TUESDAY NIGHT: England are through

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England have defeated Ukraine 1-0 in Donetsk tonight and will play Italy in the quarter-finals of Euro 2012.

Rooney put them ahead after 48 minutes.

The Manchester United striker was recalled in place of Andy Carroll in the only change from the side which defeated Sweden 3-2. Theo Walcott remained amongst the substitutes despite scoring and setting up Welbeck’s winner against the Swedes.

Ukraine striker Andriy Shevchenko had failed to recover from the knee injury suffered against Sweden and then aggravated against France and he was replaced up front by Marko Devic.

Yevhen Konoplyanka had the first effort on goal for the home side but his 20-yard shot flew high and wide.

Ukraine had plenty of the ball in the early stages as they were roared on by the vast majority of a passionate crowd.

Rooney had his first run with the ball after six minutes but was halted by Denys Garmash’s tackle.

Garmash then tried an ambitious attempt from 30 yards out which Joe Hart had covered as it dipped over the bar.

A reverse pass from Devic played in Andriy Yarmolenko but John Terry was alert to the situation and tackled the midfielder before he could shoot.

England kept possession for 20-plus passes but the eventual low cross from Ashley Cole was comfortably dealt with.

Scott Parker got his body in the way of a low shot from Devic as England settled for sitting deep.

Ukraine looked relaxed given what was at stake for the co-hosts and Artem Milevskiy only just failed to get on the end of Yevhen Selin’s ball in from the left.

Terry blocked Konoplyanka’s drive and, for all Ukraine’s possession, Hart did not have to make a save to make in the opening 20 minutes.

But the Manchester City keeper was relieved when Gusev’s powerful attempt flew inches over the bar after a mistake by Ashley Young.


ENGLAND Hart, Johnson, Terry, Lescott, Cole, Milner, Gerrard (c), Parker, Young, Rooney, Welbeck.

UKRAINE: Pyatov, Gusev, Rakitskiy, Khatcheridi, Selin, Yarmolenko, Tymoschuk, Garmash, Konoplyanka, Milevsky, Devic.

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