The 10 Best Moments From Day Eight of Euro 2012


1. Tipster of the day

Iain Macintosh didn't quite predict the goalfest that took place between England and Sweden, but he did correctly tip both teams to score. Shame there's no market for "defensive horror show"...

2. Match of the day

It started off slowly; a long shot from Scott Parker, the usual lack of control in midfield from both sides. Then Andy Carroll gets his granite head to a Steven Gerrard cross to give England a scarcely-deserved lead. Half-time was the calm before the storm. Within minutes of the restart, Ultra Viking Olof Mellberg scores a BRACE. Zlatan Ibrahimovic tells Joe Hart where to go. Theo Walcott comes on, scores with what must be the limpest longshot of all time, and actually beats a man en route to setting up Danny Welbeck's classy winner. It was a rip-roaring match and a fitting end to the second round of group games.

3. Biblical weather of the day

The game between the Ukraine and France was delayed by almost an hour due to the monsoon-like conditions that swept over Donetsk.

4. Tactical change of the day (I)

Laurent Blanc shuffled his pack for the Ukraine game, bringing in Gaël Clichy at left-back and, more significantly, dropping Florent Malouda in favour of Jérémy Ménez. While Malouda's diligence was useful in the 4-3-3 employed against England, Blanc was brave enough to switch to a 4-2-3-1 formation, giving Karim Benzema more support in attack. The gamble paid off early in the second half, when the the pacy Ménez skipped inside his marker to fire home the opener.

5. Forgiving official of the day

6. Ball hog of the day

Ukraine substitute Marko Dević looked sharp when he entered the fray against France. A willowy runner, he probed at the tiring French defence to decent effect. There was only one problem: he refused to pass to anyone in a yellow jersey. While dribbling past Alou Diarra and Adil Rami is impressive, scuffing a pathetic shot wide is not - particularly when Andriy Shevchenko is screaming for the ball in space. Get your head up, lad!

7. Timely return of the day

When France midfielder Yann M'Vila limped out of a pre-tournament friendly against Serbia, many feared the worst. A key part of Laurent Blanc's plans, the youngster was in tears on the touchline, evidently distraught at the prospect of missing his first European Championship. That prospect was all the worse for the fact that M'Vila, a player courted by many of Europe's top clubs, decided to remain at Rennes this term precisely to secure his place in the France squad. It was pleasing, then, to see him make a lively cameo off the bench against the Ukraine. He'll be eager to reclaim his starting spot against Sweden on Tuesday,

8. Lookalike of the day

If Jérémy Ménez and Clint Dempsey ever play in the same side, the universe might end.

9. Tactical change of the day (II)

Roy Hodgson's decision to throw Andy Carroll into the starting line-up against Sweden was an inspired one. Having witnessed an ageing Andriy Shevchenko cause Andreas Granqvist and Olof Mellberg problems in the air during Sweden's Group A opener, the England boss unleashed his own aerial assault unit. Perhaps anticipating the move, Erik Hamrén drafted in the powerful Jonas Olsson at centre-back, but to no avail: Carroll drifted between Mellberg and Granqvist (shifted to right-back for the evening) to power home the opening goal.

10. Meme of the day