England Euro 2012 campaign moved into their second game in Group D after a battling 1-1 draw with Group D favourites France on Monday. England faced Sweden who lost to Euro 2012 Co-Host Ukraine 2-1.
France Deafeat Ukraine 2-0 England Euro 2012
Earlier in the day France had defeated Ukraine 2-0 in a delayed game at the Donbass Arena after electrical storms & heavy rain caused the ref to pull the players off the pitch. The win for France meant they went atop of the group with 4 points and put the pressure on England to win their match up with Sweden.
So England made just one change from the team that started against France with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain being replaced by Liverpool striker Andy Carroll meaning England played in a more conventional 4-4-2 formation. It didn’t take long for that change to take effect with Carroll opening the scoring with 23 minutes on the clock. A deep cross from England Captain Steven Gerrard was headed in by Carroll to give England a 1-0 nil lead which they would continue till half time.
The lead at half time for England was muchly deserved after havingthe better of the chances and left Sweden Euro 2012 looking like they were to face an early exit from the competition.
In the second half however Sweden came out with the bit between their teeth and managed to equalise just 4 minutes after the restart. England poorly defended a Sweden free kick which allowed Olof Melberg score and it was a similar story 10 minutes later. As Melberg scored his 2nd of the game after he headed into the net uncontested with 30 minutes left to play and give Sweden a 2-1 lead.
With England’s Euro 2012 hopes in tatters all eyes were on England Boss Roy Hodgson on how he could resurrect his sinking ship. His plan was to bring on Arsenal’s Theo Walcott to replace James Milner and his plan worked perfectly.
Within 4 minutes Walcott had levelled the score after his curling effort form 20 yards out went passed Isaksson in the Sweden goal & Walcott was involved in England’ s winner. Walcott showed his pace by defeating 2 Sweden players in the box and crossing for Welbeck to deftly back heel to give England the 3-2 lead and the 3 points.
England Euro 2012 – Take 2nd spot in Group D
The win for England puts them 2nd in Euro 2012 Group D table and a draw or win on Tuesday against Ukraine will see them qualify for the Euro 2012 quarterfinals.
That wraps up our look at the latest England Euro 2012 game be sure to check back everyday for the latest Euro 2012 news from Real Sporting News.
Wednesday saw Day 6 of the Uefa Euro 2012 tournament take place with the action coming from Group B or as know the Group of Death as it featured 4 of the countries ranked in the top 10 of the FIFA World Rankings. This is the second round of games in this group after Germany defeated Portugal & Denmark shocked Holland in the opening games in Uefa Euro 2012 Group B.
UEFA Euro 2012 – Portugal 3 – 2 Denmark
The early game of tonights Uefa Euro 2012 results saw Portugal taking on Denmark in what was a must win game for Portugal as a loss would see them out of the competition. It was Portugal who made the perfect start scoring in the 24th minute with a thumping near post header & Portugal doubled their lead through a close range strike from Helder Postiga to give Portugal a 2-0 lead. However Denmark would reduce their deficit through a smart headed finish by Nicklas Bendtner just before half time.
Denmark would then level the match in the 80th minute as another strong header from Nicklas Bendtner tied the game. Yet the scoring was not over yet as a stunning strike from Silvestre Varela in the 87th minute would give Portugal all 3 points and a lifeline in Group B.
Germany 2 – 1 Holland – Uefa Euro 2012
In the second game of the night from Euro 2012 saw Germany take on Holland who again needed a win to stay competition but Germany were too efficient and too good and defeated Holland to effectively book their place in the Euro 2012 Quarter finals.
Germany took a 2-0 half time lead thanks to a Mario Gomez first half double, his first goal was a smart finish after a neat turn inside of the box, whilst his second was a great strike from the corner of the box.
Robin Van Persie scored a superb 20 yard strike to make the score 2-1 but the goal would simply be a consolation goal as the Germans efficiency shined through.
That wraps up todays Euro 2012 scores and we will report back from Poland & Ukraine for the action from Group C where Spain face Ireland & Croatia face Italy, so be sure to check back to Real Sporting News for the latest Euro 2012 news.
The Euro 2012 group stages reached the final group which was Group D which features co hosts Ukraine, France, Sweden & England. The 2 obvious favourites from Group D are France & England but they have both had difficult tournaments as of late and they opened the tournament in Donetsk.
Euro 2012 England campaign has been under the radar with limited expectations from the English football fans and the same can be said for France Euro 2012 hopes despite carrying a 21 game unbeaten record into the tournament.
Euro 2012 – England v France
The Euro 2012 Group D opener featured England & France and both teams were looking to open their Euro 2012 Campaign off with a win & England had the better of the Early exchanges as James Milner rounded Lloris in the France goal only to shoot wide.
However it would be England who would open the scoring after captain Steven Gerrard whipped it a free kick which was headed home by Joleon Lescott on the half hour. For Joleon Lescott it was his first goal for the England Senior Team and sent the England fans at the Donbass Arena into raptures.
However the lead for England would only last 9 minutes as the England defence gave Nasri too much room and he slotted a precise 20 yard past Joe Hart at his near post.
The scores would be tied at 1-1 at half time both teams would have been satisfied & the second half was a lot tighter with France getting the better of the chances but the scores would stayed tied at 1-1 which would be a fair result for both teams.
In the second game of the UEFA Euro 2012 Group D saw co hosts Ukraine take on Sweden in Kiev and after a drab 1st half the action was kept for the 2nd half. Ibrahimovic gave Sweden the lead but Ukraine would come from behind to win 2-1 thanks to a Shevchenko double to leave Ukraine on top of Group D after the first game.
Euro 2012 Group D – England 1 – 1 France & Ukraine 2 – 1 Sweden
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With the Uefa Euro 2012 Championships just 10 days away the Euro 2012 Countdown has well and truly begun with all 16 countries involved in the competition having to have finalised their Euro 2012 Squads on Tuesday.
Englands UEFA Euro 2012 Squad – Barry misses out through injury
England’s Euro 2012 squad had one changed which was forced upon them after their friendly with Norway on Saturday. Gareth Barry picked up a lower abdomen injury which would leave him sidelined for the duration of the tournament. Barry’s replacement was Everton central defender Phil Jagielka and he will be in the 23 man squad heading to Euro 2012 after England’s friendly against Belgium on Saturday at Wembley.
Another home nation will be in the Euro 2012 tournament and the Republic of Irleand Euro 2012 squad also featured 1 change as Wolves Kevin Foley was not deemed fit enough to be included after being put in the provisional squad. Paul McShane will replace Foley in the squad where he will play alongside Robbie Keane, Shay Given & John O’Shea.
Spains UEFA Euro 2012 squad finalised without David Villa
Favourites & defending champions Spain Euro 2012 squad sees 1 high profile name missing from the squad with David Villa out of the squad after he couldn’t recover in time from a broken tibia. Spain manager Vincente del Bosque selected Fernando Torres, Alvaro Negredo, Pedro, Jesus Navas & Fernando Llorente as his attacking options.
Holland Euro 2012 squad see household names such as Arjen Robben, Robin Van Persie, Wesley Sneijder & Rafael Van deer Vaart make the squad and make them favourites as well with the amount of quality they have throughout their squad.
Football fans throughout Europe will be glued to their televisions throughout the 3 weeks of the UEFA Euro 2012 competition as the best national side in Europe is decide & Real Sporting News will keep you up to date with all the latest.
With the UEFA Euro 2012 competition just a couple of weeks away England kicked off their preparations for the tournament in Poland & Ukraine with a friendly against Norway to kick off England Euro 2012 Campaign.
For England it was the beginning of a new era as it was Roy Hodgson’s first game in charge as England Manager & first game as official England Captain Steve Gerrard.
As with all friendlies before a major competition the game was used as a chance for players in England’s Euro 2012 squad to show the manager why they deserve a place in the starting 11 for the opening game of Euro 2012.
Euro 2012 – England v Norway at the Ullevaal Stadium
The game itself took place in Norway at the Ullevaal Stadium which is the home ground for Valerenga IF and the chance for England to defeat Norway for the first time in 32 years.
The games only goal came in the 9th minute when Man Utd’s Ashley Young scored after a nice pass from Liverpool’s Andy Carroll and that early goal was the decisive one as England ran out victorious with a 1- nil win.
The positives to be taken out of the game from an England point of view for their preparations is that they got a win & kept a clean sheet but the performance was far from perfect. England across the whole of the pitch were guilty of wasting possession. Which when faced off against better opposition in Euro 2012 will doubt be punished where Norway were unable to.
Norway had many opportunities to draw the game level and even win the game but their inability to convert the chances cost them dearly & explains their absence from this summers European Championships.
Gareth Barry Injury Concern for Euro 2012
For England their was one injury concern as Gareth Barry limped off after being brought on as a half time substitute with a groin problem. England will have to asses Barry’s injury before finalising their 23 man squad for Euro 2012.
Englands Euro 2012 preparations will continue next Saturday where they will play Belgium in their final warm up game before facing France on June 11th.
Keeping checking out Real Sporting News for all the news from this summers Euro 2012 Competition.
The 2012 Champions League Final is upon us and kicks off at 7:45 on Saturday 19th May 2012 at the Allianz Arena in Munich Germany. The Match will take place between German Bundesliga club Bayern Munich & English Premier League side Chelsea.
Champions League Final Venue 2012
The 2012 Champions League Final venue the Allianz Arena is a 69’901 all seating stadium and is the Home stadium for Champions League finalists Bayern Munich & TSV 1860 Munich. The stadium was opened in May 2005 & was used in the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany & hosted 1 of the Semi Final matches.
Road to the 2012 Champions League Final
So Lets take a look at the 2 teams who will contest the UEFA Champions League Final 2012 and beginning with Bayern Munich who topped their group with a record of 4 wins, 1 draw & 1 loss. In the Knockout stages Munich had a comprehensive 7-1 aggregate win over Basel & a 4-0 victory over Marseille. In the Semi Finals Bayern knocked out Real Madrid 3-1 on penalties after a 3-3 aggregate draw.
Chelsea’s road to the Champions League Final also saw them top their group with a record of 3 wins, 2 draws & 1 loss but Chelsea needed big performances in the knockout stages. A dramatic recovery against Napoli to win 5-4 on aggregate saw them face Benfica in the Quarter final where they won 3-1 on aggregate. In the Semi Final Chelsea faced reigning Champions League Champions Barcelona and a 1 nil win at Stamford Bridge set up a thrilling Second Leg. Chelsea managed to claim a 2-2 draw at the Nou Camp which saw Chelsea into the final with the 3-2 aggregate win.
So tonights final boils down to 90 minutes of football with extra time & penalties if needed to crown the best club team in Europe & will no doubt attract potentially Billions of views from across the world.
If you went one of the lucky ones with some 2012 Champions League final tickets you will be able to watch the final in HD at home or at the pub & make sure you check back to Real Sporting News for all the redaction from the Champions League Final 2012.