England 3 Sweden 2 – Walcott and Welbeck seal Three Lions comeback
England are in pole position to qualify for the Euro 2012 quarter finals, although they made hard work of victory against Sweden on Friday night.
June 15th, 2012
The Three Lions were full value for their 1-0 half-time lead in Kiev, with Andy Carroll producing a powerful header after Steven Gerrard had whipped in a fantastic cross from deep inside the Sweden half.
However, England stopped controlling the match after the break and Sweden were level in the 49th minute when Carroll conceded a free-kick and Zlatan Ibrahimovic took two bites of the cherry before the ball spilled into the path of Olaf Mellberg.
Mellberg’s shot was actually saved by Joe Hart although the ball rebounded off Glen Johnson and back over the goal line.
The equaliser rocked England and worse was to follow, with a looping ball from Sebastian Larsson finding Mellberg in acres of space and the former Aston Villa defender nodded his team into the lead.
Roy Hodgson was quick to make changes and Theo Walcott replaced James Milner to make an immediate impact. The ball found the Arsenal winger on the edge of the penalty area and his powerful shot wrong-footed the Swedish keeper for an England equaliser.
Walcott was to provide the winner 15 minutes later when a flowing move saw the winger cross for Danny Welbeck to cleverly steer the ball into the Sweden net. England hung on for a dramatic yet vital victory which sees Sweden exit from the competition.