Euro 2012: England vs Ukraine

The England vs Ukraine game was about the Return Of Rooney and whether Shevchenko would be fit enough to play in possibly his last ever game for his beloved country. The first half was okay to watch, but nothing special. The real fun and drama started in the second half. England had the upper hand with the Ukraine falling back further and further towards their own goal. The inevitable happened when Gerrard whipped in a well hit cross and the Ukraine defense and goalkeeper messed it all up, giving Wayne Rooney a simple header to put England up one nil. The Ukraine felt dejected and a another England goal was in the making, but with a second lease of life the Ukraine started attacking. They even had a clear goal (if you discount the offside which preceded it) disallowed after none of the Uefa officials saw it cross the line. Local hero Shevchenko came on with 20 minutes to play, but he could not make the difference in this game. England get to play italy in the quarter finals and the Ukraine get to stay home. [42 photos total]

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Ukraine soccer fan smiles before the start of her team's Group D Euro 2012 soccer match against England at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk (YVES HERMAN/REUTERS) #
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An England soccer fan cheers before the Group D Euro 2012 soccer match between Ukraine and England at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk (ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS) #
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Ukraine soccer fan smiles before the start of her team's Group D Euro 2012 soccer match against England at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk (YVES HERMAN/REUTERS) #
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England soccer fans wearing masks of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, cheer before their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match against Ukraine at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk (ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS) #
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Ukraine soccer fan smiles before the start of her team's Group D Euro 2012 soccer match against England at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk (YVES HERMAN/REUTERS) #
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England soccer fans dressed as Batman and Robin cheer before their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match against Ukraine at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk (ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS) #
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A soccer fan smiles before the Group D Euro 2012 soccer match between Ukraine and England at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk (YVES HERMAN/REUTERS) #
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Fan of Ukraine cheers before their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match against England at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk (ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS) #
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England's players pose for a team photo before their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match against Ukraine at Donbass Arena in Donetsk (NIGEL RODDIS/REUTERS) #
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Ukraine's players pose for a team photo before their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match against England at Donbass Arena in Donetsk (FELIX ORDONEZ/REUTERS) #
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Ukraine's players gather before their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match against England at Donbass Arena in Donetsk (FELIX ORDONEZ/REUTERS) #
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England's Gerrard challenges Ukraine's Devic during their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk (YVES HERMAN/REUTERS) #
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England's Lescott challenges Ukraine's Yarmolenko during their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk (YVES HERMAN/REUTERS) #
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England's Welbeck challenges Ukraine's Rakitskiy during their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match at Donbass Arena in Donetsk (NIGEL RODDIS/REUTERS) #
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England's Welbeck challenges Ukraine's Tymoshchuk and Rakitskiy during their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk (ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS) #
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England's Gerrard challenges Ukraine's Gusev as England's Lescott looks during their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk (YVES HERMAN/REUTERS) #
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England's Rooney controls the ball during their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match against Ukraine at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk (YVES HERMAN/REUTERS) #
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England's Terry fights for ball with Ukraine's Devic during Euro 2012 soccer match in Donetsk (FELIX ORDONEZ/REUTERS) #
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Hungary's referee Kassai talks with Ukraine's Tymoshchuk during the Group D Euro 2012 soccer match between England and Ukraine at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk (ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS) #
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Ukraine's coach Blokhin gestures behind England's Milner during Euro 2012 soccer match in Donetsk (NIGEL RODDIS/REUTERS) #
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England's Welbeck challenges Ukraine's Khacheridi during their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match at Donbass Arena in Donetsk (FELIX ORDONEZ/REUTERS) #
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England's Rooney fails to score against Ukraine's goalkeeper Pyatov past Selin and Rakitskiy during their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match at Donbass Arena in Donetsk (FELIX ORDONEZ/REUTERS) #
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England's Rooney scores goal against Ukraine during Euro 2012 soccer match in Donetsk (FELIX ORDONEZ/REUTERS) #
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England's Rooney shoots to score goal against Ukraine during Euro 2012 soccer match in Donetsk (NIGEL RODDIS/REUTERS) #
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Ukraine's goalkeeper Pyatov reacts as England's Rooney celebrates his goal during their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk (ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS) #
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England's Rooney celebrates goal against Ukraine during Euro 2012 soccer match in Donetsk (FELIX ORDONEZ/REUTERS) #
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England's Rooney celebrates goal against Ukraine with team mates during Euro 2012 soccer match in Donetsk (NIGEL RODDIS/REUTERS) #
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England's Rooney celebrates after scoring a goal against Ukraine during their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match at Donbass Arena in Donetsk (FELIX ORDONEZ/REUTERS) #
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England's goalkeeper Hart gestures during their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match against Ukraine at Donbass Arena in Donetsk (FELIX ORDONEZ/REUTERS) #
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England's Terry clears the ball from the goal mouth during Euro 2012 soccer match against Ukraine in Donetsk (MICHAEL BUHOLZER/REUTERS) #
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England's Cole reacts during their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match against Ukraine at Donbass Arena in Donetsk (FELIX ORDONEZ/REUTERS) #
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England's goalkeeper Hart makes a save during their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match against Ukraine at Donbass Arena in Donetsk (MICHAEL BUHOLZER/REUTERS) #
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Ukraine's coach Blokhin gestures towards a match official during Euro 2012 soccer match against England in Donetsk (FELIX ORDONEZ/REUTERS) #
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England's Rooney talks to team mate Gerrard during their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match against Ukraine at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk (FELIX ORDONEZ/REUTERS) #
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Ukraine's Shevchenko comes on as a substitute during their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match against England at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk (YVES HERMAN/REUTERS) #
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England's goalkeeper Hart makes a save during their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match against Ukraine at Donbass Arena in Donetsk (NIGEL RODDIS/REUTERS) #
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Ukraine's Konoplyanka challenges England's Johnson and Walcott during their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk (YVES HERMAN/REUTERS) #
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England's Rooney challenges Ukraine's Garmash during their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk (NIGEL RODDIS/REUTERS) #
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England's Carroll heads the ball with Ukraine's Selin during their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk (YVES HERMAN/REUTERS) #
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England players celebrate their victory over Ukraine after their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk (YVES HERMAN/REUTERS) #
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Ukraine's coach Blokhin applauds with his players at the end of their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match against England at Donbass Arena in Donetsk (NIGEL RODDIS/REUTERS) #
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England soccer fans celebrate their victory over Ukraine after their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk (YVES HERMAN/REUTERS) #

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