Frank Lampard spared England’s blushes with a penalty after Ukraine threatened to inflict a shock defeat on Roy Hodgson’s men at Wembley. Frank Lampard’s penalty rescued a crucial point for England (Picture: Reuters) The Chelsea midfielder’s spot-kick cancelled out Yevhen Konoplianka’s stunning opener to give England a point but the evening ended on a low note as captain Steven Gerrard was sent off for a second bookable offence.Oleg Blokhin’s visitors made an aggressive start but were fortunate not to fall behind in the ninth minute. Jermain Defoe held off the challenge of Andriy Yarmolenko before dispatching a low 25-yard shot into the bottom corner only for referee Cuneyt Cakir to give a foul harshly against the Spurs striker.Tom Cleverley missed England’s best chance of the half, putting his close-range shot straight at goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov after Defoe had headed Gerrard’s cross into his path.England were made to pay for their profligacy as Konoplianka curled an unstoppable shot into the top corner from 35 yards in the 39th minute.Ukraine came close to extending their lead in the 58th minute when Leighton Baines sliced Konoplianka’s cross over his own bar.England laboured in possession but substitute Danny Welbeck got Yevhen Khacheridi to handle inside the area to win a penalty in the 86th minute.Lampard converted from the spot but Gerrard saw red just a minute later for a foul and any hopes England had of getting a win evaporated.

A news article on 2012-09-11 22:16:00 from: The Metro

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