The second match of England's group plays with the joint hosts Ukraine taking on Sweden. The Ukraine team are recovering from a significant bout of food poisoning last week, so they may be on the back foot as they take part in their first match of the competition. It's also their debut in a European Championship, so the pressure is on. Meanwhile, Sweden have a young team, focused around their captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic. You'd side with Sweden on this one, but home advantage can never be underestimated.

175 responses

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 18:00

    Wow - that was quick to come up with the form of words. ^^

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 18:11

    Wow - that was quick to come up with the form of words. ^^

    I do my best for you :)

  • Mr C11/06/2012 at 18:12

    Wow - that was quick to come up with the form of words. ^^

    no #1 fix for sidepodcast in 2012 was to reduce the time it takes to create live threads (after many stressful moments last year). i'd say we succeeded.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 18:20

    no #1 fix for sidepodcast in 2012 was to reduce the time it takes to create live threads (after many stressful moments last year). i'd say we succeeded.

    Evident!

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 18:21

    Sweden will presumably spend ages building an attack, then realise they're missing a vital part. (@Pundamentalism)

  • Mr C11/06/2012 at 18:23

    Evident!

    or put it another way. make the site keep up with christine ;)

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 18:24

    Are you watching the build-up, very nice piece with Mr H - on the Ukraine.

  • Mr C11/06/2012 at 18:26

    Are you watching the build-up, very nice piece with Mr H - on the Ukraine.

    err, tv is on, but on mute. christine pointed out the cool red and white play analysis lines though.

  • Pat W11/06/2012 at 18:27

    no #1 fix for sidepodcast in 2012 was to reduce the time it takes to create live threads (after many stressful moments last year). i'd say we succeeded.

    Pretty damn good

  • Pat W11/06/2012 at 18:27

    Are you watching the build-up, very nice piece with Mr H - on the Ukraine.

    No I was having a shower and sorting out some food

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 18:28

    err, tv is on, but on mute. christine pointed out the cool red and white play analysis lines though.

    They were all joined together like table football, except bendy.

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 18:38

    UKraine and Sweden both have yellow and blue flags.

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 18:40

    That girl looked really happy to be walking out with one of the captains.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 18:40

    UKraine and Sweden both have yellow and blue flags.

    Bad planning by those drawing the groups.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 18:41

    Every time Jonathan Pearce is commentating, I wonder whether the players aren't actually intricate robots.

  • Pat W11/06/2012 at 18:42

    Every time Jonathan Pearce is commentating, I wonder whether the players aren't actually intricate robots.

    3.2.1.activate!

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 18:45

    Don't think I could be a football player, I'm not so good at shaking hands. Oh, and no good at football, either.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 18:46

    Schevchenko v Zlatan - let's just leave it 1 on 1.

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 18:48

    Schevchenko v Zlatan - let's just leave it 1 on 1.

    I've heard of 5-a-side but 1-a-side is something new.

  • Pat W11/06/2012 at 18:53

    I know even less about these people than the other game but if I were to lay any money I'd bet on Sweden.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 18:53

    Looks like SWE might've started slightly better, but UKR are starting to settle in.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 18:54

    I know even less about these people than the other game but if I were to lay any money I'd bet on Sweden.

    I think I worked out that it would be better for us if UKR win tonight.

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 18:57

    I must say, both of these teams have lots of fun names to try and pronounce.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 18:58

    I must say, both of these teams have lots of fun names to try and pronounce.

    I think the Greek team is more fun - all those syllables, so similar, yet so different.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 19:02

    Go-go Zlatan-Forehead

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 19:04

    He is dangerous, and he's not even started trying

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 19:04

    Ok back. Has it even started?

  • Pat W11/06/2012 at 19:05

    I think the Greek team is more fun - all those syllables, so similar, yet so different.

    I was amused when I caught a few minutes of Poland v Greece, so many stereotypical names. :)

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 19:05

    Ok back. Has it even started?

    Ok it has. It loaded the previous match for me.

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 19:06

    Whoever's manager that is has a waistcoat. Fancy!

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 19:06

    Sweden has my favorite uniforms so far.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 19:08

    Sweden has my favorite uniforms so far.

    'uniforms' - love it

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 19:09

    Jerseys?

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 19:10

    Jerseys?

    I would have gone with outfits, but something tells me that's not right either!

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 19:10

    Livery?

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 19:10

    Jerseys?

    I think 'kit' is the most used

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 19:10

    Oooooooooooo

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 19:11

    I think 'kit' is the most used

    Oh yeah kit is what you all call them.

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 19:11

    #blamewebster

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 19:11

    Livery?

    Costume!

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 19:12

    Costume!

    Duds?

    Too regional?

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 19:13

    Duds?

    To me that means broken stuff :)

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 19:13

    Costume!

    Apparel?

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 19:14

    That was an amazing shot.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 19:14

    #random LadyBird

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 19:14

    Do people say football strip or have I made that up?

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 19:15

    Do people say football strip or have I made that up?

    I haven't heard it.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 19:15

    Do people say football strip or have I made that up?

    They do say that - but now you draw attention to it, does seems slightly strange

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 19:15

    They do say that - but now you draw attention to it, does seems slightly strange

    Hehe, glad I didn't make that up!

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 19:17

    wild

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 19:17

    Is the football strip the field? Or pitch.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 19:18

    Is the football strip the field? Or pitch.

    strip = kit, the green stuff = pitch

  • Pat W11/06/2012 at 19:18

    Do people say football strip or have I made that up?

    I'm sure it used to be called that a lot more a few years ago.

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 19:20

    At least I have mind to write "tyres" instead of "tires" when talking about F1.

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 19:22

    Nice shot.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 19:25

    A few good blocks went in there. Good move all the same

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 19:26

    Oh.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 19:26

    Should've done better tbh

  • Pat W11/06/2012 at 19:27

    It amuses me that tennis and cricket use Hawkeye to see if a ball goes over a line, UEFA are using a man standing there

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 19:28

    It amuses me that tennis and cricket use Hawkeye to see if a ball goes over a line, UEFA are using a man standing there

    Some of the old men at the top of the game have dug their heels in.

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 19:29

    Ukraine is a lot better than I imagined they would be.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 19:30

    UKR are winding on the pressure, can SWE can them out till HT, or catch them on the break instead?

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 19:32

    Ukraine is the opposite of Russia it seems like.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 19:37

    Let's hope the game continues from where it was at the end of the first half - we'll get a break though.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 19:40

    Come on BBC, you've already shown these highlights before the match, maybe can we have some punditry on the game were're all watching. #rantover

  • Mr C11/06/2012 at 19:47

    Come on BBC, you've already shown these highlights before the match, maybe can we have some punditry on the game were're all watching. #rantover

    crazy. i looked up and assumed the match must be over.

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 19:50

    @CarolineCheese If Sweden don't win 'Best Away Kit of #Euro2012' I'll be amazed

    She's gone with 'kit' :)

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 19:53

    She's gone with 'kit' :)

    And confirmed my opinion!

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 19:54

    And confirmed my opinion!

    I'd like to see all the options before making my choice, but it is up there.

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 19:54

    And confirmed my opinion!

    I hope there is actually an award ceremony.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 19:56

    I hope there is actually an award ceremony.

    They should follow the groups and knock-outs on order to find the winner

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 19:56

    ZLATAN

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 19:56

    GOAL!

  • Steven Roy11/06/2012 at 19:56

    Just got home, turned on and saw a goal.

  • Steven Roy11/06/2012 at 19:57

    Marking was abysmal

  • Pat W11/06/2012 at 19:57

    Just got home, turned on and saw a goal.

    Lucky, we've been waiting ages. :)

  • Steven Roy11/06/2012 at 19:57

    Hi all

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 19:57

    Just got home, turned on and saw a goal.

    You should come home more often.

  • Steven Roy11/06/2012 at 19:57

    Lucky, we've been waiting ages. :)

    I will try to be earlier next time

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 19:57

    Hi all

    Evening. Perhaps go out and come back in a minute and we might see a equaliser.

  • Steven Roy11/06/2012 at 19:58

    You should come home more often.

    Sounds like my mother many years ago

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 19:58

    Evening. Perhaps go out and come back in a minute and we might see a equaliser.

    :)

  • Steven Roy11/06/2012 at 19:59

    Evening. Perhaps go out and come back in a minute and we might see a equaliser.

    There is a football tradition that a goal is scored when someone anoounces that it looks like nothing much is going to happen so this is a good time to nip to the toilet. Happens at matches as well as on TV.

  • Steven Roy11/06/2012 at 19:59

    I never moved

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 19:59

    WOW!

  • Pat W11/06/2012 at 19:59

    I never moved

    :D

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 20:00

    I never moved

    Hehehe.

  • Pat W11/06/2012 at 20:00

    Nice work Ukraine

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 20:00

    SCHEVCHENKO (or similar spelling)

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 20:00

    YEah for the 35 year old!

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 20:00

    What did I say about those 2?!

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 20:00

    What did I say about those 2?!

    1 on 1!

  • Steven Roy11/06/2012 at 20:00

    Look how many defenders are in there

  • Steven Roy11/06/2012 at 20:03

    Sweedes are getting pulled way out of position

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 20:03

    Oooo - couldn't quite pick the ball

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 20:04

    I'd like to see all the options before making my choice, but it is up there.

    Here they all are: http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/euro-2012-kits-home-and-away-865391

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 20:06

    I like France's and Poland's too.

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 20:06

    What??

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 20:06

    Beautiful

  • Mr C11/06/2012 at 20:06

    what a game!

  • Steven Roy11/06/2012 at 20:06

    2-1 Schevchenko again

  • Steven Roy11/06/2012 at 20:06

    How can you lot take so long to organise goals. It's easy

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 20:07

    FRAvENG is the worst match so far in the tourn?

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 20:07

    How can you lot take so long to organise goals. It's easy

    I'm afraid we can't let you leave again.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 20:08

    I like France's and Poland's too.

    I think the best away is the Dutch.

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 20:08

    I think the best away is the Dutch.

    Was that the black one? I liked it too.

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 20:09

    Was that a handball there?

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 20:09

    Was that the black one? I liked it too.

    yup - wit the orange shoulder stripe

  • Steven Roy11/06/2012 at 20:09

    I'm afraid we can't let you leave again.

    I hate to report but I am not going to be around for most of the games till Friday. Exams Friday so if I don't top myself after that I should be around for those games. Until then I will only get the second half of the second game each day.

  • Steven Roy11/06/2012 at 20:10

    I like both the Dutch kits but the black one is my fav.

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 20:11

    And there was a man in a parrot suit.

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 20:11

    I hate to report but I am not going to be around for most of the games till Friday. Exams Friday so if I don't top myself after that I should be around for those games. Until then I will only get the second half of the second game each day.

    Nope. Not allowed.

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 20:11

    And there was a man in a parrot suit.

    I love it! Bet he's hot.

  • Pat W11/06/2012 at 20:11

    I hate to report but I am not going to be around for most of the games till Friday. Exams Friday so if I don't top myself after that I should be around for those games. Until then I will only get the second half of the second game each day.

    They'll have to postpone it until after the competition.

  • Steven Roy11/06/2012 at 20:13

    They'll have to postpone it until after the competition.

    I will have forgotten everything by then and I never want to read any of that nonsense ever again. Once has been more than enough

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 20:13

    I like both the Dutch kits but the black one is my fav.

    Home kits: Greece or Croatia

  • Steven Roy11/06/2012 at 20:14

    Nope. Not allowed.

    All you have to do if the game gets dull is find a volunteer to go to the toilet and there will be a goal

  • Steven Roy11/06/2012 at 20:15

    I don't understand how Sweden could lose that goal with so many defenders there

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 20:15

    I don't understand how Sweden could lose that goal with so many defenders there

    ... did you not *see* the England one?

  • Steven Roy11/06/2012 at 20:16

    ... did you not *see* the England one?

    Nope.

    Saw the match stats though and it looks like France hammered them 1:1

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 20:16

    Nope.

    ( sorry )

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 20:16

    ... did you not *see* the England one?

    I counted 9 England shirts in the box a few times not counting the keeper.

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 20:17

    Sweden's kit kind of remind me of the Brawn GP livery.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 20:20

    Ages left - the England match must've been shorter than this

  • Pat W11/06/2012 at 20:20

    Ages left - the England match must've been shorter than this

    I'm convinced it was.

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 20:24

    Back to group A tomorrow right?

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 20:25

    I would have passed it.

  • Steven Roy11/06/2012 at 20:26

    Schevchenko getting subbed

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 20:26

    Back to group A tomorrow right?

    Yup: Greece v Czech, Poland v Russia

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 20:26

    Defensive subst

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 20:26

    Mr. C is gonna wear a helmet like the Stig to that Sidepod Meet Up isn't he?

  • Steven Roy11/06/2012 at 20:27

    Mr. C is gonna wear a helmet like the Stig to that Sidepod Meet Up isn't he?

    He always does.

    Bet he is pestering Christine to get a GoPro attached to it

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 20:27

    Bet he is pestering Christine to get a GoPro attached to it

    Just one?

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 20:28

    Mr. C is gonna wear a helmet like the Stig to that Sidepod Meet Up isn't he?

    Is coal-hole slang for where you put the petrol in?

  • Steven Roy11/06/2012 at 20:29

    Ukraine making time wasting substitutions to break up the flow. Not that Sweden have any flow

  • Steven Roy11/06/2012 at 20:30

    Sweden need to stretch the game. They have it too compressed so they never have any space

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 20:34

    WHo is Monty Don?

  • Steven Roy11/06/2012 at 20:34

    WHo is Monty Don?

    TV gardner

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 20:34

    Oh they blew that...

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 20:34

    WHo is Monty Don?

    Presenter of gardening program

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 20:35

    Elmander - that's the Bolton striker we knew!!

  • Steven Roy11/06/2012 at 20:35

    Oh they blew that...

    They are not creating chances so when you get one like that you have to score

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 20:35

    It seems like they couldn't decide on who would take the shot.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 20:36

    Did we not see him get shot in all of that?

  • Steven Roy11/06/2012 at 20:36

    Another time wasting substitution

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 20:37

    This is like the end of a basketball game.

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 20:37

    Another time wasting substitution

    So THAT is what England was doing with the Walcott substitution. Helping preserve the tie...

  • Steven Roy11/06/2012 at 20:38

    So THAT is what England was doing with the Walcott substitution. Helping preserve the tie...

    Hodgson took Walcott to a tournament. Don't understand that

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 20:39

    Theo's not good? But he plays for Arsenal!

  • Pat W11/06/2012 at 20:40

    Well done Ukraine, I did not expect that result at all. Looks as though England and France may not struggle against Sweden after all.. but what about Ukraine?

  • Steven Roy11/06/2012 at 20:40

    Theo's not good? But he plays for Arsenal!

    I think he is one of those players who will retire with his potential intact. Had a big reputation from a very young age and has done nothing

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 20:40

    I think he is one of those players who will retire with his potential intact. Had a big reputation from a very young age and has done nothing

    We'll take him.

  • Steven Roy11/06/2012 at 20:41

    Well done Ukraine, I did not expect that result at all. Looks as though England and France may not struggle against Sweden after all.. but what about Ukraine?

    A couple of draws for them and Ukraine are through now

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 20:41

    So long as France beat Ukraine and assuming we beat Sweden, the our fate is in our hands in the final match (v Ukraine) - needing a draw.

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 20:41

    Ukraine is in the driver's seat for sure

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 20:42

    Thanks all. Better do some work here.

  • Steven Roy11/06/2012 at 20:42

    Thanks all. Better do some work here.

    Bye

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 20:43

    Thanks all. Better do some work here.

    Bye

    Bye.

  • Steven Roy11/06/2012 at 20:44

    I still don't get why Sweden had 6 players in the 6 yard box against two strikers but no-one on either post

  • Pat W11/06/2012 at 20:49

    Running the England highlights again? Third time now

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 20:50

    In case you didn't see the match, or the highlights on ITV, or the highlights on the BBC or them again at HT, here they are again!

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 20:51

    In case you didn't see the match, or the highlights on ITV, or the highlights on the BBC or them again at HT, here they are again!

    I was just thinking that. He said: "The match which kicked off five hours ago."

    ...and we haven't stopped talking about it since.

  • Pat W11/06/2012 at 20:51

    And it's replayed in full on the red button in ten minutes

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 20:52

    I was just thinking that. He said: "The match which kicked off five hours ago."

    Not to mention the pre-match build-up - it's not like it was the most *amazing* show of football

  • Pat W11/06/2012 at 20:56

    By the way is there interest in threads for Le Mans qualifying on Weds & Thurs?

  • Steven Roy11/06/2012 at 20:59

    By the way is there interest in threads for Le Mans qualifying on Weds & Thurs?

    Yes.

    Peter Dumbreck tweeted that it is bucketing down there. He is in his camper and it is battering off the roof

  • Pat W11/06/2012 at 21:02

    Peter Dumbreck tweeted that it is bucketing down there. He is in his camper and it is battering off the roof

    Looks like they got the rest of what we had Sunday.

    Practice clashes with Denmark/Portugal and Weds quali with Holland/Germany. Thurs against Italy/Croatia and Spain walloping Ireland.

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 21:04

    By the way is there interest in threads for Le Mans qualifying on Weds & Thurs?

    Franck!

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 21:07

    Do we want to know the montage-music for the BBC.

  • Steven Roy11/06/2012 at 21:08

    Franck!

    That will be a yes then

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 21:09

    That will be a yes then

    Absolutely. If someone doesn't mind throwing together a paragraph, we can get that sorted.

    It's easy enough, I am busy writing football ones as we speak. I know nothing! :)

  • Pat W11/06/2012 at 21:12

    Absolutely. If someone doesn't mind throwing together a paragraph, we can get that sorted.

    I can do a para, and I was thinking maybe a quick preview unless that would be too confusing having two places.

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 21:13

    I can do a para, and I was thinking maybe a quick preview unless that would be too confusing having two places.

    Absolutely, if you're up for that, please do. We're still figuring out longer previews alongside live events, so all experimentation is good!

  • Pat W11/06/2012 at 21:15

    Absolutely, if you're up for that, please do. We're still figuring out longer previews alongside live events, so all experimentation is good!

    Great, I'll see what I can put together. :)

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 21:25

    Brilliant guys! Thanks for these threads. See you all tomorrow afternoon.