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Euro 2012 : Danny Welbeck’s Goal Lifts England To 3-2 Win Over Sweden.

KYIV – While there was no thunderstorm to delay the start of England’s Euro 2012 Group D match against Sweden, thanks to Danny Welbeck’s highlight-reel goal, there was plenty of on-field electricity.

Welbeck, would help culminate a English rally from a 2-1 deficit in a 3-2 victory over Sweden.

England would jump out to an early lead on a header from forward Andrew Carroll at the 23rd minute. Sweden would tie the match at 1-1 on an own goal from England’s Glen Johnson on a shot from Olof Mellberg, after an initial strike from forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Sweden would go up 2-1 on Mellberg’s second goal—a header—at the 59th minute.

English forward Theo Walcott would put England level at 2-2 on a 25-yard strike that would deflect past Swedish goalie, Andrea Isaksson.

Enter Welbeck.

On a deep run by Walcott, Walcott would make a cross deep into the Swedish box towards Welbeck, who would flick it behind him and into the far post past Issakson, for one of the most unbelievable—and ESPN-worthy—goals of the entire tournament.

With the loss, Sweden is officially eliminated from Euro 2012, and with the win, England leapfrogs past co-host Ukraine into a tie with France atop Group D with four points.  With the return of team captain and leading scorer, Wayne Rooney, there is no telling how far England can go, but with him back, England just became a much more formidable side.

The way that Welbeck and Walcott are both playing, Rooney may not be needed.

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