Tuesday is the last day of the Euro 2012 group stages, with Group D set to be decided. France can top the pool with a win over the already-eliminated Sweden, whilst England and Ukraine play in a straight shootout for quarter-final inclusion.
France vs Sweden
France have started to click into gear, and have been going about their business with no thrills – but no defeats either. Laurent Blanc’s men are now unbeaten in 23 games, and know that a win over Sweden will see them top Group D. A draw against England in their opener was followed by a 2-0 victory over Ukraine, as Les Bleus look to seal a place in the last eight.
Blanc changed his side slightly for the last game, with Jeremy Menez coming into an attacking midfield role and repaying his manager’s faith with a goal. With Spain topping Group C, Les Bleus will be keen to do likewise in their pool, and an attacking display is expected on Tuesday evening.
Sweden have been one of the tournament’s disappointments, as an able side have failed to live up to their pre-tournament billing. The Scandinavians have lost both games to Ukraine and England, throwing away leads in both fixtures. Erik Hamren’s men will be especially frustrated with giving up a 2-1 lead against England to lose 3-2.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and the rest of the side for that matter, will have something to prove and will hope not to end the campaign pointless. France can expect a tough game, but will know that Sweden are there for the taking after back-to-back defeats.
England vs Ukraine
England enter their final game in Group D knowing that a draw will see them make the last eight, but the Three Lions will want to win their game to give themselves a chance of topping the pool and avoiding Spain. The team will be boosted by the return of Wayne Rooney, whilst Theo Walcott has also been deemed as fit to play after a hamstring injury scare.
Roy Hodgson has important decisions to make in regards to team selection, but the nation’s fans will be confident of progression. The new manager will not be happy with the manner of the two goals conceded to Sweden, and as such will look to tighten up from set pieces in order to give themselves a chance of victory.
After seeing fellow hosts Poland eliminated on Saturday, Ukraine will hope to buck the trend and continue their Euro 2012 campaign with a win over England. A 2-1 win over Sweden was blunted by a 2-0 defeat to France, and as such Oleg Blokhin’s men must win to avoid an early exit.
Andriy Shevchenko scored both goals in the first game, but is reportedly struggling for fitness ahead of the game. The home crowd in Donetsk will play a part in Ukraine’s chances, and the side will hope to emulate the result from the last time they played England – a 1-0 win in Dnipro back in 2009.