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EURO 2012: England beats Ukraine 1-0 to advance

2:56 PM, Jun 19, 2012   |    comments
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By ROB HARRIS, AP Sports Writer

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) - Wayne Rooney returned from suspension Tuesday and scored on a header in the 48th minute to give England a 1-0 victory over Ukraine and a spot in the European Championship quarterfinals.

England won Group D and will next face Italy in Kiev on Sunday. Ukraine appeared to have evened the score in the 62nd minute when Marko Devic's looping shot crossed the line before it was hooked clear by John Terry. But the goal was missed by the referee and his extra assistant behind the goal.

The disputed play will likely add to the pressure on UEFA President Michel Platini to reverse his opposition to goal-line technology.

Rooney, who was banned from the first two Euro 2012 matches, scored after Steven Gerrard's cross slipped through the fingers of Ukraine goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov.

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