EURO 2012 LIVE: Ukraine vs. Sweden
Co-host Ukraine takes on Sweden in Kiev in the second Group D
match at the European Championship. Earlier, France and England
Here is a running account of Monday’s action. All times are
local to Poland.
2148: Second half is under way and there’s been no
substitutions. This match is finely poised.
2132: HALFTIME: UKRAINE 0, SWEDEN 0.
2127: Should have scored there, Zlatan. A lovely cross is
floated across by Sebastian Larsson, finding the Sweden captain
unmarked, but his header bounces agonizingly against the post, with
Pyatov beaten. Ibra looks on ruefully – he knows he might not have
a better chance. Halftime is approaching. This has been a lively
2121: Rosenberg tests Pyatov in the Ukraine goal with a vicious
swerving low shot but it is well saved. At the other end, Andriy
Voronin almost sends Isaksson into the back of his own net with a
fierce drive that is fisted away by the goalkeeper. As with the
France-England game, a draw wouldn’t be the worst result for either
2116: (at)mattekaren Sheva would have scored that 10 years ago.
Maybe even five. (via Twitter)
We’re past the 30-minute mark and it’s still 0-0.
2108: Ibrahimovic is Sweden’s danger man. And Ukraine knows it.
Whenever he gets the ball, there are two or three defenders around
him. Shevchenko just flashes wide a good chance for Ukraine. The
angle was acute, to be fair, but he could have tested Andreas
2101: The co-hosts are enjoying plenty of early possession and
the fans are vociferously backing their side but there hasn’t been
too much for them to shout about after Yarmolenko’s early effort.
Sweden’s Kim Kallstrom shown a yellow card after sliding in on Oleh
Gusev and catching only his foot.
2055: An early touch for veteran striker Andriy Shevchenko – he
of AC Milan and Chelsea fame – brings a roar from the home fans, as
does the first shot of the night from Andriy Yarmolenko for
Ukraine. Still 0-0.
2051: (at)mattekaren Ibra’s lips didn’t move during national
anthem (although the lyrics were flashing karaoke-style on the
video board). Looked determined. (via Twitter)
Not much is expected of Ukraine this tournament but playing all
three group games gives them a chance to reach the knockout stage.
No real openings yet.
2045: We’ve just kicked off at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev,
which is where the final will be played on July 1. It holds 65,720
spectators and was completly rebuilt for the European Championship.
It’s a raucous sea of yellow and blue tonight.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is Sweden’s star player and coach Erik Hamren
has built his team around the AC Milan forward, who is playing in a
withdrawn role nowadays for his country. Markus Rosenberg is up
front in place of Johan Elmander, who has been injured for the past
2038: Here are the lineups for Ukraine vs. Sweden:
Ukraine: Pyatov, Gusev, Mykhalyk, Khacheridi, Selin, Yarmolenko,
Tymoschuk, Konoplianka, Nazarenko, Voronin, Shevchenko.
Sweden: Isaksson, Lustig, Mellberg, Granqvist, Martin Olsson,
Elm, Kallstrom, Larsson, Ibrahimovic, Toivonen, Rosenberg.
Ukraine: Koval, Kucher, Garmash, Aliev, Shevchuk, Rakitskiy,
Sweden: Wiland, Svensson, Jonas Olsson, Antonsson, Wernbloom,
Safari, Holmen, Hansson.
1955: So, France’s unbeaten record is extended to 22 games but
Blanc will feel his team could have snatched a win in Donetsk after
having 60 percent possession. England will be the happier with the
point after defending for large periods and scoring with its only
attempt on target. It keeps them unbeaten under Roy Hodgson.
1948: FULL TIME: FRANCE 1, ENGLAND 1
1946: Milner delivers a low ball into the near post for Danny
Welbeck but Phillipe Mexes gets their first and pokes it out for a
corner, which France clear. That is as close as England have come
to scoring this half. We’re into stoppage time.
1943: France makes some substitutions, too. Hatem Ben Arfa on
for Yohan Cabaye and Marvin Martin replaces Florent Malouda. Five
minutes left and the French doing all the attacking.
1938: Welbeck deflects Cabaye’s volley just wide of Hart’s post.
That was as close as we’ve come for a while. 10 minutes left.
1933: (at)mattekaren England’s wingers largely uneffective so
far. Walcott much be chomping at the bit on the bench. (via
It’s not Walcott coming on, though. It’s Jordan Henderson and
Jermain Defoe for Parker and Oxlade-Chamberlain.
1926: Still France 1, England 1. Twenty minutes left.
1920: Not much happening out there, to be honest. Although
Benzema has just smashed a low shot from 25 yards at Hart.
Comfortable save. Given the heat, maybe time for some subs.
1913: (at)RobHarris Partial reason for quietness in stadium is
the England supporters’ band not being allowed in after coming here
by road from England. (via Twitter)
Still no clear-cut opportunities in the second half.
1908: France dominating possession at the start of the second
half but struggling to break England down once it gets into the
final third of the pitch. Whenever England players get the ball,
they don’t look comfortable in possession. No chances yet,
1902: Players are back out and second half is under way. No
1853: The French have just about had the better of proceedings
in the first half at the Donbass Arena but stubborn defending from
England has reduced them to mainly shooting from outside the
penalty area. England dropped deeper and deeper after taking the
lead. May be a theme in the second half if things continue the way
1846: HALF TIME: FRANCE 1, ENGLAND 1
1842: Joe Hart makes a superb reflex save from Alou Diarra’s
header but he is beaten moments later – and maybe could have done
better. Franck Ribery plays the ball to Samir Nasri, who knocks the
ball onto his right foot before letting fly with a shot identical
to the one that was inches wide of goal earlier in the half, except
this time it sneaks inside Hart’s near post. That’s two scorers
from English champion Manchester City.
1838: FRANCE 1, ENGLAND 1 (Nasri)
1832: Steven Gerrard whips a free kick into the area and Joleon
Lescott is first to reach the ball, directing his header into the
back of the net from close range to give England the lead after 30
1829: FRANCE 0, ENGLAND 1 (Lescott)
1823: Welbeck is down holding his ankle and looks in pain. He
goes up for a header with Adil Rami, who accidentally lands on the
England player’s left ankle. That looked painful. Welbeck had an
injury to his ankle in the run-up to the tournament but will be OK
to play on, it seems.
1818: James Milner misses a great chance to give England the
lead. Young plays him through one-on-one with Lloris and he rounds
him with his first touch but takes the ball a fraction too far
wide. He has an open goal to aim at, but hits the side-netting from
an acute angle. He slams his fist on the ground in frustration.
Best chance of the game so far.
1814: France has started the stronger. Terry intervenes to keep
Benzema at bay before Nasri shoots just wide minutes later. England
goalkeeper Joe Hart also fails to hold a relatively routine catch
from a corner. Early nerves?
1810: jeromepugmire: Bizarre: Loudest chants at the stadium are
for Russia. (via Twitter)
1805: There are a few empty seats in the stadium.
Oxlade-Chamberlain makes an early break but his pass into the area
is blocked. The 18-year-old is making only his third appearance for
England and his first start at international level.
1800: After a 10-to-1 countdown by the stadium announcer,
England kicks off…
1758: Players out and singing the national anthems (apart from
Ribery and Benzema for the French).
1753: RobHarris: Hodgson on (at)Alex-OxChambo: ”He gives a
balance to our team which is very useful.” but alternatives ”if
he tires or things don’t work out” (via Twitter)
1748: Some stats for you. France has won 15 and drawn six of its
last 21 games. England is beginning to forge a reputation as the
king of the 1-0 win. Five of its last seven results have finished
that way. Hodgson likes to keep it tight in defense.
1741: Nineteen minutes until kickoff at the Donbass Arena. The
players head back down the tunnel and into the dressing rooms as
Roy Hodgson and Laurent Blanc prepare to give a few final words of
wisdom to their players.
1736: Remember, no Wayne Rooney for England. He’s suspended for
two matches. Rooney’s sat in the dugout, chewing gum and looking on
enviously as the teams warm up. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a
surprise starter for England in midfield. As for France, Alou
Diarra starts in central midfield in place of Yann M’Vila, who is
only on the bench after an ankle injury. It’s hot, hot, hot in
1730: It’s Day 4 of Euro 2012. Here are the lineups for France
France: Lloris, Debuchy, Rami, Mexes, Evra, Diarra, Cabaye,
Ribery, Nasri, Malouda, Benzema.
England: Hart, Johnson, Terry, Lescott, Cole, Parker, Milner,
Gerrard, Young, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Welbeck.
France: Mandanda, Giroud, Matuidi, Reveillere, Menez, M’Vila,
Martin, Ben Arfa, Valbuena, Clichy, Koscielny, Carrasso.
England: Green, Walcott, Henderson, Carroll, Baines, Jones,
Jagielka, Downing, Defoe, Butland.
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy).