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Welbeck's England winner ousts Sweden

Published: Friday 15 June 2012, 22.53CET
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.
by Paul Saffer
from Olympic Stadium

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Match statistics

SwedenEngland

Goals scored2
 
3
Possession (%)48
 
52
Total attempts12
 
15
Attempts on target8
 
9
Attempts off target4
 
6
Attempts blocked3
 
3
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners3
 
3
Offsides0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed14
 
10
Fouls suffered9
 
13

Standings

Last updated: 12/02/2013 17:13 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Friday 15 June 2012, 22.53CET

Welbeck'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.

Sweden are out of UEFA EURO 2012 after Danny Welbeck's late back-heeled winner earned England a dramatic Group D victory.

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.

Last updated: 26/10/12 14.13CET

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Lineups

Sweden

Sweden

England

England

1
IsakssonAndreas Isaksson (GK)
1
HartJoe Hart (GK)
3
MellbergOlof Mellberg
Goal59
Yellow Card63
2
G. JohnsonGlen Johnson
Goal49
4
GranqvistAndreas Granqvist
Substitution66
3
A. ColeAshley Cole
5
M. OlssonMartin Olsson
4
GerrardSteven Gerrard (C)
6
ElmRasmus Elm
Substitution81
6
TerryJohn Terry
7
S. LarssonSebastian Larsson
9
CarrollAndy Carroll
Goal23
8
A. SvenssonAnders Svensson
Yellow Card90+1
11
YoungAshley Young
9
KällströmKim Källström
15
LescottJoleon Lescott
10
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović (C)
16
MilnerJames Milner
Yellow Card58
Substitution61
11
ElmanderJohan Elmander
Substitution79
17
ParkerScott Parker
13
J. OlssonJonas Olsson
Yellow Card72
22
WelbeckDanny Welbeck
Goal78
Substitution90

Substitutes

12
WilandJohan Wiland (GK)
13
GreenRobert Green (GK)
23
HanssonPär Hansson (GK)
23
ButlandJack Butland (GK)
2
LustigMikael Lustig
Substitution66
5
KellyMartin Kelly
14
HysénTobias Hysén
7
WalcottTheo Walcott
Substitution61
Goal64
15
AntonssonMikael Antonsson
8
HendersonJordan Henderson
16
WernbloomPontus Wernbloom
12
BainesLeighton Baines
17
SafariBehrang Safari
14
JonesPhil Jones
18
HolménSamuel Holmén
18
JagielkaPhil Jagielka
19
BajramiEmir Bajrami
19
DowningStewart Downing
20
ToivonenOla Toivonen
20
Oxlade-ChamberlainAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Substitution90
21
WilhelmssonChristian Wilhelmsson
Substitution81
21
DefoeJermain Defoe
22
RosenbergMarkus 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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