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Euro 2012 Predictions and Preview: Sweden vs England

Group Elimination D: Friday, 15 June 2012 - Kiev - Olympic Stadium

The Swedes meets the “Three Lions” on June 15 at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev.


FIFA world ranked number 6, England looks to win this time after struggling against France on June 11. A victory is needed or else it will be an uphill battle for the “Three Lions”. A win will put them in a more position. England exhibited an excellent defensive play against France and discipline was present thanks to Roy Hodgson.

What England showed with their defence, they failed to do the same with their offensive side during the game against France. Plus, the absence of Wayne Rooney due to a suspension does not help the English either. James Milner also needs to step it up against the desperate Swedes for every small effort from each player will go a long way for a team that had issues with losing players in the recent past.


Sweden was given a devastating blow to their climb up the qualification ladder after an upset of a 2-1 victory by Ukraine on June 11. There’s still hope for the team and it comes in the form of players ZlatanIbrhimovic, Christian Wilhelmsson, and striker Johan Elmander. Another factor to consider is the presence of club scouts from the U.K., plenty of them, so one can expect the Swedes to really put in much effort to impress the possible suitors.

The Swedes come in at number 17 in the world FIFA ranking. A pretty gap from England at who are at number 6. Also, their loss to Euro first timers Ukraine showed a lot. Sweden really needs to win this upcoming match and anything other than a victory can be considered game over for Sweden.

Predictions: England wins 1-0

All the English need to do is cast away their skirts and start attacking. If this is accomplished, it will be the end for the Swedes. Defence is already a strong point as long as they play with the same formation. According to fans of TheOnlineSportsWorld, Sweden is a no go.

Euro 2012 Highlights: Sweden Takes Early Exit Losing to England

England was able to come from behind and knock out Sweden 3-2 in the Euro Cup 2012 Friday.

Striker Danny Welbeck scored the go ahead on a the game winner for England in the 78th minute after the introduction of substitute Theo Walcott swung a see-sawing Group D battle back in his side's favor.

England got off to a dream start when recalled striker Andy Carroll headed it into a 23rd-minute lead.

But an own-goal from Glen Johnson on 49 minutes followed by a header from Olof Mellberg in the 59th minute threatened to set up a disastrous night for Roy Hodgson's side.

However, the substitution of James Milner for Walcott changed the game. The Arsenal winger lashed in a 64th-minute equaliser to make it 2-2 and then provided the run and pass which set up Welbeck's winner.

"It's always nice to come off the bench and show what you can do," Walcott said.

"We felt from first game (1-1 draw with France) we wanted to pick things up and to get three goals is terrific."

Welbeck was delighted more for the team than himself.

"It was a typical game of two-halves but we always had the belief. There's a great spirit about this squad."

England's first ever competitive victory over the Swedes means it will qualify for the quarter-finals with only a point in its final group game against co-hosts Ukraine in Donetsk next Tuesday.

However, Hodgson will want to see a marked improvement from his side if it is to secure the draw it needs after a performance littered with errors and shaky defending.

EURO 2012: Sweden vs England Timeline

  • 90+4' - The match has come to a close in Kiev. The final score is 2-3.
  • 90+3' - Sweden's Jonas Olsson attacks the ball with his head but his effort fails to hit the target.
  • 90+1' - Steven Gerrard gets his shot on target but fails to score for England.
  • 90+1' - Sweden's Anders Svensson has been booked in Kiev.
  • 90' - England are coming forward and Steven Gerrard gets in a strike, it misses the target, however.
  • 90' - Damir Skomina will wait an extra 4 minutes before blowing the whistle to end the Second half.
  • 90' - Roy Hodgson (England) is making a Second substitution, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replacing Danny Welbeck.
  • 88' - Damir Skomina has awarded Sweden a corner. Kim Kallstrom takes the kick from the Right .
  • 82' - England's Scott Parker misses with an attempt on goal.
  • 81' - Christian Wilhelmsson is replacing Rasmus Elm for Sweden at Olimpiysky National Sports Complex.
  • 79' - Sweden make their Second substitution with Markus Rosenberg replacing Johan Elmander.
  • 78' - Danny Welbeck scores to make it 2-3 at Olimpiysky National Sports Complex.
  • 78' - Great play from Theo Walcott to set up the goal.
  • 77' - Sweden have been awarded a corner by Damir Skomina. Sebastian Larsson steps up to take it.
  • 76' - Sweden push forward through Zlatan Ibrahimovic, whose finish on goal is saved.
  • 75' - Kim Kallstrom of Sweden gets in a strike, but is off target.
  • 74' - England are pushing forward but Ashley Young's finish is wide of the goal.
  • 72' - Jonas Olsson (Sweden) has received a yellow card from Damir Skomina.
  • 71' - At Olimpiysky National Sports Complex Kim Kallstrom (Sweden) takes a corner from the Right.
  • 70' - England are coming forward and Andy Carroll gets in a strike, it misses the target, however.
  • 68' - Sweden drive upfield and Kim Kallstrom gets in a shot. The strike is blocked by a England defender.
  • 66' - Andreas Granqvist, who was grimacing earlier, has been substituted. Mikael Lustig is the substitute for Sweden.
  • 65' - Andreas Granqvist is back on his feet again.
  • 64' - Goal! England go level at 2-2 through Theo Walcott in Kiev.
  • 64' - Damir Skomina has awarded England a corner. Ashley Young takes the kick from the Left .
  • 63' - John Terry (England) gets in a header on goal but the attempt is cleared.
  • 63' - Sweden's Olof Mellberg has been booked in Kiev.
  • 62' - Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic is on target but unsuccessful.
  • 62' - In Kiev, Glen Johnson of England is presented with a shooting opportunity. But the strike is blocked by the covering defence.
  • 62' - Play has been resumed.
  • 61' - Corner awarded to England.
  • 61' - Theo Walcott is on a sub for James Milner for England.
  • 61' - The match at Olimpiysky National Sports Complex has been interrupted briefly for a check on Andreas Granqvist, who is down injured.
  • 59' - Sebastian Larsson instrumental with a fine assist.
  • 59' - Sweden's Olof Mellberg scores with his head to give his side a 2-1 lead.
  • 58' - James Milner for England has been booked by Damir Skomina and receives a first yellow card.
  • 53' - England push forward at Olimpiysky National Sports Complex and Steven Gerrard gets in a strike. This is blocked, however, by a determined Sweden defence.
  • 49' - It's now 1-1 thanks to an own goal from Glen Johnson.
  • 49' - Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden) gets in a strike but the shot is blocked by a defender.
  • 46' - The second-half is now underway.
  • 45+1' - The whistle has gone to end the first-half.
  • 45' - In Kiev Steven Gerrard for England takes a corner from the Right-hand flag.
  • 44' - Important block from the Sweden defence as Danny Welbeck fires in a strike for England.
  • 37' - In Kiev Sweden attack through Kim Kallstrom. The finish is off target, however.
  • 36' - England's Ashley Young gets his shot away but it misses the target.
  • 33' - Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Sweden drives towards goal at Olimpiysky National Sports Complex. But the finish is unsuccessful.
  • 26' - Sweden's Martin Olsson gets in a shot but it is blocked by a England defender.
  • 23' - Goal! A Andy Carroll header gives England a 0-1 lead in Kiev.
  • 23' - That's a fine assist from Steven Gerrard.
  • 20' - Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Sweden smashes in a shot on target. The keeper saves, though.
  • 15' - Danny Welbeck's header is off-target for England.
  • 12' - Sweden drive forward and Sebastian Larsson gets in a shot. Without netting, however.
  • 7' - In Kiev England drive forward through Scott Parker. His shot is on target but it's saved.
  • 1' - The first-half is just kicking off.

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