Euro 2012, Day 4: 5 Takeaways from Group D Round 1

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Euro 2012, Day 4: 5 Takeaways from Group D Round 1
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On Day Four of Euro 2012, a team won, a team lost and a team left points on the table. 

Also, England played. 

Monday’s unveiling of Group D did little to separate contenders from pretenders. In the day’s first game, France and England slogged through a sleepy 1-1 draw. 

Reminiscent of something out of the Hundred Years’ War, French attackers besieged England’s defensive fortifications endlessly, yet only salvaged a solitary reward. 

After watching the tournament’s first round play out, it was co-host Ukraine’s turn to take the pitch. They did not disappoint, shocking the sashed Swedes 2-1 after going a goal down.

Even now, Ukrainian fans are toasting captain Andriy Shevchenko over their pints. 

After a day of contrasting fixtures, who would have predicted Group D shaking out this way?

Team W D L GF GA GD Pts
Ukraine 1 0 0 2 1 +1 3
England 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
France 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
Sweden 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0

 

Here are five takeaways from Day Four at Euro 2012

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