Euro 2012: Rooney puts England through to the quarter finals


Wayne Rooney's return in the England starting eleven was beneficial as the Manchester United striker headed headed home the only goal of the match.

Ukraine had a better start as Denys Garmash sent a shot over from long range before Marko Dević and Yevhen Konoplyanka saw their efforts blocked. The best chance fell to Oleh Gusev who sent a good effort just over the crossbar. Rooney was the first man to reply for England as he headed off target from a very good position following a cross from Ashley Young. Yarmolenko was then denied by Joe Hart and the first half ended goalless.

England struck three minutes after the break in a rather fortuitous manner. Gerrard delivered a cross from the right, it took a deflection, then squirmed through Andriy Pyatov's hands and on to Rooney who headed home from point-blank range.

Milevskiy headed one over in reply for Ukraine and then Joe Hart was called into action again to stop a shot from Devic, the ball went loose though and it was John Terry who cleared off the line. The other goalie saved a Glen Johnson effort at the other end as the game went wide open. Hart beat away a Konoplyanka shot, then Pyatov held a Rooney header, while substitute Andriy Shevchenko was unable to make an impact.

England finish top of Group D and they will meet Italy in the quarter finals.

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