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The World United Through Football

England and France Go Through

Wayne Rooney playing for England

Wayne Rooney puts England Top of Group D (Photo: Wikipedia)

Group D
England vs Ukraine
Donbass Arena, Donetsk.

It’s the game we’ve all been waiting for; the return of Rooney.

Spain and Italy awaited two teams from this group; only Sweden didn’t have a chance to be at the quarter-finals party.

There wasn’t going to be as much drama between the two games as we’ve had over the last few days. It’s simple, Ukraine needed to win while a point would be enough for England.

The best move came from Ukraine on the half-hour. Otherwise we were subject to thirty minutes of uninspiring football; bar a weak header wide of the target from Wayne Rooney.

Half-time:
England 0 – Ukraine 0 in Donetsk.
Sweden 0 – France 0 in Kiev.

The second-half started better for England and they were in front within three minutes.

The World United Through Football England 1 – Ukraine 0
Steven Gerrard’s cross from the right bounced luckily through the Ukraine defence and Wayne Rooney was in the right place at the far post to nod the ball into an empty net.

With England set to play Italy and France looking to play Spain – as things stood, the goal in Kiev didn’t change anything.

The World United Through Football Sweden 1 – France 0 in Kiev (54 mins).
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored again for Sweden; volleying in a Sebastian Larsson cross,

Ukraine equalised in the 62nd minute but John Terry did enough to hook the ball out of the goal, when the referee blinked, and the goal wasn’t given.

No more real excitement for football fans tonight but it’s all set up for the weekend; Spain will play France on Saturday and England will meet Italy on Sunday.

Even had the Ukraine goal counted, England would still have finished the group above France.

Final Scores

England 1 – Ukraine 0 in in Donetsk.
Sweden 1 – France 0 in Kiev.

Teams

Travel to England England
1-Joe Hart; 15-Joleon Lescott, 6-John Terry, 3-Ashley Cole, 2-Glen Johnson; 17-Scott Parker, 4-Steven Gerrard, 11-Ashley Young, 16-James Milner; 10-Wayne Rooney, 22-Danny Welbeck.

Travel to Ukraine Ukraine
12-Andriy Pyatov; 3-Yevhen Khacheridi, 20-Yaroslav Rakitskiy, 2-Yevgen Selin, 9-Oleg Gusev; 4-Anatoliy Tymoschuk, 6-Denis Garmash, 19-Yevhen Konoplyanka, 11-Andriy Yarmolenko; 22-Marko Devic, 15-Artem Milevskiy.

Sweden vs France – Olympiyskiy Stadium, Kiev.

Travel to Sweden Sweden
1-Andreas Isaksson; 13-Jonas Olsson, 3-Olof Mellberg, 5-Martin Olsson, 4-Andreas Granqvist; 9-Kim Kallstrom, 8-Anders Svensson, 19-Emir Bajrami, 7-Sebastian Larsson; 20-Ola Toivonen, 10-Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Travel to France France
1-Hugo Lloris; 5-Philippe Mexes, 4-Adil Rami, 22-Gaël Clichy, 2-Mathieu Debuchy; 18-Alou Diarra, 17-Yann M’Vila, 7-Franck Ribéry, 20-Hatem Ben Arfa; 10-Karim Benzema, 11-Samir Nasri.

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June 19, 2012 - Posted by | England, Euro 2012, France, Match Reports, Sweden, Ukraine

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