Sweden hold England to a draw

Football: England and Sweden had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Saturday.

updated: February 25, 2007 08:37 IST
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England and Sweden had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Saturday. The match was billed as a chance for supporters to celebrate England's qualification for the World Cup finals and a chance to try out new players against a Swedish side which is also preparing for the 2002 World Cup. England created better openings early in the match. West Ham's Trevor Sinclair, making his debut, provided a fine cross for Phillips early in the first half. But the Sunderland player headed it over the bar. A foul on Phillips in the 19th minute allowed David Beckham a chance on the goal. But his free-kick was brilliantly saved by Swedish goalkeeper Magnis Hedman. England took the lead through a controversial 28th minute penalty when Sinclair fell in the area after a slight contact with defender Christoffer Andersson. Beckham drove in the spot kick to put England ahead. After 44 minutes, the Swedes drew level. Erik Edman's low free kick travelled under the wall and Hakan Mild followed up quickly to lift the ball high into the roof of the net. England made several changes after halftime. Paul Scholes laid off a nice pass for a Robbie Fowler shot, but substitute keeper Magnus Kihlstedt saved it. Kihlstedt also did well from a Danny Murphy shot and saved again after Scholes linked with Fowler on the followup. England have not beaten Sweden since 1968.