Women's Euro 2013: England v Russia as it happened

Live text commentary as England snatch a late draw against Russia in their second Group C game at Euro 2013

19 July 2013 Last updated at 07:43 GMT

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  1. 1935: 
    England 1-1 Russia

    England's hopes at a major international tournament hang by a thread. Where have we heard that one before?

    The Lionesses face France, who have taken a 1-0 lead against Spain, on Thursday (1930 BST) knowing the odds are stacked against them. I'll be back with live text commentary and the match will be shown live on BBC Three, so you won't miss a kick.

    Can they regain some pride against our Gallic cousins in Linkoping? Let's hope so. Until then...

  2. 1925: 
    England 1-1 Russia

    Our BBC Sport mathematicians* have busily been processing mind-boggling numbers to work out exactly what England need to do to qualify from Group C.

    And they have confirmed that....nothing can be confirmed yet. A win against France could be enough to secure a top-two finish. A draw could also be enough to qualify depending on other results across the three groups - but that's very unlikely and we won't know for sure until Groups A and B finish.

    The top two teams in Groups A, B and C qualify, along with the two best third-placed countries.

    * Our mathematicians are actually sports journalists.

  3. 1918: 
    England 1-1 Russia

    Positive words from Faye White (see 1904), but France are no mugs, that's for sure. The team ranked fifth in the world finished fourth in the 2012 Olympic Games and the 2011 World Cup, and breezed past Russia in a 3-1 opening Group C win.

    If you want to check out their pedigree then flick over to BBC Three where you can watch live coverage of their match against Spain. That match kicks off in just over 10 minutes.


    Stephen: So England have Hope for now but for sure she will go after tournament. Legend. But time for refresh.

    William Tomaney: Has any England team even won in the new Nike shirt yet? Maybe it's that!

  5. 1909:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveEngland 1-1 Russia

    England goalscorer Toni Duggan on BBC Radio 5 live: "I missed one a couple of minutes before so I was desperate to score and it was just instinct really - thankfully it went in."

  6. 1904: 
    England 1-1 Russia

    Former England skipper Faye White on BBC Two: "To allow the other team to dictate is just not good enough. The last two games against France we have drawn so you have to take confidence from that. They have to believe."


    Andrew Filder, via text: I don't follow women's football fully but as a Liverpool fan following more this year. Can't understand why Natasha Dowie and her performances for Liverpool have not been rewarded. What I have seen of White is not impressive. What a poor summer for English football though!

  8. 1858: 
    England 1-1 Russia

    To recap - England are still in Euro 2013 courtesy of Toni Duggan's late equaliser. That's the good news. The bad news is they have everything to do. Hope Powell's team probably need to beat France in their final Group C match to progress to the last eight.

  9. 1856: 
    England 1-1 Russia

    England goalscorer Toni Duggan: "I don't know how to feel, I'm disappointed really. We expect to beat Russia but we have to move on now. I've been kicking my heels on the bench, I've been dying to get on but I got my chance and it was just instinct really."

  10. 1856: 

    James Cornish: You can see Kelly Smith has that extra quality, just like in the men's team where we have………um, er…….

    Matthew Vernon: While I'm pleased for Toni Duggan, there is no way Russia don't deserve to win this match. Cruel on them

    Adam Carr: Well done Toni Duggan (despite being a Blue!). Accurate finishing at last. 1-1.

  11. 1855: 
    England 1-1 Russia

    Injured England forward Sue Smith on BBC Two: "I was on the edge of my seat. We didn't play well, we didn't play like England can play. We were sloppy. Kelly Smith came on and she wanted it so badly. She took the game by the scruff of the neck."

  12. 1853: 
    England 1-1 Russia

    Former England skipper Faye White on BBC Two: "To be that close pushed by Russia is not good enough. It doesn't look like the team I know. They are not clicking and not performing. They need to improve by 200 % to get even close to France."

  13. 1851: 
    FULL-TIME- England 1-1 Russia

    England suddenly have renewed hope as Fara Williams' long-distance effort drops onto the roof of the Russian net. But unfortunately they run out of time. Willams' shot is the last action as referee Bibiana Steihaus blows time on the match.

  14. 1849: 
    GOAL- England 1-1 Russia - Toni Duggan (90+1 mins)

    Or maybe it is! Kelly Smith's cross hits a Russian hand and as she furiously appeals for a penalty, Toni Duggan pounces to sweep in the leveller with a low, crisp left-foot strike from a tight angle.

  15. 1848: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- England 0-1 Russia

    It's not going to be England's night is it? Toni Duggan prods towards goal from close range, only to see her effort bounce back off the Russian crossbar.

  16. 1847: 
    SUBSTITUTION- England 0-1 Russia

    The work of Russian goalscorer Nelli Korovkina has been done. She is replaced by Natalia Shlyapina.

  17. 1846: 

    Former Leeds defender Lucy Ward on BBC Two: "Questions will be asked after this tournament - do we need new ideas? Someone who has not worked with the England's women's team before?"

  18. 1846:  
    Guy Mowbray, BBC Match of the Day commentatorEngland 0-1 Russia

    "If England lose to Russia - the lowest-ranked team in the tournament - then they deserve to go home. How much further can Hope Powell go?"

  19. 1844:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Sunderland player Jen O'Neill on BBC Radio 5 live: "The effort is clearly there for England but it is just not coming together for them. Everyone is putting it in."

  20. 1843: 
    SUBSTITUTION- England 0-1 Russia

    Russia know victory is within touching distance and coach Sergei Lavrentyev looks to waste a vital few seconds with his first substitution. Valentina Savchenkova trudges off to be replaced by Maria Dyachkova.

  21. 1842: 
    England 0-1 Russia

    Moments later, Ellen White wastes another opportunity as she shoots first time across the face of the Russian goal. Her anguished expression says it all. The Arsenal striker knows she could have taken an extra touch.

  22. 1841: 
    England 0-1 Russia

    Kelly Smith finds the killer ball that England have lacked as she punctures the Russian defence with a pinpoint throughball towards fellow substitute Toni Duggan. But Russia goalkeeper Elvira Todua races off her line to gather ahead of Duggan.

  23. 1839: 
    England 0-1 Russia

    Hope Powell cuts a frustrated figure in the Swedish sunshine as Russia look to keep possession in the English half. Some long, rather hopeful balls are creeping into England's play now. Little under ten minutes to find a leveller....

  24. 1837:  
    Guy Mowbray, BBC Match of the Day commentatorEngland 0-1 Russia

    "That substitution is, in my opinion, the biggest gamble of Hope Powell's coaching career. If Kelly Smith was fit she would have started."

  25. 1835: 
    SUBSTITUTION- England 0-1 Russia

    Arsenal striker Kelly Smith has hardly played in recent months after struggling with a succession of injuries, but the 34-year-old is the player who England coach Hope Powell is pinning her hopes on. She replaces Eniola Aluko.


    Lee Chitty: England women just as flat and uninventive as the men. Miss the craft of Kelly Smith. No cohesion between midfield and forwards.

    Luke Dady: Much to admire about how Karen Carney plays football, but England are playing like the men: slow, and predictably.

    Adam Carr: Russians just denied a blatant pen by the ref-perhaps our luck is changing?

  27. 1833: 
    Alistair Magowan, BBC Sport in SwedenEngland 0-1 Russia

    "England are walking a very fine line here and having committed players to attack, Russia are now finding more space. Kelly Smith is now coming on. Can she be the saviour again? It was her goal that earned the win when these two sides met in Euro 2009."

  28. 1831: 
    FINAL FIFTEEN- England 0-1 Russia
    Ellen White after missing a good chance for England

    Other than the now-departed Ellen White's miss (see 1816), England haven't created much. There has been plenty of probing outside of the penalty area but a serious lack of incision.

  29. 1829: 
    England 0-1 Russia

    Former Leeds forward Lucy Ward on BBC Two: "That's a penalty there, that's a penalty all day there. Got away with that one. She did bring her legs away in the end."

  30. 1828: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- England 0-1 Russia

    That could have been game over. England are lucky to survive a penalty appeal as a scrambling Alex Scott slides in to take the legs of Ekaterina Sochneva 10 yards from goal. Stonewall penalty. But luckily for England, referee Bibiana Steinhaus thinks otherwise.

  31. 1826: 
    England 0-1 Russia

    Gaps are appearing at the back for England - and Russia want to exploit them. Elena Terekhova charges forward on the break before slamming an ambitious angled shot, from inside the English area, into the side-netting.


    Pete Miller in Stourbridge via text: Not much chance of the WSL's top scorer making an impact in this game, being that Natasha Dowie is watching the game from her sofa in Liverpool right now. Ridiculous decision from Hope Powell.

  33. 1824: 
    England 0-1 Russia

    Toni Duggan almost has sight of a dramatic leveller. Karen Carney's left-wing free-kick causes all sorts of problems in the Russian box but Elena Medved steps across to use her strength and lever Duggan away from the ball to clear.

  34. 1821: 

    It's Toni Time. Everton striker Duggan - who has netted five goals in five Women's Super League matches - enters the fray. She replaces left-back Steph Houghton as England reshuffle to three at the back. It is a bold move from Hope Powell - and it had to be. They need at least one goal quickly.

  35. 1820: 
    England 0-1 Russia

    England have less than half an hour to conjure up a goal from somewhere......

  36. 1819: 
    England 0-1 Russia

    As England push forward, gaps are opening up at the back and Steph Houghton has to be alert to snuff out a dangerous cross from Elena Terekhova at the by-line.

  37. 1819:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Sunderland player Jen O'Neill on BBC Radio 5 live: "You don't expect to see White to miss that but hopefully that chance gives England a bit of a lift."

  38. 1816: 
    WHAT A MISS!- England 0-1 Russia

    Hope Powell is furiously scribbling into her notepad - changes could be imminent. But they should be level. Karen Carney whips in a wicked cross from the left to the far post where Ellen White is ready to pounce completely unmarked six yards from goal. She must score, she simply must. But somehow the Arsenal striker shins the ball wide and drops to the ground in frustration.

  39. 1814: 
    Alistair Magowan, BBC Sport in SwedenEngland 0-1 Russia

    "The sun is out now but England's hopes are hanging by a thread here. Hope Powell having a few discussions with her backroom team now. Changes afoot? Surely they have to make some now."

  40. 1812: 
    England 0-1 Russia

    And then a half-chance falls to Steph Houghton, who manages to test Russian goalkeeper Elvira Todua with an on-target shot from long-distance. Then, seconds later, Todua goes walkabout at a England corner, but survives as the ball evades a leaping Jill Scott.


    Chris Lord: It doesn't matter what age, gender or level. England is the worst nation in terms of flopping at the big tournaments.

    Adam Reeves: come on England. Too much possession and not enough shots!

    Ross: Are we finally coming to terms that we are a mediocre footballing nation?

  42. 1810: 

    Former Leeds forward Lucy Ward on BBC Two: "At the moment this game is being played in Russia's tempo and that needs to change. It's not just hitting the ball quicker, England have to move quicker. England have to control themselves but they need to up the tempo."

  43. 1809: 
    England 0-1 Russia

    England look a little lost in the final third, everything is too slow and static. Easy street for Russia at the moment, who are not being tested by any penetrating England passes.


    Mark in Cheshire via text: England are running the game and controlling it well. Just their defence is non-existent.

  45. 1806: 
    England 0-1 Russia

    Former Leeds forward Lucy Ward on BBC Two: "England might need a bit of help with a formation change or a fresh face. Something needs to be done soon if the game stays like this."

  46. 1804: 
    England 0-1 Russia

    Russia goalkeeper Elvira Todua challenges Jill Scott for a high ball and then crashes to the turf clutching her shoulder. An enforced departure for Todua would boost England's chances, but she looks to be OK after her grimace turns to a smile.

  47. 1802: 
    England 0-1 Russia

    The Lioness prowl in the opening moments but they delay in the Russian penalty area and it allows them to clear. Need a bit more urgency in the Russian danger zone I feel.

  48. 1800: 
    KICK-OFF- England 0-1 Russia

    Doesn't appear so. England make no further substitutions at the interval, so they are unchanged from the end of the first half - as are Russia. After a slight delay, ref Bibiana Steinhaus gives her whistle a mighty toot and England kick off the second half.

  49. 1800: 
    England 0-1 Russia

    Sir Trev also said he wanted to see Jordan Nobbs or Toni Duggan brought into the second-half action. Wonder if Hope Powell has been listening?

  50. 1759: 
    Russia celebrate and England show their disappointment

    FA's director of football development Sir Trevor Brooking on BBC Two: "I enjoyed the Spain game until the late goals and England could have got something from that. Today's performance has been flat, poor and it was a soft goal to concede. The decision making is poor and the enthusiasm and zest is not there. England have to decide at half-time if they want to win this game."

  51. 1758: 
    Spain v France (1930 BST)

    After England v Russia, the attention switches to Spain v France with both teams knowing they will claim the outright lead at the top of Group C with a win. You can watch that game live on BBC Three from 19:00 BST.


    Tunde Akere: "Am I the only one wondering why all English team can't compete in Europe?"

    Kerry Russell: "England look lost at the moment. They need a spark from somewhere. There's little movement, no creativity and they're very shaky at the back."

    Rob Porter: "It's been a fantastic summer for British sport. It really has. Except for anything related to football."

  53. 1754: 

    Former England full-back Michael Gray on BBC Two: "The first 20 minutes England were on the front foot, but because they didn't get a goal they dropped off and Russia started trying to catch them on the counter-attack. And there have been a number of silly mistakes in defence."

  54. 1752: 

    England forward Sue Smith on BBC Two: "England needed to get more players in the box but we dominated the game, started so much better than against Spain and it was only through sloppy play that England conceded. Now the girls need to show their character and turn this around."

    Ellen White in action for England
  55. 1751: 
    Alistair Magowan, BBC Sport in Sweden

    "What a disappointing end to the half for England. Are they still lacking a bit zip and energy? Perhaps, and changes could help that. As Alex Scott before the game, 'why do we always make it hard for ourselves?'"

  56. 1751: 

    Former England skipper Faye White on BBC Two: "We started the brighter and made a couple of chances but we've allowed the tempo to drop, gave away corners and then conceded a sloppy goal. They've had only a couple of chances and this really shouldn't be happening."

  57. 1749:  
    Guy Mowbray, BBC Match of the Day commentatorHALF-TIME

    "England are in serious trouble. Russia are on the verge of the greatest result in their history."

  58. 1747: 
    HALF-TIME- England 0-1 Russia

    And that's that for the first half. Russia will be delighted - England not so much. I wonder how Hope Powell will approach her half-time team talk. England started well, dominated but conceded, again, through sloppy defending.

  59. 1747: 

    Former Leeds forward Lucy Ward on BBC Two: "Russia just seem to have that bit more confidence now. It's amazing what a goal does for you."

  60. 1746: 
    England 0-1 Russia

    Russia look like a dog with a bone at the moment. They are pinning England down and not letting go. Another corner is partially cleared by England's Jill Scott and Alla Sidorovskaya rifles the ball back towards goal. But Karen Bardsley gathers to a huge collective sigh of relief for the English.

  61. 1744: 
    Alistair Magowan, BBC Sport in SwedenEngland 0-1 Russia

    "That came against the run of play, although there was a sense that England were starting to take their foot off the gas. They need to step it up now or it could be home time very soon."

  62. 1743: 
    England 0-1 Russia

    What are England made of then? They showed fighting qualities against Spain - quickly bouncing back twice to level deficits. An equaliser before the break now would be ideal.


    Sarah Opie: "The defence for England was non-existent."

    Aled Thomas: "This is the third women's Euros game I've seen and I'm yet to see any diving, going down easily or rolling around on the floor..."

  64. 1741:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Sunderland player Jen O'Neill on BBC Radio 5 live: "When the cross comes in you think England will deal with it but they fail to react when the ball bounces down. You can argue there is a bit of luck in the goals England have conceded but everyone knows you create your own luck. You have to mark up tighter and concentrate for the full 90 minutes."

  65. 1740: 
    England 0-1 Russia

    Former Leeds forward Lucy Ward on BBC Two: "That was too easy for Russia. The ball just bounces across and it needed defending better. It's happened all over again - Russia have nicked one, and it was a sloppy goal to give away."

  66. 1738: 
    GOAL- England 0-1 Russia - Nelli Korovkina (38 mins)

    Oh dear. Shabby defensive play has categorised England's recent performances - and that's another howler. Laura Bassett fails to clear, England dally and Nelli Korovkina pounces with a stooping header from inside the six-yard box.

  67. 1737: 
    CLOSE!- England 0-0 Russia

    Anita Asante diverts the resulting corner to Eniola Aluko at the far post, but the Chelsea forward takes a touch too much which allows Russian goalkeeper Elvira Todua to smother.

  68. 1736: 
    England 0-0 Russia

    Karen Carney has posed plenty of problems for the Russian defence and her trickery earns a free-kick close to the left touchline. But the delivery doesn't match the build-up and is cleared by the first defender.

  69. 1734: 
    England 0-0 Russia

    Skipper for the day Alex Scott almost bags a dream goal on her 100th cap. Eniola Aluko uses her pace to get past a woefully out-of-position Elena Medved down the right and picks out the advancing Scott with a pull-back. But the Arsenal full-back just screws her shot wide. Encouraging stuff from Hope Powell's side.

  70. 1732:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Sunderland player Jen O'Neill on BBC Radio 5 live: "The game has entered a bit of a lull. Russia are just happy to sit in two banks of four. There is a hint of frustration now from England with people snatching at efforts."

  71. 1731: 
    England 0-0 Russia

    Steph Houghton is certainly a full-back who likes to burst down the left flank. She manages to get around the back of Russia's Olga Petrova but has a rush of blood to the head as she shoots from a difficult angle. Russia goalkeeper Elvira Todua gathers and seconds later she watches an Ellen White shot fly harmlessly over the crossbar.

  72. 1729: 
    Jill Scott wins the ball for England

    Eniola Aluko shows nifty footwork to evade the Russian midfield before unloading to Ellen White who looks to help the ball towards Karen Carney. But these Russians are a tenacious bunch. They scurry back in huge numbers and snuff out the English attack.

  73. 1729: 

    Former Leeds forward Lucy Ward on BBC Two: "There's no doubt that this squad have enough quality to go far in this tournament. No doubt at all. You just hope the girls can realise their potential."

  74. 1728: 
    Alistair Magowan, BBC Sport in Sweden

    "England head coach Hope Powell telling her players to 'hit the wings'. It is clear where she thinks Russia are vulnerable."

  75. 1727:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Sunderland player Jen O'Neill on BBC Radio 5 live: "Goalkeeper Bardsley has started well. We were quite critical of her in the first game but like the rest of the team - things have improved. However, with it still at 0-0 anything can happen."

  76. 1726: 
    England 0-0 Russia

    A healthy sprinkling of St George's Cross flags adorn the Linkoping Arena and it is fair to share the Lionesses have the share of the support. The English contingent will be largely happy with what they have watched so far.

  77. 1724: 
    Russia's Valentina Savchenkova (left) challenges Russia's Eniola Aluko

    Former Leeds forward Lucy Ward on BBC Two: "England have generated a few corners now - they just need to do something with them. They've got some great headers of the ball."

  78. 1723: 
    England 0-0 Russia

    Carney immediately wins a corner which defender Steph Houghton busts a gut to get on the end of. The Arsenal left-back appears to get a faint touch but not enough to divert her effort on target.

  79. 1721: 
    England 0-0 Russia

    How big a blow will that be for England? Karen Carney is a more than able replacement for Rachel Yankey, but is struggling for match practice herself. She slots into a familiar position on the right-wing.


    Daniel Curtis: "Some unbelievable shots coming in, in this game. The women's game has improved 10-fold since I last watched about five years ago."

    Rahim: "I've noticed you never see women footballers arguing with the referee."

  81. 1718: 
    SUBSTITUTION- England 0-0 Russia

    Play continues before Yankey boots the ball into touch so she can limp off. Birmingham's Karen Carney, herself back from an ankle injury, replaces the Arsenal star, whose 129th appearance for her country ends in miserable fashion.

  82. 1716: 
    England 0-0 Russia

    Ellen White always provides a physical presence up front for England and the Arsenal striker rises above the Russian defence to flick a near-post header wide. Meanwhile, experienced forward Rachel Yankey looks to be struggling with a hamstring injury...

  83. 1715:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Sunderland player Jen O'Neill on BBC Radio 5 live: "We are noticing that there is a spark and urgency that was not there against Spain. It is a good start but they need to transfer that to a lead."

  84. 1715: 

    Former Leeds forward Lucy Ward on BBC Two: "England are getting into good attacking positions but they need to get better crosses in."

  85. 1714: 
    Alistair Magowan, BBC Sport in Sweden

    "Looks to me that England have so far benefitted by Jill Scott playing further forward than Fara Williams in midfield, with the tall Evertonian having her shot tipped onto the post by Russian goalkeeper Elvira Todua."

  86. 1712: 
    England 0-0 Russia

    The chances are coming thick and fast. Russian midfielder Nelli Korovkina has England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley scrambling with a beautiful 20-yard shot. Korovkina shows perfect technique to crack a first-time shot towards the far post, but the curling ball flies just wide.

  87. 1710: 

    Ooof! That was nearly the opener. Everton midfielder Jill Scott unleashes a thunderous half-volley from a tight angle as Russia fail to properly clear a corner, but the ball cannons back off the post. Looks like Russia goalkeeper Elvira Todua gets a vital touch - in fact, it really must go down as a stunning save.

  88. 1708: 
    England 0-0 Russia

    England look like they mean business as they ask questions of the Russian defence in the opening exchanges. Alex Scott storms into an advanced position down the right flank but the Russians scramble clear. Pressure is mounting.

  89. 1707: 
    Alistair Magowan, BBC Sport in Sweden

    "Doesn't look like there are as many fans in this evening as there were for the England-Spain game. But the England contingent are certainly making themselves heard. They know how important this game is too."

  90. 1705: 
    England 0-0 Russia

    First real chance falls to Russia. They win a corner which is taken short before the ball is whipped in towards an unmarked Olga Petrova. The big Russian defender heads down to the left-hand bottom corner but Karen Bardsley smartly drops to the floor to gather.


    Former England skipper Faye White: "Here goes! Come on England."

  92. 1703: 
    England 0-0 Russia

    Half a sight on goal for Ellen White. Arsenal team-mate Rachel Yankey picks her out with a lofted ball over the Russian defence, but an off-balance White cannot keep her volley down.

  93. 1702: 

    Former Leeds forward Lucy Ward on BBC Two: "There has to be a real tempo to the way England play tonight, right from the start. They need to get at Russia and try to play football in their half. If there's a good end product then I do think England will win regardless of what Russia do."

  94. 1701: 

    And we're underway. Hold onto your hats ladies and gentlemen. Russia kick-off and launch an early raid down the right flank but Karen Bardsley, whose own goal condemned England to defeat by Spain, comfortably gathers. That will boost her confidence early doors no doubt.

  95. 1700: 
    England v Russia (1700 BST)

    Former England fullback Michael Gray: "England have got to play better in every position. They have to have more urgency and desire, and their passing has to be better. The must get maximum points today and must start the game right."

  96. 1659: 
    Alistair Magowan, BBC Sport in SwedenEngland v Russia (1700 BST)

    "I understand there was an emotional player meeting this morning where the England group were keen to make amends for their opening defeat. Bit of a blowy one here at the stadium, a swirling wind could play havoc with any deep crosses."

  97. 1658: 
    England v Russia (1700 BST)

    But do not worry - England are well up for this too. Goalkeeper Karen Bardsley shrieks "come on!" as a rousing God Save the Queen comes to end. Handshakes - check. Team photos - check. Kick off - seconds away.

  98. 1656: 
    England v Russia (1700 BST)

    Right it's nearly show-time. The players have strolled out of the tunnel at the Linkoping Arena and are belting out their respective national anthems. The Russians look stern and focused - most are wearing a similar expression to Ivan Drago in Rocky IV.


    England Women's cricket captain Charlotte Edwards: "Good luck to Casey Stoney and all the England football team who take on Russia tonight!"

  100. 1654: 
    England v Russia (1700 BST)

    England are generally considered as favourites against a Russian side who are 13 places below them in the Fifa world rankings. Russia lost 3-1 to France in their opening match, meaning they find themselves in the same position as their opponents - they need to win.

    Not that Russia coach Sergei Lavrentyev is fazed by the Lionesses. "We are not scared of anything," he claims. "I just want the team played their game and put in the performance they are capable of. The major task is to not beat yourself."

  101. 1651: 

    That defeat meant Russia were eliminated from the group stage, while England went from strength to strength. Hope Powell's side ended up reaching the Euro 2009 final, but suffered heartbreak in the showpiece when they were thumped 6-2 by old foes Germany.

    Can England go one better this time around? What positives were there to take from Friday's defeat by Spain? Tell us your thoughts using #bbcfootball on Twitter or 81111 via text. The life of a text commentator is lonely without your musings so please get involved!

  102. 1649: 
    England v Russia

    There is a sense of deja vu to the must-win showdown, as the teams met in exactly the same situation at Euro 2009. Four years ago they met in Helsinki, also having both lost their opening Group C games.

    Knowing they could not afford to lose, England looked in deep trouble as the Russians claimed an early 2-0 lead. But the Lionesses roared back. Karen Carney and Eniola Aluko struck to level before Kelly Smith's brilliant strike from the centre circle put them ahead before half-time. And it was a lead England never relinquished as they won 3-2.

  103. 1647: 
    LINE-UPS- England v Russia (1700 BST)

    England: Bardsley, Alex Scott, Bassett, Stoney, Houghton, Asante, Jill Scott, Aluko, Williams, Yankey, White. Subs: Brown, Bradley, Clarke, Carney, Nobbs, Duggan, Susi, Bonner, Moore, Bronze, Smith, Chamberlain.

    Russia: Todua, Petrova, Sidorovskaya, Tsybutovich, Medved, Kostyukova, Savchenkova, Terekhova, Korovkina, Sochneva, Morozova. Subs: Grichenko, Gordeeva, Stepanenko, Dyachkova, Bessolova, Kurochkina, Pozdeeva, Skotnikova, Pertseva, Shlyapina, Makarenko, Shirokova.

    Referee: Bibiana Steinhaus (Germany)

  104. 1645: 
    Alistair Magowan, BBC Sport in SwedenEngland v Russia (1700 BST)

    "In her news conference last night, England boss Hope Powell said that she would be reminding her team of their recent achievements after a "nervous" Euro 2013 opening defeat by Spain. She said: 'When you are expected to do well and everyone is rooting for you at home, that is a lot of pressure. Anxiety is sometimes quite draining so it's a case of reminding the players they are good'."

    BBC Sport's Jacqui Oatley

    "I can't see England not winning tonight."

  106. 1643: 
    England v Russia (1700 BST)

    Former England skipper Faye White on BBC Two: "Alex Scott is very vocal. As a young player she was never afraid to do that. But she actually started as a forward, then a winger, and now she's learned her right-back role. She still likes to get forward but she's developed those defensive skills."

  107. 1641: 
    England v Russia (1700 BST)

    England forward Sue Smith on BBC Two: "England have energy and youth off the bench. They are hungry and will want to prove a point, and Hope Powell has lots of attacking options. If things aren't working, changes will need to be made early."


    1) France P 1, GD 2, Pts 3

    2) Spain 1, 1, 3

    3) England 1, -1, 0

    4) Russia 1, -2, 0

  109. 1636: 
    England v Russia (1700 BST)

    Former England skipper Faye White on BBC Two: "England will have been down after the last game. There will have been some stern words and there will need to be a reaction. Good players can bounce back."

  110. 1634: 
    Alistair Magowan, BBC Sport in SwedenEngland v Russia (1700 BST)

    "After speaking to some fans out here, there have been calls for Arsenal midfielder Jordan Nobbs and Everton striker Toni Duggan to inject some energy into the starting line-up. They are both on the bench, but I know that the players that did play in the Spain defeat are desperate to show that they were under-par that night."

    BBC Sport's Jacqui Oatley

    "Thoughts about how England will react to Spain defeat? Think they'll be hurt and determined to make amends. Russia are weaker than Spain."

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    As well as following my fine prose (which I trust you will), you can watch today's match live on BBC Two. Coverage, presented by Jacqui Oatley, is about to start in the next few moments and you can also focus your eyes on the video which will magically appear at the top of this page. Audio commentary from Linkoping will also be available on BBC Radio 5 live.

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    EURO 2013

    Not been paying attention of the past five days? Here's a brief guide to the Women's Euros:

    1) The inaugural competition was in 1984 and this is the 11th staging of the tournament.

    2) Reigning champions Germany have won the title seven times. That's SEVEN times.

    3) England, currently ranked seventh in the world, have twice been runners-up - in 1984 and 2009.

    4) The 2013 edition features three groups of four. The top two from each section and the two best third-placed sides go into the quarter-finals, from when the competition is a straight knockout.

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    England v Russia (1700 BST)
    Alex Scott

    England defender Alex Scott skippers the side as she celebrates her 100th cap - but says that landmark is secondary to the team's need for three points.

    "If we don't win we know we will be going home," says the Arsenal player. "It's hard because it might be a proud moment but winning the game is the main thing."

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    Alistair Magowan, BBC Sport in SwedenTEAM NEWS- England v Russia (1700 BST)

    "As for Russia, they too are unchanged after their 3-1 defeat by France in their Group C opener. England defender Casey Stoney said that she had been studying Russian forward Elena Morozova, who scored a late consolation against the French.

    "Sergey Lavrentyev's side are without Anastasia Pozdeeva, who ruptured her knee ligaments in the first match, even though, confusingly, she is named on the bench on the official team sheet!"


    England defender Sophie Bradley: Game day again v Russia time to put things right! Tune in and show your support!!

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    Alistair Magowan, BBC Sport in SwedenTEAM NEWS- England v Russia (1700 BST)

    "England coach Hope Powell names an unchanged team following what she called a 'nervous' defeat against Spain. Karen Bardsley continues in between the posts despite her injury-time own goal, with Laura Bassett and Casey Stoney in the heart of defence. The skipper's armband will be worn by right-back Alex Scott rather than Stoney tonight, as it is the Arsenal player's 100th cap."


    So can Hope Powell's team restore England's wounded reputation on the international stage? Get involved using #bbcfootball on Twitter or by texting 81111.

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    England's campaign got off to the worst possible start on Friday. An injury-time own goal from goalkeeper Karen Bardsley condemned them to a 3-2 defeat by Spain in their Group C opener in Linkoping. Defeat against the Russians today would see the squad packing their suitcases and getting ready to fly home after Thursday's final match against France. And we don't want that, do we?

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    Disappointment in a major tournament is a familiar tale for the English. But the Lionesses have the opportunity to redress the balance, and succeed where their male counterparts have failed this summer, by roaring to Euro 2013 glory. Not that things have started smoothly...

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    While the country swelters in rising temperatures, England's international footballers have been feeling the heat.

    The men's senior team have dropped to their lowest world ranking in five years. Their supposed successors crashed out of the European Under-21 Championship after three straight group-stage defeats, which cost boss Stuart Pearce his job. And the Under-20s were sent packing at their World Cup after failing to beat Iraq, Chile and Egypt in the group stage.

    But the opportunity to burst with national pride over football has not disappeared yet. Oh no. Step forward the women's senior team.

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