England produced a comeback from 2-1 down to emerge 3-2 winners against Sweden in their second Group D game at Euro 2012. Here, we take a look at how the players fared at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev on Friday.
Andreas Isaksson – 5
Made a good stop at a stretch to keep out Parker’s early effort, then showed some brilliant reflexes to deny Terry from close range but from the resulting corner, he couldn’t deal with the swerving shot from Walcott and also could have done better with Welbeck’s backheel winner.
Andreas Granqvist – 4 (Sub Off 66′) (Flop of the Match)
Did not look at all comfortable against Young and Welbeck – when he drifted in the wide areas at time – and was never a threat going forward either. Was one of the men to lose Carroll as England took the lead. Was later substituted off for Mikael Lustig.
Olof Mellberg – 7.5
Was trouble a lot by the England strikers at the start but then produced one brilliant tackle in the first half to deny Welbeck a chance to shoot on goal. In the the second half, he forced a goal off Johnson and then headed in from a Larsson freekick to give Swedes the lead. Overall he was their best player on the pitch.
Jonas Olsson – 6
Was booked for a silly handball, the West Brom defender found hard to contain the English strikers. Got tired towards the end of the game and lost his concentration for England’s third goal. His partnership with Mellberg at the back rarely convinced.
Martin Olsson – 6.5
Was exposed a lot throughout the game, first by Milner and then by Walcott. He was not at all supported in defence by Rasmus Elm. His attacking contribution was much better though and he made a fine run in the second half that deserved a far better finish from Kallstrom.
Sebastian Larsson – 6
Troubled the England defence at times when he was given the space to put in a cross but otherwise failed to create much impact on the game except for that brilliantly delivered freekick which lead to Sweden’s second goal.
Anders Svensson – 5.5
An average performance from an average player to say the best. He took his time to get involve in the game but hardly got involved in it. Was very slow in reacting when bringing down Young many times. Didn’t leave any sort of a mark on the game at all.
Kim Kallstrom – 6
Came close to troubling the England goal at many time with some fierce strikes. Was not much a threat in the first half, but showed flashes of his real ability in the second half. Also side footed high from a brilliant low Martin Olsson cross.
Rasmus Elm – 5 (Sub Off 81′)
Was expected a lot from him in this tournament but has failed yet again. Wasn’t at all a threat in the first half but his influence grew in the second half. Didn’t track back to help Olsson defend and too often took the wrong option in the final third. Was substituted off when Sweden went 3-2 down.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 7.5
Enjoyed coming deep to get the possession and create chances for his teammates. Had a couple of very powerful shots on target from distance which Hart had to save. His use of the ball was superb, his strength impressive which troubled the England defence throughout the game.
Johan Elmander – 6 (Sub Off 79′)
Was very anonymous in the first half but got in to the game as the game wore on. Got close with a shot from a delightful Ibrahimovic pass but other wise was of not threat to Hart. His work rate was very good but was mostly overshadowed by Ibrahimovic.
Mikael Lustig (Sub On 66′) – 6
Looked a bit better than Granqvist but suffered with his the rest of the Sweden team when they gave away the lead and went on to lose the game.
Markus Rosenberg (Sub On 79′) – N/A
Christian Wilhelmsson (Sub On 81′) – N/A
Joe Hart – 7
Another solid display by the English stopper. Made a couple of brilliant diving saves from Ibrahimovic and was well composed through out the game. Could have done better with Sweden’s equaliser but had no chance to keep out Mellberg’s header. England will need him to perform in the same way for the rest of the tournament.
Glen Johnson – 5
Made an important block in the first half to deny Ibrahimovic from shooting and was good going forward, but was the guilty party in Sweden’s equaliser as he played Mellberg onside before scoring the own goal and overall had a difficult night defensively.
John Terry – 6
Was alert as he cut out a number of Sweden passes in the final third but was troubled a lot by Ibrahimovic for pace and strength. Kept the defence well organised and showed great commitment but will have to improve in next matches.
Joleon Lescott – 6
His partnership with Terry in the heart of the England defence was good and is improving but he was poor individually. The Manchester City defender was poor during both the Sweden set-pieces which led to the goals.
Ashley Cole – 6
Not one of the best nights for England’s best left back. A rare misjudgement from a long ball hinted at a below-par performance and he duly delivered. Still, neither goal was his fault and he did cope well with Larsson on the right of the Sweden midfield.
James Milner – 5 (Sub Off 61′)
As always his work rate and determination was 100% but was never a threat to the Swedish defence. Except for a couple of crosses towards Carroll from the right side of the midfield, the Manchester City midfielder struggled to get in the game and was rightly substituted off for Theo Walcott, who completely changed the game on it’s head.
Scott Parker – 6.5
Was denied by a fine save from Isaksson in the early stages, Parker soon reverted to type as a spoiler in midfield and performed the role well. Got a bit lost as the game grew frantic in the second half but was a steady presence overall.
Steven Gerrard – 7
Another brilliant assist for the English captain, as he picked out his Liverpool teammate Andy Carroll with a glorious diagonal ball from the right side to head it past Isaksson to give England the lead. Otherwise had a quiet game before passing away a glorious chance to make it 4-2 in injury time.
Ashley Young – 6
Was a bit more influential on the wide than in the center – role he was asked to play against France – Young nevertheless wasted one good opportunity in the first half when failing to square for Carroll and had another unconvincing night.
Andy Carroll – 8
Completely justified his selection ahead of Oxlade-Chamberlain. The Liverpool hitman was always a physical presence for England in the final third and a threat to the Swedish defence. Scored an exceptional header in the first half. His linkup play was also impressive though he gave a way a silly freekick which lead to Sweden’s equaliser.
Danny Welbeck – 7.5 (Sub Off 90′)
Took his goal incredibly well with a backheeled volleyed flick from Walcott’s cross into the centre. Had initially struggled to make his presence felt but his strike was just reward for another encouraging performance at the sharp end of the England attack.
Theo Walcott (Sub on 61′) – 9 (Man of the Match)
Had an immediate impact on the game with a swerving shot that beat Isaksson for England’s equaliser and then used his pace to get the better of the tired Swedish defence and setup Welbeck to score the backheel winner. This was his finest England performance since the hat-trick in Croatia in 2008. Completely changed the game on its head.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlaind (Sub On 90′) – N/A