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Manchester City players did all the scoring in last night’s Euro 2012 draw between Group D rivals England and France. Meanwhile, Ukraine delighted their home crowd with a 2-1 win over Sweden. 

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English defender Glen Johnson tries to disrupt the French attack during their Euro 2012 championships football match last night. AFP

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Euro 2012: England and France draw, Ukraine win

French midfielder Franck Ribery vies with English midfielder Steven Gerrard (R). AFP

Manchester City players did all the scoring in last night’s Euro 2012 opener between Group D rivals England and France, but for opposite sides.

First, City defender Joleon Lescott headed England into a 30th-minute lead to leave Roy Hodgson's men dreaming of the perfect start to their campaign on a sweltering night at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine

But then Lescott's City team-mate Samir Nasri struck back with a 39th-minute equaliser, lashing a low shot from outside the (penalty) area to give France a share of the points and extend France’s unbeaten run to 22 games.

England's goal came from a set piece. Captain Steven Gerrard swung in a pinpoint free-kick from the right flank and Lescott took advantage of acres of space afforded him by Alou Diarra to head past Lloris from close range.

A French equaliser seemed likely and it arrived through Nasri six minutes from half-time, the forward taking advantage of an English side standing too deep to squeeze a ferocious shot just inside Joe Hart's post. Hart, too, incidentally, is a Manchester City player.

England seemed content to slow the pace of the game in the second half

Gradually however France's superior technique began to tell, and England spent long periods of the closing minutes on the back foot.

Ukrainian forward Andriy Shevchenko (C) celebrates after scoring his second goal against Sweden during last night at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev. AFP

Meanwhile, at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine defeated Sweden in the late match, putting the host team at the top of the group standings after the first of three rounds of qualifying matches.

Ukraine won through a vintage goal-scoring display from 35-year-old Andriy Shevchenko. He converted two headers in seven second-half minutes to overturn Zlatan Ibrahimovic's opener for Sweden and send the Ukrainian capital into rapture in the country's first European Championship match.

Shevchenko, who overcame serious injuries to appear in the tournament, was overwhelmed with emotion at the end.

"If I can choose my dreams I want to dream of a day like that, it's a fantastic day, he said.

"I want to thank everyone who worked with me the last year-and-a-half - I had so many knee and back problems. Now I am fit thanks to them.

Adapted from AFP agency stories
disrupt – to interrupt something and prevent it from continuing by creating a problem ได้รับการกระทบกระเทือน  ถูกทำให้หยุดชะงัก
vie – to compete strongly with someone ลงแข่งขัน, ลงชิงd
draw – a game that ends with both teams or players having the same number of points เสมอกัน
rival – a person you are competing against or opposing คู่แข่ง
opposite side – rival; a person, group, team or business that competes with another คู่แข่ง, คู่ต่อสู้
lead – the position ahead of everyone else in a race or competition  ตำแหน่งนำ
campaign – a series of matches in a competition
sweltering – to be very hot in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable ร้อนมาก
equaliser – (in football) a goal that makes the score of both teams equal
lash – to hit with a lot of force กระทบอย่างแรง
extended – to make longer or larger ขยายออกไป, ยืดออกไป
unbeaten – not having lost in a single competition ไม่เคยแพ้
set piece – (in football) a carefully planned and practiced set of movements beginning with a free kick or corner kick.
swing – to move or make something move with a wide curved movement  แขวน
pinpoint – done exactly and in exactly the right position แม่นยำ, แน่นอน
flank –at the side of someone or something ด้านข้าง
take advantage – to use the good things in a situation ใช้เป็นประโยชน์
acres of space – a large amount of space (actually, an acre is equal to about 4050 square metres)
afford – to provide somebody with something ให้
close range – a very short distance away from something  ระยะใกล้มาก
squeeze – to succeed in getting someone or something into a small space or object, often by pushing or forcing เบียดเข้าไป,  อัดเข้าไป
ferocious – very strong; very aggressive or violent รุนแรง
post – a piece of wood or metal that is set in the ground in a vertical position, especially to support something, in this case, the goal หลัก
incidentally – used for adding related but less important information to what has just been said or for suddenly introducing a new subject  อีกประการหนึ่ง
content – willing to do something; happy and satisfied with what you have or are doing พึงพอใจ
pace – the speed at which something happens or is done อัตรา
gradually – slowly and in small stages or amounts อย่างทีละน้อย
superior – better in quality than somebody/something else; greater than somebody/something else เหนือกว่า, เยี่ยมกว่า, ดีกว่า
technique – a method of doing something using a special skill that you have developed เทคนิค,  กลวิธี (เฉพาะด้าน)
tell – to have an effect on somebody/something, especially a bad one  มีผลกระทบ, กระทบกระเทือน
on the back foot – having to defend, especially with difficulty ป้องกัน,ต้าน
meanwhile – at the same time ในเวลาเดียวกัน
defeat – to win a victory over someone in a fight, war or competition ชนะ, ปราบ
host – a country, city, group, person, etc. which provides the space and other things necessary for a special event เจ้าภาพ
standings – a list of people, teams, etc. showing their positions in a sports competition  ตำแหน่ง
qualify – to be of a high enough standard to enter a competition; to defeat another person or team in order to enter or continue in a competition  เข้ารอบ, ทำให้มีคุณสมบัติ
vintage – showing the best or most typical qualities of someone or something
display – a performance การแสดง
convert – to change an opportunity into a success, in this case, into goals
overturn – to change a situation to the opposite พลิกคว่ำ
rapture – a feeling of extreme pleasure and happiness ความปิติยินดีอย่างยิ่ง, ความดีใจล้นเหลือ
overcome – to succeed in controlling or dealing with something ต่อสู้อุปสรรคจนสำเร็จสำมารถดำเนินการต่อไปได้
injury – physical damage done to a person or a part of their body อาการบาดเจ็บ
tournament – a competition for teams or single players in which a series of games is played, and the winners of each game play against each other until only one winner is left การแข่งขัน
overwhelmed –greatly affected emotionally ท่วมท้นไปด้วยความรู้สึก
emotion – strong feeling such as anger or love, or strong feelings in general  อารมณ์
fantastic – extremely good เยี่ยมยอด, วิเศษ
knee – the joint between the top and bottom parts of the leg where it bends in the middle หัวเข่า

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