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Euro 2012: England eliminates Sweden with 3-2 comeback win

Published June 15, 2012 11:23 am

Soccer • Also, France knocks off Ukraine 2-0 after storm delay.
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Kiev, Ukraine • England eliminated Sweden from the European Championship on Friday after Theo Walcott scored one goal and set up another for an entertaining come-from-behind 3-2 win.

Walcott came on as a substitute and made it 2-2 in the 64th minute and then set up Danny Welbeck for the winner in the 78th as England earned its first win over Sweden in a competitive game in eight tries.

Andy Carroll had given England the halftime lead with a powerful header in the 23rd but Sweden fought back through an own-goal by Glen Johnson and a header by Olof Mellberg.

England needs only a draw against Ukraine in its last game to advance. The result may also silence some of the critics who thought the team has become too defensive under coach Roy Hodgson, as it proved that it can score goals when it needs to.

Sweden, for its part, let a second-half lead slip away for the second game in a row after falling 2-1 to Ukraine in its opener. While the Swedes put in a much-improved performance on Friday, they once again failed to shut their opponents down defensively.

Carroll had given England the halftime lead with a powerful header in the 23rd minute as Sweden was again exposed in the air, demonstrating exactly why Hodgson elected to start the tall Liverpool forward up front.

But Sweden fought back through an unlikely source in Mellberg, whose shot past Joe Hart was pushed into the net by Glen Johnson.

France 2, Ukraine 0 • At Donetsk, Ukraine, Jeremy Menez and Yohan Cabaye scored early in the second half to give France a win over Ukraine in a storm-delayed match.

Thunder, lightning and torrential rain forced the players off the field after five minutes, and the game took nearly an hour to resume.

When it did, Menez made up for two big misses. He put France ahead in the 53rd minute with a clinical strike into the bottom corner, and Cabaye scored three minutes later after being set up by Karim Benzema.

After a 1-1 draw with England, France has four points in Group D, one more than Ukraine, which beat Sweden.