England obtained a hard fought victory at the Donbass Arena against a Ukrainian side that deserved much more in this match as they were knocked out of the group stages with Wayne Rooney scoring the only goal of the entire game.
Ukraine was by far the better of both sides with more shots on target and just being consistently dangerous throughout the entire encounter. Ashley Young made an early mistake which almost cost them the game when Oleg Gusev managed to steal the ball from the Manchester United player and later slamming the ball over the crossbar.
Wayne Rooney was making his return to the English squad after being suspended and he nearly gave his side the lead at the 28th minute when he tried to head a cross of Young but the 26 years old striker failed to hit it with enough force and direction to put it past Ukraine’s goalkeeper Pyatov.
3 minutes into the 2nd half and England found the goal that would slip them into the Quarter-Finals of this Euro when Steven Gerrard was rushing down the right flank and smashed it across Pyatov’s legs and his fellow defenders who failed to clear it away from danger allowing Wayne Rooney to head it into a completely empty net.
From this point on it was all Ukraine who tried to get back into the game with a number of clear chances that they created as they deserved more than just a defeat this was evidenced when Marko Devic received the ball at the edge of England’s penalty box and managed to make some space to take shot into the net which appeared to actually have crossed the goal line before John Terry cleared it away but despite having cleared the line, the goal was not allowed.
England slipped into the Quarter-Finals as they are set to face Italy on the 23rd of June while Ukraine are undeservedly out of the tournament.
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