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Theo Walcott

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in action for England

Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

England 1-0 Ukraine, Group D

Tuesday, June 19

Donetsk

Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain came off the bench to play their part in England's 1-0 win against Ukraine on Tuesday night.

The result - coupled with France's shock 2-0 defeat to Sweden - meant that Roy Hodgson's side finished top of Group D and set up a quarter-final clash against Italy on Sunday night.

But the Three Lions made a sluggish start to the match in Donetsk as the co-hosts put them under pressure in the early stages, with Oleg Gusev coming close to breaking the deadlock in the 24th minute.

Wayne Rooney, making his first appearance of the tournament after returning from a two-match suspension, had a glorious chance to open the scoring on the half-hour mark but glanced a free header wide from eight yards.

Ukraine remained on the front foot and Andriy Yarmolenko nearly scored a brilliant individual effort after twisting and turning his way into the box, but Joleon Lescott managed to close him down just in time.

England made the perfect start to the second half as Steven Gerrard whipped in an inviting cross from the right and Rooney headed into the empty net from close range.

While Hodgson's men were under significant pressure for much of the second half, they were a threat on the break and Rooney was sent clear but could not take his opportunity.

There was controversy soon afterwards when Marko Devic waltzed into the area and saw his shot loop up off Joe Hart and head towards goal. John Terry raced back and cleared the ball acrobatically, but replays suggested the ball crossed the line.

Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain were introduced in the closing stages of the match, and played their part as England held on for a victory that means they avoid a quarter-final showdown with world and European champions Spain.

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