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

drew 1-1.

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

game.

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

side here.

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

Isaksson.

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

month.

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.

Subs:

Ukraine: Koval, Kucher, Garmash, Aliev, Shevchuk, Rakitskiy,

Butko, Goryainov.

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

Twitter)

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,

though.

1902: Players are back out and second half is under way. No

substitutions yet.

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

they are.

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

minutes.

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

Donetsk.

1730: It’s Day 4 of Euro 2012. Here are the lineups for France

vs. England.

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.

Subs:

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).