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England, France join the Quarterfinals
Posted By Michael Jenkins On Jun 19 2012 @ 5:07 pm In Soccer | No Comments
England won Group D today with a 1-0 victory over Ukraine. Ukraine played very well and controlled the game for long periods of time, but England’s Wayne Rooney scored in the opening stages of the 2nd half to allow England to advance. Rooney, who suited up for the first time in the tournament due to a two game suspension earned during qualifying, scored on a back post header in the 48th minute. England then settled in defensively knowing that a draw would allow them to advance and Ukraine took advantage by launching attack after attack into the England half of the field. The Ukrainians outshot the English 16-10. The game was not without controversy as Ukraine thought they had scored in the 62nd minute, but the officials deemed that the ball did not completely cross the goal line. England will have to play more offensively to defeat the better teams as the tournament continues.
France was defeated by Sweden today by a score of 2-0, but still advanced to the 2nd round on the strength of earlier performances during pool play. Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a majestic goal in the 54th minute and Sebastian Larsson scored in the 91st minute to allow the Swedes to go home with their heads held up high. France’s Jeremy Menez wasted their best chance with about 10 minutes left to go and now the French move on to the quarterfinals with their confidence that has to be rattled. The French will have to play much better to advance past the quarterfinals.
The quarterfinals are now set. Play will resume on Thursday.
Thursday, June 21- Czech Republic v. Portugal- 2:45pm EST
Friday, June 22- Germany v. Greece- 2:45pm EST
Saturday, June 23- Spain v. France- 2:45pm EST
Sunday, June 24- England v. Italy- 2:45pm EST
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