anders Svensson.

  • 55'

    England lose the ball in a promising position when Heskey turns back on his right foot.

  • 53'

    Mjallby's long ball drifts back to Seaman.

  • 53'

    Vassell finds room to shoot but can't direct his shot. That flies over and wide.

  • 53'

    The ball was looped up for Allback. Campbell volleys clear and stops the same player with a crunching tackle.

  • 51'

    Vassell is bright once more but Beckham can't reach his pass.

  • 51'

    At the other end Ferdinand is lucky to win a free-kick when he seemed to have fouled Allback.

  • 50'

    Heskey holds the ball up. He gets Cole in down the left and crosses at the keeper.

  • 50'

    Larsson got on the end of a free-kick. He can't direct it on target.

  • 49'

    Mills clears up some danger. Cole is penalised by the fastidious ref for foot-up.

  • 48'

    Vassell does well down the left. Mills cuts in but his ball is behind everybody. Then Scholes slides in, wins the ball, but is booked for studs up.

  • 46'

    Ljungberg slides the ball to Allback. The Villa man fires over.

  • 46'

    Scholes plays it wide to Danny Mills. The Leeds man jockeys the defence and shoots with his left. Shot saved easily.

  • 45'

    Sweden take the restart, choosing to play it back to the defence. A long ball sees Allback concede a free-kick.

  • 45'

    The players come back out. Beckham jogs out, leading his men in.

  • 45'

    That's the last of the action. A poor game in truth but England have the lead. That'll be enough for now but the Swedes have been poor. There's definitely room for improvement for both sides.

  • 45'

    In added time....Sweden look for a goal before half-time. Mjallby fires one for Allback. He fouls Rio Ferdinand. The Swede is angry and hacks it away. He's booked for his troubles.

  • 45'

    Beckham has the ball but no-one shows for him. Owen is finally found. He's brought down. No foul. Sweden fail to do much with it.

  • 44'

    Vassell is fouled as he beat Alexandersson for pace.

  • 43'

    Mills hoofs long when he had a chance to do something with it. Allback finds space to shoot but he fires over. Sloppy play from all.

  • 42'

    Bad ball from Beckham to Owen. No real crispness in the passing but they have the lead.

  • 42'

    England lose the ball again. Ljungberg plays in Allback. The Swede goes to ground but the referee waves play on.

  • 41'

    Scholes intercepts and Beckham gets the ball. He can't do much with the ball.

  • 40'

    Vassell is bright but the ball is cleared. He's had a good half.

  • 39'

    Scholes mis-hits a long ball. They seem to be the order of the day for the England team.

  • 39'

    Larsson plays it to Allback whose instant shot is well-saved by Seaman. Sweden's first effort on goal.

  • 37'

    On to the head of Ferdinand. He can't get over it. Plenty of space being found in the Sweden box.

  • 37'

    Cole has a shot well saved by Hedman. Then Heskey wakes up and tries a cross. It's another corner...

  • 37'

    Mills misreads a Beckham charge down the right. it doesn't exist and Sweden have it back.

  • 35'

    He's muscled out but England have it back. Campbell's ball headed out.

  • 35'

    Long ball is well won by Allback. But Cole breaks up the attack. Vassell chases a long Beckham ball.

  • 34'

    Ljungberg lobs one up but Allback can't get there. At the other end Heskey goes down the left. His ball finds Owen but the first touch is poor. Heskey gets it back but Owen is offside.

  • 33'

    Cole defends well against Alexandersson.

  • 32'

    Heskey can't reach a long ball. He's struggled so far.

  • 31'

    Campbell breaks up an attack. Vassell shows some glittering skill.

  • 31'

    Mills will launch a long one in..he doesn't. Beckham benefits but his cross is too shallow.

  • 31'

    Mills steps out to intercept. Vassell, down in the corner, forces a throw-in.

  • 30'

    England snuffing out the Swedes, A few long-rangers is all they've had so far. Sven's men must keep their concentration though.

  • 29'

    Cole stops Ljungberg in his tracks. But the Swedes get it back. Alexandersson is wasteful though.

  • 28'

    Larsson curls it wide. Seaman just watches the ball fly by.

  • 27'

    Larsson and Allback fancy this free-kick...

  • 26'

    Scholes and Hargreaves link. Campbell brings the ball out but Mjallby clears. Ferdinand penalised -perhaps unfairly.

  • 25'

    Mills fires one when he could have passed to Beckham. Plenty of bodies in the box. Sweden rocked.

  • 23'

    Campbell calls for calm. Beckham's cross made it.

  • 23'

    And Campbell nods it in as Hedman is caught in no-man's land. Delight for England 1-0!

  • 23'

    Beckham takes....

  • 21'

    Mellberg has to concede when Cole makes burst.

  • 21'

    Mills and Ferdinand link at the back. Long ball to Heskey. He can't beat Mellberg.

  • 21'

    Allback loses a chase down to the bottom corner. Heskey wins a header. Cole wins a throw.

  • 20'

    Scholes played into trouble. But Beckham plays a long ball to Vassell. Hedman wins the race for Sweden.

  • 18'

    Owen is outnumbered by three Swedes in the area.

  • 18'

    Beckham back in the corner. Mills is found and he's fouled. Beckham will take the kick short.

  • 17'

    Vassell stretchered off, perhaps unnecessarily.

  • 17'

    Vassell looks hurt. He clashed with Mellberg.

  • 17'

    Svensson takes. Campbell heads out and Seaman does well to claim the ball.

  • 16'

    But he helps out at the back to concede a corner.

  • 15'

    Vassell looked lively. Heskey less so.

  • 15'

    Scholes charges. He passes to Heskey. He holds up play. Hargreaves charges now. Vassell weaves but the ball is cleared. Good stuff from England.

  • 14'

    Beckham will fire one in. He crosses it to Cole. He makes a dash but Owen is offside as the defender came across.

  • 12'

    Ferdinand does well to head back to Seaman. Mills is fouled by Lucic.

  • 11'

    England's bright start is slightly fading.

  • 11'

    A Campbell gaffe lets in Larsson. He weaves and is hacked down by the Arsenal man. Ljungberg's shot is blocked. Campbell booked for his folly.

  • 10'

    Lucic takes...Campbell gets it clear. Larsson crosses and it's run clear by Beckham.

  • 9'

    The pace has slowed down a little. But Ljungberg steps it up. Mills comes across and a foul is given.

  • 8'

    Seaman launches a goal-kick. Scholes dances round a tackle but Beckham mis-controls.

  • 7'

    Hargreaves does well to break up a Swedish attack. But Larsson breaks. His cross is poor.

  • 6'

    Mills launches a throw. England forced back by Swedish pressing.

  • 5'

    Beckham pressurising the defence. He's looked unhampered so far by that injury.

  • 4'

    Mjallby comes across to stop Vassell. Mills pumps a ball in but Owen can't get there.

  • 4'

    England with all the impetus. The Swedes defending deeply. Campbell does his bit too when Allback threatened.

  • 3'

    Owen's away. He gets at the Sweden defence but is outnumbered. He could have passed.

  • 2'

    Hit long for Vassell. Lucic heads clear. Owen releases Mills but his cross is hit far too hard.

  • 1'

    Owen turns but Ljungberg gets in. Beckham plays Mills down the right. Mellberg clears but no-one's there for the second ball. Promising.

  •  

    England kick off. Beckham gets his first touch. England attempt to build an attack. Heskey wins a throw.

  •  

    That Argentina win has put pressure on both sides. A win would put either side in a strong position.

  •  

    The national anthems of both sides go on forever. Some nervous looks along the England line-up but then it's on to the real deal.

  •  

    The teams news is much as expected with Owen Hargreaves starting in the midfield and Heskey starting on the left of midfield. Freddie Ljungberg does start for the Swedes but captain Patrik Andersson misses out.

  •  

    After years of talk and five England managers, the moment of truth is upon us. England begin their campaign in the Far East.

COMPLETE TEAM CLOSE X
Goal Shot Video
  •  
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • England

  • 10(4)

  • -

  • 10

  • 0%

    0%

  • Sweden

  • 13(6)

  • -

  • 13

England

Line-up
POS No Name

G

1 David Seaman

D

2 Danny Mills

D

3 Ashley Cole

D

5 Rio Ferdinand

D

6 Sol Campbell

M

7 David Beckham
M
23 Kieron Courtney Dyer

M

8 Paul Scholes

M

18 Owen Lee Hargreaves

F

10 Michael Owen

F

11 Emile Heskey

F

20 Darius Vassell
M
19 Joe Cole
 
Substitutes
POS No Name
M 19 Joe Cole
M 23 Kieron Courtney Dyer

Match Stats

  • England
  • Sweden
10(4) Shots (on goal) 13(6)
10 Fouls 13
2 Corner kicks 3
2 Offsides 1
0% Time of Possession 0%
1 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
5 Saves 3