KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 15: Danny Welbeck of England is put under pressure by Jonas Olsson of Sweden during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Sweden and England at The Olympic Stadium on June 15, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Sweden Vs. England: Danny Welbeck Stuns Sweden

Theo Walcott was a spectacular sub for Roy Hodgson, but Danny Welbeck grabbed the headlines with a brilliant winner to eliminate Sweden.

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Theo Walcott: From Forgotten Man To Hero

Theo Walcott has often been the forgotten man for England. Last night against Sweden, though, he reminded everyone that he has a lot to offer Roy Hodgson's team, with a sparking performance off the bench.


Sweden Vs. England, Euro 2012: Final Score, Danny Welbeck's Stunner Wins It For Three Lions

England were 2-1 down and looked to have no answer for Sweden. The Swedes had fallen behind 1-0, but stormed back thanks to two goals by Olof Mellberg and were in complete control. Roy Hodgson had no answer, right? Wrong. He had Theo Walcott, who came on as a substitute and changed the match. He scored an equalizer then picked up an assist on England's winner, which was a spectacular goal by Danny Welbeck that delivered England a 3-2 win and eliminated Sweden from the tournament.

Amazingly, it was Andy Carroll who got England rolling with a tremendous opening goal. He got on the end of a cross by Steven Gerrard and snapped it into the corner, silencing all of the critics who were questioning why he was in the starting XI.

England haven't been good at protecting leads and Sweden showed that when they got a pair of goal from Mellberg The Swedish defender didn't score on anything particularly pretty, but he was able to jump on a loose ball and knock it past Joe Hart to level just after halftime. Then he got on the end of a ball at the back post and nodded it home to put Sweden on top.

As bad as England has been protecting leads, though, Sweden have been worse. They blew a lead in their opener against Ukraine and did it again against England. First, Walcott hit a great shot from more than 20 yards that left Andreas Isaakson stunned. While Isaakson was frozen, the ball flew past him for the equalizer and England were alive again.

But Walcott's equalizer couldn't touch Welbeck's winner. Walcott started the play, getting through the middle of the Sweden defense before cutting out a bit towards the right and crossing just before getting to the end line. It was a fine bit of play, but the cross was behind Welbeck. Apparently Welbeck didn't care, turning and hitting a great spitting beck heel volley to find the net and deliver England a 3-2 win.

With the win, England moves level with France on four points atop Group D. On the flip side is Sweden, who are without a point in the tournament and are eliminated.

You can find our previous live coverage of the game in our Sweden vs. England, Euro 2012 StoryStream. For more on Euro 2012 and the entire world of football, follow @SBNationSoccer on Twitter.


Sweden Vs. England, Euro 2012: Olaf Mellberg Is Hodgson's Undoing

Well, this game sure has been flipped on its head. England headed into halftime up 1-0 and well in control against Sweden, who didn't look terribly threatening in the first half. They've looked like a completely different side in the second half, and they've turned the game around completely with two set piece goals.

Olaf Mellberg caused a Glen Johnson own goal in the 49th minute to equalize, and he's terrorized England again. This time, he's going to get credit for the goal, and Sweden are ahead 2-1 thanks to some terrible set piece marking.

The free kick on which Sweden went ahead was given away by James Milner with a very poor tackle on the right flank. Sebastian Larsson delivered an absolutely fantastic ball to the back post, where Mellberg was inexplicably unmarked. There were more yellow shirts at the back post than blue England shirts, and the Three Lions paid for it. An uncontested Mellberg scored easily.

And to make it more painful for England, Milner was probably seconds away from coming off. He's just been replaced by Theo Walcott.


Sweden Vs. England, Euro 2012: Glen Johnson Own Goal Ties The Match

England have failed to hold on to a 1-0 lead for the second consecutive game in Euro 2012. This time, they put the equalizer in themselves, though there was nothing that they could do about it. The goal will go down as an own goal credited to right back Glen Johnson, but he certainly doesn't deserve it. Sweden created it through a set piece, with Olaf Mellberg giving Johnson no chance to keep the ball out of the back of the net.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic hit the wall with a 49th minute free kick and Andy Carroll appeared to be in good position to make a clearance, but failed to do so and the ball broke to Mellberg. He pounced and took a rather uncharacteristic strike with his right foot, which Joe Hart made contact with but couldn't stop. The ball bounced towards the net and Johnson almost made a spectacular clearance off the line, but he hit the post with his clearance attempt and the ball ricochet into the net to make it 1-1.


Sweden Vs. England, Euro 2012: Halftime Score, Andy Carroll Has Three Lions On Top

England still aren't playing beautiful football, but they're looking quite a bit more ambitious than they were against France and they've certainly been effective. They lead Sweden 1-0 at halftime, and that score's a fairly accurate reflection of play. It's been even, but England are defending well and looked a tad bit more dangerous, even outside of the chance they created for the goal.

That goal came in the 24th minute in the best way possible, for those who like storylines and schadenfreude. Andy Carroll, who came in for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in a shift to a 4-4-2 formation, nodded in the goal off of a lofted diagonal ball by Steven Gerrard. The pair still haven't found much chemistry in Liverpool shirts, but they connected beautifully in England shirts for the goal, with Carroll splitting the defense before he rose up and powered a header into the back of the net.

Sweden haven't been bad, but they're looking just like they were in the first match against Ukraine. Decent going forward, but lacking some bite. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been solid, but certainly not spectacular. Johan Elmander came in for Markus Rosenberg and hasn't made much of a difference thus far. Joe Hart has been forced into three saves, but hasn't been terribly bothered. England look like they're in control, and Sweden are going to need something special to turn this match around.

We have live coverage of the game in our Sweden vs. England, Euro 2012 StoryStream. For more on Euro 2012 and the entire world of football, follow @SBNationSoccer on Twitter.


Sweden Vs. England, Euro 2012: There's Only One Andy Carroll?

The much maligned Andy Carroll has scored a goal for England, and his Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard is the man to set him up. In all of their matches together at Liverpool, has Carroll headed in an open play lofted or crossed ball by Gerrard? Is this a thing that has ever happened?

In any event, that's exactly how England have taken the lead against Sweden. It's been an even first half for the most part, but the Three Lions have come up with the only truly great chance of the match so far in very English fashion. Gerrard put in a diagonal ball from the right flank that looked like it was more speculative than anything, but Carroll made the perfect run and got between Sweden's two center backs before rising up and powering a spectacular header past Andreas Isaksson.

This is essentially what everyone has been waiting for since January of 2011. It'll be interesting to see if Sweden have an answer.


Sweden Vs. England, Euro 2012: Kickoff Delayed 15 Minutes

Although the weather is not expected to be a problem in Kiev, where England and Sweden will be contesting the late game in Group D, the thunderstorms that hit Donetsk earlier will have an impact there as well. Awful weather - we're talking thunder, lighting ripping the sky in half, and the pitch flooding - forced Ukraine vs. France into a nearly hour-long suspension, and that meant that that match would have extended into the scheduled time for Zlatan's Ibrahimovic's festival of fun.

UEFA couldn't be having that (it's bad for television to have two games going simultaneously), and therefore kickoff in England vs. Sweden has been pushed back fifteen minutes to the top of the hour. That game will now begin at 3:00 PM EDT (10:00 PM local). Don't worry, though - you'll still get your full allocation of Zlatan. Hopefully nobody does a rain dance in Kiev or anything.

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