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Olympic Stadium (ATT 65,000) 19th June 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: P Proenca

Sweden Sweden vs France France

Sweden 2

Z Ibrahimovic (54)
S Larsson (90+2)

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France 0

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  1. What a finale. Sweden win 2-0 but France still progress where they will face Italy in the quarter-finals. They were poor tonight and will have to improve greatly agains the Italians in the last-eight.

  2. FULL TIME. Sweden 2 France 0.

  3. 90+3

    It should have been 3-0 to Sweden but Larsson is tackled in the box as Lloris smothers impressively.

  4. 90+1

    The error from Rami turns into a goal as Kallstrom's cross finds Holsen who strikes the bar before Larsson shows excellent technique to bury home the rebound!

  5. 90+1

    GOAL! Larsson scores!

  6. 90

    Lloris captures the corner with intent, looking to set France away but Rami gets robbed and Holsen wins it back.

  7. 89

    Wilhelmsson slips past Debuchy, earning a free-kick for Sweden which Mellberg will no doubt fancy getting his head to.

  8. 87

    It's M Olsson who makes an outstanding block this time as the left-back denies Benzema's shot hitting the target.

  9. 86

    A one-two between Kallstrom and Ibrahimovic ends with the midfielder going for a goal with an uncharacteristic drive that drags well wide.

  10. 85

    Benzema looks for Menez with a defence-splitting pass but Olsson steps up to intercept. The two Swedish centre-backs have been outstanding tonight.

  11. 84

    And he should have scored with his first touch as he flirts into the six-yard box unmarked and heads a corner wide from close range.

  12. 83

    Giroud replaces M'Vila as France boost their strike options.

  13. 82

    This time it's beautiful from France as Menez links up with Ribery, before winning the ball back and drawing an excellent save from Isaaksson.

  14. 81

    It's poor from France as Clichy crosses far too prematurely from the left with not a single White shirt in the penalty box.

  15. 80

    Granqvist advances and finds Larsson, the Sunderland man's ball cleared by Rami as Holmen introduces himself to the game by getting booked for a clumsy tackle on M'Vila.

  16. 78

    The Swedes also make a double swap as Wernbloom comes on for Toivonen and Svensson is replaced by Holmen.

  17. 77

    Nasri comes off for Menez in a France change.

  18. 77

    Mellberg shows complete class as Debuchy fires into the six-yard box with Mexes coming in, being denied a tap-in by the defender's last-ditch challenge.

  19. 76

    Narrow link-up play between Nasri and Benzema looks promising, but after a shooting opportunity goes to waste, Nasri finally pulls the trigger and wins a corner.

  20. 75

    Lovely play as Kallstrom finds WIlhelmsson, whose ball is teasing but just out of reach for Ibrahimovic to reach at the far post.

  21. 74

    Good work from the right from Debuchy and Nasri, as Malouda is picked out with another shot coming in from range as he powers an effort narrowly over the bar.

  22. 73

    Malouda crosses in towards the far post but he wraps too much bend on the ball and it's safely into the arms of Isaakson.

  23. 71

    Great save from Isaakson as M'Vila lets rip with a thunderbolt from 20 yards which the Sweden keeper does well to parry round the post.

  24. 70

    Svensson is booked for a challenge on Malouda as the midfielder just commits one foul too many.

  25. 69

    Wilhelmsson goes down in the box under Mexes, with nothing given and the Swedes are not happy to say the least. Looked a very good shout for a spot-kick.

  26. 68

    Wilhelmsson is narrowly found offside from Larsson's ball, with the game extremely even now, and France can afford to lose as Ukraine are also losing 1-0 to England in Donestk.

  27. 67

    Rami breaks forward looking to lead from defence, and Malouda takes a tumble under Granqvist to win a free-kick.

  28. 65

    M Olsson and Debuchy continue their terrific feud, with France winning a throw-in as they play shrt, before Ribery's shot is blocked by Granqvist excellently.

  29. 64

    Olsson defends well to concede a corner, with Nasri picked out from the short corner before unlashing a drive that narrowly skims the far post.

  30. 63

    Debuchy is floored by Wilhelmsson but the foul is given for J Olsson's tackle on Ribery which left the Frenchman in some distress.

  31. 61

    France seem completely bewildered as Sweden continue their onslaught, with Diarra doing well to deny Wilhelmsson's ball reaching Larsson as Ribery then wins a free-kick against Olsson.

  32. 60

    Ben Arfa is replaced as Malouda takes to the field for France.

  33. 59

    J Olsson went for the outrageous as Mexes headed clear, but it's still all Sweden who are brimming with confidence right now.

  34. 58

    Mellberg comes close to making it two with a bullet header that is saved very well again by the French keeper.

  35. 57

    Ibrahimovic is set free by Larsson, with Wilhelmsson making the run before being brilliantly found as Lloris is forced into a reflex save at the near post!

  36. 56

    France seem stunned, as Sweden make their chances finally pay, with Clichy crossing in but Mellberg is there to bat the ball away.

  37. 54

    It's an absolutely wonderful goal from the special striker, who acrobatically volleys home Larsson's delivery from the right past a helpless Lloris. 1-0 to Sweden!

  38. 54

    GOAL! Ibrahimovic scores!

  39. 53

    The corner comes to nothing, but Diarra attempts a piledriver which lands safely in the arms of Isaakson, to his relief.

  40. 52

    Solid work from Ribery, who exchanges passes with Nasri and wins a corner off the sturdy Mellberg.

  41. 51

    Benzema finally comes close, after marginally staying onside to meet Nasri's pass, his right-footed effort landing narrowly clear of the far post.

  42. 50

    After a storming run from Ribery, he finds Ben Arfa who looks for the return pass immediately and gives the forward no chance of retrieving it.

  43. 49

    A very well-worked delivery actually catches four Sweden players offside, with Mellberg's header glanced into the arms of Lloris anyway.

  44. 48

    IIbrahimovic battles with M'Vila and does well to win a fre-kick against the French midfielder.

  45. 46

    Swedish change at the break as Bajrami is replaced by Wilhelmsson.

  46. 46

    Nearly the perfect start for Sweden as Toivonen cuts inside Debuchy to meet Svensson's pass but as soon as he turns past Lloris the offside flag is raised.

  47. Not too much to report after a frustrating half for the French, where Toivonen has come closest to breaking the deadlock with a shot that cannoned off the post. Send your second half predictions to jack.woodfield@bskyb.com or @JWoodfield365 for you Twitter folk

  48. HALF TIME. Sweden 0 France 0.

  49. 45+1

    Larsson's header is the one that clears for Sweden, as one minute's time is added on.

  50. 45

    A lucky touch off Benzema sets away Ribery, who is marshalled all the way by Mellberg to send his shot wide for a corner.

  51. 44

    Nasri looks to beat M Olsson to Debuchy's pass, but it results in a foul from Nasri and yet another French attack ends in nothing.

  52. 42

    Appearing rather desperate, Benzema shoots from range and it's horribly wide. France are really struggling to penetrate Sweden thus far.

  53. 41

    Larsson wins a free-kick after an overexuberant tackle from Diarra, but he is later dispossessed by Ribery as Mellberg then fouls the French forward.

  54. 40

    Bajrami looks for Olsson, who attempts to sell Debuchy with a dummy but ends up allowing the ball to run out of play. Unlucky for the left-back.

  55. 38

    Nasri has taken a blow in a collision with Kallstrom and play is halted as the Man City man receives treatment.

  56. 37

    Ribery plays another poor pass into Benzema, who has no chance of reaching it, with the result a comfortable gather for Isaakson.

  57. 36

    Benzema checks his run ahead of Nasri's return pass, and as France continue to press, Sweden have tightened up in defence, making life much trickier for the French.

  58. 35

    After some cautious probing, Ben Arfa has a whack and comes surprisingly close to testing Isaakson from at least 35 yards out. Excellent shot from the Newcastle man.

  59. 34

    Clichy can't deal with Bajrami and Larsson, and the former crosses into the near post with Rami heading away with ease.

  60. 33

    As soon as they do venture in France's half a chance nearly emerges though as Svensson plays in to the six-yard box with Toivonen offside as he looked to nudge the ball away from Lloris.

  61. 32

    Sweden continue to struggle in possession, but they hold it up on their own half well enough as France's pressure ensures they never get to far into their half.

  62. 30

    Benzema spreads play well to Debuchy, before it's switched back to Nasri whose cross is cleared before Isaakson easily gathersDebuchy's ball back into the box.

  63. 29

    It's Nasri who takes, but Sweden get it away and France are forced to play back to Lloris.

  64. 28

    Ribery takes a tumble and it's not Svensson's first foul. The Swede will have to be careful here as France win another free-kick which presumably Rami won't be taking.

  65. 27

    Benzema looks to turn J Olsson who does really well to make a smashing block, denying the striker's shot before it even left his foot.

  66. 26

    Rami steps up and actually goes for goal. Wa't even near. Definately should have floated it into the box.

  67. 25

    It's Larsson who attempts to win the ball back this time off Ribery but it's a poor challenge and a clear free-kick to France 40 yards out.

  68. 24

    Sweden just can't get forward as Kallstrom is penalised for going through Debuchy after initially losing the ball in midfield.

  69. 22

    Granqvist looks to advance down the right but Clichy is too much of a match for him and the left-back does well to win his side a throw-in.

  70. 21

    Ibrahimovic seemed to have been caught by Diarra but no decision is given against the Frenchman.

  71. 20

    Ben Arfa looks for Debuchy with the back heel but M Olsson reads it all the way and steps up to clear. France are pretty much in control here, a French goal seems inevitable sooner rather than later.

  72. 19

    Diarra slides to win the ball but catches Ibrahimov and the free-kick is given in Sweden's favour.

  73. 17

    Ribery does excellently to skip past Granqvist, who ha't made a confident start, and his ball into the box is on a plate for Benzema who can't get it under control. Goal-kick to Sweden.

  74. 16

    Ribery dispossesses Larsson and switches play to Debuchy as France probe forward, before Nasri is caught offside from a Benzema pass.

  75. 15

    Sweden clear, but as Mellberg looks to bring the forward he finds himself crowded out and has to play back to goal. As France then attack once, Benzema is caught offside from Ribery's through ball.

  76. 14

    Benzema wins a France a corner, after another lovely piece of skill initially be Ben Arfa.

  77. 13

    Ibrahimovic looks to hold up play but pulls down Clichy quite obviously and the free-kick given, despite the striker's protests to the contrary.

  78. 12

    Ben Arfa leaves Olsson in his path as he skips down the right, delivering into the path of M'Vila who goes for the spectacular but only can land his shot with the fans.

  79. 11

    Sweden should be ahead. A poor touch from Mexes lets Toivonen in, who works the ball around Lloris before agonisingly firing on to the post, watching the ball run behind goal.

  80. 10

    Ben Arfa does all the hard work with a penetrating run in Sweden's half but he fluffs his lines by drilling his shot well over the bar.

  81. 8

    Great chance for France. Benzema takes a tumble in playing in Nasri, who slips past Sweden's back line far too easily, before driving a powerful shot at the near post which comes back off Isaakson.

  82. 6

    With France continuing their attack, Benzema asks a lot of Ben Arfa, who can only blaze an effort wide from just inside the penalty area.

  83. 5

    Nasri slides in Debuchy in space, but the right-back's cross is cleared well by the brave Mellberg.

  84. 4

    Another lapse in France's defence as Kallstrom dispossesses Rami and whips a peach of a ball into Larsson who heads straight at Lloris. Two early warnings for the French.

  85. 3

    Rami looks to clear but Ibraimovic's pressure is admirable as he charges down the boot away. Moments later, Toivonen is unmarked as he meets Svensson's delivery but he nods a header off target.

  86. 2

    Mellberg is called into action early as he dives into Ribery after some lovely link-up play with Clichy and Diarra.

  87. 1

    France get the game underway.

  88. Our friends at Sky Bet make France 4/7 to beat Sweden, and they are 9/2 to win by three or more goals. Karim Benzema is the 7/2 favourite to score first despite failing to find the net at the finals so far, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic represents Sweden's best hope of breaking the deadlock at 8/1. A win for Sweden can be backed at 4/1, while the draw is avaliable at 11/4.

  89. The man in black tonight is Pedro Proenca (Portugal).

  90. Sweden: Isaksson, Granqvist, Mellberg, Jonas Olsson, Martin Olsson, Svensson, Kallstrom, Larsson, Ibrahimovic, Bajrami, Toivonen. Subs: Wiland, Lustig, Elm, Elmander, Hysen, Antonsson, Wernbloom, Safari, Holmen, Wilhelmsson, Rosenberg, Hansson.

  91. France: Lloris, Debuchy, Rami, Mexes, Clichy, Nasri, Diarra, M'Vila, Ben Arfa, Ribery, Benzema. Subs: Mandanda, Evra, Cabaye, Valbuena, Giroud, Matuidi, Reveillere, Menez, Malouda, Martin, Koscielny, Carrasso.

  92. Here are the teams...

  93. If you'd like to drop me a line tonight you can send an e-mail to jack.woodfield@bskyb.com or tweet @JWoodfield365

  94. Good evening and welcome to the Olympic Stadium for live coverage of Sweden v France in Euro 2012 Group D. While Sweden will be heading home after this game, a draw can see France through to the quarter-finals alongside either England or Ukraine, who also kick-off at 1945.

  95. Kick-off is 1945 BST.

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