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Lucky England Through To Euro 2012 Quarter Finals
England have made it through to the knockout stages of Euro 2012 in a game that has once again revived the debate about goal-line technology.
Roy Hodgson's men finished top of Group D after their 1-0 win over co-hosts Ukraine, and Sweden's shock 2-0 defeat of second place France.
But it was an incident in the second half that left the Ukrainians furious - in scenes reminiscent of when England lost to Germany in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa after a Frank Lampard shot was wrongly ruled not to have crossed the line.
Wayne Rooney's close-range headed goal in the 47th minute put England 1-0 up.
Minutes later Ukraine thought they had equalised after Marko Devic's shot clearly crossed the line before John Terry hooked it away. The officials remained unmoved and the game continued.
Thanks to that stroke of luck and France's defeat, England have avoided European champions Spain and will now play Italy on Sunday night.
Manager Roy Hodgson admitted the goal should have been given but said it was about time England's luck turned.
"We've suffered with bad luck in the past, against Portugal and Germany, maybe it was a case of if there was going to be luck, we were going to get it."
England captain Steven Gerrard said: "To be successful you need a bit of luck. Two years ago, we were unlucky with Frank Lampard and we had to pack our bags."
Ukraine manager Oleg Blokhin said: "There are five referees on the pitch and the ball is 50cm behind the goal line.
"Why do we need five referees on the pitch? I don't want to talk about the referees, we lost the game. I don't want to put everything on the referees."
Ukraine captain Andriy Shevchenko, who was warming up at the sideline when it happened, said the incident did influence the game.
"The goal that wasn't given really changed our plan because if it was given, I think the whole game could have looked another way."