Zeenews Sports Bureau
Kiev: Two matches of Group D took place on Day 12 of Euro 2012 on Tuesday. France took on Sweden while England faced hosts Ukraine.
England goes through as the winner of the group and will face Italy in the quarterfinals, after holding off a spirited Ukraine side in a 1-0 win. France finishes in second place following a 2-0 defeat by Sweden, where one of the goals of the tournament was scored by Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The French will play defending champion Spain in the next round.
France lose but still qualify for Quarters:
France will play Spain in the Euro 2012 quarter-finals after surrendering their Group D top spot to England by losing 2-0 to Sweden.
Final Score: Sweden 2-0 France
Erik Hamren`s men, who already had their elimination confirmed after losing both of their first two games, frustrated the French side in the first half and through Ola Toivonen had two excellent chances to take the lead.
Les Bleus looked very flat in the first half, with Franck Ribery forcing Andreas Isaksson into his only save of the period, as they looked nothing like the attacking threat that beat Ukraine 2-0.
England top Group D; set QF date with Italy:
Wayne Rooney returned from suspension to fire England to the top of Group D and into the quarter-finals of Euro 2012 as a 1-0 victory over Ukraine set up a date with Italy on Sunday.
Final Score: England 1-0 Ukraine
The co-hosts dominated much of the opening half and England were happy to get into the break level despite having the best chance through the Manchester United striker.
However, Roy Hodgson’s side came out with a much more impetus in the second half and Rooney scored the 29th goal of his international career to keep England’s unbeaten record in Poland and Ukraine intact.
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