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Euro 2012: Sweden v England

Minute-by-minute updates from England's Group D match against Sweden

  • Welcome to tonight’s crucial Group D clash between Sweden and England, here are both sets of teams:

    England: Hart, Johnson, Terry, Lescott, Cole, Milner, Gerrard, Parker, Young, Carroll, Welbeck.

    Sweden: Isaaksson, Grandqvist, Mellberg, Jonas Olsson, Martin Olsson, Larsson, Svensson, Kallstrom, Elm, Ibrahimovic Elmander.

    Roy Hodgson has opted to bring in Andy Carroll for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with Ashley Young moving out onto the wing, as England search for their first competitive win against Sweden.

    Sweden make three changes from their first game with Jonas Olsson, Anders Svensson and Johan Elmander replacing Mikael Lustig, Ola Toivonen and Markus Rosenberg. They are currently on a run of three consecutive European Championship defeats, which is their worst spell in tournament history.

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has scored in each of Sweden's last four matches, has shaken off any injury concerns and will undeniably pose the greatest threat to England’s defence.

    Kick-off delayed until 8pm due to rain delay in Ukraine v France game
    6/15/2012 6:33:00 PM
  • RT @OptaJoe: 2 - Sweden have won just two of their last 12 games at European Championship finals. Struggle.
  • The teams are led out by Steven Gerrard and Zlatan Ibrahimovic and it's time for the national anthems.
    6/15/2012 6:56:29 PM
  • The players shake hands and we're almost ready for kick-off. England in their dark blue away kit and Sweden in their traditional yellow.
    6/15/2012 6:59:26 PM
  • 1 min: Sweden kick off and after a very scrappy opening few seconds England have the ball. However they are unable to keep it for long, Andy Carroll giving away a free-kick in the Swedish half.
    6/15/2012 7:02:51 PM
  • 4 min: England struggling to get the ball out of their own half at the moment with passes not quite finding the right players.
    6/15/2012 7:05:46 PM
  • 5 min: Gerrard starts a promising looking move for England who build pressure around the Swedish area but they are hounded back to the halfway line by Sweden's players.
    6/15/2012 7:08:12 PM
  • 6 min: Andreas Isaksson makes an excellent save to deny Scott Parker's effort from outside the area.
    6/15/2012 7:08:58 PM
  • 8 min: Ashely Cole loses the ball and Sweden counter-attack but the Chelsea defender recovers to prevent Ibrahimovic's long ball into the box from being a danger.
    6/15/2012 7:10:59 PM
  • 9 min: Olof Mellberg fouls Andy Carroll after the striker turned him cleverly but England are unable to do anything from the resulting free-kick.
    6/15/2012 7:12:20 PM
  • 11 min: Seb Larsson takes a long-range shot but it is straight at Hart and England's No.1 deals with it easily.
    6/15/2012 7:13:17 PM
  • 13 min: Sweden get themselves onto the ball and build patiently, winning a throw-in near the corner flag on the left hand side of the pitch.
    6/15/2012 7:15:30 PM
  • 14 min: England come close, Carroll finding Milner out on the right hand side who delivers a fantastic ball into the box for Welbeck who heads it narrowly wide.
    6/15/2012 7:17:06 PM
  • 16 min: Sweden threaten the England defense with a clever ball from Ibrahimovic but Glen Johnson scampers back to avert the danger.
    6/15/2012 7:18:55 PM
  • 17 min: Parker loses the ball dangerously in midfield to Ibrahimovic and the counter-attack looks to be on for Sweden but a poor pass from Zlatan is easily intercepted.
    6/15/2012 7:19:57 PM
  • 19 min: Sweden push forward again and Ibrahimovic takes a hopeful long-range shot which is saved easily by Hart low to his right.
    6/15/2012 7:21:17 PM
  • 20 min: Ibrahimovic and Terry come up against each other for the first time on the night and it is the Swede who wins the duel, shrugging off the attention of England's centre-back.
    6/15/2012 7:23:15 PM
  • #Terry showing the whole of #Europe just how slow he really is - #England #Euro2012 #BBCfootball #Football
  • 22 min: GOAL. Andy Carroll. England once again attack down the right and Steven Gerrard whips a fantastic ball into the box for Carroll who rises high above the Swedish defenders to head the ball into the corner of the net.
    6/15/2012 7:25:21 PM
  • #AndyCarroll you beeeeaauuuutttyy!!!! #Sweden 0 - #Eng 1 #Euro2012
  • 26 min: The game has become a bit scrappy after that goal with things looking very congested in midfield.
    6/15/2012 7:28:15 PM
  • 27 min: England once again having success down the right with Johnson and Milner linking up well but Sweden manage to clear the ball.
    6/15/2012 7:29:19 PM
  • 28 min: Sweden having a bit more of the ball now but struggling to get the ball forward against a disciplined England midfield.
    6/15/2012 7:30:54 PM
  • 30 min: England win a free-kick just inside the Swedish half, Anders Svensson fouling Ashely Young.
    6/15/2012 7:33:27 PM
  • 32 min: England give the ball away and Sweden break through Mellberg who feeds Ibrahimovic, however the striker's long-range effort is deflected and easily saved by Hart.
    6/15/2012 7:34:24 PM
  • 33 min: England threaten again through Steven Gerrard who shows some quick feet on the edge of the area before passing to Ashley Young, but he can't collect the return ball.
    6/15/2012 7:36:12 PM
  • 35 min: England look dangerous, Scott Parker finding Ashely Cole who plays a lovely first time ball through to Young but the Manchester United player drags his shot wide.
    6/15/2012 7:37:56 PM
  • 36 min: Kim Källström smashes a long range effort at the England goal but it is not on target and Hart watches it safely over the bar.
    6/15/2012 7:39:28 PM
  • 38 min: Sweden threaten the England goal with clever play from Ibrahimovic down the left who links up well with Källström but can't collect the return ball.
    6/15/2012 7:41:16 PM
  • 40 min: Johan Elmander is almost through on goal after a clever flick on but Joe Hart rushes off his line to sweep up the ball and snuff out the danger.
    6/15/2012 7:43:22 PM
  • 42 min: Ibrahimovic is everywhere for Sweden, this time probing down the right and effortlessly shrugging off Lescott. However Sweden overcomplicate things and England clear.
    6/15/2012 7:45:15 PM
  • 43 min: England counter-attack dangerously through Welbeck but the striker is tackled on the edge of the Swedish box.
    6/15/2012 7:45:48 PM
  • 44 min: Young wins a corner for England
    6/15/2012 7:46:05 PM
  • 45 min: Sweden deal with the corner easily and counter through Larsson but possession is wasted by Granqvist.
    6/15/2012 7:47:25 PM
  • HT: Joe Hart sweeps up a potentially dangerous ball into the England box and the half-time whistle goes.
    6/15/2012 7:48:05 PM
  • England go into half-time with a one-goal lead thanks to Andy Carroll's 23rd minute header. The Liverpool striker leapt well to put Steven Gerrard's fantastic cross past the helpless Andreas Isaksson.
    6/15/2012 7:54:05 PM
  • Not the best of first halves...scrappy play, but #England doing what is needed. Hope for a more clinical approach in the 2nd half #euro2012
  • Sometimes playing a a shire horse up front pays off. Sublime goal.
  • The teams are back out, neither side has made any changes.
    6/15/2012 8:03:31 PM
  • 46 min: Sweden start the half with a spell of possession, but twice they are let down by their final ball into the box and England force them back into their own half.
    6/15/2012 8:05:39 PM
  • 47 min: Sweden maintain the pressure and Andy Carroll gives away a free-kick outside the area and receives a talking to from the referee. Ibrahimovic to take.
    6/15/2012 8:07:21 PM
  • 48 min: GOAL. Mellberg. Ibrahimovic hits his free-kick straight at the wall but the ball rebounds to him and the ball finds it's way to Mellberg who's shot just about makes it over the line.
    6/15/2012 8:08:48 PM
  • This calls for @Alex_OxChambo !!!!!! #theox #Euro2012 need more pace !
  • 52 min: England look to restore their lead and Carroll does well to chase down a poor ball from Gerrard and force a throw in.
    6/15/2012 8:12:26 PM
  • There's nothing quite like watching England defend a lead in a tournament.
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