FOOTBALL fans on Wearside had a roller-coaster evening as England rallied beat Sweden 3-2 in the European Championship.
In a topsy-turvy match in the Ukrainian capital Kiev, England led through an Andy Carroll first-half header.
But Sweden stormed back, when an unexpected double from defender Olaf Mellberg put them in front.
Theo Walcott then came off the bench and produced a swerving strike to put England level, before he set up former Sunderland loanee Danny Welbeck for the winner.
We spoke to England fans who watched the emotional game in the Hastings Hill pub.
Steve Wright and Melissa McGuigan, 34, of Grindon, admitted the game had not been for the faint-hearted.
Steve said: “When they went 2-1 behind I thought it was game over, if I’m honest.
“But I think Andy Carroll ran the show. He worked hard and ran and ran all game.”
The 30-year-old was confident of England’s chances for the rest of the championships.
“They’ve got to be better defensively than they were tonight,” he said.
“I think they’ll beat Ukraine 3-1.”
Anthony Gordon, of Grindon, said the game was a big improvement on Monday’s 1-1 bore draw with France.
“They should have had two strikers on in the first game like they have tonight,” said the 50-year-old.
“I thought Andy Carroll took his goal really well.”
Stephen Turnbull, of Grindon, said England should be confident that they can go far in the competition.
The 43-year-old added: “I don’t find anything to fear against Ukraine after tonight.
“The manager has got it right every time so far and the team played well.”
His pal Mick Bambrough, of Hastings Hill, said: “Football’s a funny game.
“But I think tonight has been the best game of the tournament.
“The game plan went out of the window but it was a great watch.
“He’s got to start Walcott in the next game because he’s in a good bit of form right now.”
The other game in the group last night saw France beat host nation Ukraine 2-0 to take them top of the group.
England now face Ukraine in their final Group D encounter on Tuesday night.
A draw for Roy Hodgson’s men will see them into the quarter-finals of the competition.