EURO 2012: Sweden beats France, but French still advance

3:20 PM, Jun 19, 2012   |    comments
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By MATTIAS KAREN, AP Sports Writer

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - France backed into the quarterfinals of the European Championship on Tuesday, losing 2-0 to Sweden but going through thanks to England's win over Ukraine.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored one of the best goals of the tournament with an acrobatic volley in the 54th minute to give already eliminated Sweden its first points of the tournament.

Sebastian Larsson smashed home Sweden's second goal in injury time from close range.

The loss ended France's 23-game unbeaten streak but it still finished second in Group D after England beat Ukraine 1-0 in Donetsk. France will face Spain the quarterfinals.

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