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Wayne Rooney Escort Three Lions to Quarter-final
There is no doubt that this is a game between two great strikers. And finally Wayne Rooney had a header and successfully helped England progress.
After experiencing suspension of two former games, Wayne Rooney returned and gained a start chance. However, Shevchenko was temporarily sitting on the substitute bench for his knee injury. Even so, the co-host Ukraine still kept absolutely advantage in the first half. England could rely on Wayne Rooney's individual potential only, and in 48th minute Wayne Rooney opening the scoring with a header. 20 minutes before match ended Shevchenko was sent, but he could not turn around the fate direction. England were finally firmly rank 1 in Group D.
Ukraine were surely clear that the winner would progress, so they started sparing no pains at the beginning of the game. Denys Garmash shot from distance while was spiraling over, and later John Terry presented his great defense skills to all, firstly prevent Andriy Yarmolenko and followingly Marko DeviÄ‡ and Yevhen Konoplyanka 's shot were both blocked.
It was hard for Hodgson's side finding a rhythm with the ball, at the meantime, Ukraine maintained their attacking for England, the right back Oleh Gusev had a powerful shot flied away after hitting crossbar. Soon England gradually got the hang of game and Wayne Rooney was the biggest threaten. Steven Gerrard directly passed his free-kick to Wayne Rooney before the opponent saved in time. Next, Ashley Young finished an excellent crossing, subsequently, Wayne Rooney get the ball and headed at a superexcellent position in front of the goal while the ball was unfortunately crossing off target.
Ukraine regained initiative in the field, and continued their strong attacking. Joe Hart sensed danger in front of gate for a time. Artem Milevskiy sent great passing which was promptly blocked after Yarmolenko took a shot. It was Yarmolenko again that broke through their defense after receiving the ball before the end of half-time, while he failed again by Scott Parker blocking by his knees.
The second half coming, England had no improvement yet and they are waiting for the next chance appearing. Ukraine insisted on their fierce offense. However the game just started 3 minutes, the deadlock was broken. Gerrard sent a telling ball, his finished cross from the right taking a deflection, squirming through Ukraine goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov's hands and allowing Rooney to nod in from point-blank range.
Rooney was sent scampering clear from Gerrard before long, while leaving Yarmolenko defusing who was just racing back. As for the other side, Ukraine right wing was appearing in the attacking system who curled in a fine ball that Milevskiy headed over. Not long after that Ukraine were merely equalizing the score. DeviÄ‡ shot was saved by Hart with an effort and Terry cleared the peril timely.
Ukraine side Pyatov prevented Glen Johnson's shot. At this moment both sides are holding the chance to reach Euro last eight. Afterwards two sides played offense and defense. However, the theme of this game is that a confrontation of two strikers, and Rooney seized the advantage and sealed the third points for England. Meanwhile, Ukraine could only leave.