Euro 2012: Day four report
- 11 June 2012 22:05
- Posted by Chris Eccles
England and France drew 1-1 thanks to goals from Joleon Lescott and Samir Nasri while Andriy Shevchenko bagged a brace in a vintage performance for host nation Ukraine who beat Sweden 2-1.
England v France
Roy Hodgson's England started the tournament with a creditable 1-1 draw against an in form French team with both first half goals coming from players more used to entertaining the City faithful.
The second half failed to match the first for incident as both side tired in the Donetsk heat but England can be pleased with a valuable point from a tough opening game.
Ukraine v Sweden
Ukranian legend Andriy Shevchnko delighted the host nation with two second half goals in the space of six minutes. After a goalless first half, the game sparked into life on 55 minutes when Zlatan Ibrahimovic put Sweden ahead from close range.
The home crowd, who had earlier been calling for Shevchenko to be replaced after a first half miss, were sent into ecstacy when the striker rolled back the years, scoring two headed goals to win the match.
Sweden produced a late flurry of attempts to get back into the match but Ukraine held out to top Group D after the first round of matches.