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Euro 2012: France v England

Minute-by-minute updates from England's opening game of Euro 2012 against France

  • FINAL SCORE: FRANCE 1-1 ENGLAND
    Lescott scores on the half-hour. Samir Nasri levels from long-range
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    6/11/2012 6:31:10 PM
  • It's a bold and impressive selection from Roy Hodgson in his first competitive match as England manager. Here's the full line-up: Hart, Johnson, Terry, Lescott, Cole, Milner, Gerrard, Parker, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Welbeck, Young.
    6/11/2012 3:55:56 PM
  • France: Lloris, Debuchy, Rami, Mexes, Evra, Nasri, Cabaye, Diarra, Malouda, Ribery, Benzema.
    6/11/2012 3:58:56 PM
  • Anthems robustly sung and we're ready for England to begin their Euro 2012 campaign
    6/11/2012 3:59:48 PM
  • 2 mins: Oxlade-Chamberlain robs Debuchy but can't find the pass. He looks keen
    6/11/2012 4:05:13 PM
  • 5 mins: John Terry has to be alert as Nasri and Benzema look to link-up. Concentration will be huge for the England defenders this evening
    6/11/2012 4:06:29 PM
  • 10 mins: Ribery finds space from Cabaye's through ball but Glen Johnson stands firm to put the ball out for a corner
    6/11/2012 4:11:13 PM
  • 11 mins: A rare nervy moment for England goalkeeper Joe Hart as he fumbles the resulting corner but England manage to clear their lines
    6/11/2012 4:12:12 PM
  • 12 mins: Samir Nasri has the first shot on goal, wide of Hart's right-hand post
    6/11/2012 4:13:49 PM
  • 15 mins: Great chance missed for England as James Milner times his run perfectly to run onto Ashley Young's through ball but hits the side-netting after rounding Hugo Lloris.
    6/11/2012 4:16:36 PM
  • 16 mins: Cabaye tests Hart from 25 yards
    6/11/2012 4:18:04 PM
  • 18 mins: Promising once more from Oxlade-Chamberlain as his quick feet take him past his marker but his pass finds Young flagged just offside
    6/11/2012 4:20:15 PM
  • 24 mins: Some nice little triangles between the French midfield. England remaining watchful
    6/11/2012 4:25:15 PM
  • 10. Starting to look like what we expected. Ribery, Nasri, Benzema neat and dangerous. But Johnson and Terry blocked them off when rqd #eng
  • 30 mins: GOAL FOR ENGLAND!
    6/11/2012 4:30:38 PM
  • Steven Gerrard swings in a free-kick and Joleon Lescott brilliantly holds off Alou Diarra to head England into the lead
    6/11/2012 4:32:09 PM
  • 34 mins: Oxlade-Chamberlain picks up a yellow card for an ill-judged lunge on Debuchy
    6/11/2012 4:35:14 PM
  • 35 mins: Fantastic reactions from Joe Hart to deny a powerful Diarra header
    6/11/2012 4:36:50 PM
  • "@Footy_Jokes: Joleon Lescott has now scored more goals at Euro 2012 than Cristiano Ronaldo, Fernando Torres and Robin van Persie combined."
  • 39 mins: GOAL FOR FRANCE
    6/11/2012 4:40:07 PM
  • England are slow to close down Samir Nasri and the Manchester City man makes them pay with a low strike which evades the stretching Joe Hart. Roy Hodgson will be disappointed his side have conceded so soon after taking the lead
    6/11/2012 4:41:36 PM
  • 42 mins: This is danger time for England. They need to get into half-time and regroup
    6/11/2012 4:43:17 PM
  • 45 mins: Hart has to be on his toes again to deny Benzema. France cutting through more regularly now
    6/11/2012 4:46:26 PM
  • HT: FRANCE 1-1 ENGLAND
    6/11/2012 4:47:43 PM
  • A largely positive opening half for England but they'll be glad to hear the half-whistle as the French were beginning to step things up.
    6/11/2012 4:50:55 PM
  • HT 1-1 #eng bang in this but they dropped too deep after taking the lead. #fra getting better. Half time come at the right time for Hodgson.
  • 49 mins: France continue to probe the English defence at the start of the second half. England will need to keep the ball a little better than they did towards the end of the first period
    6/11/2012 5:07:27 PM
  • 50 mins: 'Tactical' foul from Nasri on Oxlade-Chamberlain but no booking
    6/11/2012 5:08:38 PM
  • 53 mins: Steven Gerrard is felled on the edge of the area but receives no sympathy from the referee as England attempt to press
    6/11/2012 5:10:25 PM
  • 58 mins: Referee isn't interested in any England appeals currently. Glen Johnson raids down the right and is brought down by Ribery. Nothing doing as the Liverpool man is told to get up
    6/11/2012 5:15:58 PM
  • France look comfortable here and it may be time for Roy Hodgson to think about making a change
    6/11/2012 5:18:24 PM
  • 65 mins: Good link-up again between Nasri and Benzema before the latter forces Hart into a sharp save low down
    6/11/2012 5:22:12 PM
  • England goalkeeping coach Ray Clemence is pictured being carried off after injuring his achilles in the warm-up

    6/11/2012 5:23:27 PM
  • Welbeck will score the two remaining goals. By raushan benjamin coolcats 357
    6/11/2012 5:24:53 PM
  • 70 mins: England are not doing enough when they do get possession. This time Scott Parker performs a characteristic block to prevent Florent Malouda's shot getting through
    6/11/2012 5:27:08 PM
  • 71 mins: Ashley Young picks up England's second booking of the night. Up until now, their discipline has been good
    6/11/2012 5:28:46 PM
  • Hodgson preparing to bring Jermain Defoe and Jordan Henderson on
    6/11/2012 5:29:27 PM
  • 75 mins: Danny Welbeck makes a break but the attack peters out
    6/11/2012 5:32:57 PM
  • 77 mins: Defoe comes on to replace Oxlade-Chamberlain. Hopefully this will give England fresh impetus in the final third
    6/11/2012 5:34:46 PM
  • 77 mins: Henderson comes on for Parker, who has run himself into the ground for the cause tonight
    6/11/2012 5:35:17 PM
  • 79 mins: Franck Ribery seems to be spending a lot of time writhing around in agony. France win another free-kick
    6/11/2012 5:36:53 PM
  • 81 mins: Nervy times for England. Cabaye fires in another long-range effort that is deflected behind by Welbeck
    6/11/2012 5:38:46 PM
  • France is going to loose, Mario B is going to score
    6/11/2012 5:39:18 PM
  • 84 mins: Yohan Cabaye is replaced by his Newcastle team-mate Hatem Ben Arfa while Marvin Martin comes on for Florent Malouda
    6/11/2012 5:41:50 PM
  • Mario B ain't even playing!
    6/11/2012 5:42:01 PM
  • 86 mins: Gerrard heads over a curler from Benzema as France press again
    6/11/2012 5:42:59 PM
  • *lose, and let's hope so
    6/11/2012 5:43:11 PM
  • I have terrible news. Mario B doesn't play for either team.
    6/11/2012 5:43:23 PM
  • Englands gonna win
    6/11/2012 5:43:52 PM
  • gerrald gonna score in the last mins
    6/11/2012 5:44:05 PM
  • 88 mins: Roy Hodgson prepares to make his final substitution as Theo Walcott waits on the touchline
    6/11/2012 5:45:34 PM
  • Everyone, stop mentioning Mario B. Please.
    6/11/2012 5:45:52 PM
  • 89 mins: England counter and a good ball from James Milner is put behind by the scrambling French defence
    6/11/2012 5:46:26 PM
  • Go Go Go...!!!
    6/11/2012 5:46:55 PM
  • Let's hope the ref doesn't dirty his France strip....
    6/11/2012 5:47:22 PM
  • Stoppage time: Walcott on for Welbeck
    6/11/2012 5:47:57 PM
  • England fans in full voice with the national anthem being belted out. Still work to be done though
    6/11/2012 5:49:02 PM
  • 93 mins: Hart deals well with Benzema's firmly struck drive
    6/11/2012 5:51:01 PM
  • FULL-TIME: FRANCE 1-1 ENGLAND
    6/11/2012 5:51:20 PM
  • Roy Hodgson will be satisfied with that start by his England side. Nice and organised - the hallmark of the two warm-up matches under his reign
    6/11/2012 5:54:32 PM
  • Captain Steven Gerrard: "I thought we caused them as many problems as they caused us."
    6/11/2012 5:56:35 PM
  • England boss Roy Hodgson on Oxlade-Chamberlain: "He was quite dangerous. He's got to be happy with his performance."
    6/11/2012 6:04:23 PM
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