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Wednesday, 20 June 2012

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England beat Ukraine to avoid Spain

England fans partied into the night after the hard fought 1-0 victory over hosts Ukraine which secured them a place in the quarter-finals of the tournament.

There was even more reason to celebrate when news filtered through that France had been beaten by Sweden, meaning England would top the group and avoid World Champions Spain in Sundays last eight clash.

The three lions were up against the wall in the first half as the hosts pushed forward looking for a breakthrough to help them qualify at England's expense. In his first game back after suspension, Wayne Rooney scored the only goal of the game in the 48th minute, after putting wide a free header in the first half. There was controversy in the 62nd minute when Marco Devik's shot crossed the line but John Terry hooked it clear before it could touch the ground or net. The goal was not given.

A Team England spokesman spoke today "We thought paella was off the menu, but now we've banned pasta instead. We respected the Ukrain, and we were prepared for an onslaught and downpour but we weathered the storm and as a bonus avoided Spain. We can now have a long lunch and siesta, but on the other hand we will be sleeping with one eye open because of the danger from Italy".

Sticking with the stereotyping analogies the Team England spokesman continued "When I saw the Sweden result I thought 'Ulrika' that means we will be top of the group. It sounds as if the French were playing like snails tonight. They'll not enjoy their continental breakfast as much this morning".

England play Italy in Kiev on Sunday at 7.45pm

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