England rode their luck before finally sealing their place in the quarter-finals of Euro 2012 after struggling to overcome Ukraine in the Donbass Stadium. Welcome back: Rooney is congratulated by James Milner after the striker put England ahead (PICTURE: REUTERS) The victory, courtesy of Wayne Rooney’s second-half header, coupled with France’s 2-0 defeat to Sweden, means England finished top of Group D and will face Italy in Kiev on Sunday. It was, however, far from comfortable for Roy Hodgson’s side, who were lucky to see Ukraine denied an equaliser after replays showed Marko Devic’s shot had crossed the line. The result was harsh on the co-hosts who, despite having to start without talismanic skipper Andriy Shevchenko – consigned to the bench after failing to overcome a knee injury – dominated much of the contest. That said, for all their possession, they produced little to trouble England keeper Joe Hart, with much of their threat coming from long range. It was England who had the best chance of an opening half in which they failed to get a single shot on target. Rooney, back in the side after sitting out the opening two group games through suspension, skewed his header wide after being picked out by Ashley Young. But the Manchester United striker made amends shortly after the break, making the most of a mistake from Ukraine keeper Andriy Pyatov to head Steven Gerrard’s cross home from close range. Ukraine should have been level when Devic’s shot was controversially ruled out, despite it crossing the line before being cleared by Terry. And, despite the introduction of Shevchenko, England managed to hold on to reach the last-eight knowing tougher challenges lay ahead. PICTURES: England 1-0 Ukraine
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