EURO 2012: ENGLAND AND FRANCE INTO LAST EIGHT

Posted on: Tue 19 Jun 2012

A full complement of Chelsea players who travelled to Euro 2012 will be involved in the knockout stages after England beat Ukraine and France, despite defeat, finished second in Group D.

A single Wayne Rooney goal was enough for victory for Roy Hodgson's side in Donetsk on Tuesday night although it was a far from comfortable game with John Terry at the heart of one controversial moment.

England were under pressure from the co-hosts for large parts of the first half but missed the best chance before the interval. A long, crossfield pass by Terry was centred but an unmarked Rooney headed wide.

In what has been a pattern in the tournament, a goal was scored shortly after the start of the second half, this time Rooney heading in an unmissable chance after a Steven Gerrard cross was not cut out sufficiently. But Ukraine continued to waste chances and when they did force the ball beyond Joe Hart, Terry somehow got back into the goalmouth and cleared acrobatically but replays showed the ball was probably over the line.

However no goal was given and Ashley Cole, who was setting a new record of 21 England appearances in tournaments, was denied his first international goal when a volley was well saved.

Andriy Shevchencko's participation was limited to the final 20 minutes due to a knee problem and Ukraine join Poland in going out of the competition on home soil. England finish top of the group and now play Italy on Sunday.

Saturday's quarter-final will see France take on Spain. In Tuesday's other game Florent Malouda came on for Hatem Ben Arfa on 59 minutes, shortly after Sweden had taken the lead. The final score was 2-0, France's first defeat in 24 games. A booking for their experienced defender Philippe Mexes means he will be suspended against Spain.