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European Championship

  • June 19, 2012
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • NSK Olimpijs'kyj, Kyiv (Kiev)
  • Referee: Pedro Proença
  • • Attendance: 63010

Live Commentary

  • That defeat for France now means that they must play European and World champions Spain in the quarter finals after Wayne Rooney's second half strike sealed all three points and top spot for England.
  • FULL TIME! Sweden 2-0 France
  • 90' + 3'
    Wilhelmsson almost adds a third for Sweden as he breaks the France offside trap, but he takes too long and Lloris manages to claim the ball.
  • 90' + 1'
    Assist Samuel Holmen
  • 90' + 1'
    Goal Sebastian Larsson
    GOAL! Larsson helps seal the victory for Sweden as substitute Samuel Holmén sees his strike hit off the bar, into the path of the Sunderland midfielder, who knocks the ball home from close range.
  • 89'
    Larsson attempts a long free kick from the left wing, which Lloris jumps highest to claim.
  • 87'
    Benzema finds himself all alone on the right hand side of the penalty box, but he takes too long and his shot is charged down for a corner kick to France.
  • 86'
    Ibrahimović, who has been very quiet apart from the wonder goal, helps to set up Kim Källström, but the midfielder's strike goes just wide of goal.
  • 85'
    France have now found an extra gear as Gael Clichy makes his way down the left and crosses into the box, but there are no players in white able to get on the end of the ball.
  • 83'
    SubstitutionYann M'Vila Olivier Giroud
  • 83'
    The French almost score from the corner as another substitute Olivier Giroud gets his head to the corner, but it sails over the bar.
  • 82'
    The best chance for France comes with eight minutes to go, as Menex gets in behind the Swedish defence, but his strike is blocked by for a corner.
  • 80'
    Yellow Card Samuel Holmen
  • 80'
    France are continuing to press forward, but they continue to go for strikes from long range, which the Swedish defence are able to deal with.
  • 78'
    SubstitutionAnders Svensson Samuel Holmen
  • 78'
    SubstitutionOla Toivonen Pontus Wernbloom
  • 78'
    Robin Bairner: “Finally the French fans get to see Menez, who could at least offer some penetration going forward. The largely ineffective Nasri who is going off. Moments earlier, Mexes had a shot from six yards blocked by a Mellberg arm. It may have been goalbound, and France have reason to grumble on this occasion.”
  • 77'
    SubstitutionSamir Nasri Jérémy Menez
  • 76'
    Calls for a penalty for France as Mexès strikes a Nasri cross from the left off of Mellberg's arm, but the neither the referee or any of his assistants decide a spot kick is neccessary.
  • 74'
    The second half has saw the possession stats become more even, was the Swedish change bringing on Wilhel,msson key to that?
  • 73'
    Every strike from the French seems to come from outside the box, surely Spain won't be scared of the France in the quarter finals, will they. Let me know in the chat box.
  • 72'
    Kris Voakes in Kiev: “An impromptu rendition of the Swedish national anthem brings almost 20,000 fans to their feet as they celebrate their longest lead of the competition so far!”
  • 71'
    Yann M'Vila is the next to try his luck from long range, but once again Andreas Isaksson in the Swedcen goal is up to the task and punches the ball away from danger.
  • 70'
    Yellow Card Anders Svensson
  • 69'
    France expert Robin Bairner: “Mexes booked and will miss the quarter-final, assuming, of course, France get there. Koscielny will step into the void, which may be a blessing in disguise given the nature of the French defence tonight.”
  • 68'
    Yellow Card Philippe Mexes
  • 68'
    Philippe Mexès is booked after a clash with Toivonen and will now miss the next match for France, will that be a big blow for Blanc's side, let me know in the chat box.
  • 66'
    The Swedish defence are now throwing their bodies at everything that comes at them, as a Ribéry strike from the edge of the box is charged down by two Sweden defenders.
  • 65''s Kris Voakes: "Sebastian Larsson gave 'Chippen' Wilhelmsson quite the dressing down after he failed to close down Nasri there. Imagine what he might have done had the Man City man scored!"
  • 64'
    Nasri gets the ball on the edge of the Swedish area and lets fly with a strike which just goes wide of the goal.
  • 62'
    France are starting to look desperate, they want to avoid Spain at all costs and that goal has now started them into attacking more.
  • 61'
    Robin Bairner: “It would be nice to see some action from Blanc, because at no point this evening have France really looked in this game. The decision to throw on Malouda in place of Ben Arfa is, quite frankly, uninspiring and begs the question if there is something wrong with Menez.”
  • 59'
    SubstitutionHatem Ben Arfa Florent Malouda
  • 59'
    Kris Voakes in Kiev: “Whatever that cliché about a game needing a goal is, I'm pulling it out of the drawer for that. That was some strike by Zlatan, and the whole atmosphere has been lifted, as you might expect from such a superb goal.”
  • 58'
    Svend Bertil Frandsen: “Zlatan´s worst critics will despite his sensational volley giving Sweden the lead still claim that the AC Milan striker always provides the goods when the pressure is not too high”
  • 57'
    From the resulting corner Mellberg almost gets his second goal of the tournament, as he breaks past the French defence to get to the ball, but Lloris once again makes the save.
  • 56'
    Wilhelmsson almost gets his name on the scoresheet, as he recieves the ball from a cheeky chip by Ibrahimović, but Lloris manages to put the ball out for a corner.
  • 55'
    France expert Robin Bairner: “Stunning goal from Ibrahimovic, and it now seems that top spot in the group is beyond France. Rather bizarrely, it's been the Swedes, who are already out, who have shown more desire in this match so far.”
  • 54'
    Assist Sebastian Larsson
  • 54'
    Goal Zlatan Ibrahimovic
    GOAL! Sweden score and get who it is, it's the great man Ibrahimović who lets fly with a superb volley from a Larsson cross to open the scoring in amazing fashion.
  • 52'
    Wilhelmsson has been superb since coming on for Sweden, as he crosses for Sebastian Larsson, but his shot is save by Lloris.
  • 51'
    Robin Bairner: “For once France get in behind the Swedish defence, but Benzema's run into the channel has taken him away from the centre of the box, leaving him with too testing an angle to shoot from. Les Bleus need more width, speeding in their passing and penetration with their runs.”
  • 50'
    Karim Benzema manages to break the Swedish offside trap and attempt a shot from the edge of the area which just goes wide of goal.
  • 49'
    Ribéry doesn't seem the happiest man in Kiev as he receives a poor pass from Ben Arfa, which the Swedes eventually clear from.
  • 48'
    It's all change in Group D with Wayne Rooney's goal putting England into the lead, meaning that if results stay the same, France would have to play Spain in the quarter finals.
  • 47'
    Swedish substitute Christian Wilhelmsson almost breaks French hearts within the first minute of the half as he gets onto the end of a through ball from Ibrahimović, but the winger is called offside by the assistant referee.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionEmir Bajrami Christian Wilhelmsson
  • 46'
    Sweden get the second half underway as a viewing public desperately hopes for goals in the final 45 minutes.
  • Group D remains the same as it did at the start of the evening, in this game it's due to the lack of attacking threat from either side, will we get a goal, let me know in our chat box.
  • Svend Bertil Frandsen: “Judging from the first 45 minutes the Swedes will desperately rue that fact that they had already compromised their chances of reaching the quarter-finals. The Swedes indeed looked like they could easily have been part of the teams having qualified for the play-off phase. Despite a very boring first half, Erik Hamrén must certainly have been pleased that he had managed to tie up the defensive ranks which have otherwise looked so fragile in the other matches."
  • So the first half finishes with one shot on target each. Will the action heat up or will we be put to sleep by the players, let's hear what you think in our chat box on the right hand side of the page.
  • Robin Bairner: “Benzema has a shot from fully 35 yards out, and unsurprisingly it's not really close. There can be little doubt this was a symptom of mounting French frustration. They've been downright poor going forward, with Nasri, Ben Arfa and Ribery all ineffective. The bad Ribery is out tonight. The one who usually shows up for France - aside from one excellent turn earlier.”
  • HALF TIME! Sweden 0-0 France
  • 45'
    Once again Toivonen finds himself offside for Sweden after yet another mistake from the French defence.
  • 44'
    Ribery has a chance to get France into the lead as he receives the ball on the edge of area, but his shot is charged down by Olaf Mellberg for a corner to the French.
  • 43'
    Robin Bairner: “Benzema has a shot from fully 35 yards out, and unsurprisingly it's not really close. There can be little doubt this was a symptom of mounting French frustration. They've been downright poor going forward, with Nasri, Ben Arfa and Ribery all ineffective. The bad Ribery is out tonight. The one who usually shows up for France - aside from one excellent turn earlier.”
  • 42'
    Kris Voakes: "Erik Hamren does a pretty hefty arm wheel after a free kick is given France's way. I'm guessing he didn't like the call, especially since he then gave the fourth official a right earful too."
  • 40'
    Sweden's main threat going forward Zlatan Ibrahimović has been unable to get into the game from his deep lying position, would you push the Milan forward further up the park?
  • 38'
    The game has continued in the same vain as it started early on, with both sides failing badly with the final ball and ultimately not being able to trouble either keeper.
  • 36'
    With less than ten minutes left in the half Franck Ribéry has had 20 passes so far, with a 75% accuracy.
  • 35'
    France expert Robin Bairner: “Ben Arfa may have had several shots, but France are really missing the runs in behind the defence that Menez gave them on Monday night against Ukraine. It's all very lateral in front of the packed Swedish defence and far too easy to defend against.”
  • 34'
    Ben Arfa almost puts France into the lead with a long range strike from some 25 yards out, but the ball rises above the Swedish goal and onto the track.
  • 32'
    Nearly a shock goal for Sweden as Anders Svensson 's pass into the box is somehow missed by the French defence, but the offside flag goes up against Toivonen before he can score.
  • 29'
    Svend Bertil Frandsen: “Despite dominating France seem to struggle any clear-cut chances against a Swedish defence that seem much better composed than in the opening two matches. Bajrami who has replaced the injured Rasmus Elm on the left has contributed significantly to finding a better balance in the Swedish rearguard”
  • 28'
    Samir Nasri tries to chip a free kick into the box from the left wing, but his cross is so weak that the first Swedish defender can get his head to the ball and clear the danger.
  • 26'
    One shot on target for both sides, in a game that has been really flat so far and as a result the atmosphere within the stadium is also flat as well.
  • 25'
    That's just over a quarter of the game gone and there are no goals so far in the game, can we expect any? Lets us know your prediction in the chat box.
  • 23'
    Kris Voakes in Kiev: "The back of Erik Hamren's waistcoat shimmers a lovely shade of purple, I tell you. He's up, arms folded, as ever. Laurent Blanc is flailing his arms as he stands with both feet slightly to the left of his technical area. Ooof, he's edgy, isn't he? €100,000 fine on the way, methinks."
  • 21'
    The game has really slowed down over the last five minutes, with neither side willing to take a risk in order to get behind the opposition defence.
  • 19'’s Kris Voakes: “The Swedes seem fairly encouraged by their side's start, while chats of 'Ukraine, Ukraine' ring out as though they want to be a part of the action. The very small French contingent can hardly be heard, but you can tell from across the pitch that a few of them are at least bouncing around.”
  • 17'
    Swedish expert Svend Bertil Frandsen: “Judging from the opening stages of the game, the Swedes despite their early EURO exit are not treating this game as a friendly. There´s still a bit of fire left in the Swedish eyes, it seems. Like Hamrén said: The road for Brazil starts here!”
  • 15'
    Quarter of an hour gone and neither side have been able to really test the opposition goalkeeper; will there be goals this evening?
  • 13'
    France have had the possession advantage in the game so far, having 62.4% of the ball, can they turn this into goals? Let us know in the chat box.
  • 11'
    Kris Voakes in Kiev: "The Swedish fans were a bit quiet before that foul by Zlatan Ibrahimovic. That at least made them whistle long and loud Mr Proenca's decision to award a free kick."
  • 9'
    WHAT A MISS! Somehow Toivonen managed to miss a golden opportunity to put Sweden into the lead as a mistake at the back by France allowed the striker in on goal, but as he rounded Lloris, he went too wide and hit the outside of the post.
  • 8'
    Svend Bertil Frandsen: “Sweden taking advantage of the fact that Ben Arfa fails to help out the French left back in the early stages of the game to create two half-chances. Promising beginning for Hamréns men.”
  • 7'
    Franck Ribéry is next to try his luck for the French after Andreas Granqvist failed to properly clear the ball, but Andreas Isaksson managed to block the shot with his body.
  • 5'
    France get their first opportunity at goal, as Hatem Ben Arfa, making his first start of the tournament, drives his shot from the left hand side of the box wide of goal.
  • 4'
    France are playing the possession game just now, similar to Spain against Croatia last night, will such a tactic work for the French, let us know your thoughts in our chat box on the right hand side of the page.
  • 3'
    First chance however goes to Sweden, as Ola Toivonen gets his head to a Martin Olsson cross, but he can't direct it on target.
  • 2'
    The French have started off brightly, looking to get an early advantage to kill off the race for top spot and guarantee a quarter final clash with Italy.
  • 1'
    France get the game underway in their change kit of all white, while the Swedes are in their usual yellow and blue.
  • There will be a minute of silence tonight at Kiev before the match, to honour the memory of Thierry Roland, French commentator who died Saturday at 74 years-old.
  •’s Kris Voakes talks about the pre-match atmosphere: “The warm-up act has just had the two sets of fans chanting songs for their sides, and from that it appears that the Swedes will be filling more sections than in the previous two games, which backs up what many in Camp Sweden had been saying over the weekend about extra arrivals for this final game. There was also a lovely moment just now when some Swedish fans were holding up their national flag, with the message 'Thank U Kiev' written on it. They've all loved the experience, just not the football. The French fans appear to be in party mood. They want to be playing Italy here on Sunday, not Spain in Donetsk.”
  • There's less than quarter of an hour left until kick-off, let us know your thoughts, will France qualify or can Sweden cause a shock and send the French packing, let us know in the chat box on the right.
  • Svend Bertil Frandsen on the Sweden coach: “For Erik Hamrén, the EURO is over. Now begins the long and rocky road towards qualifying for the World Cup in 2014. For Hamrén the key question is, does he stick to the attacking-minded tactics that has failed so utterly during this EURO or is he going to find inspiration in his predecessor´s more defensive oriented formations? Hamrén still hasn´t found his ideal formation. Tonight Emir Bajrami will replace Rasmus Elm in the left side of midfield while Ola Toivonen replaces Johan Elmander.”
  • Laurent Blanc’s side are currently on 23 game unbeaten run stretching back to September 2010 when a late Sergei Kislyak goal helped Belarus claim a shock victory in the qualifying campaign.
  • The two sides last met in August 2008, when a double from Sidney Govou and a strike from Karim Benzema helped France claim a friendly victory, with Henrik Larsson and Kim Källström scoring for the Swedes.
  • France currently holds a commanding lead over their opponents in head-to-head matches; having beaten Sweden eight times in their 17 meetings, while the Scandinavian side have managed to claim victory on four occasions.
  • Swedish expert Svend Bertil Frandsen talks about the side’s campaign: “While "Blågult" have already outplayed their chances in the EURO, there´s certainly still a lot at stake for Erik Hamréns match. The football future for most of the players in the starting line-up still haven´t been sorted and the majority of them have no idea where they are going to play after the EURO. Therefore this is certainly the last time for them to make potential buyers aware of their qualities.”
  • The Swedes have only won two out of their last 13 games in the European Championships competition, beating Bulgaria in 2004 and Greece in 2008.
  • Sweden have already been knocked out of the tournament after defeats at the hands of Ukraine then England, while France are top of the group after drawing with England in the opening fixture and beating co-hosts Ukraine in their second match.
  • France expert Robin Bairner on the changes: "After Blanc created something of a shock by introducing Jeremy Menez in matchday two and leaving out M'Vila, the France coach is at it again by dropping the PSG winger and Cabaye - the two scorers against Ukraine - and introducing Ben Arfa and M'Vila. Perhaps the coach feels that the extreme heat of Donetsk took it out of his players physically and his squad therefore needs to be refreshed in a match that France do not necessarily need to win, but it's more likely he's made the changes for tactical reasons."
  • Kris Voakes: "Erik Hamren's XI meets the desire of some journalists, but many are asking why he didn't go with this line-up sooner. He's confirmed that Emir Bajrami will come in on the left, with Ola Toivonen as the main striker. "As I've been saying all along," screams one writer."
  • That's the line-ups in, let us know what you think of the selections and what will happen during the team in our chat box on the right of the page.
  • The France starting line-up is as follows: (4-2-3-1) Lloris; Debuchy, Mexes, Rami, Clichy; Diarra, M'Vila; Nasri, Ben Arfa, Ribéry; Benzema.
  • France have made two changes for the final fixture in Group D, with Yohan Cabaye and Jérémy Ménez making way for Yann M'Vila and Hatem Ben Arfa.
  • The Sweden line-up is as follows: (4-2-3-1) Isaksson; Granqvist, Mellberg, J. Olsson, M. Olsson; Svensson, Källström; S. Larsson, Ibrahimović, Bajrami; Toivonen
  • THE TEAM NEWS IS IN. Sweden boss Erik Harmen rings the changes with Rasmus Elm and Johan Elmander making way for Emir Bajrami and Ola Toivonen in the starting line-up.
  •’s Kris Voakes lets us know the early scenes in Kiev: “It's just the French keepers out on the pitch so far, with the remaining 43 squad members yet to come out for warm-ups. There are very few fans inside the bowl of the stadium for now, but there's plenty of time for the stragglers, of which I saw lots outside as I entered the ground.”
  • As well as live text commentary we will also have updates for our man in Kiev, Kris Voakes, our Sweden expert Svend Bertil Frandsen and our France expert Robin Bairner.
  • Hello and welcome to’s live text commentary of the final Euro 2012 Group D game between Sweden and France, my name is Matthew Harold and I will be guiding you though the 90 minutes of action.