Euro 2012 – England kick off campaign with a draw
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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