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 He's just been replaced by Theo Walcott.

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