When and where: The Group D match kicks off from the Olympic Stadium in Kiev at 2:45 p.m. ET. Coverage will be provided by ESPN2, with a live stream available on ESPN3.

Preview: All but qualified for the quarter-finals, France should need merely to avoid complacency to get the point they need to guarantee their progress against an already-eliminated Sweden. Yet it would be unwise for France to take their foot off the pedal with the prize of topping the group and avoiding a meeting with Spain in the next round at stake.

After a mixed opening performance against England, France put in a classy display going forward against Ukraine to run out comfortable winners. The decision to bring in Jeremy Menez on the right, allowing Samir Nasri to move into the number 10 role, proved particularly effective.

But major doubts remain about France defensively, as before the tournament. Before falling behind, Ukraine, despite being on the back-foot, did enough to unsettle the unconvincing center-back pairing of Adil Rami and Philippe Mexes. It's unlikely to cost them against Sweden, but could well prove their undoing later in the competition.

For Sweden, there is little to play for but pride in their final game before heading home. It could have been very different had they held onto the second-half leads they engineered against both Ukraine and England.

While Sweden's more expansive style under Erik Hamren has been commendable, it has exposed a subpar back line. At the other end, meanwhile, too much reliance, perhaps understandably, has been placed on the phenomenally talented Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

That could be even more dominant a factor against France, with both Rasmus Elm and Johan Elmander both likely to miss the game through injury.


G: Isaksson

D: Granqvist, Mellberg, J. Olsson, M. Olsson

M: Svensson, Kallstrom,

Larsson, Ibrahimovic, Bajrami

F: Toivonen


G: Lloris

D: Debuchy, Rami, Mexes, Clichy

M: M'Vila, Cabaye

Valbuena, Nasri, Ribery

F: Benzema

Prediction: There are suggestions of Laurent Blanc making changes to his French team tonight, which could come back to haunt him if his side end up having to play Spain in the quarter-finals. In truth, though, it's hard to see Sweden raising themselves after the disappointment of the defeat to England.

Ibrahimovic will doubtless fancy his chances of getting his name on the score sheet against this French back line, before he heads off on his already-discussed holiday. At the other end, though, Les Bleus should have more than enough, even if not at full strength, to get the victory.

Sweden 1-2 France