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Last Updated: Saturday, 11 June 2005, 18:53 GMT 19:53 UK
England Women 0-1 Sweden Women
Sweden goalscorer Anna Sjostrom (left) and England midfielder Kelly Smith battle for possession
England were knocked out of Euro 2005 after losing to Sweden at Ewood Park.

England went behind after just three minutes when a corner innocuously came off Katie Chapman and allowed Anna Sjostrom to glance in from close range.

Faye White saw a far post header bounce off a defender and over as England put together a spell of pressure as they battled for an equaliser.

But that was as close as the host nation got as they struggled to break down their resilient rivals.

England had started knowing a win would definitely see them through to the semi-finals and a draw would almost certainly confirm their progress.

But England got off to a nightmare start when their vulnerability from set pieces in the tournament struck again.

They failed to deal with a Sweden corner and Sjostrom - with her back to goal - managed to divert a shot in past keeper Rachel Brown.

Sweden striker Anna Sjostrom glances in a goal for her side
Sjostrom gives Sweden the lead at Ewood Park

England felt Brown had been impeded by Sjostrom but the referee allowed the goal to stand.

Rachel Yankey had a shot comfortably saved from close range as she ran onto a pass from the influential Kelly Smith.

The pacy Eniola Aluko was struck on the head by an attempted clearance by Sweden keeper Hedvig Lindahl and the ball bounced agonisingly wide as England battled for an equaliser.

England were building up a head of steam and White saw a far post header bounce off the head of a defender and just over.

The second half started in scrappy fashion before England keeper Brown bravely came out and gathered at the feet of Victoria Svensson as she ran through on goal.

An extravagant backheel by Yankey was saved but England rarely troubled Sweden's keeper Lindahl as their Euro 2005 challenge ended in heartbreak.


England: Brown, Scott, Unitt, Chapman, White, Phillip, Williams, Yankey, Smith, Carney (Barr 70), Aluko.
Subs Not Used: Fletcher, Handley, Westwood, Stoney, Exley, Asante, Johnson, Hall.

Booked: Yankey, Smith.

Sweden: Lindahl, Tornqvist, Marklund, Bengtsson (Westberg 79), Mostrom, Larsson, Ljungberg, Svensson (Oqvist 90), Sjogran, Seger (Ostberg 54), Sjostrom.
Subs Not Used: Jonsson, Andersson, Schelin, Karlsson, Astrom, Paulsson.

Booked: Seger, Mostrom, Tornqvist.

Goals: Sjostrom 3.

Att: 25,694

Ref: Nicole Petignat (Neftenbach).




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