EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP

Olympic Stadium, Kiev, Ukraine

Attendance: 70000

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Sweden

  • Glen Johnson 49' OG
  • Olof Mellberg 59'

2 - 3

FT

England

  • Andrew Carroll 23'
  • Theo Walcott 64'
  • Danny Welbeck 78'
Watch Live on: ESPN2, ESPNDeportes, ESPN3.com
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    James Tyler: Alright, we're off. Thanks for your comments, wit and insight! See you tomorrow with Ravi at 2.15pm for Poland-Czech Republic and Russia-Greece!

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    James Tyler: I bet if I ask him nicely, I can get Leander to pop in on Sunday. We shall see.

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    James Tyler: Sorry it had to be this way, Sad Swede. Amazing fight by your lads, and may they fight on for 2014 in Brazil. Rasmus Elm!

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    [Comment from ESPNStatsInfo via Twitter]
    RT @JLundbladESPN: #Cubs 1st shutout of #RedSox since Game 5 of the 1918 World Series (a span of just 7 games)

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    [Comment from Sad Swede]
    Congrats England. Make usre you play the young fast players now like walcott

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    James Tyler: Sorry, Jan. Leander's moving this weekend and I will be spending Tuesday morning renewing my Green Card. Fear I've already said too much. Rest assured I tried to reschedule but when the government tells you be somewhere, you tend to make it a priority.

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    [Comment from Jan]
    No Leander for the Dutch? No JT for England?

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    James Tyler: Follow us all on Twitter if you're into that whole social media bit:
    @JamesTylerESPN
    @R_Ubha
    @rogbennett

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    [Comment from JamesHMartin via Twitter]
    @JamesTylerESPN Roy bit, that is most surprising.

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    James Tyler: Thanks for joining along and throwing your support behind the English (I kid, I kid).

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    James Tyler: This has been absurd. I'm off to celebra-I mean help on the postgame.

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    James Tyler: Plenty of guests along the way including statsies, Roger Bennett, and Jeff Carlisle from Poland.

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    James Tyler: The hosts for these chats:
    Saturday -- Ravi Ubha
    Sunday -- Me
    Monday -- Me
    Tuesday -- Mr. Leander Schaerlaeckens

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    James Tyler: Saturday: Group A -- Root for Poland -- 2.15pm start
    Sunday: Group B -- can the Dutch fight back? -- 2.15pm start
    Monday: Group C -- will the Azzurri make it? -- 2.15pm start
    Tuesday: Group D -- ENGLAND v. UKRAINE -- 2.15pm start

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    James Tyler: We will have live chats every day for the denouement of Groups A-D. Fear not; we will have you covered.

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    James Tyler: Now, your schedule through the end of the group stage:

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    James Tyler: Alright, I must go help with the postgame. Thanks so much for keeping us company during an absolutely wild and, if I'm honest, surprisingly entertaining game.

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    [Comment from ESPNStatsInfo via Twitter]
    England gets its 1st win vs Sweden in a competitive match... ever (1-2-5). And that's it for the Swedes, eliminated from EURO 2012.

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    James Tyler: Worth noting (though it won't matter in a 90-minute game for winner-take-all): in four games all-time vs. Ukraine, England won 3 and lost 1, outscoring them 7-2.

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    James Tyler: I really, really hope so Bobby. Roy has to start aggressively. Forget the permutations and minimum requirements to escape the group. Play to win, Woy.

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    [Comment from Bobby T.]
    So does Walcott start against Ukraine now?

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    James Tyler: Started Welbeck and Carroll, who fought gamely.

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    James Tyler: Hodgson made the subs, tom. Pulled Milner early, gave Walcott a chance.

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    [Comment from tom]
    how exactly did he mastermind it?

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    James Tyler: Good stat, Brain.

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    [Comment from Brain]
    England's all-time win% vs. Sweden prior to this match was 29%.

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    James Tyler: I'm sure Hodgson had his orchestral face rub planned.

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    [Comment from Steven in North Carolina]
    I think Hodgson is more shocked than anyone. He assuredly had his "a draw is a fantastic result for us" speech ready.

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    James Tyler: Seriously. He was electric.

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    James Tyler: Another stunning thing: THEO WALCOTT.

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    [Comment from PeterG]
    Hundred Foot Tall Roy / And 6 Foot Hodor Destroy / Small feeling Ibra!

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    [Comment from pirlo]
    welback man on the match

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    [Comment from TottBot]
    Hodgson for England

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    James Tyler: Assuming a draw, England ends on 5, Ukraine on 4. France result irrelevant given that it beat Ukraine and that's first tie-breaker.

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    James Tyler: Think it does. Table has France on 4, England on 4, Ukraine on 3.

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    [Comment from Chicago Gunner]
    Draw vs. Ukraine doesn't put them through for sure...

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    I am not sure what is more stunning: England winning, England coming from behind, or that Roy Hodgson masterminded it.

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    James Tyler: 60/40. Win or draw vs. Ukraine and they're through. But they cannot, must not play for a draw.

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    [Comment from Tony]
    James, where do you put the chances of England advancing?

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    James Tyler: And this is a team coached by Roy Hodgson!

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    James Tyler: I am stunned. Shocked. Flabbergasted. England won a game! And they won from a losing position!

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    James Tyler: I am elated.

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    [Comment from rogbennett via Twitter]
    Only regret: The world will never hear what kind of "Meg Ryan-esqe" groan would've emerged from Gary Neville's mouth if he was commentating

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    [Comment from MIchael]
    What a mosaic of tattoos on Zlatan. A total nut.

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    [Comment from Charlie]
    CAPITAL LETTERS! EXCLAMATION POINTS!!

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    [Comment from Christian]
    England have held on / Want a Ravi-James Podcast / singing Vindaloo

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    [Comment from Winlar]
    Game of the tournament so far?

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    [Comment from CJ]
    Good performances from Carroll Parker Theo

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    [Comment from dean]
    enjoyable game, great chat

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    James Tyler: Sweden eliminated, England level with France on 4 pts, Ukraine on 3. Winner of England-Ukraine gets a spot in next round. Assuming, of course, France wins.

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    James Tyler: Simply mad.

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    James Tyler: FT: England 3, Sweden 2

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    James Tyler: SCENES!

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    James Tyler: THAT IS IT!

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    James Tyler: England fans sing that confounded White Stripes song again.

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    Roger Bennett: Zlatan looks like a man who is going to go into the locker room and do some Taekwondo

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    James Tyler: Ashley Young loses it, Lustig flicks it in but Ibra's flick-on is behind for a goal kick.

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    James Tyler: I am scared of facing Shevchenko with his national pride on the line, Rog.

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    James Tyler: Whistles... 45 SECONDS LEFT

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    Roger Bennett: Yes. Ukraine game going to be a barnstormer

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    James Tyler: Yes, Yo. They would be donezo. England and France on 4pts, Ukraine on 3.

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    [Comment from Yo]
    Sweden eliminated with this result?

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    [Comment from Dan, NJ]
    Gerrard steals the ball from the OX and doesn't score

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    [Comment from Adam]
    That was the most brilliant meaningless save I've seen in some time!

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    [Comment from Brain]
    SAVE!

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    James Tyler: Gerrard and Ox both there but Captain takes it in front of AOC and hits it into the Swedish goalie. That should have been 4-2.

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    James Tyler: Now, Sweden hoisting long balls towards the box. That's their plan... England counter attack.... four on three for England but they can't convert! Superb save by Isaksson!

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    Roger Bennett: Isaacson is known as a dodgy keeper. Unreal tonight

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    Roger Bennett: Hard to type from behind the couch

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    [Comment from Eric (GFOP)]
    Rog penny for your thoughts?

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    James Tyler: FOUR MINUTES ADDED. THREE OF THOSE TO COME

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    James Tyler: And he blasts it into the crowd. But who cares? England is winning. They even came from behind. I can't remember the last time the Three Lions did either.

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    James Tyler: Yellow card for a Swede. Free kick England in the Swedish half. 35 yards from goal. Gerrard behind it.

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    James Tyler: Josh: to prevent collusion. Look at the infamous Anschluss in the 1982 World Cup when West Germany and Austria played out a half-pace draw that knocked out Algeria in the group stage.

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    [Comment from Josh]
    Why are the weekend games played at the same time?

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR ENGLAND: Welbeck off, Oxlade-Chamberlain on.

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    James Tyler: The Welbeck goal was sensational. His backheel falling backwards with a defender pulling him down. Unreal.

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    James Tyler: ONE MINUTE REMAINING IN REGULAR TIME

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    James Tyler: Does Sweden have a last-minute rebuttal? Coach Lagerback is urging his side to get forward...

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    James Tyler: One of the best games of Euro 2012 thus far, despite the sloppyness.

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    [Comment from Scouser]
    Excellent game today...strange that England would be involved.

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    James Tyler: Despite his gaffes, Joe Hart has commanded the high ball well in the final 20 minutes.

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    James Tyler: Sweden corner and again Joe Hart flies off his line to punch it clear!

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    James Tyler: THREE MINUTES LEFT

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    James Tyler: Free kick Sweden from the right wing but England clear. Another cross is boomed in but Ashley Cole does enough. Another throw for Sweden, deep in English territory.

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    [Comment from Nordy]
    LET'S GO BEARD! HAT TRICK!

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    [Comment from I wish i was a UK boy]
    Theo walcott looks great today

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    James Tyler: Close! Wilhelmsson chases an overhit cross but Joe Hart collects.

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    James Tyler: Welbeck could play on the right in a 4-3-3 type formation, absolutely.

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    [Comment from CJ]
    Could Welbeck play on the right?

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    [Comment from Chicagooner]
    Michael - Not even the most injury prone on his own team - try Rosicky and Diaby

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    [Comment from JR]
    Michael, the rest of the Arsenal squad.

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    James Tyler: Free kick for England on the left flank. Hoofed to the far post but Carroll can't get to it.

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    James Tyler: They are doing bad things to my heart. But I am enjoying the ride.

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    [Comment from I wish i was a UK boy]
    How are you liking England today James?

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    James Tyler: Oh, I suppose Theo is fine now. I am struggling to keep up.

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    [Comment from MIchael]
    Is anyone more injury prone in football than Theo Walcott?

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    James Tyler: SIX MINUTES REMAINING

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    James Tyler: Long cross from the right is overhit by Svensson. Zlatan cannot reach it. Cue the sulk.

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    James Tyler: Please be patient with comments.. I'm trying to publish the best as this game continues to dazzle with drama!

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR ENGLAND: Walcott off, Oxlade-Chamberlain on. Theo tweaked a hammy, perhaps.

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    James Tyler: But wait...

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    James Tyler: Probably Welbeck as he and Rooney mesh so well. Thinking those two will be fun. But please, Roy. End this Milner misery. Walcott from the off, please, against the Ukraine.

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    James Tyler: I think WellCarroll should partner Rooney.

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    [Comment from Matt W]
    Who plays up front up next to Rooney against The Ukraine?

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    [Comment from John Tucker]
    England is reducing the Vikings into Swedish Fish...

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    James Tyler: Svensson and Lustig combine down the right but big Andy Carroll clears... England breaks via Walcott and Welbeck but Scott Parker's shot is over the bar. My oh my.

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    James Tyler: NINE MINUTES TO PLAY

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR SWEDEN: Rasmus Elm off, Christian Wilhelmsson on. Presumably the winger will unsettle Mr. Glen Johnson somewhat.

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    James Tyler: Hang about. Lustig down the right, but Ashley Young follows him all the way back upfield and blocks it out for a throw-in.

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    [Comment from Steven in North Carolina]
    Danny Welbeck is the reincarnation of William the Conqueror.

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    [Comment from Chicago Gunner]
    As Sir Alec Guinness would've put it, HOLY BEJEEZUS WHAT A STRIKE.

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    [Comment from Jeremy]
    wowzers x 10. EXPLANATION!!!

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    [Comment from TottBot]
    GOAL OF THE TOURNAMENT

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    [Comment from MIchael]
    Goal of the tournament

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    [Comment from Steven in North Carolina]
    Vikings great at raiding, not so great at defending.

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    James Tyler: Here comes England again. Walcott all full of beans down the right.

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    James Tyler: That was unreal.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    'Danny Boy' now the anthem of England rather than Ireland. #euro2012

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    That was better than Zlatan-esque by Danny Welbeck. Try Shaun White on an X-Games half pipe.

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    [Comment from rogbennett via Twitter]
    Pity English journalists who replaced "magic," "genius" and "hero"with "humiliation," "joke" "and "tragedy" and now must make switch again

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    James Tyler: That is Zlatan-esque by Welbeck. Low cross from the right byline and somehow, Welbeck pretzels himself to guide it past a bamboozled Isaksson.

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    [Comment from JC]
    How in the hell did Welbeck just score that

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    [Comment from MIchael]
    What a goal!

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    [Comment from Eric (GFOP)]
    What skill

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    James Tyler: Scenes

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    James Tyler: STUNNING.

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    [Comment from rogbennett via Twitter]
    Arise SIR Danny Wellbeck...

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    James Tyler: SIR DANIEL OF WELBECK!

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    James Tyler: GOAL FOR ENGLAND!!!!!

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    James Tyler: INdeed, Dan. But Rooney only has his petulance to blame. Will be interesting to see what he can do against the Ukraine.

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    Roger Bennett: Sweden midfield picking up every loose ball. Scottie Parker gave his all against France. looking all the worse for it...

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    [Comment from Dan, NJ]
    England badly missing Rooney's composure on the ball right now. Not to mention his vision and creativity.

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    James Tyler: Inswinger by Seb Larsson but Joe Hart pummels it clear with his gloved fists.

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    James Tyler: Someone mark Olof Mellberg.

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    James Tyler: FOURTEEN MINUTES LEFT.

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    James Tyler: Thunderous crack by Zlatan, it's diving and bending but Joe Hart is resolute. Parries it away with gusto. Corner, Sweden.

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    Roger Bennett: JOE HART. SIR JOE HART

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    [Comment from ESPNStatsInfo via Twitter]
    It's not often Clayton Kershaw faces a lefty with a lower ERA. A look at Chris Sale's breakout 2012: http://es.pn/McAa3q

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    James Tyler: Rog, I'd bring on the Ox. Theo and Ox. Like Emirates vintage, 2012.

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    James Tyler: I definitely missed a sub or two amid this pandemonium. Mikael Lustig is on at right back for Sweden. So there's that.

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    James Tyler: Sweden looks more menacing. As I type, Andy Carroll does well to hold up the ball but his pass wide for Ashley Young is overhit. Throw-in for Sweden.

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    Roger Bennett: Welbeck becoming peripheral. What would you do if you were Roy now to turn this round?

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    James Tyler: Lovely play by M. Olsson. Kallstrom's shot awful.

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    James Tyler: Jonas Olsson finds Martin Olsson on the left, he get to the touchline and cuts it back for Kallstrom but the shot is wide from close range! England get lucky there.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Still no 0-0s at #euro2012.

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    Roger Bennett: They sacked London once you know. The Vikings.

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    James Tyler: Ashley Young blasts it over the crossbar. Shame, Ashley.

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    [Comment from Nick Christie (GFOP)]
    Rog: More like the 866 Invasion, I think...

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    James Tyler: Ashley Young spinning and juking but tripped from behind. Free kick, 30+ yards out, fairly central to goal.

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    James Tyler: Ha CJ, great spot. Hilarious stuff, really.

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    [Comment from CJ]
    Zalatan helps himself to Hart's water

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    James Tyler: He tries to thump it downfield but Jonas Olsson gets in the way. Yellow card for obstruction there. Cheeky play by the West Brom defender.

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    James Tyler: In-swinger confidently caught by Joe Hart.

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    James Tyler: DO NOT LEAVE SWEDEN PLAYERS UNMARKED, LADS!

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    James Tyler: And Joe Hart blatantly miscontrols a back-pass. Goal-side official correctly flags for a corner.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    John Terry left Olof Mellberg to head in for footballing reasons. #euro2012

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    [Comment from rogbennett via Twitter]
    The Vikings invaded England in 680 AD. This is what I imagine it was like to witness

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    James Tyler: Andy Carroll tries to haul England back into the lead. Both sides look ragged and more goals wouldn't surprise me at all.

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    James Tyler: Carroll! Shot from 2 yards just over the bar!

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    James Tyler: Twenty minutes left

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    James Tyler: Zlatan fends off two defenders in the left corner and retains possession. For all his personality issues, he really is superb on the ball.

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    James Tyler: I think at this rate one team might get a fourth, Josh.

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    [Comment from Josh]
    Does either team get a third, guys?

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    [Comment from mikeandike]
    good tourney for disappointing club players: Sheva, Torres, Carrol, Arshavin, Kerzhako-never mind...

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    James Tyler: Jeremy, it was Theo's first touch!

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    [Comment from Jeremy]
    Walcott goal of the tourney? Was it hit that well?

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    [Comment from Chicago Gunner]
    This is harder to make sense of than the Polish players' names.

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    James Tyler: Krazyness in Kiev.

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    James Tyler: 22 minutes left

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    James Tyler: Folks firing in comments: please understand that there is a delay there. I can't track the action and approve your incisive wit. It is coming along as quickly as I can get there!

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    Roger Bennett: Ibra been watching game film of Mexico 1986

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    James Tyler: Definitely, Matt W.

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    [Comment from Matt W]
    Good day for disappointing club players?

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    James Tyler: End to end mania right now. Truly.

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    James Tyler: Gerrard brought down at the edge of the box but Skomina waves no foul!

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    [Comment from Dan, NJ]
    Bring on Ox and win this thing.

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    [Comment from GFOP Mike]
    I think it fooled Walcott as well

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    [Comment from Bobby T.]
    Walcott was more useful in 5 minutes than milner for 60.

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    James Tyler: The score is 2-2

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    [Comment from steveangello]
    whats the score

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    Roger Bennett: I think that was Theo's first England goal since the Croatia hattrick

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    England and Sweden look like Rocky's fight with Apollo Creed. Both with eyes swollen shut, still swinging punches.

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    Ravi Ubha: What swerve on the ball. Completely fooled the keeper.

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    James Tyler: Rog is right. This is a dreadful game, technically speaking. But four goals and the punches keep coming. What fun.

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    [Comment from Dolph]
    WHAT A ROUSING MATCH

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    [Comment from Dan, NJ]
    Gunners!!!!!!!!

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    [Comment from Andrew]
    LOLLLLL lucky england again

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    [Comment from James]
    What is going on!? ENGLAND TIE!?

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    [Comment from dean]
    THEOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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    [Comment from Taco]
    WALCOTTTTTTTT

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    #WALCOTTFORENGLAND

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    James Tyler: THIS IS UNREAL

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    Roger Bennett: A terrible game. But great to watch

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    James Tyler: Corner is cleared and he smashes it past Isaksson from 25 yards on the volley!!!!

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    Roger Bennett: What a game!

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    Roger Bennett: Theeee-ooooohhhh....

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    James Tyler: THEO WALCOTT!!!!!

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    James Tyler: Corner for England but cleared... GOAL!!!!!

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    [Comment from Taco]
    Mellberg yellow for being too awesome?

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    [Comment from Alex]
    James: Is the Seven Nation Army more annoying than the goal song at Euro 2008?

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    James Tyler: Right wing cross and John Terry's close-range header is superbly stonewalled by Isaksson!

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    James Tyler: SAVE!!! ENGLAND SHOULD BE LEVEL!

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    James Tyler: YELLOW CARD FOR SWEDEN: Mr. Mellberg in the book for something Vikingesque, no doubt.

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    James Tyler: Charlie: SEVEN NATION ARMY IS THE WORST

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    [Comment from Charlie]
    More annoying: Seven Nation Army, or the vuvazelas?

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    [Comment from Travis]
    Mellberg now has as many goals in this tournament as England

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    [Comment from CB]
    England: Just Lion around now.

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    [Comment from Jesse N]
    Hart channeling his inner de Gea there.

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    James Tyler: Great near-post shot by Zlatan but Joe Hart does indeed make a save.

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    James Tyler: Gerrard's cross is cleared. And Sweden breaks....

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    James Tyler: Sorry for all the good comments I'm missing. Simply flooding in at a rate I can barely handle. Will get to them presently.

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    Roger Bennett: Theeee-ooooooh! We have hope again!

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR ENGLAND: Milner off -- thank GOD -- and Theo Walcott on.

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    James Tyler: Corner for England. More of that White Stripes tune. Swedish defender is down.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Olof Mellberg: slayer of a nation.

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    James Tyler: England needs to respond quickly, and they win a corner.

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    [Comment from Christi]
    Take the beard poll down! Take it down now!

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    James Tyler: This is stunning from Sweden. Full power to them!

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    [Comment from Joe]
    Say goodbye, England.

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    [Comment from John]
    THE MOST INTERESTING SWEDE IN THE WORLD!

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    Ravi Ubha: Hart done better? Where was he? Ball in the air for a while...

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    [Comment from Nordy]
    THE BEARD!

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    [Comment from Alex Chen]
    THE BEARD SCORES

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    [Comment from Eric (GFOP)]
    Wow

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    [Comment from John Tucker]
    THE BEARD STRIKES AGAIN. VIKING QUEST!

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    [Comment from sanchini]
    Joe Hart..... like a statue

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    James Tyler: The free kick if swung deep to the far post, Mellberg leaps like a salmon and nods down past Hart and into the far corner. Scenes.

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    [Comment from rogbennett via Twitter]
    Entire English nation stunned into silence. Only sound, suppressed giggles emerging from Rio Ferdinands house

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    James Tyler: A SUPERB GOAL. A VERY NICE GOAL! AND IT IS THE MELLBERG AGAIN

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    James Tyler: GOAL FOR SWEDEN!

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    [Comment from Dan, NJ]
    We need David Hirshey in here like England needs The Ox out there, someone needs to inject some humor and wit into this chat.

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    James Tyler: Free-kick for Sweden, wide left, 40 yards out...

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    James Tyler: YELLOW CARD FOR ENGLAND: James Milner sees it, finally punished for a series of artless tackles. This one on Martin Olsson was especially sloppy.

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    James Tyler: Yes, can someone please do that, Sandy?

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    Roger Bennett: camOR. I feel like a leaf slowly falling from a tree. This is Charlie Brown kicking Lucy's football on a national level

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    [Comment from sandy]
    Pass JT another Necastle Ale.

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    James Tyler: Lots of pressure for an ebullient Sweden side, no doubt buoyed by the Joe Hart-Glen Johnson gaffe.

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    James Tyler: I tried to summon the Leander but he is still crying about the Netherlands. Sorry.

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    [Comment from Bobby T.]
    Get Leander in here so we can make him feel bad that this England team is doing better than Holland.

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    [Comment from PeterG]
    James, maybe you can distract yourself by coming up with some good England-Sweden name puns. Might be harder than it was for the Ireland game, though.

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    James Tyler: Lovely move by Sweden but a superb sliding tackle by Glen Johnson denies an easy shot on goal.

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    [Comment from Jan]
    Get Leander in here to give JT some of his own medicine.

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    [Comment from camOR]
    Rog we need some witty banter here to deflect the sadness slowly creeping over England, like an evening fog on the Thames...

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    [Comment from PeterG]
    SWE-DEN'T SEE IT COMING!

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    England v Sweden live-schadenfreude: http://espn.go.com/sports/soccer/story/_/id/8053605/england-vs-sweden

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    James Tyler: Good work by Carroll but Isaksson reaches the long ball first and hoofs it clear.

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    [Comment from John]
    England thinks they are Jack White, plays like Meg White

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    James Tyler: Back to that scrappy midfield stuff by both teams.

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    [Comment from mikeandike]
    English tabloids :"SWEDE SURPRISE," "BITTER-SWEDE"

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    James Tyler: Cat is firmly amongst pigeons now. The entire crowd is singing a White Stripes song. This is the apocalypse.

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    [Comment from Stoyanov]
    BRING ON THE OX

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    [Comment from Jawatoss]
    HARRY FOR ENGLAND!

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    The curse of Robert Green afflicts Joe Hart. Do Sweden play a flat-pack four? England snatch a draw from the jaw of victory. #euro2012

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    Ravi Ubha: Carroll, just saying, gave away the FK.

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    James Tyler: No, PK. Just.... no.

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    [Comment from PK]
    Time to call on Jordan Henderson!

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    James Tyler: Right, then. England response. Will it be forthcoming?

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    Ravi Ubha: Wow, whole bunch of luck there for Sweden. Had to be a miskick from Ibra to Mellberg, then good save by Hart, but Johnson can't stop it from going in.

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    [Comment from Steven in North Carolina]
    Vikings take what they want!

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    [Comment from John]
    You can not stop Olaf Mellberg, you can only hope to contain him for a dozen or so fixtures

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    James Tyler: Olof Mellberg clearly upset at not winning the Best Beard poll.

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    [Comment from Nordy]
    FEAR THE BEARD

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    [Comment from Brain]
    JT, hate to say I told...wait, I LOVE IT!!! ANOTHER LEAD TO LOSE.

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    James Tyler: My watercress finger sandwich just fell apart.

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    James Tyler: Olof Mellberg credited with the goal. Well, then.

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    Roger Bennett: A nation spills tea down the front of its pants

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    James Tyler: No offside as Hart can't fully save the close-range shot, it deflects off Glen Johnson and the full-back can't stop it going over the line. AWFUL.

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    [Comment from Steven in North Carolina]
    Only a matter of time

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    [Comment from Eric (GFOP)]
    Called it

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    [Comment from James]
    Who is surprised?

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    [Comment from Chris...]
    Poll question: who's better at their job: ravi, leander, james, or roger --- lets get real on this thing.

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    Roger Bennett: Straight from the training ground that one

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    James Tyler: Awful. Dire. Embarrassing. Pathetic. SWEDEN REJOICES

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    James Tyler: Hit into the wall, rebound falls generously... GOAL FOR SWEDEN

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    Roger Bennett: Oh dear. Oh Dear. Oh Dear

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    James Tyler: Ibra lurking.

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    James Tyler: Free kick 25 yards out, front and center.

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    James Tyler: Andy Carroll tracks back to foul near the edge of the box. Damir Skomina giving him a talking-to for tripping Kim Kallstrom.

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    James Tyler: All down England's end... near-post cross nodded clear by Terry but still the Swedes attack.

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    James Tyler: Sweden starting the second half brightly.

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    Roger Bennett: Sweden score most of their goals in the second half. I would feel a lot more comfortable about this game if Carroll and Hodor could offer some interplay

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    James Tyler: Joleon Lescott hoofs a cross downfield. Strong defending.

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    James Tyler: Think he's still finding his feet at Liverpool, honestly. Trying to make himself fit.

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    [Comment from Scott]
    Carroll showed glimpes at end of LFC season. Think he was still getting over injuries?

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    James Tyler: If Sweden loses today, they join Ireland on the first plane home.

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    James Tyler: We're off! Half number two!

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    [Comment from JamesHMartin via Twitter]
    @ArchBell means it's time to call Dr. Daniels. Dr. Jack Daniels.

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    James Tyler: Does that have enough syllables?

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    [Comment from Ben]
    Carroll with a goal / Liverpudlians wonder / Where was that all year?

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    James Tyler: Torres.

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    [Comment from PeterG]
    Carroll, Torres, or Shev? Who do you pick if you need a striker in your Sunday pickup game?

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    James Tyler: 31.6%, Jan.

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    [Comment from Jan]
    What are the chances we see a second goal from England? 5%?

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    James Tyler: Holt would have been a distinctly retro pick. But with Carroll... too many stout strikers spoiling the broth.

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    [Comment from Redondo]
    Why no Grant Holt? Would he have improved England's chances?

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    [Comment from Ian]
    Hodor's headed goal / then all game spent under siege / England is coming

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    James Tyler: I think you're kidding, Doug. So does anyone have any soccer questions?

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    [Comment from Doug]
    James, Haiku is not actually strictly bound syllabically. It just has to go short, long, short

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    England 1-0 halftime leads are as reliable as M. Night Shymalan screenplays. But I'll enjoy it for now. Until the twist.

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    [Comment from JamesHMartin via Twitter]
    Can never get sick of the Most Interesting Man in the World. Never. But what does he make Hodgson? #euro2012

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    Roger Bennett: ESPN Stats prove they have never won a tournament while I have worn it though

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    Roger Bennett: I always wear a light summer tweed when England play.

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    James Tyler: Have any Jaffa Cakes?

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    [Comment from Zac]
    Roger, what sort of blazer are you wearing?

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    Roger Bennett: There you are pet. Chocolate digestive?

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    James Tyler: Milk and two sugars, Rog.

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    Roger Bennett: Can I offer anyone a cup of tea?

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    James Tyler: Sorry, bad haiku there. Direct your ire at Alex for his syllabic shortcomings.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    So far so decent for #ENG. Join me, @rogbennett and @r_ubha for live chat: http://espn.go.com/sports/soccer/story/_/id/8053605/england-vs-sweden

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    [Comment from Alex]
    Carroll's Ponytail / Whipped through the wind forcefully / As England took the lead

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    [Comment from A]
    Best random thing about Dolph Lundgren..... He was a Fullbright scholar at MIT?

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    Roger Bennett: Nick. That is genius. I am still giddy after hearing Dolph Lungdren interviewed before the game and revealing he was an everton fan

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    James Tyler: I am fine with that, Mr Tucker.

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    [Comment from John Tucker]
    Good...but not as good as Statsie...ESPN Stats is about to show you how to do it JT

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    [Comment from Nick Christie (GFOP)]
    Rog: We need your ponytail historical knowledge. Was Andy Carroll's goal the strongest header by a man with a ponytail since Seagal in Marked for Death?

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    [Comment from dr eng1ish]
    Why didn't Olof Mellberg get into the best name contest? He could win both

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    James Tyler: Corners (get ready for this one): SWE 0, ENG 1

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    James Tyler: Shots: SWE 6, ENG 6
    On Target: SWE 3, ENG 2
    Possession: SWE 46%, ENG 54%

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    James Tyler: STATS:

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    [Comment from CB]
    facepaint is for amateurs. get it tattooed on.

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    James Tyler: Not really. I just can't type the word TYTON without using caps. It belongs in all caps.

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    [Comment from Scouser]
    Little bias for Tyton there JT?

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    Roger Bennett: How many of you have facepaint on? how do you stop it dripping into your eyes?

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    James Tyler: Right, half-time poll coming up. Nominate your best beard candidates and we'll poll that one too.

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    James Tyler: Lovely header by Andy Carroll midway through the first half that separates the two teams.

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    James Tyler: Halftime: England 1, Sweden 0. Andy Carroll feels empowered enough to let his hair down.

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    James Tyler: Long ball by Joe Hart, hoof by Sweden in search of a runner, and that's your lot.

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    Ravi Ubha: Elmander applauding the ball over the top. He barely moved for it.

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    [Comment from TottBot]
    Nocerino: Best Beard in the Tourney

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    James Tyler: ONE MINUTE OF ADDED TIME IN THE FIRST HALF.

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    James Tyler: Replay showed it was a fine challenge by Mellberg on Welbeck a minute ago. No foul. moving on, an England corner is overhit, Carroll's knock-back header is cleared.

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    Roger Bennett: Greece. A matter of volume

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    [Comment from Winlar]
    Rog, better beards, Sweden or Greece?

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    James Tyler: Good idea to cross low from the right -- Ibra trying to find Elmander behind John Terry -- but Joe Hart falls on it.

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    James Tyler: Bit of danger for England but they clear, and now Welbeck is galloping upfield on the counter! Good tackle to bring the United striker down.

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    Roger Bennett: Rasmus is playing as if his joystick is broken. Backflicks only

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    Ravi Ubha: If it stays like this, interesting choices for Hodgson vs. Ukraine (in a game England would only need to draw). Rooney lone striker? Play him club partner Welbeck? Or, with Carroll?

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    James Tyler: More England pressure. Left footed cross by Milner from the right flank is overhit. Goal kick, Sweden.

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    [Comment from rogbennett via Twitter]
    Pressures of the England job look like they have aged Roy Hodgson by at least 20 years. Poor bloke looks 110 right now

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    [Comment from Steven in North Carolina]
    Mellberg should be allowed to have his battle axe when he is on the pitch.

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    [Comment from James]
    Good charge by Hart.

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    James Tyler: Danger! Flick on from a long pass releases Elmander down the left but Joe Hart zips out to collect. And now Andy Carroll's down, having been arm-wrestled by Mellberg.

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    James Tyler: England defenders slowing down the pace now. No rush to get the ball upfield.

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    [Comment from Tyler]
    Andy Carroll...the touch of a baby elephant.

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    James Tyler: Terry did well to force the midfielder wide.

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    James Tyler: Another shot from Kallstrom but it's blocked

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    James Tyler: Six minutes to half time in Kiev. England holding on to a single goal lead. Where have I heard that before...?

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    [Comment from Doug]
    Someone tell Ashley Young he's got mates out there.

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    James Tyler: Right, Ashley Young does well down the left wing but then slides in as he loses the ball. Trying to do too much on his own. Free kick, Sweden.

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    [Comment from mikeandike]
    as a Ukraine fan, I say Come On You Sweden! Do 'em like 1975-2006!

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    James Tyler: Shot! Over the bar from Kim Kallstrom! Nice strike with his left foot but it glides over.

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    Ravi Ubha: Welbeck was ticked. Making a run into the box. Poor decision by Young. He's largely been anonymous, as he was vs. France.

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    James Tyler: RECAP: Andy Carroll with a fine header from an angled Gerrard pass. 1-0.

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    [Comment from tshering]
    can anyone please tell me who scored the goal for England.?

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    James Tyler: Chance! Ashley Young nips behind Granqvist on the left but opts to shoot low with his right foot instead of crossing. Eyes wide with a goalscoring opportunity. He drags the shot wide.

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    James Tyler: Good point, Ravi

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    James Tyler: Long ball for Carroll, he wins it over Mellberg but nothing comes of it.

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    Ravi Ubha: Ibra has been disappointing. Three times his balls with Sweden in a good position haven't been up to par.

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    James Tyler: Ten minutes to half time...

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    [Comment from JRayESPNGolf via Twitter]
    We also haven't seen the reigning Masters & U.S. Open champs miss the cut @usopengolf since 1994. That also a possibility today.

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    James Tyler: Ibrahimovic and Terry clash, Ibra stays down and England knocks it out. Both players look a little wobbly. A knee-to-knee collision. Oof.

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    James Tyler: BOOMAUR4: try ESPNRadio.com -- should have live radio feeds of every single Euro 2012 game.

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    [Comment from boomaur4]
    Is there a radio broadcast link that I missed? I can only find the link to ESPN3 and my work won't let me watch it.

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    James Tyler: Rog, I've already ordered my commemorative tea towel showing the newspaper cover.

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    James Tyler: Exactly, Anfield_rap. Had a month worthy of a highlights DVD.

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    Roger Bennett: If this score holds, expect Andy Carroll to be back page of the Sun wearing a bowler hat, draped in an english flag, surrounded by bulldogs, just above a head line claiming "BRING ON SPAIN... THIS TIME WE WILL WIN IT ALL"

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    [Comment from Anfield_Rap]
    Carrol ended the season in really good form, just saying

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    James Tyler: Hang about! Danger! Ibrahimovic has a shot from the edge of the box, it takes a deflection off Scott Parker but Joe Hart holds his ground and collects smartly. Dangerous!

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    James Tyler: 31 minutes gone, England fans in full song.

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    James Tyler: Now, game descending into chippy. Svensson goes in hard on Ashley Young.

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    [Comment from John]
    John Terry LITERALLY kicking a man while he's down

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    James Tyler: Steven: We English are a funny bunch. We love to say that we don't believe, but somewhere deep inside, we can't help but get our hopes up. Fall for it every single time.

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    [Comment from Steven in North Carolina]
    I think James is delusional. How he can think Andy Carrol would score after watching him all season at Liverpool, I don't know. Are all Liverpool fans like that?

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    James Tyler: Ref Skomina has a word with both Elm and Elmander for some zesty tackles.

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    James Tyler: Ibrahimovic is chasing shadows at present. Not getting reliable service. Nor is Elmander.

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    James Tyler: 17 minutes to half-time, and their approach is cautious and measured. Rasmus Elm is cutting in an awful lot from the left flank.

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    James Tyler: Now now, Jan. I've done it three times now. I'm a conduit for some supernatural force. But back to the game. How will Sweden respond?

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    [Comment from Jan]
    He's just getting lucky.

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    James Tyler: I am the future, Christi. Tomorrow will be sunny and rad.

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    [Comment from Christi]
    Are we going to get those lotto #'s, JT? Are you predicting the future, or MAKING IT HAPPEN?

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    James Tyler: Shh, Rog. Can't mention the Queen.

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    James Tyler: Would love to see the pair link up.

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    Roger Bennett: Did you just refer to yourself in third person JT? i thought that was just the purview of the Queen and Adolf Hitler.

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    [Comment from Scouser]
    So now what when Rooney comes back? Carroll and Rooney??

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    [Comment from ESPNStatsInfo via Twitter]
    Adam Dunn has the highest BA (.636), most HR (3) & most RBI (7) of any batter vs Clayton Kershaw, whom he faces today.

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    [Comment from rogbennett via Twitter]
    Sensible decis by ref. Rain like that can do lot of damage to bleached blonde hair. Within minutes, players' roots would be showing. Awful

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    James Tyler: Now, Sweden immediately gather some possession, all too aware of England's desire to lock it down with over an hour still to play.

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    Roger Bennett: What a EUROS this is for old men, wash ups, and chubby wubbies. Big question. What is that blue stripey thing Rooney has on under his warm up jacket. Is it a romper suit?

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    James Tyler: Hope so, Grantland! Been a dream of mine.

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    Ravi Ubha: Gerrard had so much time on the cross I thought it was a free kick.

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    [Comment from Grantland Dept]
    JT, you will be in this months Humblebrag top ten

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    James Tyler: Hush it, Brain! England is winning. And Andy Carroll scored it!

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    [Comment from Brain]
    Just another lead for England to give up.

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    James Tyler: However, Elm gets behind the right-back and floats in an inviting cross but it's cleared. Sweden's turn to threaten. An Olsson has a shot but it's blocked out for a throw-in.

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    [Comment from ESPNStatsInfo via Twitter]
    All 3 goals allowed by Sweden at this tournament have come via the header

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    James Tyler: I'm in awe.

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    James Tyler: Good gosh that was marvelous.

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    [Comment from Cris]
    LIVERPOOL CONNECTION!

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    James Tyler: Gotta aggrandize where aggrandizement is due, Peter.

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    Roger Bennett: Hodgson is a.... genius?

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Time to lock it down, Roy, but you knew that and were going to do it anyway.

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    [Comment from Peter]
    dude, great compliment of yourself on twitter

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    Ravi Ubha: It was coming. Vulnerability in the air exposed again.

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    [Comment from TottBot]
    Nice run from Andy Carroll...... I said it

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    Roger Bennett: What at ball in from Gerrard. makes it feel like 2005 all over again

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    [Comment from Steven in North Carolina]
    Andy Carrol?!?!?!??? I'm flabergasted.

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    [Comment from Travis]
    Ponytail!

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    [Comment from Brian]
    HODOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    [Comment from Dean]
    ANDY!

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    [Comment from Calvin]
    CARRRROOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

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    James Tyler: He was onside between the two defenders when the cross came in, and his header was really phenomenally placed in the far corner. Lovely lovely header.

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    James Tyler: AMAZING. SCENES.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    The JT Dept of Hunches scores big again.

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    [Comment from Dave-O (GFOP)]
    HE LOLLOPS!

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    James Tyler: IT IS ANDY CARROLL! I CALLED IT! GOOD HEAVENS!

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    [Comment from rogbennett via Twitter]
    HODOR JUST SCORED A GOAL

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    James Tyler: WAIT! GOAL!

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    And has Roy Hodgson had a minute of sleep since taking the England job?

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    [Comment from JLundbladESPN via Twitter]
    Ryan Dempster is the 1st pitcher to triple off the Red Sox in 40 years - Rich Hand in 1972.

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    Roger Bennett: Zlatan willing to come deep to find the ball -- not clear which England player is meant to track him

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    What's the opposite of tiki-taka?

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    Roger Bennett: Roy Hodgson looking like a man who vaguely remembers his own name. Reassuring for the lads on the pitch that...

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    [Comment from Steve Austin]
    I just cheered out loud when Ibra knocked down Terry!!

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    James Tyler: At the other end, another Milner cross is knocked clear.

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    James Tyler: Fun as Zlatan and John Terry converge on the same physical space in pursuit of the ball but the big Swede casually nudges JT off the ball. Alas, nothing comes from it for Sweden.

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    James Tyler: We are well drilled and well organized, Christian.

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    [Comment from Christian]
    nearly two perfectly straight lines of four for England...it's like a cubist's approach to soccer

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    James Tyler: Now... another sloppy giveaway from England in midfield. Svensson and Ibrahimovic combine and the Milan striker has a crack from 25 yards. It's low but Joe Hart gets down sharply to save.

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    [Comment from Jesse]
    Scott Parker looks pure 1910s class in the pajamas of a RAF captain.

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    James Tyler: Ball is worked wide to Glen Johnson but his pass infield is cut out. Slight panic as Ibra dribbles upfield but the English are back in numbers to defend.

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    Roger Bennett: Welbeck looking WAY up for this...

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    Roger Bennett: Dave-o. purely stylistic. jersey design evolves in cyclical waves between futuristic and retro. Umbro very very retro right now. This pajama look is very evocative on the 70s but tweaked with a tighter cut.

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    James Tyler: Scott Parker plays it wide for Milner but the City midfielder fails to control it. Crowd jeers. This is England.

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    James Tyler: 16 minutes in. That Welbeck header was the best chance thus far. but Ibrahimovic almost gets behind the defense following a lovely ball in from the right. Glen Johnson's awake and snuffs out the threat.

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    Ravi Ubha: Hardly bold or ambitious, though.

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    [Comment from Dave-O (GFOP)]
    Jersey question for Rog- Why do some countries do the collar like england? Is it a tradition thing?

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    Ravi Ubha: Signs good for England. Winning most of the aerial battles.

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    [Comment from Jan]
    Welbeck's hair is awesome. Bringing back the Prince of Bel-Air Hightop fade.

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    James Tyler: Good glancing header by Welbeck -- decent cross by Milner -- but it's right across goal.

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    Ravi Ubha: Bolton fans saw a fair bit of that from Elmander (sliced shot).

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    James Tyler: Sweden's turn to turn the screws but it's hoofed downfield. Both sides still very much in search of a steady rhythm. The midfield is a battlefield.

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    James Tyler: We'll have a "Best Name" poll during the break.

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    James Tyler: Dave: that's the half-time poll. Thank you for your sterling contribution. Hold that thought.

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    Roger Bennett: England. Very much England. Would love Elm to have a good game though. I always cheer for Gingie Nation

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    [Comment from GFOP Dave]
    Rasmus Elm, the best name of the Euros?

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    [Comment from Calvin]
    Rog, Are you cheering for England or Rasmus Elm

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    James Tyler: Crowd's in full song. I like it. Glen Johnson working overtime to elude Ibrahimovic on the right side. Long ball to Carroll is tidied up by the Swedish backline.

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    Roger Bennett: I adore Adrian Healey. Slice of magic.

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    [Comment from mikeandike]
    Andy Carroll=Unfrozen Caveman

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    [Comment from Roy]
    Robbie Mustoe and Adrian Healey are no doubt the most underrated commentators on ESPN

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    [Comment from Steve Austin]
    James - lingering question I've had since cheering for him at Birmingham. Joe Hart - good guy or douchebag?

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    James Tyler: No.

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    [Comment from Brian (DC)]
    JT -- Harry Redknapp for England you think?

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    James Tyler: Larsson drives one... right at Hart. Easy for the City keeper.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    This Andy Carroll-Olof Mellberg duel might require a scorecard and the oversight of Judge Mills Lane.

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    Ravi Ubha: Was that Carroll's first touch? Mellberg should have been carded.

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    Roger Bennett: With his top notch ponytail, Andy Carroll looks like a "Fat Booth" photo of Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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    James Tyler: Sweden on the ball in midfield with Svensson, they break up the left flank but Glen Johnson wins back the ball. Then Carroll wins a free-kick on half way as Mellberg hauls him down. Nifty spin by Carroll to shift the ball past the center back.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Ashley Cole with haircut from Afrika Bambataa's Soulsonic Crew.

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    James Tyler: Will do my best, Christi. Just trying to have fun.

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    [Comment from Christi]
    JT, I can't take this for 90 minutes. I demand unjustified optimism for at least 45'.

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    James Tyler: Long ball in search of Larsson is deftly cut out by Ashley Cole. Crisis averted.

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    James Tyler: Oh, wait. Given away easily in the right corner. Sweden breaks upfield.

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    James Tyler: Good right-wing cross by Milner but Mellberg beats Wellbeck to the header. I dare say that English is applying pressure!

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    [Comment from Eric (GFOP)]
    What a strike!

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    [Comment from Patrick]
    WHAT A SAVE

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    [Comment from James]
    Wow, nice shot.

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    James Tyler: SHOT! Scott Parker's long-range drive is well parried by Isaksson! Woof.

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    James Tyler: No comment. Just prepping for full-time.

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    [Comment from Jeremy]
    JT, wait you're chatting from the tub?

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    James Tyler: A flowing move by England around the box ends up knocked all the way back to Lescott at halfway without a shot. Sweden harassing them well but the Three Lions get lucky when Seb Larsson bundles Parker off the ball. Free-kick, England.

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    Ravi Ubha: Can you put in a slice of bread for me before you do anything silly?

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    James Tyler: Welcome in, Cassandra! And yes, Ravi: the first five minutes already have me positioning the toaster next to the bath.

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    Roger Bennett: Nice to hear the England Supporters' Band got into this game. Even though ESPN Stats indicate England have lost every single tournament they play at in embarrassing fashion

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    [Comment from Casandra]
    I think DW's comment just showed why there aren't many women here

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    Ravi Ubha: Let's hope the first five minutes isn't an indication of what's to come.

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    James Tyler: This is England, guest. The only thing that gives is our stiff upper lips. Read Brian Phillips' amusing Grantland piece on the England team.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    reading soccernomics section about why england fails while watching this game...something's gotta give

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    James Tyler: BOOOO, DW

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    [Comment from DW]
    if England are to win, they'll need to show some "Hart"

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    James Tyler: Now, long ball to Welbeck and he controls well. Pressure down the left wing but Scott Parker's through ball is to no-one in particular, and it dribbles through to Isaksson.

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    James Tyler: Good shout, Rog.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    @TapiNyoni @jellijonsson @RossMacDonaldW6 in Warsaw Fanzone. Thrilling so far.

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    [Comment from Christian]
    I hear brass instruments. Did they let the band in for this match?

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    Roger Bennett: Tyler -- i believe that is possible. lets youtube it at halftime

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    James Tyler: Hodgson hasn't had a good night's sleep since he took this job, I bet.

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    [Comment from TottBot]
    Woy looks like he hasn't been sleeping well. Look for extra eye-rubbing today.

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    James Tyler: Impossible, nation of Spain. Would be like teaching an alligator how to use a hula hoop.

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    [Comment from Spain]
    tyler, maybe if england deployed spain tactics?

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    [Comment from Josh]
    I like Andy Carroll's bun. Don't be surprised if he makes Us Weekly.

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    James Tyler: Hodgson looks like he's trying to hold back the vomit on the sidelines. Me too, Roy. Me too.

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    James Tyler: Another Carroll foul, going in a little too exuberantly on his opposite man. Great start for The Pony(tail).

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    Roger Bennett: 1. John Terry
    2. John Terry
    3. Ashley Cole
    4. John Terry

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    [Comment from Jeremy]
    2-0 England. Gerrard scores at least 1.

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    James Tyler: I think I see Andy Carroll's teddy bear on the subs bench, Rog.

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    [Comment from Steven in North Carolina]
    After John Terry, who is the most hateable English player in your minds?

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    James Tyler: Wait, no. Carroll fouls Granqvist.

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    Roger Bennett: This England pajama kit is growing on me. I like the statement it makes. Like we can just roll out of bed and onto the field and beat you... that's how good we are

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    James Tyler: Immediately, some English tiki-taka of the sideways variety. GET IN

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    James Tyler: WE ARE UNDERWAY IN KIEV

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    James Tyler: About the same. Both are fun.

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    [Comment from tommy]
    is chatting better or worse than doing a podcast?

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    [Comment from Steve]
    1-1 draw

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    James Tyler: We're off!

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Dept. of Hunches: Andy Carroll to score today. And a Seb Larsson free kick special.

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    Ravi Ubha: English too skilled? Did I see that? Skilled, yes, but not too skilled to lose to Sweden.

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    James Tyler: So, Donetsk had thunder and lightning. Will Kiev have locusts? Frogs? Four horsemen?

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    James Tyler: DO NOT JINX THIS, RAJ

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    [Comment from Raj]
    James, The English are too skilled to lose to the swedes right, RIGHT?????????

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    James Tyler: Damir Skomina the man in charge/immediate postgame scapegoat if England fails.

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    [Comment from James]
    That requires too much thinking for him.

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    James Tyler: Great question, Eric. Probably not.

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    [Comment from Wolf (GFOP)]
    It's Ibraception!

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    [Comment from Eric (GFOP)]
    Has the band been allowed in?

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    James Tyler: LINEUPS: England (BOF-BOF-2):
    1-Hart;
    2-Johnson, 6-Terry, 15-Lescott, 3-Cole;
    16-Milner, 4-Gerrard, 17-Parker, 11-Young;
    9-Carroll, 22-Welbeck.

    Sweden:
    1-Isaaksson;
    4-Grandqvist, 3-Mellberg, 13-J Olsson, 5-M Olsson;
    7-Larsson, 8-Svensson, 9-Kallstrom, 6-Elm;
    10-Ibrahimovic, 11-Elmander.

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    James Tyler: My wife is in the room. I've already been chided for my profane yelling at the TV. I can't help it.

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    Roger Bennett: Zlatan is thinking about Zlatan thinking about Zlatan

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    James Tyler: Indeed, Rog. Rivals Daniele De Rossi's face mane.

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    James Tyler: Swedish anthem full of brio and bounce. Lads aren't singing much.

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    Roger Bennett: Mellberg's beard. Footballing quality. Totally world class

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    James Tyler: Very good. Hope we get a 2008 rematch there.

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    [Comment from Andres]
    hello Tyler, bro what do you think about spain's chances against germany

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    James Tyler: COME ON, ENGLAND

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    [Comment from Steven in North Carolina]
    I have my tweed blazer on in hopes it will help the English to victory. I don't like their chances much though, since England doesn't seem too excited about scoring since they are putting Andy Carrol in. I say it will be a 1-1 draw and that Hodgson will be happy about the result at the press conference.

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    James Tyler: Yes.

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    [Comment from Christian]
    Poll question: If England loses 2-1, does James Tyler's sarcasm post-match exceed Leander's?

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    James Tyler: Stand, fellas!

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    Roger Bennett: STAND UP JT

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    James Tyler: Absolutely, Tim. It is like a warm, comforting blanket.

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    [Comment from Tim]
    So are you grateful for the extra fifteen minutes for everyone to vent their pessimism, James?

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    [Comment from dean]
    STATSIE

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    Ravi Ubha: Mama Mia, here we go again, Rog

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Join our England schadenfreude! @rogbennett @r_ubha and me -- http://espn.go.com/sports/soccer/story/_/id/8053605/england-vs-sweden

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    Roger Bennett: Rooneys hair has reportedly reached Katie Couric length (report unconfirmed)

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    Roger Bennett: Tough for me this game JT. ABBA loom so large in my life. But praying for an early England goal so the death is quick and painless.

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    James Tyler: Lustrous and hilarious in equal measure, Jeff.

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    [Comment from Jeff]
    Let's talk about the important stuff please. How does Rooney's hair look on the sideline?

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    Ravi Ubha: More than that, and yes, it certainly can be a factor.

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    James Tyler: Afternoon, Rog! Razor blades at the ready?

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    [Comment from Jeff]
    Swedish fans outnumber English 4:1. Factor?

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    James Tyler: Teams are in the tunnel. Gerrard next to Ibra, not really paying much attention to one another.

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    Roger Bennett: Big game for England. Big game for Umbro.

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    James Tyler: Was a joke, Jesse. I'm clutching at straws.

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    [Comment from ESPNStatsInfo via Twitter]
    With a 2-0 win over Ukraine, France is on a 23 match unbeaten streak, longest active streak in international soccer (16-0-7).

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    [Comment from jesse]
    Downing creative? Come on now

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    James Tyler: Lampard's on holiday, Jeremy! Not in the 23.

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    [Comment from Jeremy]
    No Lampard? I guess he is getting old....

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    James Tyler: For "creativity" England could unleash... Stewart Downing? The Ox? Jermain Defoe will almost certainly feature.

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    Ravi Ubha: Ukraine back to reality with 2-0 loss to France.

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    [Comment from TottBot]
    Gutted for 'Arry. Hoping for AVB.

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    James Tyler: LOOK AT HIM. Look at big Andy Carroll. A lovable lummock.

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    James Tyler: No. I don't think Redknapp gets a nod at any time, honestly.

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    [Comment from Nick]
    Is it now set up for Arry to become England manager after the tournament unless Roy pulls a miracle out of his hat.

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    James Tyler: Missed them completely.

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    [Comment from Jan]
    Hey JT, what did you think of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations a couple weeks ago?

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    [Comment from LFC fan]
    Milner was flat last match. We need someone creative.

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    James Tyler: Milner is just a do-all type. Jack of all trades, master of none. God, the game is still 15 minutes away and my cynicism is at record heights.

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    [Comment from GFOP Will]
    Sorry, I just don't understand Milner's inclusion...especially with the emphasis on crosses into the box and speed

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    James Tyler: I DO NOT WANT TO BE GREECE!

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    Ravi Ubha: Ibra not really up top. Playing behind Elmander.

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    [Comment from PeterG]
    JT, don't worry, 2 draws and a few 1-0 wins will win a tournament. Just ask Greece. Or Italy.

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    James Tyler: Good question. I'd say the Swedes have it better.

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    [Comment from TottBot]
    Better strike duo: Welbeck and Carroll or Ibra and Elmander?

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    James Tyler: England (BOF-BOF-2):
    1-Hart;
    2-Johnson, 6-Terry, 15-Lescott, 3-Cole;
    16-Milner, 4-Gerrard, 17-Parker, 11-Young;
    9-Carroll, 22-Welbeck.

    Sweden:
    1-Isaaksson;
    4-Grandqvist, 3-Mellberg, 13-J Olsson, 5-M Olsson;
    7-Larsson, 8-Svensson, 9-Kallstrom, 6-Elm;
    10-Ibrahimovic, 11-Elmander.

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    James Tyler: LINEUPS: AND THERE ARE 4-4-2s ABOUND

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    Ravi Ubha: The Swedish fans still singing away. Great stuff.

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    Ravi Ubha: Yeah, England needs a win. If they draw, that means they must beat Ukraine to progress. Don't want to be in that position.

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    [Comment from Thomas Hardy]
    Uncle Woy is playing big to start, he will batter those CB's then in the final 15minutes you will see Ox and Defoe and England will run at them with blond afro's to spare.

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    [Comment from Mike]
    Hell no. Need a win

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    James Tyler: No James. Not at all. England needs to win. They need to exit their shells and play footy. Arguably, one can understand the defensive set-up against France -- a much better team -- but if Hodgson sets out for another turgid war of attrition, it's only bad news.

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    [Comment from James]
    With Ukraine as their final opponent, do you think a tie is sufficient for England here?

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    [Comment from TottBot]
    Pick up Ibra's recent autobiography, you'll get the picture.

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    [Comment from Jan]
    Well there's the part where he has just as big of an ego as Bendtner, and no one likes that guy.

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    [Comment from PeterG]
    Ibra is what the English are desparate for... a big, strong, class striker who isn't a complete nut job.

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    James Tyler: Trevin: I don't think there's hate for Zlatan, per se. I think he's just a guy that easily fits into pre-written narratives: good player, crazy player, not good in big games, etc. He's fodder. Don't think the loathing is genuine.

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    Ravi Ubha: First cool night in Ukraine. But at least no rain like in Donetsk.
    A wave of yellow hit me as I walked up the stairs to enter stadium. And they're now in full voice. 20,000 Swedish fans, about 3,000 from England.

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    James Tyler: Hi Ravi!

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    Ravi Ubha: Hi, James, and hi, everyone.

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    [Comment from Trevin]
    Why do English fans/media hate Ibrahimovic with such passion? What did he ever do to England?

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    James Tyler: And Adriano, Calvin. Don't forget him.

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    [Comment from Calvin]
    Pie-and-chips would only be a diet for Carroll and Ronhaldo

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    James Tyler: Incorrect, Brian. Ashley Young's in midfield.

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    [Comment from Brian]
    So instead of a 10-0-1 formation, England's has a 9-0-2 today

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    James Tyler: Don't forget, he has been watching guys with equally shaky reputations redeem themselves all tournament long. Arshavin, Pavyluchenko, TORRES. He must feel like he can do the same today.

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    James Tyler: Carroll's been on a strict pie-and-chips regimen. I expect he is fully revved up for this.

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    [Comment from Alex]
    Finally! Back from lunch in time for pre game chat! How many pints of ale do you reckon Carroll has had before the game to prepare?

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    James Tyler: Indeed, Nick. Thanks for reminding me. (Opens Beer No. 8)

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    [Comment from Nick]
    If this result holds and England loses they are screwed, last in the group with a game to go.

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    James Tyler: Wait... TottBot... does this mean England wins? I'll take it.

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    [Comment from TottBot]
    Carroll with one, Welbeck with two. Ibra with two. You do the math.

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    James Tyler: Let's hope, LFC fan! (High fives)

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    [Comment from LFC fan]
    I'm looking forward to winning some of the long balls today. I think Carrol is a great compliment to our side.

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    James Tyler: France up 2-0; two goals in the second half. Classy finish by Menez cutting in from the right wing and then a simple sidefoot by Yohan Cabaye following good work by Karim Benzema.

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    [Comment from PeterG]
    What's the score in the France game by the way?

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    James Tyler: I feel about as good as one can possibly feel. The big/fast striker combo is a good one. Worked for Croatia. If Carroll can dominate in the air, Welbeck will have room to exploit.

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    [Comment from Tyler]
    How do you feel about the Welbeck/Carroll partnership up top for the three lions?

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    James Tyler: The optimist in me reckons we'll score early -- set piece, of course -- and bag a second midway through the second half.

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    James Tyler: Let's see: England start brightly, fall behind to Ibra goal. Equalize right after half-time and rest of game is pure monotony. 1-1 final score.

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    [Comment from Andres]
    Hey Tyler, How do you see the Sweden v England game going?

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    James Tyler: Think AVB needs more time off. And Spurs shouldn't panic-hire.

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    [Comment from Lord Byron]
    Thoughts on AVB and Tottenham?

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    James Tyler: To the best of my knowledge, he's still crying.

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    [Comment from Nick]
    How Leander handling the Dutch misery so far

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    James Tyler: I would love that, Guest. Though I'd love 3-1 better. England are about as reliable with a one-goal lead as... as... something-not-very-reliable.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    England and Sweden? Im hoping for 2-1 England, we need the three points.

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    James Tyler: Ben Arfa is fantastic. Agreed.

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    [Comment from Jan]
    I'd like to see more Ben Arfa in this tournament. Loved that goal he scored for Newcastle a couple months ago.

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    James Tyler: 21 games played, England 6 wins, Sweden 6 wins, 9 draws. England holds the edge with 30 goals scored to Sweden's 25.

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    James Tyler: Draw does seem historically reasonable. A very different England XI beat Sweden 1-0 last winter in a friendly, but the overall head-to-head is miserable reading for both sides

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    James Tyler: To get to your question, Andrew...

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    James Tyler: Benzema off, Olivier Giroud on for France.

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    [Comment from Andrew]
    what's a likely score for these two teams? i'm thinking somewhere around a 1-1 draw, sound resonable?

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    James Tyler: Marvin Martin's great -- and not just his name. Wonderful, fun midfielder. The French have so many good young mids -- Cabaye, Martin, Menez, Ben Arfa...

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR FRANCE: Jeremy Menez off (lovely goal by him earlier), Marvin Martin on.

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    James Tyler: Yes, soon. Let's enjoy the dying embers of Ukraine/France first...

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    [Comment from Jan]
    Are you gonna tell us the starting XI any time soon?

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    England v. Sweden live chat? Plus bonus Ukr/Fra talk? Oh my. Join @rogbennett @R_ubha and me: http://espn.go.com/sports/soccer/story/_/id/8053605/england-vs-sweden

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    James Tyler: It might jolt him to life, PeterG.

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    [Comment from PeterG]
    Any word on what effect the storm may have on the 100 ft tall Roy Hodgson?

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    James Tyler: I absolutely LOVE Gylfi Sigurdsson. What a man.

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    [Comment from Jan]
    Too bad Sigurdsson doesn't play for either team.

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    James Tyler: Good to hear, Sveinn! I am not excited at all. As an Englishman, I hate watching England play. It is never a fun experience. So expect my misery to soak through on live chat should they fall behind, a la Leander's Dutch despair on Wednesday.

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    [Comment from Sveinn]
    For Icelanders this game pits our island neighbour vs. our cultural neighbour. I think we're all pretty excited for this one.

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    James Tyler: Good one, John! But you should save that pun. I think we might see the Big Pony score today. I correctly predicted Torres' goals yesterday. Have a funny feeling that Andy will rip Olof Mellberg apart.

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    [Comment from John]
    Isn't "The Lightning Storm" Andy Carroll's new nickname? You know because lightning never strikes twice...

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    James Tyler: I'm elated. Honestly, England is so predictable with its tactics that I'm curious to see how much havoc Carroll can wreak. Well, that and we're fighting ponytail with ponytail. Hopefully some of Ibra's longhair magic can transpose to the man from LFC.

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    [Comment from Ben Lee]
    what do you think of Andy's inclusion?

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    James Tyler: Roger Bennett and Ravi Ubha will be joining me. Also, I hope, a Statsie.

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    James Tyler: I'm wondering whether Roy Hodgson will name the lightning storm in his starting XI. Early indications point to no.

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    James Tyler: So do I, guest. SO DO I.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    I just need England to win

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    James Tyler: Been a funny game so far. Plenty of squandered chances, and then the dam burst. Was quite surprised, honestly.

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    [Comment from Ben Lee]
    Hoping the Ukrainians come from behind to record a draw.

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    James Tyler: What does this mean for you? Well, at least fifteen more minutes of live chat. I know you're thrilled by this.

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    James Tyler: Correctamundo. England game pushed back to 3pm ET so this game can reach its conclusion and then we lead in to England.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    So we wont miss any because of the France game?

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    James Tyler: Yes, Jan, though admittedly not too much -- the play-by-play will be minimal as I prepare myself for England's pain.

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    [Comment from Jan]
    So we actually do get a bit of a chat for Ukraine-France.

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    James Tyler: If I were you, I'd bow to Michel Platini for his UEFA magic. Just a little bow. But if Sepp Blatter sees you, stand up immediately. He is far from bow-worthy.

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    James Tyler: KICKOFF HAS BEEN DELAYED FIFTEEN MINUTES SO EVERYONE GETS TO WATCH EVERY MINUTE OF EVERY GAME.

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    James Tyler: Yes, Joe. Cannot stress enough. THE ENGLAND v. SWEDEN GAME WILL BEGIN AT 3PM ET.

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    [Comment from Joe]
    Will the game be on TV right from the start?

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    [Comment from Ben Lee]
    Good Afternoo JT

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    James Tyler: What a day so far. Thunder and lightning in Donestk; will the sparks carry over to England v. Sweden?

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    James Tyler: Good afternoon, one and all!

 
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Goal Shot Video
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  • Shots (on goal)

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  • Sweden

  • 15(7)

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  • 16(6)

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Match Stats

  • Sweden
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15(7) Shots (on goal) 16(6)
14 Fouls 10
3 Corner kicks 3
0 Offsides 0
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3 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
3 Saves 6