England knock Sweden out of Euro 2012
England dominated first-half proceedings and Carroll opened the scoring with a superb header from Gerrard’s perfect cross, leaving goalkeeper Isaksson with no chance. Johan Elmander was handed a start, at the expense of Ola Toivonen, who was an unused substitute. Sweden started the second half brightly and took a 2-1 lead, thanks to own goal from Johnson and a goal from Mellberg. But Theo Walcott came off the bench to score the equaliser and set up the winning goal for Welbeck. England are joint top of Group D on four points with France who beat Ukraine earlier on Friday. Ukraine are third on three points, while Sweden have none and are eliminated from the tournament. The final Group D matches are scheduled to take place on Tuesday, June 19.
Poland take on the Czech Republic in Wroclaw in their final Group A match on Saturday, with a 20.45 kick-off. First-choice goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny returns from suspension, so Przemyslaw Tyton may not keep his place in goal for Poland. Tyton put in fine displays, though, and even saved a penalty in his first match. In Warsaw, Dick Advocaat’s Russia will lock horns with Greece. Russia are top of Group A on four points. The Czech Republic are second on three points. Poland have two points and Greece just one. If Poland succeed in seeing off the Czech Republic, they will book a place in the quarter-finals. If the match ends in a draw, they will have to rely on the result of the other Group A match.
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