WARSAW, Poland -- France draws 1-1 with England in a match between the two heavyweights of Group D at the European Championship. Sweden plays co-host Ukraine next.

Here is a running account of Monday's action. All times are local to Poland.


1955: So, France's unbeaten record is extended to 22 games but Blanc will feel his team could have snatched a win in Donetsk after having 60 percent possession. England will be the happier with the point after defending for large periods and scoring with its only attempt on target. It keeps them unbeaten under Roy Hodgson.




1946: Milner delivers a low ball into the near post for Danny Welbeck but Phillipe Mexes gets their first and pokes it out for a corner, which France clear. That is as close as England have come to scoring this half. We're into stoppage time.


1943: France makes some substitutions, too. Hatem Ben Arfa on for Yohan Cabaye and Marvin Martin replaces Florent Malouda. Five minutes left and the French doing all the attacking.


1938: Welbeck deflects Cabaye's volley just wide of Hart's post. That was as close as we've come for a while. 10 minutes left.


1933: (at)mattekaren England's wingers largely uneffective so far. Walcott much be chomping at the bit on the bench. (via Twitter)

It's not Walcott coming on, though. It's Jordan Henderson and Jermain Defoe for Parker and Oxlade-Chamberlain.


1926: Still France 1, England 1. Twenty minutes left.


1920: Not much happening out there, to be honest. Although Benzema has just smashed a low shot from 25 yards at Hart. Comfortable save. Given the heat, maybe time for some subs.


1913: (at)RobHarris Partial reason for quietness in stadium is the England supporters' band not being allowed in after coming here by road from England. (via Twitter)

Still no clear-cut opportunities in the second half.


1908: France dominating possession at the start of the second half but struggling to break England down once it gets into the final third of the pitch. Whenever England players get the ball, they don't look comfortable in possession. No chances yet, though.


1902: Players are back out and second half is under way. No substitutions yet.


1853: The French have just about had the better of proceedings in the first half at the Donbass Arena but stubborn defending from England has reduced them to mainly shooting from outside the penalty area. England dropped deeper and deeper after taking the lead. May be a theme in the second half if things continue the way they are.




1842: Joe Hart makes a superb reflex save from Alou Diarra's header but he is beaten moments later - and maybe could have done better. Franck Ribery plays the ball to Samir Nasri, who knocks the ball onto his right foot before letting fly with a shot identical to the one that was inches wide of goal earlier in the half, except this time it sneaks inside Hart's near post. That's two scorers from English champion Manchester City.


1838: FRANCE 1, ENGLAND 1 (Nasri)


1832: Steven Gerrard whips a free kick into the area and Joleon Lescott is first to reach the ball, directing his header into the back of the net from close range to give England the lead after 30 minutes.


1829: FRANCE 0, ENGLAND 1 (Lescott)


1823: Welbeck is down holding his ankle and looks in pain. He goes up for a header with Adil Rami, who accidentally lands on the England player's left ankle. That looked painful. Welbeck had an injury to his ankle in the run-up to the tournament but will be OK to play on, it seems.


1818: James Milner misses a great chance to give England the lead. Young plays him through one-on-one with Lloris and he rounds him with his first touch but takes the ball a fraction too far wide. He has an open goal to aim at, but hits the side-netting from an acute angle. He slams his fist on the ground in frustration. Best chance of the game so far.


1814: France has started the stronger. Terry intervenes to keep Benzema at bay before Nasri shoots just wide minutes later. England goalkeeper Joe Hart also fails to hold a relatively routine catch from a corner. Early nerves?


1810: jeromepugmire: Bizarre: Loudest chants at the stadium are for Russia. (via Twitter)


1805: There are a few empty seats in the stadium. Oxlade-Chamberlain makes an early break but his pass into the area is blocked. The 18-year-old is making only his third appearance for England and his first start at international level.


1800: After a 10-to-1 countdown by the stadium announcer, England kicks off...


1758: Players out and singing the national anthems (apart from Ribery and Benzema for the French).


1753: RobHarris: Hodgson on (at)Alex_OxChambo: "He gives a balance to our team which is very useful." but alternatives "if he tires or things don't work out" (via Twitter)


1748: Some stats for you. France has won 15 and drawn six of its last 21 games. England is beginning to forge a reputation as the king of the 1-0 win. Five of its last seven results have finished that way. Hodgson likes to keep it tight in defense.


1741: Nineteen minutes until kickoff at the Donbass Arena. The players head back down the tunnel and into the dressing rooms as Roy Hodgson and Laurent Blanc prepare to give a few final words of wisdom to their players.


1736: Remember, no Wayne Rooney for England. He's suspended for two matches. Rooney's sat in the dugout, chewing gum and looking on enviously as the teams warm up. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a surprise starter for England in midfield. As for France, Alou Diarra starts in central midfield in place of Yann M'Vila, who is only on the bench after an ankle injury. It's hot, hot, hot in Donetsk.


1730: It's Day 4 of Euro 2012. Here are the lineups for France vs. England.

France: Lloris, Debuchy, Rami, Mexes, Evra, Diarra, Cabaye, Ribery, Nasri, Malouda, Benzema.

England: Hart, Johnson, Terry, Lescott, Cole, Parker, Milner, Gerrard, Young, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Welbeck.


France: Mandanda, Giroud, Matuidi, Reveillere, Menez, M'Vila, Martin, Ben Arfa, Valbuena, Clichy, Koscielny, Carrasso.

England: Green, Walcott, Henderson, Carroll, Baines, Jones, Jagielka, Downing, Defoe, Butland.

Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy).

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  • Poland

    Euro 2012 Schedule: <br> <br> vs. Greece, June 8; vs. Russia, June 12; vs. Czech Republic, June 16. <br> <br> How the team qualified: Co-host. <br> <br> Euro 2008 Result: First Round. <br> <br> Best Result: First Round (2008). <br> <br> FIFA Ranking: 62nd. <br> <br> Coach: Franciszek Smuda (Poland). <br><br> Top Players: Jakub Blaszczykowski, Robert Lewandowski, Wojciech Szczesny. <br><br> Playing at home will give Poland a huge boost, but it could still be tough to make it out of the first round. With the Netherlands, Germany and Portugal as possible quarterfinal opponents from Group B, the host nation is unlikely to make it into the semifinals.

  • Greece

    Euro 2012 Schedule: vs. Poland, June 8; vs. Czech Republic, June 12; vs. Russia, June 16. <br><br> How the team qualified: Won Group F. <br><br> Euro 2008 Result: First Round. <br><br> Best Result: Champion (2004). <br><br> FIFA Ranking: 15th. <br><br> Coach: Fernando Santos (Portugal). <br><br> Top Players: Fanis Gekas, Georgios Samaras, Vasilis Torosidis. <br><br> The Euro 2004 champions were drawn in a relatively easy group and have an excellent record under coach Fernando Santos (7-3-0 in qualifying), but getting through the first round of a major tournament still isn't easy. Since their victory over Portugal eight years ago, the Greeks failed to get out of the group stage at Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup.

  • Russia

    Euro 2012 Schedule: vs. Czech Republic, June 8; vs. Poland, June 12; vs. Greece, June 16. <br><br> How the team qualified: Won Group B. <br><br> Euro 2008 Result: Semifinals. <br><br> Best Result: Champion (1960, as Soviet Union). <br><br> FIFA Ranking: 13th. <br><br> Coach: Dick Advocaat (Netherlands). <br><br> Top Players: Andrei Arshavin, Pavel Pogrebnyak, Igor Akinfeev. <br><br> The Russians excelled at the last European Championship, but despite winning their qualifying group last year they are not expected to be among the contenders in Poland and Ukraine. But with Arshavin and Pogrebnyak up front, they should be scoring plenty of goals.

  • Czech Republic

    Euro 2012 Schedule: vs. Russia, June 8; vs. Greece, June 12; vs. Poland, June 16. <br><br> How the team qualified: Second in Group I, beat Montenegro in playoffs. <br><br> Euro 2008 Result: First Round. <br><br> Best Result: Champion (1976, as Czechoslovakia). <br><br> FIFA Ranking: 27th. <br><br> Coach: Michal Bilek (Czech Republic). <br><br> Top Players: Petr Cech, Tomas Rosicky, Jaroslav Plasil. <br><br> The Czechs needed to go through the playoffs to reach Euro 2012. Heading into the final tournament, the 1976 champions are the lowest-ranked team of the 14 qualifiers at No. 29. Only co-hosts Poland and Ukraine, who qualified automatically, are ranked lower.

  • Netherlands

    Euro 2012 Schedule: vs. Denmark, June 9; vs. Germany, June 13; vs. Portugal, June 17. <br><br> How the team qualified: Won Group E. <br><br> Euro 2008 Result: Quarterfinals. <br><br> Best Result: Champion (1988). <br><br> FIFA Ranking: Fourth. <br><br> Coach: Bert van Marwijk (Netherlands). <br><br> Top Players: Robin van Persie, Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben. <br><br> The World Cup runners-up were put into the toughest group, but they should still be able to make it into the quarterfinals with Van Persie, Robben and Sneijder all threats up front. The team's final match against Portugal is likely to be decisive.

  • Denmark

    Euro 2012 Schedule: vs. Netherlands, June 9; vs. Portugal, June 13; vs. Germany, June 17. <br><br> How the team qualified: Won Group H. <br><br> Euro 2008 Result: Did not qualify. <br><br> Best Result: Champion (1992). <br><br> FIFA Ranking: Ninth. <br><br> Coach: Morten Olsen (Denmark). <br><br> Top Players: Daniel Agger, Christian Eriksen, Nicklas Bendtner. <br><br> Although the Danes aren't the lowest-ranked team in the group, they will be the biggest outsiders. The 1992 champions will likely need all the other teams to beat each other for them to sneak through.

  • Germany

    Euro 2012 Schedule: vs. Portugal, June 9; vs. Netherlands, June 13; vs. Denmark, June 17. <br><br> How the team qualified: Won Group A. <br><br> Euro 2008 Result: Runner-up. <br><br> Best Result: Champion (1972 and 1980 as West Germany, and 1996). <br><br> FIFA Ranking: Third. <br><br> Coach: Joachim Loew (Germany). <br><br> Top Players: Thomas Mueller, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mesut Oezil. <br><br> Germany reached the final at Euro 2008 and the semifinals at the World Cup two years later, and they should be getting better. Schweinsteiger has become the heart of the team, but Mueller, Mario Gomez and Oezil are the ones most likely to provide the goals.

  • Portugal

    Euro 2012 Schedule: vs. Germany, June 9; vs. Denmark, June 13; vs. Netherlands, June 17. <br> <br> How the team qualified: Second in Group H, beat Bosnia-Herzegovina in playoffs. <br><br> Euro 2008 Result: Quarterfinals. <br><br> Best Result: Runner-up (2004). <br><br> FIFA Ranking: 10th. <br><br> Coach: Paulo Bento (Portugal). <br><br> Top Players: Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe, Nani. <br><br> Cristiano Ronaldo will have another chance to shine on the big stage, and he will have to carry Portugal if the Euro 2004 finalists want to make it into the quarterfinals. Among the top players in the world, Ronaldo has so far failed to play his best when wearing a Portugal shirt.

  • Spain

    Euro 2012 Schedule: vs. Italy, June 10; vs. Ireland, June 14; vs. Croatia, June 18. <br><br> How the team qualified: Won Group I. <br><br> Euro 2008 Result: Champion. <br><br> Best Result: Champion (1964, 2008). <br><br> FIFA Ranking: First. <br><br> Coach: Vicente del Bosque (Spain). <br><br> Top Players: Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta, Iker Casillas. <br><br> The defending champions from Spain are many people's favorite to win another major title. The Spanish finally ended their 44-year drought at major tournaments when they beat Germany in the Euro 2008 final in Vienna, and then followed by winning their first World Cup trophy two years ago in Johannesburg. With Xavi and Iniesta controlling play, they are a good bet to make it three in a row.

  • Italy

    Euro 2012 Schedule: vs. Spain, June 10; vs. Croatia, June 14; vs. Ireland, June 18. <br><br> How the team qualified: Won Group C. <br><br> Euro 2008 Result: Quarterfinals. <br><br> Best Result: Champion (1968). <br><br> FIFA Ranking: 12th. <br><br> Coach: Cesare Prandelli (Italy). <br><br> Top Players: Gianluigi Buffon, Andrea Pirlo, Mario Balotelli. <br><br> The Italians have been on the decline since winning their fourth World Cup title in 2006, and despite winning their qualifying group they are not expected to challenge for the Euro 2012 championship. But if Balotelli can showcase his skill, Italy could mount a championship run.

  • Ireland

    Euro 2012 Schedule: vs. Croatia, June 10; vs. Spain, June 14; vs. Italy, June 18. <br><br> How the team qualified: Second in Group B, beat Estonia in playoffs. <br><br> Euro 2008 Result: Did not qualify. <br><br> Best Result: Quarterfinals (1964). <br><br> FIFA Ranking: 18th. <br><br> Coach: Giovanni Trapattoni (Italy). <br><br> Top Players: Robbie Keane, Shay Given, Glenn Whelan. <br><br> After the disappointment of missing out on the last World Cup because of a handball against France, the Irish made it through to their second European Championship. Coached by Italian veteran Trapattoni, the Irish have a team made up mostly of English Premier League players.

  • Croatia

    Euro 2012 Schedule: vs. Ireland, June 10; vs. Italy, June 14; vs. Spain, June 18. <br><br> How the team qualified: Second in Group F, beat Turkey in playoffs. <br><br> Euro 2008 Result: Quarterfinals. <br><br> Best Result: Quarterfinals (1996, 2008). <br><br> FIFA Ranking: Eighth. <br><br> Coach: Slaven Bilic (Croatia). <br><br> Top Players: Luka Modric, Danijel Pranjic, Darijo Srna. <br><br> The Croats have struggled since qualifying for Euro 2008, missing out on the last World Cup. But they finished second in their qualifying group and beat Euro 2008 semifinalist Turkey in a playoff. To make it through the first round in Poland and Ukraine, the Croats will likely need to beat Italy.

  • Ukraine

    Euro 2012 Schedule: vs. Sweden, June 11; vs. France, June 15; vs. England, June 19. <br><br> How the team qualified: Co-host. <br><br> Euro 2008 Result: Did not qualify. <br><br> Best Result: Qualifying playoffs (2000). <br><br> FIFA Ranking: 52nd. <br><br> Coach: Oleg Blokhin (Ukraine). <br><br> Top Players: Anatoliy Tymoshchuk, Oleksandr Shovkovskiy, Serhiy Nazarenko. <br><br> Ukraine has never before played at the European Championship, missing out on all four tournaments since it split from the Soviet Union. But, as usual, home advantage should give the co-hosts a boost in what is likely to be a tough group.

  • Sweden

    Euro 2012 Schedule: vs. Ukraine, June 11; vs. England, June 15; vs. France, June 19. <br><br> How the team qualified: Best second-placed team in qualifying. <br><br> Euro 2008 Result: First Round. <br><br> Best Result: Semifinals (1992). <br><br> FIFA Ranking: 17th. <br><br> Coach: Erik Hamren (Sweden). <br><br> Top Players: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Kim Kallstrom, Johan Elmander. <br><br> With Ibrahimovic on the field, the Swedes should not be counted out. The AC Milan striker can score some amazing goals, but he'll have to get through the French and English defenses if Sweden is to have a hope of making a run at the title.

  • France

    Euro 2012 Schedule: vs. England, June 11; vs. Ukraine, June 15; vs. Sweden, June 19. <br><br> How the team qualified: Won Group D. <br><br> Euro 2008 Result: First Round. <br><br> Best Result: Champion (1984, 2000). <br><br> FIFA Ranking: 14th. <br><br> Coach: Laurent Blanc (France). <br><br> Top Players: Franck Ribery, Karim Benzema, Samir Nasri. <br><br> After infighting derailed their chances at the 2010 World Cup, France coach Laurent Blanc seems to have the team back on track. A two-time European champion, the French will be tough to stop with hard-running Ribery and Nasri in the attack.

  • England

    Euro 2012 Schedule: vs. France, June 11; vs. Sweden, June 15; vs. Ukraine, June 19. <br> How the team qualified: Won Group G. <br> Euro 2008 Result: Did not qualify. <br><br> Best Result: Semifinals (1996). <br><br> FIFA Ranking: Sixth. <br><br> Coach: Roy Hodgson (England). <br><br> Top Players: Wayne Rooney, Joe Hart, John Terry. <br><br> The English will again be looking to win their first European Championship, but will arrive with an aging defense, a new coach and a suspended Rooney (for the first two matches). If the English don't win the group but still advance, a possible quarterfinal match against Spain could be the end.