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Papin strikes as France deny hosts Sweden

Published: Sunday 5 October 2003, 15.19CET
Sweden 1-1 France
Jean-Pierre Papin silenced the hosts on opening night as Sweden failed to build on Jan Eriksson's opener.
Papin strikes as France deny hosts Sweden
Jean-Pierre Papin earned France a draw ©Getty Images

Match statistics

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Goals scored1
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Sunday 5 October 2003, 15.19CET

Papin strikes as France deny hosts Sweden

Sweden 1-1 France
Jean-Pierre Papin silenced the hosts on opening night as Sweden failed to build on Jan Eriksson's opener.

Tommy Svensson's Sweden had the honour of scoring the first goal of EURO '92, but Jean-Pierre Papin struck to deny the hosts an opening-night victory in Group A.

Eriksson arrived late to get a head to Anders Limpar's corner from the left after 24 minutes, and Sweden thoroughly deserved their lead, with Jonas Thern in commanding form in midfield. However, Les Bleus' coach Michel Platini changed things round at the interval, bringing on Christian Perez. The tiny midfielder duly laid on the equaliser on 58 minutes, with Papin chasing down his through ball and firing past Thomas Ravelli in the Sweden goal.

France did it the hard way, though, looking a pale comparison of the side who had won all of their qualifiers to reach the finals. Even with parity restored they were almost hit again as Klas Ingesson, Sweden's midfield workhorse, managed to hit a post with France unable to entirely stifle the hosts in front of a lively Råsunda Stadium crowd.

Both sides seemed happy enough with the draw, and a good result against France did much to fire local enthusiasm for the Sweden team. With England and Denmark drawing 0-0 in the other Group A opener the following day, the stage was set for a nail-biting section.

Last updated: 24/01/12 14.46CET

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Lineups

Sweden

Sweden

France

France

1
RavelliThomas Ravelli (GK)
1
MartiniBruno Martini (GK)
2
NilssonRoland Nilsson
2
AmorosManuel Amoros (C)
3
ErikssonJan Eriksson
Goal24
5
BlancLaurent Blanc
4
Patrik AnderssonPatrik Andersson
6
CasoniBernard Casoni
5
BjörklundJoachim Björklund
7
DeschampsDidier Deschamps
6
SchwarzStefan Schwarz
Yellow Card39
8
SauzéeFranck Sauzée
7
IngessonKlas Ingesson
9
PapinJean-Pierre Papin
Goal58
9
ThernJonas Magnus Thern (C)
Yellow Card87
13
BoliBasile Boli
10
LimparAnders Limpar
16
VahiruaPascal Vahirua
Substitution46
11
BrolinTomas Brolin
18
CantonaEric Cantona
Yellow Card53
16
AnderssonKennet Andersson
Substitution74
20
AnglomaJocelyn Angloma
Yellow Card35
Substitution66

Substitutes

8
RehnStefan Rehn
3
SilvestreFranck Silvestre
12
ErikssonLars Eriksson (GK)
4
PetitEmmanuel Petit
13
NilssonMikael Nilsson
10
FernándezLuis Fernández
Substitution66
14
ErlingmarkMagnus Erlingmark
11
PerezChristian Perez
Substitution46
15
JanssonJan Jansson
12
CocardChristophe Cocard
17
DahlinMartin Dahlin
Substitution74
14
DurandJean-Philippe Durand
18
LjungRoger Ljung
15
DivertFabrice Divert
19
NilssonJoakim Nilsson
17
GardeRemi Garde
20
EkströmJohnny Ekström
19
RoussetGilles Rousset (GK)

Coach

Tommy Svensson (SWE) Michel Platini (FRA)

Referee

Aleksei Spirin (RUS)

Assistant referees

Victor Filippov (RUS), Andrei Butenko (RUS)

Fourth official

Vadim Zhuk (BLR)

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