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Tuesday, 19 June 2012
2012 European Championship Finals First Phase Group D, Match Five/Six

England 1 Ukraine 0 [0-0]

Donbass Arena, Donets'ka oblast, Donetsk
Attendance: 51,504;
Kick-off: 9.46pm EEST, 7.46pm BST;
Live on ITV One/HD (UK) - Commentator: Clive Tyldesley

England - Wayne Rooney (header 48 47:26) Match Summary
England Squad

Ukraine Squad
Results 2010-2015 Ukraine - Anatoliy Tymoschuk (63 62:08), Yaroslav Rakytskiy (74 73:22), Andriy Shevchenko (86 85:45)
England - Steven Gerrard (73 72:24), Ashley Cole (78 77:55)

Ukraine kicked-off. 93 minutes (45.03 & 48.02).


Match Summary

Officials from Hungary




Referee (yellow) - Viktor Kassai
36 (10 September 1975), Tatabánya, FIFA listed 2003.

Assistant Referees - Gábor Erõs, 40 (5 September 1971), Várpalota and György Ring, 31 (18 March 1981), Budapest.

Fourth official - Tom Harald Hagen, 34 (1 April 1978), Grue, Norway
Additional Referees - István Vad, 33 (30 May 1979), FIFA-listed 2007 and Tamás Bognar, 33 (18 November 1978), Sarvar, FIFA-listed 2009.

Reserve Assistant Referee - Damien Macgraith, Ireland
UEFA Evaluator - Marc Batta, France

9 Goal Attempts 16
5 Attempts on Target 5
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
6 Corner Kicks Won 10
0 Offside Calls Against 0
13 Fouls Conceded 12
29% Possession 71%

England Team



FIFA (6 June 2012) 6th
EFO ranking Group 3

ELO rating 6th to 4th
Colours: The 2012 home uniform - White v-neck collared jerseys with red piping on collar, white shorts with red trim, white socks with two-tone red hoop.
Capt: Steven Gerrard, twentieth captaincy. Manager: Roy Hodgson, 64 (9 August 1947), appointed 1 May 2012,
5th match, W 4 - D 1 - L 0 - F 7 - A 3.
England Lineup
1 Hart, C. Joseph J. 25 19 April 1987 G Manchester City FC 21 14 GA
2 Johnson, Glen M. 27 23 August 1984 RB Liverpool FC 39 1
3 Cole, Ashley 31 20 December 1980 LB Chelsea FC 97 0
Cole cautioned in the 78th min. for a time-wasting, for taking his time in taking a throw.
4 Gerrard, Steven G. 32 30 May 1980 CM Liverpool FC 95 19
Gerrard cautioned in the 73rd min. for a foul, for leading with the elbow into the back of Harmash.
15 Lescott, Joleon P. 29 16 August 1982 CD Manchester City FC 19 1
6 Terry, John G. 31 7 December 1980 CD Chelsea FC 76 6
16 Milner, James P., off 70th min. 26 4 January 1986 RM Manchester City FC 29 0
17 Parker, Scott M. 31 13 October 1980 CM Tottenham Hotspur FC 16 0
22 Welbeck, Daniel N.T.M., off 82nd min. 21 26 November 1990 CF Manchester United FC 8 2
10 Rooney, Wayne M., off 87th min. 26 24 October 1985 AM Manchester United FC 75 29
11 Young, Ashley S. 26 9 July 1985 LM Manchester United FC 24 6
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 1 Ukraine 0
7 Walcott, Theo J. on 70th min (69:17) for Milner 23 16 March 1989 M Arsenal FC 27 4
9 Carroll, Andrew T., on 82nd min (81:55). for Welbeck 23 6 January 1989 F Liverpool FC 6 2
20 Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexander M.D., on 87th min (86:14) for Rooney 18 15 August 1993 M Arsenal FC 5 0
result: England 1 Ukraine 0

unused substitutes:

5-Martin Kelly, 8-Jordan Henderson, 12-Leighton Baines, 13-Rob Green, 14-Phil Jones, 18-Phil Jagielka, 19-Stewart Downing, 21-Jermain Defoe, 23-Jack Butland.

team notes:

This victory marks only the third time England have won successive European Championship matches. The first occasion was Euro 96 when they beat Scotland and Netherlands successively. Then at Euro 2004, when they beat Switzerland and Croatia to take the group.
This is only the second time England have progress beyond the group phase when the European Championship is staged outside of England. The first being at the aforementioned Euro 2004.
4-4-2(1-1) Hart -
Johnson, Terry, Lescott, Cole -
(Walcott), Gerrard, Parker, Young -
(Oxlade-Chamberlain) -

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 27.7 Appearances/Goals 45.4 5.7


Ukraine Team



FIFA (6 June 2012) =52nd
EFO ranking Group 4

ELO rating 31st to 34th
Colours: Made by Adidas - Blue crew neck jerseys with yellow collar/Adidas sleeve trim, blue chest band with yellow trim, blue shorts with yellow adidas side trim, blue socks with yellow adidas trim.
Capt: Anatoliy Tymoschuk Manager: Oleh Volodymyrovych Blokhin Олег Володимирович Блохін, 59 (5 November 1952), appointed 2003 to 2007, and 21 April 2011,
62nd match, W 28 - D 15 - L 19 - F 91 - A 67.
Ukraine Lineup
12 Pyatov, Andriy V. 27 28 June 1984 G FC Shakhtar Donetsk 29 0
2 Selin, Yevhen S. 24 9 May 1988 LB Vorskla Poltava 9 1
3 Khacheridi, Yevhen H. 24 28 July 1987 CD FC Dynamo Kyiv 14 0
4 Tymoschuk, Anatoliy O. 33 30 March 1979 DM FC Bayern München eV, Germany 119 4
Tymoschuk cautioned in the 63rd minute for a foul, after he felled a sprinting Scott Parker outside the Ukrainian penalty area.
20 Rakytskiy, Yaroslav V. 22 3 August 1989 CD FC Shakhtar Donetsk 18 3
Rakytskiy cautioned in the 74th min, for a foul, for cynically stopping a sprinting Steven Gerrard with his body.
6 Harmash, Denys V., off 78th min. 22 19 April 1990 CM FC Dynamo Kyiv 6 0
19 Konoplyanka, Yevhen O. 22 22 September 1989 LM FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 22 5
22 Dević, Marko, off 70th min. 28 27 October 1983 F FC Shakhtar Donetsk 24 2
9 Husev, Oleh A. 29 25 April 1983 RB FC Dynamo Kyiv 75 12
15 Milevskiy, Artem V., off 77th min. 27 12 January 1985 F FC Dynamo Kyiv 49 8
11 Yarmolenko, Andriy M. 22 23 October 1989 RM FC Dynamo Kyiv 23 8
Ukraine Substitutes
scoreline: England 1 Ukraine 0
7 Shevchenko, Andriy M., on 70th min (69:36), for Dević 35 29 September 1976 F FC Dynamo Kyiv 111 48
Shevchenko cautioned in the 86th min. for a foul, after bringing down Ashley Young on the touchline.
21 Butko, Bohdan, on 77th min (76:50) for Milevskiy 21 13 January 1991 D FC Illychivets Mariupil, on loan from FC Shakhtar Donetsk 11 0
18 Nazarenko, Serhiy Y., on 78th min (77:31) for Garmash 32 16 February 1980 M SC Tavriya Simferopol 53 12
result: England 1 Ukraine 0

unused substitutes:

1-Maxym Koval, 5-Oleksandr Kucher, 8-Oleksandr Aliyev, 10-Andriy Voronin, 13-Vyacheslav Shevchuk, 14-Ruslan Rotan, 16-Yevhen Seleznyov, 17-Taras Mykhalyk, 23-Oleksandr Goryainov.

team notes:

Coach Oleh Blokhin played for the USSR against England in June 1973, June 1984 (93rd app), and earned his 103rd appearance as a substiute in March 1986.
4-4(1-3)-2 Pyatov -
Husev, Khacheridi, Rakitskiy, Selin -
Tymoschuk -
Yarmolenko, Harmash
(Nazarenko), Konoplianka -
ć (Shevchenko), Milevskiy (Butko).

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.4 Appearances/Goals 35.3 3.9


    Match Report by Mike Payne

A magnificent win, against all the odds, sees England qualify for the knockout stage of the European Championships of 2012.  Not only that but they topped their group as well!  The expectations of the team at the start of the tournament was probably as low as it can get, but the players have knuckled down and they have reaped the rewards for all the hard work they have put in.

With Wayne Rooney's selection ahead of Andy Carroll being the only change from the Swedish game by manager Roy Hodgson, the continuity of a side in form was maintained.  In the early stages of this game against the Ukraine both teams had a tentative look at each other.  The Ukraine, co-hosts and backed by an army of fans that outnumbered the England fans by 8 to 1, looked to fire in a shot at every opportunity. Yevhen Konoplyanka was the first to try his luck and he was closely followed by an effort from Denys Garmash.  Both shots flew well over and Joe Hart was untroubled.  England were surrendering possession to their hosts but defending in numbers and stifling anything that threatened their goal.

Rooney had to wait over five minutes for his first proper touch and it was soon obvious that he was match rusty as twice his control let him down.  The match was being played at a very slow pace, which suited England, but John Terry made an excellent block to thwart one Ukraine shot.  Another home attack ended with a shot over the bar, this after an error by Ashley Young, whilst at the other end a trademark Steven Gerrard free-kick almost set Rooney up.  In the end goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov somehow scooped the ball away for a corner.

Despite the Ukraine enjoying the bulk of the possession it was England who had the best scoring chance to date.  In the 27th minute a superb cross from the left by Young saw Rooney make space for himself well to receive the cross.  It looked the perfect return for the Manchester United star as he would surely score.  But again his rustiness showed and he put his free header wide.  Two minutes later and the Ukraine put a good attack together which ended with Andriy Yarmolenko forcing Hart into a low diving save.

Possession wise, Ukraine were on top, but England had that comfortable air about them, with Terry and Joleon Lescott shoring up the middle whilst Glen Johnson and Ashley Cole were playing well at full-back.  Hart was largely untroubled and for all their efforts Ukraine lacked ideas and they still had it all to do at the break.

It would be interesting to see how the second half panned out, because a goal to either team would change things dramatically at this stage, and would you believe it England made a breakthrough just two minutes into the second half.  Once again it was the skipper who set up the goal.  Gerrard picked the ball up wide on the right and forged his way past a defender to cross the ball.  To be honest it looked a pretty innocuous centre, but the ball took a couple of slight deflections and the goalkeeper completely messed it up leaving the jubilant Rooney free at the far post to nod the ball in from a yard out.  It was probably the easiest goal of his career, but it was just the tonic England needed.

For the next few minutes the Ukraine pushed forward and managed to force several corners.  None of which produced anything too dangerous as England continued to defend in a disciplined manner.  The discipline was certainly the feature of England's play and there were few occasions when the home side threatened Hart's goal.  He did have to tip one shot over, but that was a comfortable save.  And then from one Ukraine corner Gerrard, showing all his outstanding qualities throughout this match, intercepted the ball and chased out to the right before spotting Rooney's run and hitting a brilliant first time pass to send the striker away.  A fitter and sharper Rooney would probably have gone directly towards goal, but alas he ran out of steam after a lung-bursting 60 yard run, and in the end checked back to tee up the incoming James Milner.  He mishit his shot and the chance was gone.

On the hour mark, Ukraine missed their best chance when a close range header from Artem Milevskij flew over.  There was a hint of offside there and the same could be said in the Ukraine's next attack.  Marko Devic eventually gained possession just inside the area having outpaced Terry.  He seemed certain to score as he side-stepped Hart and shot for goal.  Hart brilliantly half-stopped the ball but it still looped towards goal.  Credit Terry at that moment as the defender never gave up on it and managed to fly-kick the ball away from goal.  What he didn't know was that the ball appeared to already be over the line, but for once England were given the slice of luck that has so evaded them over the past umpteen years and umpteen tournaments, as the line judge didn't give a goal.  Poetic justice, without a doubt, not only with the Frank Lampard Blomfontein World Cup incident still fresh in all our minds, but also in the fact that initially the Ukraine forward was well offside when the ball was played forward.

Two minutes after that incident Scott Parker was brought down on the edge of the Ukraine box after another swift breakaway attack from England.  Rooney took the kick but the ball went the wrong side of the post.  Ukraine still pressed forward, although there was little conviction in their play.  To me it seemed that they were a little overawed by the reputation of England and although they created a couple of half-chances the England defenders were more than comfortable with the situation.  In fact on 67 minutes England nearly scored a second goal when a right-wing cross eventually landed at Cole's feet.  He turned smartly and fired in a good shot only to see Pyatov make a fine save.  That would have been nice for Cole to score his first goal in this his 97th appearance for his country.

With just over 20 minutes to go Hodgson made his first change as Theo Walcott replaced the tiring Milner.  Ukraine brought on their main man, former Chelsea star, Andriy Shevchenko, but his main contribution to the game was a dreadful tackle on Young, for which the Ukranian was rightly booked.  As the play swung from end to end, Gerrard was unluckily booked, and then Hart was almost deceived by a wicked dipping and swerving shot from Konoplyanka.  The Manchester City player's big left-hand getting him out of trouble before Lescott completed the clearance.  That was to be the last real chance for the hosts as England safely negotiated the last part of the match.  Carroll came on for the disappointing Danny Welbeck, and it might have been a better idea for Hodgson to bring the big man on a little earlier, as immediately he began to ruffle the Ukraine defence with his extra energy.  But no matter, the challenge had been faced and the job was done.

There were some jubilant England faces on that pitch at the end and how they had earned their passage through to the next round.  There were some very good performances too, with Gerrard and Terry being the pick of the team.  Now, as group winners, they face Italy in Kiev.  It should be fun again as there is so much to play for!

Source Notes

  • BBC Sport
    Mike Payne - football historian and contributor