Sweden v France, 19 June 2012

Score2-0 to Sweden
RefereePedro Proenca
CompetitionUEFA European Championship Finals Group D
VenueOlimpiyskyi Kyiv, Kyiv
Attendance65,000
Kick-off: 9.45pm local Assistant referees: Bertino Miranda (Portugal) Ricardo Santos (Portugal) Fourth official: Pol van Boekel (Netherlands) Additional assistant referees: Jorge Sousa (Portugal) Duarte Gomes (Portugal) Man of the Match: Zlatan Ibrahimović (Sweden) A moment of brilliance from Zlatan Ibrahimović was the key to ensuring Sweden bowed out of UEFA EURO 2012 with a victory that sent France into a quarter-final with Spain as Group D runners-up. Top of the section before the game but not quite through, France knew even a one-goal defeat would book their progress. The final margin was double that, Ibrahimović's acrobatic goal and a late Sebastian Larsson clincher ending Les Bleus' 23-match unbeaten run and ensuring that, at the third time of asking in Kyiv, Sweden did not see a lead turn into a defeat. England's 1-0 win against Ukraine therefore meant they overtook France, who meet the holders on Saturday in Donetsk, where they are based for these finals and played their previous two matches. Sweden could not improve on fourth place but with the majority of the support in the stands, they raced out of the blocks, Ola Toivonen – in for Johan Elmander up front – heading just wide and after some great Kim Källström skill, Larsson making Hugo Lloris save. At the other end Andreas Isaksson did even better to deny Franck Ribéry from close range. Lloris was a relieved man soon after when Toivonen shook off Philippe Mexès, raced into the box, rounded the goalkeeper, but found the angle too acute and hit the outside of the post. Karim Benzema then smashed a shot over but that early hectic pace was not maintained in the stifling evening heat and gradually the openings dried up. On his major tournament bow Emir Bajrami on the Sweden flanks kept France on their toes, however, taking his chance in Rasmus Elm's enforced absence. There was some excitement later in the half when Benzema led a jinking break with Ribéry, whose effort was deflected wide. Perhaps that dropping of tempo was the reason Christian Wilhelmsson was sent on for Bajrami at the break, the substitute immediately menacing the France defence. Benzema had the first clear chance of the second period, curling the ball wide, but Lloris needed to produce a great save to deny Larsson on 53 minutes. Barely 60 seconds later the France goalkeeper had no chance, Larsson crossing and Ibrahimović superbly twisting his body for a flying volley from the edge of the area. Not long after the Sweden captain set up Wilhelmsson, so influential so quickly, but Lloris stood firm and then tipped over from Olof Mellberg. Florent Malouda replaced Hatem Ben Arfa and France rallied; Yann M'Vila, starting in place of injury doubt Yohan Cabaye, sent in a powerful strike that was well saved by Isaksson. A Nasri cross so nearly found its way to Mexès but Mellberg slid in with perfect timing. Jérémy Ménez came on and a slight mis-hit allowed Isaksson to block his first effort; from the resulting corner another substitute, Olivier Giroud, headed wide when unmarked. However Sweden and their celebrating fans had the last word, substitute Samuel Holmén hitting the crossbar and Larssson smashing in the rebound. France's advance was still never in doubt but Mexès will miss their encounter with Spain after receiving his second booking of these finals.

2  Sweden

Manager: Erik Hamrén

0  France

Manager: Laurent Blanc

Goals:

Zlatan Ibrahimović 54 G
Seb Larsson 90 G

Goals:

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson
Defender Olof Mellberg
Defender Jonas Olsson
Defender/Midfielder Seb Larsson
Defender/Midfielder Martin Olsson
Midfielder Emir Bajrami
Midfielder Kim Källström
Midfielder Anders Svensson
Forward Zlatan Ibrahimović (captain)
Forward Ola Toivonen

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (captain)
Defender Gaël Clichy
Defender Philippe Mexès
Defender Adil Rami
Defender/Midfielder Mathieu Debuchy
Midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa
Midfielder Alou Diarra
Midfielder Yann M'Vila
Midfielder Samir Nasri
Midfielder Franck Ribéry
Forward Karim Benzema

Substitutions:

Christian Wilhelmsson for Emir Bajrami 46
Pontus Wernbloom for Ola Toivonen 78
Samuel Holmen for Anders Svensson 79

Substitutions:

Florent Malouda for Hatem Ben Arfa 59
Jeremy Menez for Samir Nasri 77
Olivier Giroud for Yann M'Vila 83

Cards:

Anders Svensson 70 Y
Samuel Holmen 81 Y

Cards:

Philippe Mexès 68 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Par Hansson
Goalkeeper Johan Wiland
Defender Mikael Antonsson
Defender Mikael Lustig
Midfielder Rasmus Elm
Midfielder Samuel Holmen
Midfielder Behrang Safari
Midfielder/Forward Pontus Wernbloom
Forward Johann Elmander
Forward Tobias Hysen

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso
Goalkeeper Steve Mandanda
Defender Patrice Evra
Midfielder Yohan Cabaye
Midfielder Marvin Martin
Midfielder Blaise Matuidi
Midfielder Mathieu Valbuena
Forward Olivier Giroud
Forward Florent Malouda
Forward Jeremy Menez