Euro 2012 day four as it happened

Live text commentary and video as Ukraine beat Sweden after England earn an important 1-1 draw against France in their opening match at Euro 2012.

11 June 2012 Last updated at 22:26

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  1. 2225: 

    So another day of Euro action, five goals, a win for the co-hosts and a decent start for England. All in all a good day. That's it from us, and I'll be back from 15:30 tomorrow for Group A. We start with Greece v Czech Republic. See you there.

  2. 2223: 

    There was even a bit of chat in the office earlier that Spain may struggle to get out of their group - Croatia were that good...

  3.  

    Sarah Morgan ‏ "Re 2144: Surprise package for me - brilliantly organised, adventurous Croatia. Could qualify at expense of Spain if they go on as started."

    Josh Ilan ‏on Twitter: "Re 2153: Kjaer and Agger were fantastic in thwarting Holland in Denmark's brilliant victory over them."

  4.   
    BBC Sport presenter Jake Humphrey in Kiev

    "Remember when England used to win big games at tournaments and towns would be alive with people beeping horns and waving flags?? That is Kiev!"

  5.   
    Former England striker Alan Shearer on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "All the talk before the game was about France's 21-match unbeaten run and that England were going to get beat. But England can be very pleased with their afternoon's work. It sets the players up very nicely for their match against Sweden, who I watched tonight and thought were not very impressive.

    "That draw today is very, very important. Whoever you are it's a must that you don't get beaten in the first game. There are plenty of positives to take, although there are few things we need to work on as well."

  6.  

    Andy, from London, on text: "Andrea Pirlo for me, even in his deeper role he was the most assured Italian and everything good about them involved him - against the reigning and world champions let's not forget."

  7. 2209: 

    Here's some quotes from the main man - Andriy Shevchenko. He's got years left in him by the sounds of it:

    "I feel great - it was an historic game for us, it's a victory," said Shevchenko, who made his debut back in 1995.

    "I feel like I'm 20 years old, not 35!"

  8. 2203: 

    What's coming up tomorrow at the Euros then I hear you ask? Why it's the second games in Group A.

    First up Greece face Czech Republic in Wroclaw, that's a 17:00 kick-off, before rampant Russia play Poland in Warsaw in the later game.

  9.  

    Jason Phillips on Twitter:‏ "Re 2153. Big mention to Krohn-Dehli of Denmark. A constant threat for a team who were supposed to be hammered by the Dutch."

    Tim G on Twitter: "Best player? Easily Henderson. Did not put one foot wrong, flawless game from him!"

  10. 2201: 

    The curious case of Robin van Persie - he was off the pace the other day wasn't he? Strange. Massive game for the Dutch next up - their huge rivals Germany await. Can't wait for that one, it's live on BBC One on Wednesday evening.

  11.  

    Shohidur Rahman on Twitter: "Re 2144. Russia, Denmark, Croatia and Ukraine all topping their groups after the first round of games. What were the odds on that?"

    Kethan Dawar ‏on Twitter: "Re 2153. Even though they lost, Wesley Sneijder was immense for the Netherlands. He was creating chances left and right."

    arsenal god ‏on Twitter: "Re 2153. Not sure about best player but ironically RVP has been the worst player in the tournament by a mile."

  12.  

    J-W, Peterhead, via text: "Re 2144. Russia. Class act but tomorrow is vital for them."

    Praha, Middlesex, via text: "Re 2144. Russia easily - played brilliant counter attacking football and have a very solid team."

  13.  

    Rob, London, via text: "Re 2140: Ray Clemence's injury must mean Jack Butland is now third choice."

  14. 2153: 

    So who's been the best player of the opening round of games? Sheva? Dzagoev? Arshavin? Jordan Henderson? Your shouts please. Ping them on on Twitter and via text.

  15.  

    Prince Nnaji on Twitter: "Who would have thought Ukraine would top the group tonight? That's an additional reason why I love football. Unpredictable."

    Keagan Blaze ‏on Twitter: "Shevchenko like Hefner? He scores even at his age."

    Matt Bregazzi ‏on Twitter: "Alan Hansen thinks it'll be a breeze for England against Sweden/Ukraine. You mean like how we expected to stuff Algeria at the World Cup?"

  16.   
    Former England boss Graham Taylor on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Shevchenko is past his best - we all know that. But going further back into his career he scored some fantastic headed goals. I don't know the man but I'm pleased for him and the Ukrainian people. Watching the game in Donetsk you could see the enjoyment on the faces of families here that 'we've won'. It's a fantastic experience to be part of."

  17.  

    Fede, in London: "The two teams that surpassed my expectations were by far Italy and Denmark!"

    I was impressed by Italy as well.

  18. 2147: 

    A historic night for Ukraine as they pick up their first win in the European Championship. Beat France on Friday and they're though.

  19.  

    Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "Ukraine are first hosts to win opening match since Holland, Belgium both won in 2000. Belgium beat Sweden 2-1 on that occasion."

  20.   
    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Jan Molby in Kiev:

    "There is going to be a big party in this city tonight - and rightly so. This type of performance was unexpected from Ukraine. They have been exceptional all night and where they found the spirit to come back from 1-0 down I'm not sure. They will gain momentum and confidence from this result."

  21. 2144: 

    So then, we've now seen all 16 teams competing in these finals - who have you been most impressed by?

  22.   
    Lee Dixon on MOTD:

    "We said at half-time that it would be about Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Andriy Shevchenko - and it was about both."

  23.  

    BBC Sport journalist Richard Conway on Twitter: "So England's injury worries continue. Goalkeeping coach Ray Clemence flying back to UK after snapping achilles tendon pre-match in Donetsk. Roy Hodgson: 'He's in an awful lot of pain and has to go back to England for an operation.'"

  24. 2140: 

    Ukraine go top of Group D then - and there are great scenes in Kiev. Someone tell them they're not through yet...

  25. 2139: 
    FULL-TIME- Ukraine 2-1 Sweden
  26. 2137: 

    Another chance for Sweden! They stick Olof Mellberg up top and he gets on the end of a cross but floats a left-footed volley on to the roof of the net. Erik Hamren's side are really going for this.

  27.   
    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Jan Molby in Kiev:

    "You feel when Sweden score or create Ibrahimovic has to be involved. We know Elmander is not a natural goalscorer, but you cannot miss from six yards out in front of the goalkeeper on the volley."

  28. 2137: 
    SUBSTITUTION FOR UKRAINE- Marko Devic on for Yevhen Konoplyanka
  29. 2136: 

    If looks could kill, Johan Elmander would be a dead man. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is sending daggers at his team-mate after that fine pass sent him clear.

  30.  

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator Darren Fletcher in Kiev: "Andriy Voronin is the opposite to Samson - he has got better since having his hair cut after sporting long hair at Liverpool."

  31.  

    England goalscorer Joleon Lescott on Twitter: "Just on the plane en route back to Poland. Very solid and professional performance from everyone, also great support."

  32. 2134: 

    Oh no! Massive chance for Sweden who should be level! Zlatan Ibrahimovic is inevitably involved, sending Johan Elmander in with a deft flick but the former Bolton man has no composure at all and slashes his shot wildly over the top. You've blown it Johan. Blown it.

  33.  

    Tom, Clevedon, via text: "Best possible result for England! Sweden will have to get a win - suits our on the break game!"

  34. 2133: 

    Ukraine threaten to break away down the right but the final pass is poor and Olof Melberg is able to see it out. Into the final minute.

  35.  

    Jessica Beeken on Twitter:‏ "Ukraine have 11 Dirk Kuyts on the pitch. Only difference is that Shevchenko can score! Work rate cannot be faulted."

    Ychocky ‏on Twitter: "A decider in Ukraine v England is a perfect script for that Rooney lad to come good!"

    Rishi Verma ‏on Twitter: "Testimonial-like ovation for Shevchenko, as he's substituted in Kiev. Great scenes, for a great goalscorer."

  36. 2130: 

    Christian Wilhelmsson whips in a cross from the left which both Ukraine centre-halves have a swing at but somehow the ball goes to safety. Can Ukraine hang on?

  37. 2129: 
    SUBSTITUTION FOR UKRAINE- Ruslan Rotan on for Andriy Voronin
  38. 2128: 

    Serhiy Nazarenko bends in a free-kick over the top. That will do for Ukraine now though. It kills the clock.

  39. 2126: 

    There are nine minutes left by the way. Artem Milevskiy, who has just come on in place of Andriy Shevchenko, did some serious damage for me on an old game of Championship Manager about six years ago. He was prolific for Stoke.

  40.  

    Chloe, London, via text: "Those goals from Shevchenko brought tears to my eyes. This is how you do it Zlatan...chop chop!"

  41. 2126: 
    SUBSTITUTION FOR UKRAINE- Artem Milevskiy on for Andriy Shevchenko

    Shevchenko gets a rapturous reception. Has he won the game for them?

  42. 2124: 

    Sweden are piling on the pressure. Christian Wilhelmsson is the latest to shoot but again it's straight at Andriy Pyatov.

  43.   
    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Jan Molby in Kiev:

    "When you talk about sheer power and great technique this is it from Ibrahimovic. If that's not straight at the goalkeeper it goes straight through the back of the net. That was an absolute rocket."

  44.  

    Ken Ouma on Twitter:‏ "Re 19:45. We watched Ola Toivonen and he did nothing special."

  45. 2121: 

    Sweden now having more of the ball - and this is almost a great goal! Zlatan Ibrahimovic flicks on a header to Rasmus Elm, who pops it back to Zlatan, who belts a fantastic shot at goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov. Pyatov got his body behind it but that was struck supremely well by Ibrahimovic. Elm has moved further forward since the last substitution and he is proving a menace.

  46.  

    Ben Olive on Twitter: "What are the odds on Shevchenko getting the Golden Boot at Euro 2012?? That would be fairytale stuff. Though unlikely, granted."

    Scott Muir on Twitter: "A win for Ukraine is worst possible result for England. When England v Ukraine happens, it could be a decider now, script written for Sheva..."

  47. 2118: 

    Sweden have 15 minutes to find a way back into the game, but at the moment it's Ukraine who look the most likely to score to me.

  48.  

    Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "Shevchenko is the 12th player to score at least twice in a European Championship match and a World Cup match. Among others are Zidane, Muller, Villa, Henry, Larsson."

  49. 2116: 
    SUBSTITUTION FOR SWEDEN- Johan Elmander on for Markus Rosenberg

    The former Bolton man Elmander is on - it's a gamble as he is not fully fit after breaking his foot at the end of the Turkish season.

  50. 2115: 

    Sweden have to get their talisman on the ball, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic almost crafts an equaliser with a majestic pass to pick out Rasmus Elm but the midfielder can't quite connect. A gem of a pass though.

  51.  

    BBC MOTD on Twitter: "Shevchenko has two goals and Independence Square is going mental. We'll show you the pictures from there and fan reactions at full-time."

  52.   
    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Jan Molby in Kiev:

    "It's been a fantastic tournament so far. You sense every team has been going to win their games."

  53. 2113: 

    Sweden look shocked by that two-goal burst, though Rasmus Elm has just pinged a shot wide from 30 yards. I'm reliably informed he's another free-kick expert, so watch out if he gets a chance.

  54. 2112: 
    SUBSTITUTION FOR SWEDEN- Christian Wilhelmsson for Seb Larsson
  55.  

    Raj, Birmingham, via text: "Age is only a number, but class is permanent! Shevchenko rolling back the years! Pure class."

  56. 2111: 

    Think of the pressure on Andriy Shevchenko tonight, captain of his country as they co-host a tournament. But credit to him, he's found two goals in a short burst to turn this one on its head. Remarkable effort.

  57.   
    Martin Keown on MOTD:

    "It is such a sloppy goal to concede. But Shevchenko is on fire. It is his movement again. He loops his run. The defending is poor but the finish is great."

  58.   
    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Jan Molby in Kiev:

    "Absolutely incredible. Shevchenko attacks the space again and arrives with a little flick of the head. He looks as sharp as he possibly could be. He doesn't have that blistering pace anymore but he has the nose of where he has to be to score."

  59. 2110: 

    Yes, that is the same Anders Svensson who used to play for Southampton years ago. The man for a crisis?

  60. 2108: 
    SUBSTITUTION FOR SWEDEN- Anders Svensson on for Ola Toivonen
  61.  

    Paul, Warrington, via text: "Andriy, Andriy, Eeeba Eeeba! I felt a Shevchenko special approaching from the moment that cross left the right winger's foot!"

  62. 2106: 
    GOAL- Ukraine 2 (Andriy Shevchenko, 62 mins) 1 Sweden

    Golden boot time for Sheva! Oleh Gusev whips in a corner to the near post, Andriy Shevchenko loses his marker Zlatan Ibrahimovic far too easily and flicks in a header. Rolling back the years.

  63. 2105: 

    It's all coming out from the Ukrainians now - Andriy Voronin pulls out a Cruyff turn in the area to lose his man but his low shot is cleared.

  64.   
    MOTD presenter Gary Lineker

    "Wonderful moment inside the Shevchenko Stadium in the City of Shevchenko."

  65.   
    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Jan Molby in Kiev:

    "You sensed a Sweden goal. They started the second half a bit better and pushed everyone 15 yards further up. Toivonen starts the move and Ukraine should have dealt better with him.

    "But then it's a perfect response from the home side. You look at the opportunities they had in the first half and they deserve it. I think if it had gone another 10 minutes with Sweden leading it would have been the end of Ukraine. Now it's game on."

  66. 2102: 

    Game on then. There we were thinking Andriy Shevchenko may be coming off with that dead leg and he nets with a great header.

  67.   
    Martin Keown on MOTD:

    "Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Shevchenko has waited for this moment all his life and he took it like he'd been waiting for it. Great movement. He is brave, he is first to the ball and he embarrasses the defender."

  68. 2059: 
    GOAL- Ukraine 1 (Andriy Shevchenko, 55 mins) 1 Sweden

    There he is! The veteran notches for a jubilant Ukraine. Smart work down the right from Andriy Yarmolenko to create space for a cross, and when he puts it in Andriy Shevchenko gets in front of Olof Mellberg to thump a header into the net. His 47th goal for his nation. Class.

  69. 2058: 

    Ukraine are not happy about that goal as they had a man down injured in the build-up but Sweden played on. Again, that is up to the referee to sort out, not Sweden.

  70. 2056: 
    GOAL- Ukraine 0-1 Sweden (Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 52 mins)

    Poor defending from Ukraine allows that man Zlatan Ibrahimovic to nip in for the opener. Seb Larsson's cross to the back post is not dealt with by Andriy Yarmolenko, Kim Kallstrom collects the ball and squares it perfectly for Zlatan to tap in at the near post. Easy.

  71.   
    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Jan Molby in Kiev:

    "Rosenberg ended up shooting from distance and it is the first thing we've seen from Sweden for a while."

  72. 2054: 

    National icon Andriy Shevchenko is poleaxed by Andreas Granqvist. Looks like a dead leg to me - knee to knee contact. He's up and jogging cautiously away.

  73.  

    Wolf Luecker on Twitter: "One of the classic 1970s bearded and mercurial icons: Paul Breitner."

  74. 2053: 

    Sweden are next to threaten as Ola Toivonen picks out Markus Rosenberg in space on the right of the area, he sends in a low shot which looks a decent effort until a defender gets a foot in the way to steer the ball clear.

  75.  

    Kev Johnson, via text: "Best beard in football EVER belonged to the late Trevor Hockey."

    If you've never seen the ex-Birmingham striker's whiskers then I suggest you search online. Impressive.

  76. 2050: 

    Ukraine right on the front foot and cause some chaos with a cross from the right, Sweden just about get it away though.

  77. 2050: 
    KICK-OFF

    The second half is under way.

  78. 2049: 

    The players are back out on the field in Kiev.

  79.   
    Lee Dixon on MOTD:

    "If England are watching this game they will be delighted, there's nothing to concern them from either Ukraine or Sweden."

  80. 2048: 

    This stadium in Kiev by the way is where England are in action next on Friday night, against Sweden. It should be a bit cooler kicking off later anyway, the England players struggled in that heat this afternoon.

  81.  

    Colin Wellstead, Neath, via text: "Voronin lookin classy tonight.... complete opposite to his Liverpool days."

  82.  

    Darren Johns on Twitter: "Both Ukraine and Sweden could trouble England and France. Better than I expected."

    Paul Thompson on Twitter:‏ "How is this game still 0-0?!! Although saying that, I don't think England or France will be quaking in their boots so far."

    David Whalley ‏on Twitter: "Neither team are great. Granqvist for Sweden failed at Wigan - if he keeps the Ukrainian forwards quiet, no probs for England."

  83. 2039: 

    Both England and France may like what they have seen so far in this game, but those who were saying that this group will be very tight may be being proven right. Close so far.

  84.   
    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Jan Molby in Kiev:

    "It was Ukraine's half. They will be delighted and slightly disappointed they are not ahead. But Sweden's team talk is easy - they have to be better and more aggressive. They cannot allow Voronin to have as much room centrally as they did in the first half."

  85. 2036: 

    The beard chat keeps coming. Lots of mentions for Alexi Lalas, USA 94 rocker. Rightly so.

  86.   
    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Jan Molby in Kiev

    "The best passage of play in the first half came when Ukraine moved the ball from right to left and back to the right. There were five men in the box but Konoplyanka couldn't get the ball on target. Good play by Ukraine, who are growing in confidence."

  87. 2034: 
    HALF-TIME- Ukraine 0-0 Sweden
  88. 2033: 

    Ukraine ending the half on a high. But they can't find a way through.

  89.   
    Martin Keown on MOTD:

    "Konoplyanka watches it all the way down but just doesn't have the quality to execute it. He should be doing better. It was an awful effort in the end."

  90. 2029: 

    It's raining chances. A lovely cross-field pass sets Oleh Gusev free down the right, he stands up a cross right to the back post but Yevhen Konoplyanka can't get his knee over the ball and puts his volley into row Z.

  91.   
    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Jan Molby in Kiev:

    "That's the best opportunity Ukraine have had. It's those two again - Voronin passes to Shevchenko and, I know it sounds corny, but five years ago that would have been in the back of the net.

    "And moments later at the other end, Ukraine forgot where Ibrahimovic was for a split second. But he gets a little too much on it and it hits the base of the post."

  92. 2028: 

    What an exciting few minutes. Keep this up please.

  93.  

    Paul, via text: "Top beards. Two words. Alexi Lalas."

  94. 2026: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic has to score. He has to score this. Sebastian Larsson picks out his captain with a fine cross, Zlatan is completely unmarked but his header back across goal hits the outside of the post. Somewhere, Martin O'Neill punches the air.

  95. 2025: 

    And there it nearly is! Andriy Shevchenko pulls away on the left of the area, his shot is well blocked by a Swedish defender, Andriy Yarmolenko almost puts in the loose ball at the back post but Andreas Granqvist makes a great block at his feet. Strong defending.

  96. 2024: 

    Ukraine winger Yevhen Konoplyanka is next to try his luck with a great effort from out on the left, a bending, swerving shot which just beats the far post. There's a goal in the air here in Kiev.

  97.  

    Still Stuck In The Office, Holborn, via text: "Re 2011. Abel. Xavier. Beard. Say no more."

  98. 2023: 

    Lovely move from Ukraine. Former Liverpool man Andriy Voronin finds a pocket of space in the hole and thrashes in a decent effort from range which Andreas Isaksson does well to beat away. Zlatan Ibrahimovic then beats three men on a mazy run but doesn't pick out a pass.

  99.   
    Martin Keown on MOTD:

    "Rosenberg has turned on that very quickly and hit it. It is worth a pop but he doesn't really catch it. The keeper made a real meal of that, though."

  100.  

    Mike Geddes on Twitter: "Re 2011. Best beard/ability combo - surely Socrates '82?"

  101.  

    Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "Ukraine hope to become the first debutants to reach the knockout phase since Croatia reached the quarter-finals in 1996."

  102. 2018: 

    Zlatan watch: the big man rolls his defender superbly, opens up some space on his right foot before hitting a crunching shot from 35 yards that swerves so much that it goes out of play for a throw in. Not one of his best. Sweden then work the ball into the area and Markus Rosenberg tests Andriy Pyatov with a low shot which the keeper holds on to. Half an hour gone in Kiev.

  103.  

    Colin Littlewood on Twitter:‏ "Shevchenko reminding us that Chelsea have been through the problems they've had with Torres before."

  104.   
    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Jan Molby in Kiev:

    "Shevchenko knows that opportunity was his moment. Sweden thought it was offside - it wasn't. Shevchenko had time and really has to do better than that. He should have hit the target."

  105. 2014: 

    This is Andriy Voronin's 72nd cap for Ukraine - he's scored eight goals...

  106. 2011: 

    By the way, keep your nominations for great football beards coming in. Trifon Ivanov is a great shout.

  107.  

    Freddie Drapkin on Twitter:‏ "Ibrahimovic looks a completely different class to everyone else on the pitch. Every chance so far has been created by him."

  108. 2010: 

    Oh Andriy! The first time Shevchenko has been involved, and he should score after beating the offside trap to collect a cute through-ballbut the former Chelsea man drags his shot well wide. Big chance.

  109.  

    Scott Newson on Twitter: "Re 1941. Speaking of great beards of football...Trifon Ivanov of Bulgaria had a fetching beard/mullet combo back in the day."

  110. 2009: 

    Ukraine build a good attack again down their right, with that man Andriy Yarmolenko carrying the ball very well. But there's a lack of quality and composure in the final third at the moment.

  111.  

    Jules Dunaiski on Twitter:‏ "Group D actually looks crazy! Sweden have a quality squad and Ukraine have home ground advantage. Any of these teams can progress!"

  112. 2009: 

    Zlatan like Cantona? He divides opinion wherever he goes doesn't he, but his overall talent is undeniable. My favourite quote about Zlatan is from Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill. He kept it simple: "Ibrahimovic is the most over-rated player in the world."

  113.   
    Martin Keown on MOTD:

    "Ibrahimovic reminded me there of Eric Cantona, with that strength and quality on the ball and upright delivery. It creates panic in the Ukraine box. The home side got away with that."

  114. 2005: 

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic gets on the ball for the first time - and he almost creates a Sweden goal. A lovely bit of skill on the left opens up some space and he dinks in a peach of a cross which Ukraine goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov just about punches away. Pyatov by the way, half Jens Lehmann, half Art Garfunkel?

  115.   
    Martin Keown on MOTD:

    "At the moment the Swedes are nice and compact. But all the football is coming from Ukraine. There is a little bit of tension in the home players early on, though."

  116. 2000: 

    Ukraine's left-winger Yevhen Konoplyanka is sporting that strange tape-like affair on his thighs a la Gareth Bale. That may be the only quality he shares with the Spurs flier, we'll have to wait and see. This game needs something to get everyone going.

  117.  

    Matt Gray on Twitter: "A draw here would be helpful for England, but I cannot call it."

  118. 1958: 
    YELLOW CARD FOR SWEDEN- Kim Kallstrom

    The Lyon man pulls a midfielder back and is instantly booked. No messing.

  119. 1958: 

    Sweden will look to profit from Sunderland's Seb Larsson's fine set-piece delivery during the tournament, but his first free-kick from the left is wasted.

  120. 1956: 

    Ukraine are visibly trying to get their man Andriy Yarmolenko on the ball as much as possible down their right-hand side but he's had no change out of Martin Olsson as yet. I've not seen Andriy Shevchenko touch the ball yet.

  121.  

    Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "Olof Mellberg is the sixth player to play in four European Championship finals - Lothar Matthaus, Peter Schmeichel, Alessandro Del Piero, Edwin van der Sar and Lilian Thuram are the others."

    Not just a great beard you see...

  122.  

    Simon from Molesey on text: "I see this group as three teams playing very similar football. England, Ukraine and Sweden will all be defensively tight and organised. France offer the only flair. But they may struggle to break these teams down and be dragged into wars of attrition which could be to their detriment."

  123.   
    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Jan Molby in Kiev:

    "Teams are reliant on their better players and for Sweden it's about getting the best out of Ibrahimovic. He plays a more withdrawn role now but he has become more of a team player.

    "Ukraine have failed to settle on a starting XI in recent months and that's the difference between the two teams. Sweden have got a good team and are at their best. They know they've got to deliver and are coming into this game very positively. This is the one game they know they can win."

  124. 1951: 

    Andriy Voronin floats out on to the right-hand side to start a fluent Ukraine move which ends when Yevhen Konoplyanka blasts a shot well wide. Sweden then counter with a long-range attempt of their own from Kim Kallstrom which ends up in the stands. He was dreaming of scoring from there, he was at least 35 yards out.

  125. 1949: 

    Ukraine settling into the game nicely, popping the ball about at the back. Will be interesting how much pace Andriy Shevchenko still has in the tank these days.

  126. 1947: 
    KICK-OFF- Ukraine v Sweden

    Game under way in Kiev...

  127.  

    Daniel Arnar on Twitter:‏ "People should watch Ola Toivonen this evening - heard it from me first."

  128. 1945: 

    Tonight's referee Cuneyt Cakir is the man who dismissed John Terry in Barcelona earlier this season. No stranger to the big time then.

  129. 1943: 

    As you'd expect, it's a cracking atmosphere for the Ukraine anthem. Bayern Munich midfielder Anatoliy Tymoshchuk is well up for this.

  130.  

    Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "Ukraine make their debut at the European Championships. No debuting country has won the tournament since West Germany became fourth debutants in a row to win in 1972."

  131.  

    Aaron Padgett on Twitter:‏ "Hope Shevchenko enjoys the Euro experience, top class pro who deserves one last crack at the big time."

  132. 1941: 

    Olof Mellberg - one of the great beards of football.

  133. 1938: 

    Andriy Shevchenko v Zlatan Ibrahimovic then. AC Milan past v AC Milan present.

  134. 1938: 

    Ukraine captain, and ex-Chelsea striker, Andriy Shevchenko: "We've got a very difficult group. European competition is different to the World Cup because there are so many good teams. If we get enough to get through the group it will make us stronger and more confident. You never know in football. For us it would be something unbelievable to win Euro 2012. But you have to believe."

  135. 1937: 

    Poland started the tournament strongly against Greece, and now it is up to their fellow co-hosts Ukraine to round out the first wave of games. With England and France drawing earlier, a win here for either side puts them in a great position to get through.

  136. 1935: 

    England midfielder Scott Parker:

    "I don't know if you can win tournaments playing like that but it's a good foundation for us. We all put in a good shift and got a good result. France didn't have any clear chances and we'll take the 1-1."

  137.   
    MOTD's Alan Hansen:

    "Danny Welbeck was fantastic in the first 30 minutes. He had Adel Rami and Philippe Mexes all over the place.

    "England scored and the French came into the ascendancy, with England dropping deeper and deeper and they paid the ultimate price. Scott Parker and Steven Gerrard should been where Samir Nasri is for the goal, they were too deep and then could not get to him in time. Roy Hodgson will be delighted with that result though."

  138.   
    BBC Sport pundit Martin Keown in Kiev:

    "I'm not surprised Shevchenko is starting tonight - since Ukraine gained independence he has been the one who has fliown the flag throughout Europe. Of course he's a little bit older now but he's still a goalscorer."

  139. 1932: 

    Blackburn's Martin Olsson is a starter for Sweden at left-back, he'll be up against the poster boy of Ukrainian football right now, their number 11 Andriy Yarmolenko. The footballing enigma that is Zlatan Ibrahimovic is expected to play just behind Markus Rosenberg.

  140.   
    BBC Sport commentator Jonathan Pearce in Kiev:

    "It's very hot, steamy and yellow - the national colours of both teams - inside this stadium. If Shevchenko scores here tonight there will be a national holiday. It's a sensational atmosphere."

  141.   
    Former England striker Alan Shearer on MOTD:

    "We scored from a good ball into the box, but we did not put any more balls in after that. We should be delighted with the draw. I would say Danny Welbeck was our man of the match."

  142.  

    Jason Law on Twitter:‏ "A classic Roy Hodgson performance. Unimaginative, dull and uninspiring. Expected nothing less."

    Jack Dougan ‏on Twitter: "Would like to see England use the wings more with maybe Carroll in the middle, and use the pace of Walcott and Chamberlain."

  143. 1926: 

    Confirmation from Roy Hodgson that goalkeeping coach Ray Clemence snapped his Achilles tendon during the warm-up. That is a proper injury.

  144. 1923: 

    I may have said that England are playing Ukraine on Friday - of course it is Sweden. I even looked that up, and still typed the wrong country. Idiotic.

  145.  

    MauJ, Darlington, via text: "Well chuffed. The team played as a team. The whole nation would have taken that before the game. Fact. Sweden is a different challenge and they are one of our many bogey teams. I believe, do the team believe? I think so. Loving it."

  146. 1921: 

    England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain:

    "I think I did ok, it was a bit frustrating at times, to get space and run at defenders which I like to do, but we play compact and had to against France. I'm delighted to represent my country against a good French side, and we will take a draw.

    "Everything is a surprise for me at the moment. I am here to do this job, and make sure I am ready when called upon.

    "Against a good French side, we showed we can stick with them and can fight. It was a good result. We came looking for a win but we will take the draw and can get stronger now.

    "It is not for me to say if I play against Sweden. We have good players in the squad. I am sure the boss will rotate and use all his resources."

  147. 1919: 

    Ukraine coach Oleg Blokhin has come in for some stick about naming Andriy Shevchenko in his squad but Blokhin - a former Ballon d'Or winner himself - said: "Names do not play football...If they did, I could be playing now."

  148. 1917: 

    Premier League fans, get ready for a goalfest - ex-Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko partners former Liverpool hitman Andriy Voronin up front for Ukraine. Safe to say neither of those players were at their best in England...

  149. 1915: 
    LINE-UPS- Ukraine v Sweden (19:45 BST)

    Ukraine: Pyatov, Gusev, Mykhalyk, Khacheridi, Selin, Yarmolenko, Tymoschuk, Konoplianka, Nazarenko, Voronin, Shevchenko. Subs: Koval, Kucher, Garmash, Aliev, Shevchuk, Rakitskiy, Butko, Goryainov.

    Sweden: Isaksson, Lustig, Mellberg, Granqvist, Martin Olsson, Elm, Kallstrom, Larsson, Ibrahimovic, Toivonen, Rosenberg. Subs: Wiland, Svensson, Jonas Olsson, Antonsson, Wernbloom, Safari, Holmen, Hansson.

    Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey)

  150. 1912: 

    England manager Roy Hodgson:

    "We played well against a top team that ask questions when coming up against you. They don't panic in the final third so we had to be disciplined. I have to be happy with the result.

    "They are a good team. We kept them at bay and there were not many situations where I was panicking, but if we had more luck with the final ball we could have scored a second goal.

    "The referee did ok. It is foolish to start commenting on their performance. Sometimes you get the luck, sometimes you don't.

    "Oxlade-Chamberlain did quite well, he was dangerous. He has to be happy with his performance but it was a great team performance. Everyone did their best to keep us in the game.

    "France are one of the favourites in the group. Everyone was tipping them to win the tournament, but I have lots of respect for Sweden and Ukraine.

    "I have to be proud of their performance. No player let us down and I was confident the players would not let us down.

    "The final ball and decision making needs to improve. Sometimes we crossed too early, or had one touch passes when not required, but it is a good sign that everyone wants to do well."

  151. 1911: 

    England captain Steven Gerrard:

    "We would have been delighted with a win. France showed they have fantastic players, but we are satisfied with the performance. I always said, no matter what the result, we don't get carried away with it. We now need four points from our next two games."

  152. 1911: 

    You wouldn't expect Roy Hodgson to make many changes from that XI for the Sweden match on Friday. If any at all.

  153.  

    Lewis Constable on Twitter: "Everyone saying we lacked attacking adventure. We had better chances than France, who were reduced to long shots. Encouraging."

    Jim Julal on Twitter: "This English squad played well, despite some new faces. Should be better on Fri vs Sweden when everyone is more acclimatised."

    Magnus Slingsby ‏on Twitter: "Draw against France is credible in anybody's book. Plenty of positives to take from that."

  154.  

    Ben, Cornwall, via text: "Would we be talking about France playing better if the ref had been consistent? Proud of the lads for sticking to their gameplan in spite of that handicap."

    Sam, Durham, via text: "It's unfair to say that France were the better side; England had the better chances and were happy to let the French try their luck from 30 yards out."

    Tim, London, via text: "Decent result first up against a decent team. Importantly, signs of progress from the friendlies. We'll never win anything for a few years, but we're moving in the right direction."

  155. 1904: 

    Roy Hodgson is pleased with that performance - he just wants the final ball to improve. He's quite right to say so as well.

  156.   
    MOTD presenter Gary Lineker

    "Good result! Puts us in a strong position!"

    You can see more analysis from Gary and the MOTD team in their highlights show on BBC One and the BBC Sport website starting now.

  157. 1900: 

    We'll see the last two teams to enter the fray at this tournament in 45 minutes as co-hosts Ukraine take on Sweden. All the team news will be with you for that one shortly.

  158.  

    Former England striker Michael Owen on Twitter: "Definitely take that. Important not to get beat today. Five points should get you out of our group."

  159.  

    Everton's French defender Sylvain Distin on Twitter: "Second half wasn't great but at least with a draw we are all happy."

  160.   
    Former England boss Graham Taylor on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "It's a good result, but now we go into the debate about France having more of the game. In many respects they should have won the game - but they haven't. We're in a tournament and you need good fortune. The players applied themselves to what the manager wanted and from a tactical point of view I enjoyed watching that. England stuck at it and got a hard-earned point."

  161. 1855: 

    If you've just got in from work/the pub and missed out on any of that lot, you can see a re-run of the game on the BBC Sport website from 19:00 BST. In five minutes.

  162. 1855: 

    That's 22 games unbeaten now for France...

  163.   
    Former England winger Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "If you look at the play France are technically far better and kept the ball better. France will probably be more disappointed with the draw but it's a good result for England."

  164. 1854: 
    GET INVOLVED

    So what are we thinking? A good result for Roy Hodgson's boys? There were positive signs early on in each half but the familiar scenes of losing possession cheaply were evident as well. Let us know what you thought - You can Tweet us at #bbcfootball, or text in on 81111 (UK only). Put your names and locations on those texts though if you will. Nice one.

  165. 1850: 

    Laurent Blanc looks frustrated as he shakes hands with Roy Hodgson, I think England are more happy with a point from that one. How about you lot - good start?

  166.  

    Mike Simpson on Twitter: "Re Waddle 18:45. 'England are really tired.' After ONE game? Best give up now then."

  167. 1850:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty in Donetsk:FULL-TIME- France 1-1 England

    "This was not the greatest game played out in a strangely subdued atmosphere in Donetsk - but England and manager Roy Hodgson may be happy with the result in the overall context of Euro 2012. Gives them something to build on."

  168. 1849: 

    Karim Benzema tries his luck from miles out, it bounces wickedly in front of Joe Hart but the goalkeeper clings on. Good save.

  169.  

    QPR midfielder Joey Barton on Twitter: "Welbeck MOM for me tonight. Done fantastic up there alone."

  170. 1848: 

    France now popping the ball about - they look fresher as we edge toward the finish line.

  171.   
    BBC Sport pundit Robbie Savage:

    "Think Debuchy has been best French player and Gerrard has led by example for England!!"

  172. 1847: 
    SUBSTITUTION FOR ENGLAND- Theo Walcott for Danny Welbeck
  173. 1846: 

    Joleon Lescott wins the header from the corner but France get it away. That was an excellent cross in from James Milner.

  174. 1845: 

    England do look out on their feet here - but they then fashion a good chance. Jermain Defoe works it out to James Milner on the right, he flashes in a low cross which Philippe Mexes toes behind for a corner.

  175.   
    Former England winger Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "England are really tired. They are just keeping that zonal pattern of play they have been working on."

  176.   
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty in Donetsk:

    "France coach Laurent Blanc is getting more animated in his technical area. Body language suggests he thinks there is still something here for his side."

  177.  

    Guillem, London, via text: "France know they can get this goal. England are dropping deeper into the abyss of the penalty area. Hart needs to rouse the team. Terry's leadership skills are being put to the test."

  178. 1842: 

    Karim Benzema tries a curler from range but Steven Gerrard gets his head to it and puts it behind for a corner. France look the stronger side now.

  179.   
    Former England winger Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "That French front three of Benzema, Nasri and Ribery is very dangerous - they've got such great movement."

  180. 1841: 
    SUBSTITUTION FOR FRANCE- Marvin Martin for Florent Malouda
  181. 1841: 
    SUBSTITUTION FOR FRANCE- Hatem Ben Arfa for Yohan Cabaye
  182. 1840: 

    As I mentioned a few hours ago, France won 2-1 eight years ago with two stoppage-time goals. We are closing in on that time...

  183.  

    Develion on Twitter: "Why can't players get booked for blatantly faking injury? Not only is it embarassing to see but distracts from actual injuries."

    Saarth Shiralkar on Twitter:‏ "Baffling substitutions! Chamberlain's been England's best player! Henderson not ready for international football."

  184. 1837: 

    Yohan Cabaye goes within inches of a fine goal. He controls a half-volley from 25 yards beautifully, it looks destined for the corner until it kisses off Danny Welbeck's thigh and squeezes wide.

  185.   
    MOTD presenter Gary Lineker

    "Got to keep the ball! Especially when you are tired."

  186. 1836: 

    We are into the last 10 minutes now.

  187.   
    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty in Donetsk

    "Defoe for Oxlade-Chamberlain and Henderson for Parker. Parker did his best to ignore the board. Tired markedly in the second half."

  188. 1834: 

    Scott Parker looks a tad surprised by that one...

  189.  

    Ade, via text: "England ARE passing the ball surprisingly well. I just wish they wouldnt feel the need to go for the Hollywood pass if nothing's happened after 15 short ones."

  190. 1834: 
    SUBSTITUTION FOR ENGLAND- Jordan Henderson for Scott Parker
  191. 1833: 
    SUBSTITUTION FOR ENGLAND- Jermain Defoe on for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
  192.   
    MOTD's Mark Lawrenson at the Donbass Arena:

    "We're in a worrying stage of the game now. England are so, so deep. They are not going to be able to get out of their half when they do get the ball. It is almost a replica of the first half when they began well and then tailed off."

  193.   
    Former England winger Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Oxlade-Chamberlain is positive. He tried to make a bit of space and tried to go through two defenders."

  194. 1831: 

    England break away down the left through Danny Welbeck and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain then almost wriggles free. End-to-end stuff at the minute.

  195. 1831: 

    Great defending from Glen Johnson to shut the door on Karim Benzema - the Real Madrid man was almost in there. Almost.

  196. 1829: 

    Roy Hodgson is readying some changes...

  197.  

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan on Twitter: "Glen Johnson has 58 touches (only Parker more with 60) for England, showing how many attacks through him in second half."

  198. 1828: 
    YELLOW CARD FOR ENGLAND- Ashley Young

    Young sees yellow for a lunge on Karim Benzema. Rightly so, he was late.

  199.  

    Matt, Sheffield, via text: "I must be watching a different game. England have out passed France in this half and look well organised and lively. Can't believe this copy and paste 'England can't pass' nonsense."

  200. 1825: 

    The game has gone very slow now. You wonder just how hot and humid it is out there. Scott Parker makes a brave block to get in the way of Florent Malouda's shot as France begin to press.

  201.   
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty in Donetsk:

    "The atmosphere is still subdued inside the Donbass Arena and the game itself is also a little flat. Cagey exchanges with nothing in the way of serious chances. Wonder when England manager Roy Hodgson will contemplate changes?"

  202.  

    ComeOnEngland! on Twitter: "Think it's time to bring on Carroll or Walcott. Need a different dimension in the final third of this match."

    Alfie Jones ‏on Twitter: "Come on, let's go for it with Walcott for Milner. France dangerous going forward but this game here for taking."

    Gary White on Twitter: "Put the big man on and tell him to put himself about a bit."

  203. 1822: 

    England move the ball well across the pitch, Glen Johnson cuts inside on to his left foot but his shot is wretched and well over the top. It's more positive stuff from England though.

  204. 1821: 

    Woosh - Karim Benzema flashes in a shot from 35-odd yards but it's right at Joe Hart. A great connection.

  205.  

    Jake, London, via text: "Hodgson needs to make a positive change, Walcott on for Milner I think."

    Bill, Hereford, via text: "I honestly cannot understand any of this refereeing team's decisions. Not being biased at all."

  206. 1819: 

    France deal with the set-piece. It's been England who have dictated play since the restart though, we've seen nothing from France.

  207.   
    Former England boss Graham Taylor on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "It has been a generally even start to the second half. From a tactical point of view England know what they've got to do but are risking a lot if they sit back. They've got to be prepared to go at France in a sensible manner. If they sit back they're asking for trouble."

  208. 1818: 

    England having plenty of ball down the right but Glen Johnson tries to beat Franck Ribery needlessly and loses out. Ribery then goes down injured but England carry on and win a corner.

  209.  

    Scott Lennon on Twitter:‏ "Johnson HAS to stop getting sucked into the middle. And Parker's been poor at picking up the spare men on the edge of the box."

    Christopher Bell ‏on Twitter: "Open game with England a little on the ropes. France can step up a gear. A point would be a solid start."

  210. 1814: 

    Frustration growing against this referee now as Glen Johnson surges away down the right, is tripped by Franck Ribery but ref Nicola Rizzoli gives a goal-kick. Bad call.

  211. 1813: 

    James Milner works a yard of space on the right and puts over a very good cross but there's nobody there. Andy Carroll would have liked to get on the end of that. I wonder if he'll get a run out?

  212.   
    Former England winger Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 live

    "The problems for England come when France start chasing the ball and hounding. That's when we lose the ball cheaply."

  213.   
    MOTD's Mark Lawrenson at the Donbass Arena:

    "Steven Gerrard falling just looked a bit dramatic on the edge of the box. But just the patience alone, England got something out of it. They are working the French. Make them chase the ball."

  214. 1811: 

    France spring into life with a good move down their left, Patrice Evra cuts it back into the danger zone but Steven Gerrard is on hand to hack it clear.

  215. 1810: 

    That was a genuinely good spell of football from England.

  216. 1810: 

    England do keep the ball for a spell this time, and they free Glen Johnson down the right. His cross is overhit, but England still have it. Steven Gerrard then joins in with the attack and looks to be tripped on the edge of the box - nothing given.

  217.  

    BBC Radio 5 live chief football commentator Mike Ingham: "It's the same old failings I'm afraid - England are not keeping the ball or using it well enough."

  218.  

    Math, London, via text: "It's Chelsea vs Barca again towards the end, can England survive off the counter and set pieces alone?"

    Joe, Sheffield, via text: "Is it me, or could Fabregas have a point as the pitch seems very slow. Can't work out if that's good or bad for England mind!"

  219. 1805: 

    England's age-old problem of keeping the ball is still an issue. They make heavy weather of keeping it down the right and James Milner almost sells Joe Hart short with a hospital pass - luckily the keeper is on the ball.

  220.  

    Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: "Do we bring Theo on wide right + say come on then let's have it, Young left + Ox in the sausage roll? Or stay solid + try nick another goal?"

  221. 1803: 

    Scott Parker goes down holding his mouth after a collision with Franck Ribery - the referee stops play but it's not a foul. Drop ball to resume play.

  222. 1802: 
    KICK-OFF- France 1-1 England

    Second half is go

  223. 1800: 

    Steven Gerrard leads England back out on to the pitch, no doubt with Roy Hodgson's instructions ringing in their ears. I don't have Hodgson down as a 'hairdryer' man - calm and composed I reckon.

  224.   
    MOTD presenter Gary Lineker:

    on Twitter: "If England can refrain from dropping deeper than the edge of the box we can win this. Looking lively going forward. Come on England."

  225.  

    Lee, Manchester, via text: "Anyone else think Cabaye lucky still to be on field after three late challenges?"

  226. 1758: 

    Is a point a good result now then?

  227.  

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan analyses the first-half possession in Donetsk: "France 1-1 England. 1st half possession by 1/4 hour: 0-15 min 54%-46%; 15-30 mins 54%-46%; 30-45 mins 69%-31%."

  228. 1755: 

    Jordan Henderson is warming up, you'll all be pleased to know...

  229.  

    Jake Fleming on Twitter:‏ "England getting penned in but seem more dangerous in the final third. Need to re-energise after conceding, could go either way..."

    Ben Pathe on Twitter:‏ "Great set-piece from England but France more threatening, we are giving ball away too much and need to give France more to think about.

    Maqsud on Twitter: "Need to release Gerrard he's stuck in front of back four can't do much there, that's Parker's job."

  230. 1752: 

    James Milner will not look forward to seeing that miss again - he really should have scored. So should Alou Diarra though for France. All in all, another entertaining game in Euro 2012. Been a good tournament so far hasn't it?

  231.  

    Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: "Debuchy been the best attacking player on the pitch...looks a quality player him...Nasri been probing + quality goal...Hart our best."

  232.   
    Former England winger Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "England easily held their own for the first 25 minutes but then, perhaps because of the heat, they went deep and were right off the pace. England will be more happy that the half-time whistle has come than France."

  233. 1748: 

    England had 42% possession in that first half which is more than some of us predicted before the game.

  234. 1747: 

    The England players all grabbed drinks on their way off that pitch - it does look very, very warm indeed. It was a decent opening from England, but in that last 15 minutes they looked in trouble.

  235. 1746:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty in Donetsk:HALF-TIME- France 1-1 England

    "France ended the half on top after Samir Nasri's equaliser. They visibly grew in confidence and England must be better in possession."

  236.  

    Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany on Twitter: "Nasri doing it now! Obviously proud and happy to see my teammates do well. Regardless of the side they play on."

  237.  

    Everton captain and former England international Phil Neville on Twitter: "Danger for us is when Johnson bombs on Ribery cheats and stays up for the counter!"

  238. 1746: 

    Almost a way through for Karim Benzema, he ghosts past a defender far too easily but Joe Hart and Ashley Cole are out very quick to close the shot down.

  239.   
    Former England winger Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "I wonder if England are feeling the heat a little bit. They're dropping deeper and deeper."

  240. 1744: 

    England have hardly seen the ball since they scored, and the half-time interval cannot come soon enough.

  241.   
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty in Donetsk:

    "England were not secure enough in possession after taking the lead and Samir Nasri ensured that proved to be expensive. Great shot past his Manchester City team-mate Joe Hart."

  242.   
    Former England winger Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "After their goal England went too deep, gave the ball away and let France dictate. They just sat back trying to protect their lead. France upped the tempo a little bit and it's a good finish by Nasri - one touch and he bent it in near post."

  243. 1741: 

    Scott Parker and Steven Gerrard were both out to close that Samir Nasri shot down, but the Frenchman was able to find a gap between them. A brilliant finish.

  244.  

    Brookes Castle Shed on Twitter:‏ "Lampard scored a similar goal to Lescott at roughly the same time against the French in 2004. Time to put that ghost to bed?"

    Elliott Bambrough ‏on Twitter: "What a save by Hart. Could it be that England might be thriving under the non-pressure?"

    Matt Tilling ‏on Twitter: "England can't sit back now. Parker and Gerrard need to keep the ball and calm it down a wee bit."

  245.   
    MOTD's Mark Lawrenson at the Donbass Arena:

    "It was a superbly taken goal. Joe Hart doesn't see it. But look how deep England are. From their point of view the centre-backs need to push them on. They are sitting far too deep."

  246. 1739: 
    GOAL- France 1 (Samir Nasri, 39 mins) 1 England

    England couldn't see it out, but this is a cracking equaliser. France work the ball around nicely on the edge of the area, and when Franck Ribery lays the ball back to Samir Nasri, the Manchester City man curls a gem of a shot past Joe Hart and into the net. A fine strike.

  247.  

    Barry, Luton, via text: "As an England fan, it's so heartening to see players doing it for CLUB and COUNTRY....well done Lescott!!!"

  248. 1738: 

    France are having a decent spell here, England could do with seeing it out until half-time.

  249.   
    MOTD's Mark Lawrenson at the Donbass Arena:

    "That is a super save from Joe Hart. It was a great header from Diarra. But the second is an even better chance. Diarra was under pressure but he should have scored."

  250.   
    Former England boss Graham Taylor on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Now it will be interesting to see how England tactically approach the rest of this game."

  251. 1736: 

    Great save from Joe Hart! Samir Nasri pings the free-kick in from the right and that man Alou Diarra does win this header, bulleting it down the middle but Hart tips it away with a strong wrist. Franck Ribery keeps it alive at the back post though and Diarra has another chance but heads wide. A big let-off for England.

  252. 1735: 
    YELLOW CARD FOR ENGLAND- Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

    Yellow card for the teenager as he dives into a challenge on Mathieu Debuchy and gets it all wrong. Free-kick in a dangerous position as well.

  253.   
    Former England winger Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "That is an absolute peach of a delivery by Steven Gerrard - it had pace on it, it dipped and Lescott only had to get his head on it. France were looking around wondering who was marking Lescott."

  254. 1733: 

    After seeing that replay again I agree with Lawro, Hugo Lloris could have done better with that, the ball went between his arm and his body. But Joleon Lescott really wanted that header, he attacked it superbly.

  255.   
    MOTD's Mark Lawrenson at the Donbass Arena:

    "It is a great ball in but only England want to attack it. It is a good header and he got a downward thrust on it but nobody from the French team wanted to attack the ball. The other interesting thing is that it is Alou Diarra picking Lescott up. Why wasn't one of the defenders doing it? And where was the keeper? Hugo was no go."

  256. 1730: 
    GOAL- France 0-1 England (Joleon Lescott, 30 mins)

    England change that ball, and Joleon Lescott opens the scoring. Steven Gerrard whips in a fabulous delivery from the right-hand side, and Lescott gets ahead of Alou Diarra to plant a powerful header into the net. Great start for England.

  257. 1729: 

    There's a problem with the ball here, but we've had it changed.

  258.  

    Niall Stevenson on Twitter:‏ "England team has Hodgson written all over it. Play deep, think defensively, counter attack. Not going to cut it at this level."

    Jonny Whiteoak on Twitter: "Not seen anything from the French yet that England should be overly worried about."

    Jamie Hardesty on Twitter: "Cole has Nasri in his back pocket. If France score it will come from Johnson being out of position and exposed at right-back."

  259. 1726: 

    England break away well again, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Danny Welbeck combining well, before a Steven Gerrard pass is cut out. Roy Hodgson will be pleased with this start.

  260.   
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty in Donetsk:

    "England have more of the play in the last 10 minutes. The plan surely has to be to get Ashley Young and Danny Welbeck up against Philippe Mexes and Adil Rami. This France central defensive pair, as widely predicted, look vulnerable."

  261.   
    Former England winger Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "It's been a well-balanced game. France have had a couple of opportunities but James Milner's was the best by far. England have done their homework and are doubling up on the French attackers."

  262. 1725: 

    Karim Benzema drops deep to collect the ball and links up well with Samir Nasri on the edge of the box - but more strong defending from England gets the ball away. They look very organised, with the midfield and defence allowing no space inbetween at all.

  263. 1722: 

    Problems for England as Danny Welbeck goes down holding his ankle, he was stood on by Adil Rami after they went up for a header. He's had some treatment and luckily for England he looks fine to continue.

  264. 1721: 

    James Milner getting some finishing lessons from Gary Lineker amongst others at the moment. It was a great touch to round the keeper but he never looked convincing to be honest.

  265.   
    MOTD presenter Gary Lineker

    on Twitter: "Rule 17b, when you go past the goalkeeper always aim beyond the far post."

  266.  

    Jon in Eastleigh on text: "Would Theo or Aaron Lennon have scored that? The answer must be yes. Milner not an international player for me."

  267.   
    Former England winger Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 live

    "James Milner had been stuck out on the right but makes a brilliant, diagonal run and Evra doesn't know whether to go with him or not. It was a brilliant weighted pass by Young and Milner should have scored. He is two footed and will be very disappointed he didn't score."

  268. 1718: 

    It's been a promising opening for England, with Danny Welbeck and Ashley Young causing problems with some bright movement at the top of the pitch. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain then breezes past two men with a great bit of skill, but his pass to send Ashley Young in is delayed by a fraction of a second and Young is offside. More good stuff though.

  269.   
    MOTD's Mark Lawrenson at the Donbass Arena:

    "It was a great ball to put Milner in, but he just didn't wrap his foot round it. It was never going to bend. His foot is too straight. But it is quite encouraging how Young is coming off Mexes and Rami."

  270.  

    Kunal Gupta on Twitter:‏ "Joe Hart looks like he's wearing a tea towel designed like the seats from the London Underground."

  271. 1715: 

    Chance at the other end as Yohan Cabaye sends in a low shot which Joe Hart stretches to save well. This one is warming up.

  272. 1715: 

    Huge chance for England!

    Scott Parker plays it into Ashley Young, who releases James Milner inside the area. Milner steps around goalkeeper Hugo Lloris but with the goal at his mercy Milner puts it wide. A massive moment.

  273. 1713: 

    Franck Ribery gets away from Scott Parker far too easily for a moment but England get it away, before Steven Gerrard releases Ashley Young with a fantastic raking pass down the right. Patrice Evra gets a stud on the ball though to poke it away. As Chris Waddle says, both sides look dangerous on the break.

  274.   
    MOTD's Mark Lawrenson at the Donbass Arena:

    "England are just sat a bit too deep at the moment. It is far too easy for the French."

  275.   
    Former England winger Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Obviously neither side wants to make an early mistake, but they're both basically counter-attacking sides. They're not pressing high and they're waiting for the other to make a mistake. That's why it's a slow game and not nice on the eye at the moment."

  276.   
    BBC sports news correspondent Dan Roan in Donetsk:

    "Very quiet here in the Donbass. Lots of empty seats, lots of Russians, most of them supporting England."

  277. 1711: 

    England put together a very promising spell of passing which breaks down when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has his pass cut out. France then break away but Franck Ribery is well shepherded by Glen Johnson for a corner which Joe Hart doesn't deal with - Samir Nasri then fires a low shot wide from 25 yards. France beginning to look dangerous.

  278.  

    Andy, Manchester, via text: "England's right-back just as suspect as France's right back this season. Could be a lot of action down that side of the pitch."

  279. 1708: 

    Florent Malouda puts in a free-kick from the right but John Terry easily wins the header to get the ball clear. It's been a slow tempo to this match so far, which given the hot conditions is no real surprise.

  280.  

    Former France midfielder and current Manchester City football development executive Patrick Vieira on Twitter: "I hope Joe Hart, James Milner and Joleon Lescott do well today, but I'm sure you understand that I'm supporting France."

  281. 1705: 

    Danny Welbeck clears that corner with a towering header. England already looking very organised when France have the ball.

  282. 1704: 

    There was a lot of talk earlier today about the state of the pitch in Donestsk, and Franck Ribery does lose the ball off an ugly bobble there. France starting to feel their way into the game now and they win a corner off John Terry.

  283. 1703: 

    That's why Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is in the team, he puts in a burst down the left-hand side after beating his man but he can't pick out Danny Welbeck in the middle. Bright start though.

  284.  

    mrwriterman on Twitter:‏ "MASSIVE screen in the board room. MASSIVE nerves. Beers and snacks on the board room table. It. Is. On."

  285. 1702: 

    Some nice link-up play between Ashley Young and Danny Welbeck, but the latter strays offside there. A promising sign of things to come though maybe.

  286. 1701: 

    England have had at least 10 passes in a row here, it's an extraordinary start. But now it's out of play.

  287.  

    Anthony, England, via text: "Hi Andy from Edinburgh, England here. Can't wait to see your team playing their first group match... Oh, wait..."

  288. 1700: 
    KICK-OFF

    We are under way in Donetsk...

  289. 1658: 

    You have to say the French have got a cracking anthem. All set for kick-off now - stay right here...

  290.   
    Former England boss Graham Taylor on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "John Terry has a very, very important role for England over the next couple of weeks. I'm hoping we will be concentrating on the football side of his career. There's no doubt about it - this fella is a leader."

  291. 1656: 

    All 11 of England's players had a bash at singing that one. Now over to France.

  292. 1655: 

    National anthem time...

  293.  

    Matt Brett on Twitter: "France must be a bit handy to be able to leave a player like Ben Arfa on the bench. Gulp!"

    Ravi Singh on Twitter: "Ribery couldn't do anything against Bosingwa and Kalou, so here's hoping he'll be equally as poor tonight against Johnson and Milner."

  294. 1655: 

    The two teams are in the tunnel. The French sharing a gag or two, a few convivial backslaps. England, led out by Steven Gerrard, look, well, terrified to be honest. Cheer up lads it'll all be over soon...

  295.  

    England's world number one golfer Luke Donald on Twitter: "C'mon England, please don't play for a draw. Play to win."

  296.   
    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty in Donetsk:

    "Uefa said yesterday only 724 tickets left but still an awful lot of empty seats here in Donetsk and only 10 minutes to kick off."

  297. 1650: 

    With 10 minutes to game time, this stadium looks a long way from full to me.

  298.  

    Will, London, via text: "The England team is much like a chicken - we can flap all we want but we never seem to properly take off."

  299.   
    Former England winger Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "At club level I think Scott Parker is a good player. At international level he has too many touches which he doesn't need. You can get away with it in the Premier League by winning the ball back with a crunching tackle and getting the crowd behind you. But in international football it's a bit more simple. He takes too many touches without creating."

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