Sweden can’t progress in Euro 2012 due to two losses, but could spoil the fun for France by beating them or holding them to a draw. The two teams meet at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev on June 19th in their Group D finale. France sits in first place right now with four points and is ahead of England on goal difference.
The French drew with England 1-1 in their first match and then pulled off a 2-0 win over Ukraine in their second. Sweden lost 2-1 to co-host Ukraine and were then beaten 3-2 by England. The best Sweden can do now is earn three points, but it won’t be enough. France will guarantee themselves a spot in the next round with a win or a draw.
However, if they lose and England loses against Ukraine, then Ukraine would top the group with six points while England and France would have four each. Since England and France drew 1-1 in their head to head match, it would come down to goal difference and right now France is ahead by one. Every goal in this game could be crucial. If France loses and Ukraine draws, they’ll each have four points, but France will advance due to the head to head win over Ukraine.
France looked quite impressive in their 2-0 win with Karim Benzema playing a fine match. He was probably the best player on the pitch even though the striker didn’t manage to score, but he did set up both goals. France might have scored a couple of more goals if it wasn’t for Ukrainian keeper Andriy Pyatov. They played well enough defensively, though Ukraine did create a few decent scoring chances.
It was the first Euro game France has ever won without one of Zinedine Zidane or Michel Platini in the squad and their first win in the last nine games at a major tournament. Jeremy Menez put France ahead in the 53rd minute and just three minutes had ticked by when Yohan Cabaye scored their second goal.
Sweden blew a one-goal lead for the second straight game when Danny Welbeck put the ball in the net for England’s winner in the 78th minute. Andy Carroll had given the English a 23rd minute lead on a powerful header from 15 yards out, but Glen Johnson scored an own goal in the 49th to allow Sweden back in the game.
Olof Mellberg put Sweden in front in the 59th minute, but couldn’t hold onto the lead as Theo Walcott levelled the score just five minutes later. Walcott then set up Welbeck for the winner. Sweden played well enough to earn a draw or even a win, but just couldn’t pull it off. They’ll be playing for pride only against France and could cause them some trouble.
Look for both teams to score at least once in this match and it could very well end up in a draw.
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