England – Sverige 3-2 15. juni 2012

Welbecks`s England winner ousts Sweden

Sweden 2-3 England
Danny Welbeck’s subtle finish with 12 minutes left gave England victory and ended Sweden’s hopes after another Kyiv night of high drama.


Andy Carroll had given England the half-time lead but just past the hour mark it was already 2-2, Olof Mellberg forcing a Glen Johnson own goal then scoring himself before Theo Walcott’s leveller. It was substitute Walcott who set up Welbeck with 12 minutes left to end Sweden’s hopes with their second Kyiv comeback defeat. England join France on four points, one ahead of Ukraine with whom Roy Hodgson’s side need only draw in Donetsk on Tuesday to make the quarter-finals.

Both teams made changes to their attacking spearheads, Carroll in alongside Welbeck up front for Wayne Rooney-less England with Ashley Young switching to the left and Johan Elmander taking over from Markus Rosenberg as Zlatan Ibrahimović’s foil. England began the brighter and Scott Parker’s drive forced Andreas Isaksson into an early save.

However, Sweden were maintaining possession and Sebastian Larsson tested his one-time Birmingham City FC club-mate Joe Hart. Johnson did superbly when Ibrahimović looked to be through on goal and Hart also denied the Sweden captain.

It was the England captain, though, who made the first goal on 23 minutes. Gerrard sent in a long diagonal cross from the right which Carroll brilliantly headed in from the middle of the box. It took Sweden some time to regroup before Ibrahimović embarked on a solo run only for Hart to stop his deflected shot while at the other end Ashley Young dragged an effort into the side netting.

Sweden were looking for shots from distance, Kim Källström going close, and ended the first half strongly, other than a Welbeck break stopped by a superb Mellberg tackle.

Mellberg made an even more vital intervention four minutes into the second half. An Ibrahimović free-kick was blocked but he leapt to volley the ball to Mellberg, whose effort hit Johnson via Hart’s gloves and crept in despite the right-back’s desperate lunge.

With 18,000 fans behind them – unusually outnumbering England supporters – Sweden sensed a turnaround just like that which did for them in their 2-1 loss here to Ukraine. Just as on that day the next goal did not take long to arrive, Mellberg rising high to head in Larsson’s crossed free-kick.

Ibrahimović so nearly had a third immediately, sprinting clear but was unable to beat Hart. Then an equaliser was only prevented by an instinctive reflex save from Isaksson after a John Terry header. However, from the resulting corner the unsighted Isaksson was beaten by a long-distance effort from Walcott, not long off the bench.

Now both teams were going all out for victory, Källström shooting just over and Hart superbly denying Ibrahimović. It was at the other end, though, where Welbeck cleverly flicked in, his face a picture of sheer joy after his first competitive goal on just the 21-year-old’s seventh appearance. England’s margin might have been even greater had Gerrard not been denied by Isaksson from point-blank range in added time, but it mattered not.

Lineups

Sweden

Sweden

England

England

1
Isaksson Andreas Isaksson (GK)
  1
Hart Joe Hart (GK)
 
3
Mellberg Olof Mellberg
Goal59
Yellow Card63
2
Johnson Glen Johnson
Goal49
4
Granqvist Andreas Granqvist
Substitution66
3
A. Cole Ashley Cole
 
5
M. Olsson Martin Olsson
  4
Gerrard Steven Gerrard (C)
 
6
Elm Rasmus Elm
Substitution81
6
Terry John Terry
 
7
Larsson Sebastian Larsson
  9
Carroll Andy Carroll
Goal23
8
Svensson Anders Svensson
Yellow Card90+1
11
Young Ashley Young
 
9
Källström Kim Källström
  15
Lescott Joleon Lescott
 
10
Ibrahimović Zlatan Ibrahimović (C)
  16
Milner James Milner
Yellow Card58
Substitution61
11
Elmander Johan Elmander
Substitution79
17
Parker Scott Parker
 
13
J. Olsson Jonas Olsson
Yellow Card72
22
Welbeck Danny Welbeck
Goal78
Substitution90

Substitutes

12
Wiland Johan Wiland (GK)
  13
Green Robert Green (GK)
 
23
Hansson Pär Hansson (GK)
  23
Butland Jack Butland (GK)
 
2
Lustig Mikael Lustig
Substitution66
5
Kelly Martin Kelly
 
14
Hysén Tobias Hysén
  7
Walcott Theo Walcott
Substitution61
Goal64
15
Antonsson Mikael Antonsson
  8
Henderson Jordan Henderson
 
16
Wernbloom Pontus Wernbloom
  12
Baines Leighton Baines
 
17
Safari Behrang Safari
  14
Jones Phil Jones
 
18
Holmén Samuel Holmén
  18
Jagielka Phil Jagielka
 
19
Bajrami Emir Bajrami
  19
Downing Stewart Downing
 
20
Toivonen Ola Toivonen
  20
Oxlade-Chamberlain Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Substitution90
21
Wilhelmsson Christian Wilhelmsson
Substitution81
21
Defoe Jermain Defoe
 
22
Rosenberg Markus Rosenberg
Substitution79
     

Coach

  Erik Hamrén (SWE)     Roy Hodgson (ENG)  

Referee

  Damir Skomina (SVN)

Assistant referees

  Primož Arhar (SVN), Matej Žunič (SVN)

Fourth official

  Florian Meyer (GER)

Additional assistant referees

  Matej Jug (SVN), Slavko Vinčić (SVN)

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