Euro 2012: England 1-0 Ukraine – England Edge Hosts To Face Azzurri In Last Eight (Photos & Highlights)

Alan Duffy

19th, June 2012

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By Alan Duffy

England produced another workmanlike display against hosts Ukraine on Tuesday night, with recalled hirsute hitman Wayne Rooney getting his big bonce on the end of a Stevie G centre to bag that all-important goal.

Rooney had missed a great chance before he finally found the net just after the break. However, for most of the first-half, it was Ukraine who bossed the game without finding a way past Joe Hart.

Despite conceding early on in the second-half, the hosts continued to push for a goal, and they got one (courtesy of Marko Devic) only for the officials to rule that the ball hadn’t crossed the line before JT hooked it clear. But it had. By a mile, which begs the question, what in the name of God was the extra official beside the goal doing? Anyway, there was an offside before the goal so it’s justice and all that. Oh, and it makes up for Frankie Lamps’ goal that never was in South Africa etc.

Anyway, the Three Lions held on and with France going down 2-0 to Sweden, Roy Hodgson’s men dodge Spain in the quarter-finals, meeting Italy instead. However, the question is – is that a good or a bad thing?

Oh, and get ready to observe as the English media get totally carried away again before lambasting the team when they lose to Italy (possibly).

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Photos: PA

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  1. Risser says:

    Well England have really exceeded my expectations. It may not be champagne football but neither was Chelsea’s.
    No doubt a daily newspaper will be reveling in it tomorrow even though they were mocking Ray on his appointment because one of their columnists didn’t get the nod.
    Keep up the good work Roy, Results>Performances everytime, I’ve seen too many heroic defeats in my time.

  2. Ray Beer says:

    Ray who?

  3. Jarren says:

    My word.

  4. Eckpfosten says:

    1966s goal vs. Germany allready made up for Lampards goal from 2010. ;)

  5. Nuno says:

    The fact is that a win by 1 goal from Ukraine and the 2-0 loss by France would get France out of the Euros, so there’s the “why the ref didn’t see the goal” (and the handball penalty in the GIF you posted).
    UEFA announced the 24-team EURO in 2016 so that “the strongest teams don’t fall in group stage”. He wouldn’t let his country fall, and a France – Spain is much better for audience than Ukraine – Spain.
    But clearly what in hell are those guys doing there in the line??? That’s basically the only thing they have to do all game and still can’t do it right…

  6. Rooney Toons says:

    Seriously… Nobody else saw that the guy was offside before his “goal”? Am I the only one? Has the offside law changed again?

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