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France reaches Euro 2012 quarters despite 2-0 loss

sports Updated: Jun 20, 2012 02:21 IST

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France advanced to the quarterfinals of the European Championship in unimpressive fashion Tuesday, losing 2-0 to Sweden but going through thanks to England's win over Ukraine.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored one of the best goals of the tournament with an acrobatic volley in the 54th minute to give already eliminated Sweden its first points of the tournament.

Sebastian Larsson smashed home Sweden's second goal in injury time from close range.
The loss ended France's 23-game unbeaten streak but it still finished second in Group D after England beat Ukraine 1-0 in Donetsk. France will face Spain the quarterfinals.