England 3 - 2 Sweden: The Talking Points & Stats Analysis

England 3 - 2 Sweden: The Talking Points & Stats Analysis

With 60 minutes on the clock, Olof Mellberg put Sweden ahead as England wasted a lead for a second successive match. Luckily, for Roy Hodgson, Theo Walcott’s introduction, for the ineffective Milner, turned the game in England’s favour. England began the match in positive fashion with a Scott Parker effort forcing a good save from Andreas Isaksson. Andy Carroll justified his inclusion, giving England the lead with a towering header from a Steven Gerrard cross. Half time came with England in control despite looking nervy in possession. The second …
Brave Sweden Dumped Out - Sweden Euro 2012 match stats

Brave Sweden Dumped Out - Sweden Euro 2012 match stats

A tense Friday night in Kiev for both sets of fans, both Sweden and England knew that a positive result here was vital. England had never beaten Sweden in a competitive encounter, drawing five and losing two of the seven matches, reason for Swedish fans to be optimistic despite their poor performance against Ukraine. With the start delayed by the events in Donetsk at the other group D game, as rain and thunderstorms forced the teams off the pitch for …
Italy 1-1 Croatia Report & Why Croatia were 39.8% ‘Luckier’? [PDO v2]

Italy 1-1 Croatia Report & Why Croatia were 39.8% ‘Luckier’? [PDO v2]

Both the Azzurri and Croatia came into this game unchanged and in full confidence after their recent performances against Spain and the Republic of Ireland. Italy’s first half performance was comfortable - with the midfield trio of Pirlo, Marchisio and Thiago Motta running the show and the front line of Balotelli - Cassano were provided with constant ammunition. It was Andrea Pirlo who broke the deadlock with a trademark placed free kick from 25 yards out. Incredibly, Pirlo became the …
Germany Close In On Knock-Out Stages | Euro 2012 Stats Report

Germany Close In On Knock-Out Stages | Euro 2012 Stats Report

Germany won the classic against Holland rather comfortably, with Mario Gomez bagging a brace. With Holland the home of total football, arguably it was Germany who embodied that philosophy more, with every player responsible for and capable of everything. Holland struggle with the division between defence and attack; Van Bommel and De Jong found themselves unable to cope with the alternating runs of Schweinsteiger and Khedira as well as Özil's fantastic movement. Midfield Movement Özil once again had a good …

Adventurous Russia misfire | Tactical Report

Russia and Poland played out a 1-1 draw in a match either team could've won. Poland added a holding midfielder, Dudka, to the starting lineup to combat Russia's counter-attacks. This was at the expense of their left winger, Rybus. They chose a solid defensive formation of 4-5-1 and looked to counter quickly against the Russians. Russia kept the same starting 11 that beat the Czech Republic. Dick Advocaat is not one for fiddling with different formations, so it was no …
Les Bleus get the blues from England | Opta Stats Report

Les Bleus get the blues from England | Opta Stats Report

Laurent Blanc’s France team entered Euro 2012 on the back of a 21 unbeaten international run to face an embryonic England side, freshened by the recent arrival of Roy Hodgson, who themselves have looked resilient in their run up to the tournament. France have been far from impressive in recent tournament football, especially when you consider their domination around the turn of the century. They had drawn their last 3 opening games in international competitions, whereas England were looking for …
Shevchenko sinks Sweden | Ukraine Match Stats Report

Shevchenko sinks Sweden | Ukraine Match Stats Report

Leading up to the game, many thought Ukraine vs. Sweden would be Monday's undercard with England and France doing battle earlier on in the day. To still say this would be disrespectful to either team, as a scintillating second half saw 3 goals inside 10 minutes. Ukraine were somewhat of an unknown entity coming into this tournament, and many doubted them against Sweden . They hadn't played a competitive fixture in over 2 years, many thought their brightest sparks were …
Sweden's hopes dashed by Shevchenko - A Sweden match report

Sweden's hopes dashed by Shevchenko - A Sweden match report

Sweden's tournament started off with less of a bang than they had hoped, 3 points dropped to a Ukraine team most expected them to beat with games against England and France to come, many expected Sweden to take 3 points and quickly shift their focus to the next game on Friday versus England but this was not the case. 2 goals from Andrey Shevchenko countered the opening goal from Zlatan Ibrahimovic to give Ukraine the victory and send Sweden to …
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