Samir Nasri
Samir Nasri reacts after scoring against England in France's Euro 2012 opener

France head into their final group game of Euro 2012 against already eliminated Sweden at Kiev, needing a point to progress to the quarterfinals.


France will qualify for the knockout stages with a win or a draw in this tie and can only be eliminated if both they and England - who play Ukraine in the simultaneous fixture - lose and if an unlikely goal difference swing allows Roy Hodgson's side to progress ahead of them. The Les Blues have the momentum after registering a 2-0 win over Ukraine in their last outing and are favourites for the top spot in the group.

Meanwhile, Sweden already have their elimination confirmed by losing their first two games against Ukraine and England. However they would want to leave the tournament on a high and with no pressure on them to win against France, they would look for a performance that restores pride.

Team News and Tactics:

France: Blanc shifted to a 4-2-3-1 formation against Ukraine from a 4-3-3 that drew with England in the opening game and the change seemed to make them a more balanced side, with two well-taken goals and a cleansheet as attestation. Samir Nasri will pull the strings from the centre, while Franck Ribery and Jeremy Menez - who scored in the last game - will continue on the flanks, meaning Florent Malouda will again be on the bench. Central midfielder Yohan Cabaye is France's only injury doubt ahead of the game and could be replaced by Yann M'Vila, who is back to full fitness after missing the England game through injury.

At the back, Gael Clichy is expected to continue at left-back ahead of Patrice Evra, while Laurent Koscielny could feature at the centre against Sweden in place of Adil Rami, who struggled to contain the Ukrainian attack on Friday. Up front, Karim Benzema is yet to find the net in the tournament but, after setting up both the goals in the last game, he should be able to hold off competition from Olivier Giroud.

Sweden: Erik Hamren will continue with the 4-4-2 formation and the same line-up that scored twice against England. The Swedes have no new injury worries, heading into their last game, however, defender Mikael Lustig, could remain sidelined with a hip problem that forced him to miss the last match. Striker Johan Elmander faces competition from Markus Rosenberg for a start, while Ola Toivonen could come in for Anders Svensson or Ramsus Elm if Hamren plans a more attacking approach against France.


  • Before Friday's win over Ukraine, France had not won a game at the Euros without Michel Platini or Zinedine Zidane in the team.
  • Blanc's men have lost only once in their last seven competitive matches.
  • Sweden's last win over France was in 1969.
  • The two sides have faced each other only once in a major tournament - at Euro 1992. Blanc featured as a player for the Les Blues in that game which ended at 1-1.

Probable starting line-ups:

Sweden (4-4-2): Isaksson; Granqvist, Mellberg, J Olsson, M Olsson; Larsson, Svensson, Kallstrom, Elm; Ibrahimovic, Elmander

France (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Debuchy, Koscielny, Mexes, Clichy; M'Vila, Diarra; Menez, Nasri, Ribery; Benzema

Where to Watch Live:

You can follow the game live from 7:45 pm BST on iTV 4, as well as BBC Radio 5 live and the official UEFA Web site. You can also catch highlights on BBC One and the BBC Sport Web site.