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FT England 1 – 0 Ukraine

FT England 1 – 0 Ukraine

England play their usual 4-4-2 with Rooney in a withdrawn role behind Welbeck, infront of a midfield in which Steven Gerrard and Scott Parker will provide the heartbeat, bookended by Ashley Young and James Milner on the left and right.

Expect the Ukraine to line up in a 4-3-1-2, with Anatoliy Tymoschuk in a defensive midfield role, with Yevhen Konoplyanka and Andriy Yarmolenko further up the field to his left and right. Denys Garmash will play in the hole behind a front two of Artem Milevskiy and Marko Devic.

At 47′, Rooney heads home at the far post from about two inches out after great work by Steven Gerrard and a howler from Ukraine keeper Andriy Pyatov. 1-0 for England.

England have seen off Ukraine, with Wayne Rooney nodding home the only goal of the game. England will play Italy in the Euro 2012 quarter-finals. Curiously, my pre-tournament Guardian prediction was that England would be eliminated in the quarter-finals, by Italy … on penalties.

 

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FT Ukraine 0 – 2 France

FT Ukraine 0 – 2 France

At 52′, France launch a swift and incisive counter through Ribery on the left. He finds Benzema who moves the ball on to Jeremy Menez on the right. Menez cuts inside Selin and hits a left footed shot low into Pyatov’s left hand corner. Lovely finish to a great counter attack. 1-0 for France.

At 55′, Karim Benzema drops deep to pick up a ball from Ribery. He spins his marker and spots the advancing Cabaye at the edge of the area. Benzema finds the Newcastle man with a crisp pass. Cabaye holds off the challenge and slots under Pyatov. 2-0.

Score did not change till Full Time. Laurent Blanc’s side move onto four points with an extremely comfortable win thanks to goals from Jeremy Menez and Yohan Cabaye. Ukraine were very poor while France rarely got anywhere near top gear. The game was at it’s most exciting when the players were hauled off the pitch after just four minutes as a spectacular electrical storm did it’s thing over Donetsk.

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FT Ukraine 2 – 1 Sweden

FT Ukraine 2 – 1 Sweden

Shevchenko is a legend. He scored twice to make Ukraine had 3 points. Huge points for Ukraine.