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  • Date:19 Jun 2012
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Donbass Arena - Donetsk
  • Wayne Rooney (48)

Live Commentary


That's full-time. England are through to the quarter-finals as Group D winners, while Ukraine are out.


England will play Italy in Kiev on Sunday. For Ukraine there's only frustration and thoughts of what might have been if Devic's goal had been allowed.


"We're not going home" sing the England fans.


News of Sweden's second goal against France brings loud cheers from the 3,000 England fans.


We are into three minutes of stoppage-time.


Yarmolenko's first-time shot curls just over. Ukraine have had most of the ball in the closing stages, but they haven't done enough with it.


Yarmolenko tries to get away from Terry in the England penalty area but Parker is there to clear. The Tottenham midfielder has put his body on the line time and again here.


France are still losing to Sweden, so England are within minutes of winning the group and clinching a last eight showdown with Italy.


Rooney's work is done for the day and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain comes on for England's goal-scorer.


England are coping well with Ukraine's attempts to get back in this match. Shevchenko's response is an ugly foul on Young and the striker is booked.


Ukraine force a corner as Parker closes down well. The England midfielder has got through another great shift.


Carroll is on for England in place of Welbeck, who did plenty of running but never got a decent sight of goal.


Nazarenko gets involved for the first time, but his speculative shot flies high over the bar.


Walcott made a great impact when he came on as a second half substitute against Sweden, but he hasn't seen much of the ball so far.


Ukraine are less than 15 minutes from going out unless they score twice and Blokhin makes his last two changes. sending on Sergey Nazarenko and Bogdan Butko.


Cole is booked for time-wasting as the left-back tries to slow the game down.


Konoplyanka attempts to beat Hart from wide on the left but his shot is way off target.


Rooney tests Pyatov with a header from Gerrard's corner, but for once the Ukraine goalkeeper saves easily enough.


Konoplyanka hits a dipping shot from long-range that Hart misjudges in the air. When the ball drops, Ukraine are close to pouncing but Lescott nips in to clear.


Television pictures show Blokhin's reaction after Devic's 'goal' was ruled out. He's furious and shouts at the fourth official while gesturing how far the ball was over the line.


Cole makes a good block to deny Gusev at the expense of a corner. Ukraine still look dangerous here.


Ukraine respond by sending on Shevchenko for Devic. The Ukraine legend gets a superb reception from the crowd. Can he repay them with a crucial goal?


England make their first change with Walcott on for Milner.


Pyatov flaps at Milner's cross with Rooney challenging the goalkeeper. Cole tries to bury the rebound but this time Pyatov saves well.


England are on the ropes at the moment, but Cole shows great awareness to nod back to Hart under pressure from a cross.


Ukraine are cruelly denied an equaliser. Terry clears Devic's shot but replays show the ball crossed the line before the England defender got there. That's so unlucky for the co-hosts, who will surely question what the extra official, who was in line with the incident, was doing there.


Terry and Parker combine to deny Milevskiy but from the resulting corner, Ukraine should score. Parker doesn't get close enough to that man Milevskiy this time, but the striker heads over from close-range.


Gerrard wastes a chance to put in Johnson down the right and has to sprint back to stop Ukraine countering. The England captain's reaction is to angrily berate himself.


Young curls over an inswinging cross from the left but it drifts over Rooney.


News filters through that Sweden are beating France. That cements England's hold on first place in Group D.


Ukraine have made a good response to that England goal, but another corner goes to waste and Rooney nearly breaks away. Eventually Yarmolenko does well to get back and stop the striker's run.


Hart has to be alert to push Gusev's cross-shot over as the ball almost dips under the bar.


As it stands, England would win the group and play Italy in the last eight, thereby avoiding a meeting with holders Spain. There's a long way to go yet though and Ukraine force a corner that England scramble clear.


Gerrard does superbly to work space to whip over a low cross from the right and, after Welbeck can't make a connection, the ball runs past Pyatov to Rooney, who can't miss with his header.


It's Rooney who breaks the deadlock with a header from virtually on the goal-line.


Goal for England!


Johnson angers the home crowd with an arm into the face of Gusev, but there's no foul as the ball had already gone out for a throw.


That's half-time. With France drawing 0-0 with Sweden, England are 45 minutes away from the last eight, but they won't be completely comfortable yet because Ukraine have had the better of it.


Garmash aims for Gusev at the far post but the cross is too deep and England escape.


The corner comes to nothing but England have to be careful here. They are inviting Ukraine onto them too often.


Yarmolenko tries to dribble through the whole England defence and very nearly makes it with a superb run before Joleon Lescott comes over to concede a corner.


Johnson does well to control Terry's pass, but the Liverpool right-back's attempt to pick out Welbeck surrenders possession back to Ukraine. That's been typical of England's attacking efforts.


Milner makes a crude foul on Milevskiy and Blokhin races to the touchline to express his displeasure with an arm-waving rant.


Young gets to the byline and drills in a cross but Ukraine defender Rakitskiy is well positioned to cut out the danger.


There's plenty for Ukraine to be encouraged about so far. England have had the best chance but they haven't clicked up front.


Marko Devic gets into a good crossing position in the England penalty area, but the Ukraine striker can't pick out a team-mate.


Young cuts in from the left and fires in a shot that deflects away for a corner. From Gerrard's corner, Terry gets up well but can't keep his header on target.


Hart makes a good save to keep out Andriy Yarmolenko's low strike after a flowing Ukraine counter-attack carves through the England defence.


Rooney should put England ahead as Ashley Young whips over a cross from the left, but the unmarked striker can't get enough on his header and it glances well wide. Big miss there.


A nice England move involving Rooney, Glen Johnson and Welbeck grinds to a halt with Milner's over-hit cross.


We haven't seen much of England as an attacking force so far, but Gerrard causes problems for Pyatov with a dipping cross that Rooney nearly converts.


Oleg Gusev is desperately close to opening the scoring as he surges forward before unleashing a ferocious strike from the edge of the area that flashes just over.


Another good piece of defending from Terry, this time a towering header, blots out the danger as Ukraine come forward menacingly again.


Ukraine enjoying plenty of possession at the moment. They haven't quite got it right in the final third yet though.


John Terry gets an important touch to divert a dangerous cross back to Hart with Artem Milevskiy lurking behind him.


Yaroslav Rakitskiy takes an optimistic swipe from fully 30 yards. It's no surprise that the defender's shot is well over the bar.


England win a corner and Steven Gerrard whips it in. Pyatov gets a half-punch clear and Ukraine eventually scramble the ball away.


Ashley Cole, who has now made more appearances at major tournaments than any player in England history, gets forward from left-back for the first time, but his low cross is straight at Andriy Pyatov.


Welbeck knocks Gerrard's deep pass back towards Rooney, but the forward misjudges the pace of the ball and it escapes his attempt to control. A touch of rust maybe?


England are sitting fairly deep at the moment, with the midfield four close to the defence, who are firmly entrenched around their own penalty area.


Denys Garmash takes aim from 20 yards out but the Ukraine midfielder's shot goes wide of Hart's goal.


There's a tremendous atmosphere from the Ukraine fans, who are jeering and whistling whenever England are in possession. The 3,000 England supporters respond by singing Rooney's name.


Rooney, who has played just 37 minutes of football in the last 37 days, has just had his first touch, a flicked pass over his head towards Welbeck.


Yevhen Konoplyanka tries his luck with a speculative strike from wide on the left but it never threatens to trouble Joe Hart, who watches the shot curl well past the far post.

It's Ukraine, all in blue, who get us underway.

That was a passionate rendition of the Ukraine anthem and now we're just moments from kick-off.

It's time for the national anthems and it's England first with every one of their players belting out God save the Queen.

The players are in the tunnel and there's shouts of "C'mon boys" from some of the England stars as they walk out.

Ukraine: Pyatov, Gusev, Khacheridi, Selin, Rakitskiy, Yarmolenko, Tymoschuk, Konoplianka, Garmash, Devic, Milevskiy. Subs: Koval, Kucher, Shevchenko, Aliev, Voronin, Shevchuk, Rotan, Seleznyov, Mykhalyk, Nazarenko, Butko, Goryainov.

England: Hart, Johnson, Terry, Lescott, Cole, Milner, Gerrard, Parker, Young, Rooney, Welbeck. Subs: Green, Kelly, Walcott, Henderson, Carroll, Baines, Jones, Jagielka, Downing, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Defoe, Butland.

Ukraine's hopes of a famous win have suffered a blow, with former AC Milan and Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko only fit enough to make the bench as he struggles to recover from a knee injury. Shevchenko, who scored twice in the 2-1 win over Sweden, will be a big loss, while former Liverpool forward Andriy Voronin is dropped as Blokhin makes four changes to the team that lost to France.

The team news is in and Rooney will partner United team-mate Danny Welbeck up front as Hodgson opts to drop Andy Carroll to the bench despite his goal against Sweden. Hodgson's other major decision was whether to start Theo Walcott, but James Milner is again preferred to the Arsenal winger, who gave an influential display against the Swedes.

However, England won't get an easy ride from Ukraine, who still harbour genuine hopes of making the last eight. Oleg Blokhin's side have never won in six matches at Donetsk's Donbass Arena, but the vociferous backing of 45,000 home fans will make this a daunting environment for England to prosper in.

After a hard-fought 1-1 draw against France in their opening game, England showed more attacking quality to beat Sweden 3-2 on Friday and now their forward options are further boosted by the return from suspension of Wayne Rooney. The Manchester United striker was compared to Brazil legend Pele by England boss Roy Hodgson this week but, while no-one doubts Rooney's class, he hasn't scored at a major international tournament since a Euro 2004 double against Croatia. Now would be the ideal time to end that barren sequence.

Hope that's all clear. There's sure to be plenty of twists and turns over the final 90 minutes of group stage action at this year's tournment and we'll keep you up to date with all the permutations.

With group leaders France facing already eliminated Sweden, it looks likely that England and Ukraine are battling it out for second place. England currently hold that position -- they sit one point ahead of Ukraine and a draw will be enough for them to reach the last eight. A Ukraine win however would take the co-hosts through at England's expense. England could also win the group with a victory, if France fail to beat Sweden, or a draw if France lose to Sweden.

Hello and welcome to our live updates from the crucial Euro 2012 clash between Ukraine and England. It's crunch time in Group D as co-hosts Ukraine, England and France scramble to secure the final two spots in the quarter-finals.

England get the action started again. Can they improve on their lacklustre first-half.

The players back on the pitch and we are moments away from the second half.

**Provisional teams until kick-off


  • Roy Hodgson Coach
  • Joe Hart Goal
  • Glen Johnson Defender
  • John Terry Defender
  • Joleon Lescott Defender
  • Ashley Cole Defender
  • James Milner Midfielder
  • Steven Gerrard Midfielder
  • Wayne Rooney Midfielder
  • Scott Parker Midfielder
  • Ashley Young Midfielder
  • Daniel Welbeck Forward
  • Robert Green Substitute
  • Jack Butland Substitute
  • Martin Kelly Substitute
  • Jordan Henderson Substitute
  • Leighton Baines Substitute
  • Phil Jones Substitute
  • Phil Jagielka Substitute
  • Stewart Downing Substitute
  • Jermain Defoe Substitute
  • Theo Walcott
  • Andrew Carroll
  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain


  • Oleg Blokhin Coach
  • Andrey Pyatov Goal
  • Oleg Gusev Defender
  • Yevgeny Khacheridi Defender
  • Yaroslav Rakitskiy Defender
  • Yevgeny Selin Defender
  • Andrey Yarmolenko Midfielder
  • Anatoli Tymoschuk Midfielder
  • Denys Garmash Midfielder
  • Yevgeny Konoplyanka Midfielder
  • Marko Devic Forward
  • Artem Milevskiy Forward
  • Maxim Koval Substitute
  • Alexander Goryainov Substitute
  • Alexander Kucher Substitute
  • Alexander Aliyev Substitute
  • Andrey Voronin Substitute
  • Vyacheslav Shevchuk Substitute
  • Ruslan Rotan Substitute
  • Yevgeny Seleznyov Substitute
  • Taras Mykhalik Substitute
  • Andrey Shevchenko Substitute who played
  • Bogdan Butko Substitute who played
  • Sergey Nazarenko Substitute who played

Match Report

Lucky England stumble into quarter-finals
England scraped into the quarter-finals Tuesday after a goal-line refereeing blunder helped them to a 1-0 win over Ukraine which sent the co-hosts crashing out.
A 48th-minute header from returning talisman Wayne Rooney was enough to see England finish top of Group D and send them into a quarter-final in Kiev on Sunday against Italy.
However Ukraine -- missing injured captain Andrei Shevchenko -- were desperately unlucky not to have earned at least a draw after Marko Devic had a clear goal wrongly disallowed on 62 minutes.
Devic had powered into the box and his looping shot had flown over keeper Joe Hart towards goal.
John Terry launched himself into an acrobatic clearance to hook the ball away but despite furious Ukrainian appeals no goal was given.
Television replays, however, showed the ball had crossed the line by several inches but had incredibly been missed by the additional assistant referee stationed behind the goal.
It was a goal-line controversy that echoed Frank Lampard's disallowed effort for England against Germany at the 2010 World Cup and is almost certain to hasten the introduction of goal-line technology.
England will head to their quarter-final meeting with Italy chastened by the knowledge that on another night they could have been heading home after being outplayed for much of the match.
All too often Rooney's first touch or timing let him down, a sure sign of the England talisman's anxiety and general ring-rustiness.
That was best illustrated by the striker's failure to convert a golden English chance on 28 minutes, with an unmarked Rooney mistiming his jump to glance a header from an Ashley Young cross wide.
Otherwise it was all Ukraine, who had started brightly with Denys Garmash letting fly as early as the sixth minute.
Terry then had to be alert shortly afterwards, snuffing out the danger after Andrei Yarmolenko threatened to dart clear into the box.
A goal seemed to certain to come in the 30th minute when Artem Milevskiy released Yarmolenko into the area only for Hart to save well from close range.
Yarmolenko then had the Ukrainian fans roaring in delight with a mazy dribble into the box that Lescott scrambled clear.
Ukraine fought back brilliantly afer Rooney's goal with Milevskiy heading just over the bar on the hour mark before the flashpoint involving Devic and Terry that ensured the headlines would be dominated by the goal-line technology debate.
Shevchenko's arrival from the substitutes bench on 70 minutes threatened a revival but there was to be no fairytale ending for the veteran striker as England hung on desperately.





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