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Soccer: France and England draw 1-1

Published June 11, 2012 12:44 pm

Soccer • French still seeking first major tourney win since 2006
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Donetsk, Ukraine • England held on for a 1-1 draw with France on Monday at the European Championship, giving the Group D favorites one point each.

Joleon Lescott put England in the lead with a header in the 30th minute, and Samir Nasri leveled for France shortly before halftime with a strike into the bottom corner of the net.

England took the lead when captain Steven Gerrard curled in a free kick from the right after Patrice Evra fouled James Milner. Lescott sneaked behind a defender and was able to nod the ball past France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

France's equalizer was all about one-touch football. Florent Malouda, Evra and Franck Ribery flicked the ball around the left side of England's penalty area to free up space for Nasri, who put in a low shot before England goalkeeper Joe Hart could react.

The French finished the match with 19 shots, 15 on target. England managed only three toward Lorris.

Ukraine 2, Sweden 1 • In Kiev, Ukraine, Andriy Shevchenko scored two headers to give Ukraine the win. After Zlatan Ibrahimovic had given Sweden the lead in the 52nd minute, Shevchenko headed in the equalizer just three minutes later and then added the winner in the 61st.