England came from behind to beat Sweden while France defeated both the weather and co-host Ukraine last night. Sweden now exits the competition after the next match but the other three teams still have a chance for the quarter-finals.
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English forward Theo Walcott ( L) strikes to score during their Euro 2012 championships football match against Sweden at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev. AFP
England and France win
England remained on course for a place in the knockout rounds of Euro 2012 after coming from behind to send Sweden crashing out of the tournament with a 3-2 victory here Friday.
Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck scored a well-taken winner for England in the 78th minute after the introduction of substitute Theo Walcott swung a see-saw Group D battle back in his side's favour.
England had got off to a dream start when recalled striker Andy Carroll headed them into a 23rd-minute lead.
English goalkeeper Joe Hart (L) boxes the ball during the Sweden vs England match. AFP
But an own goal from Glen Johnson on 49 minutes followed by a header from Olof Mellberg in the 59th minute threatened to set up a disastrous night for Roy Hodgson's side.
However, the substitution of James Milner for Walcott changed the game. The Arsenal winger lashed in a 64th-minute equaliser to make it 2-2 and then provided the run and pass which set up Welbeck's winner.
Hodgson praised the way his side had fought back to win after trailing early in the second half.
"It was a cracking game of football. We were reasonably comfortable at half-time and had a good control of the game before they rocked us on our heels," Hodgson said.
"We knew how dangerous they were from set-pieces and they proved true to that. But it was very good the way the team responded to that.
But Sweden counterpart Erik Hamren was disconsolate after watching his side go out.
"I feel really bad for the players," Hamren said. "They played a really good match but went out. The operation went well but the patient died. That's how I feel today," he said.
French midfielder Yohan Cabaye (left) watches as his shot beats Ukrainian goalkeeper Maxym Koval (centre) for France's 2nd goal. AFP
In the earlier match, France weathered a fierce thunderstorm that held up play for almost an hour to beat Euro 2012 co-hosts Ukraine 2-0 in Donetsk and claim top spot in Group D.
Oleg Blokhin's side, surprise winners against Sweden in their opening match, started briskly against the French, who were looking for a vital three points after a hard-fought 1-1 draw with England in their first match.
Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers ordered both teams off after just five minutes, as violent thunder and electric storms lashed the stadium, flooding parts of the playing surface.
French defender Adil Rami vies with Ukrainian forward Andriy Shevchenko during their Euro 2012 match at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk . AFP
After nearly an hour and some emergency groundwork, the two sides returned and were level at the break but Jeremy Menez, selected ahead of Florent Malouda, put the French 1-0 up on 53 minutes, silencing the home fans.
Menez's left-foot drive was only his second international goal for France and was followed three minutes later by Yohan Cabaye's first for the national team.
Cabaye latched on to a Karim Benzema through-ball, firing past goalkeeper Andrei Pyatov. AFP
on course – likely to achieve or do something; moving toward a goal
knockout round – the part of a tournament when a losing team is forced out of the competition
substitute – a player who replaces another member of his or her team during a match ตัวสำรอง
see-saw – a situation in which things keep changing from one state to another and back again (a see-saw is a piece of equipment for children to play on that moves up and down)
favour – advantage; benefit ความได้เปรียบ
recall – to order somebody to return, in this case, to play again after not having played for a while เรียกกลับ
own goal – a goal that is scored by mistake by a player against his or her own team การเตะลูกเข้าประตูตัวเอง
threaten – to put at risk; to put in danger ทำให้ตกอยู่ในความเสี่ยง
disastrous – extremely bad or unsuccessful ซึ่งทำให้เกิด (ภัยพิบัติ, ความหายนะ, ความโชคร้าย)
lash – (in football) to kick the ball with a lot of force เตะย่างแรง
equaliser – (in football) a goal that makes the score of both teams equal
trail – to be behind some in a competition ตาม
cracking – excellent สุดยอด
rock – to shock, surprise, or frighten someone ทำให้ตกใจ, ทำให้สั่นสะเทือน
heel – the back part of the foot below the ankle ส้นเท้า
on our heels – to be put in a difficult or dangerous position
set piece – (in football) a carefully planned and practiced set of movements beginning with a free kick or corner kick.
respond – to do something as a reaction to something that has been done ตอบสนอง, ตอบรับ
counterpart – someone who has the same job or purpose as another person or thing, but in a different country, time, situation, or organisation ผู้ที่ทำงานประเภทเดียวกัน; ผู้ที่อยู่ในตำแหน่งเสมอกัน
disconsolate – very unhappy and disappointed เศร้าใจ, หดหู่ใจ
operation – the process of cutting open a part of a person's body in order to remove or repair a damaged part การผ่าตัด
patient – someone who is receiving medical treatment คนป่วย, คนไข้
weather – to come safely through a difficult period or experience รอดพ้นจากอุปสรรค
thunderstorm – a storm with thunder and lightning and usually very heavy rain พายุฝน,ฝนตกหนักที่มีพายุและฟ้าแลบ
claim – to win something มีชัยชนะ
briskly – quickly อย่างรวดเร็
vital – extremely important; necessary for the success or continued existence of something จำเป็นสำหรับชีวิต; สำคัญมาก
draw – a game that ends with both teams or players having the same number of points เสมอกัน
violent– having great energy or strong movement, very strong or severe รุนแรง
lash – to hit with a lot of force กระทบอย่างแรง
emergency – of an unexpected situation involving danger in which immediate action is necessary ฉุกเฉิน
level – (in sports) with both teams having the same score เสมอ
silence – to cause to stop speaking or making a noise ทำให้เงียบ
latch on to – to become connected to something; to take control of a ball that is passed to you
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