Euro 2012

England 1-0 Ukraine: cagey game

June 20, 2012
England 1-0 Ukraine: cagey game

Wayne Rooney returned to head in a simple goal, and England finish top of Group D. Roy Hodgson dropped Andy Carroll to bring in Rooney, so Danny Welbeck returned to his position as the primary centre-forward. Oleh Blokhin made various changes – Andriy Shevchenko wasn’t fit enough to start, and Andriy Voronin was dropped, so there...
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Spain 1-0 Croatia: Navas snatches late winner

June 18, 2012
Spain 1-0 Croatia: Navas snatches late winner

Spain played an extremely cautious game, but won after Croatia pushed forward. Vicente Del Bosque kept the same starting XI, meaning Fernando Torres again spearheaded the attack. Slaven Bilic made various changes, effectively using a version of the 4-2-3-1 system he finished the Italy game with. Domagoj Vida started at right-back, pushing Darijo Srna forward to...
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Portugal 2-1 Holland: van Marwijk makes changes, but Holland crash out with zero points

June 18, 2012
Portugal 2-1 Holland: van Marwijk makes changes, but Holland crash out with zero points

Portugal suffered an early setback, but played better football and fully deserved their win. Paulo Bento kept the same starting XI for the third game in a row. Bert van Marwijk made three changes. In defence, Ron Vlaar replaced Johnny Heitinga in a straight swap. It was further forward where he made significant alterations – Rafael...
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England 3-2 Sweden: long balls, set-pieces and terrible defending

June 16, 2012
England 3-2 Sweden: long balls, set-pieces and terrible defending

A scrappy game low on quality, but high on entertainment. Roy Hodgson made one change. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was dropped with Ashley Young moving to the left, and Andy Carroll coming upfront as a target man. Erik Hamren brought in three players – Johan Elmander upfront, Anders Svensson in the middle, and Jonas Olsson at the back,...
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France 2-0 Ukraine: Ribery v Husiev battle decides the game

June 16, 2012
France 2-0 Ukraine: Ribery v Husiev battle decides the game

After a long rain delay, France took the initiative and went onto win the game comfortably. Laurent Blanc made two changes. One was a straight swap, with Patrice Evra dropping out and Gael Clichy starting at left-back. Higher up, the introduction of Jeremy Menez at the expense of Florent Malouda meant Samir Nasri moved into...
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