England frustrated in disappointing draw
England's Frank Lampard rescued a point with a late penalty against Ukraine
Frank Lampard rescued a point for England with a late penalty in the World Cup qualifier with Ukraine, which ended 1-1 at Wembley.
England fell behind to a superb strike from star midfielder Yevgen Konoplianka seven minutes before the interval.
But Lampard equalled Bryan Robson's tally of 26 goals for his country after Yevhen Khacheridi handled, before England skipper Steven Gerrard was then sent off for his second bookable offence - although the damage is not too bad as the Liverpool man will only misses the visit of San Marino next month.
Ukraine will be cursing a missed opportunity, though, as Oleg Blokhin's men came agonisingly close to what would have been a deserved victory. Only three minutes had elapsed when Oleg Gusev's cross flicked off Leighton Baines, dipped over Joe Hart and clipped the outside of a post. Joleon Lescott cleared another Gusev cross, then Roman Zozulya failed to capitalise on Konoplianka's neat approach work.
It might have been different had Jermain Defoe's thunderous effort not been ruled out. Defoe's disbelief was obvious. Yet it was also beyond doubt he had shoved a textbook rugby hand-off into the neck of Andriy Yarmolenko, who made the most of it.
Defoe then showed admirable unselfishness when he opted to steer Gerrard's cross back into the six-yard box rather than go for goal himself from an acute angle. Tom Cleverley raced in, looking certain to gobble up the chance with only Andrei Pyatov to beat but the Manchester United man fired straight at the Ukraine goalkeeper, whose reactions were up to the task.
Cleverley then flicked Lampard's pass well wide from a good position, before, as if underlining the folly of Hodgson's comparison with Cesc Fabregas, lifting the ball against the outside of a post from Milner's pass.
Amid the personal anguish, Ukraine had seized the initiative. After Denys Garmash had let England off the hook by heading over when he crept into space to meet Yevgen Selin's cross, Konoplianka showed them no mercy when stepping inside Gerrard and sending a 25-yard effort curling over Hart and into the top corner.
In a second-half littered with yellow cards - six of them for England including Gerrard's double caution - Leighton Baines needed to make a timely intervention to prevent Zozulya reaching Konoplianka's cross.
The introductions of Danny Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge were inevitable given how the game was panning out for England. Welbeck almost profited from Sturridge's cross nine minutes from time, but prodded against a post. But redemption came shortly afterwards, with Lampard converting from the spot, just as he did in Chisinau on Friday against Moldova.
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I have watched this summer a host of very talented athletes ...... yes Olympians and Paralympians. I think we have been spoilt and now realize how mediocre these footballers are. They are overpaid, arrogant and are incapable of winning a football match on a international stage without a struggle, or not getting through to any finals.
We have experienced a summer of successful sport and topped off by a win in tennis for Andy Murray. This years Euros was a sham and as usual out in the quarter finals, as always. They only had a draw tonight from a last minute penalty. Is it not time now, that we stop putting these footballers on pedestals and start realizing that there is more talent in other sports, who are winning medals, trophies and tournaments, as the footballers are not. In the last twenty years, or so football has become overpaid, arrogant and out- of- touch for the real fans. It is all about money and corporate entertainment and overpaid egotistic footballers. It makes me sad to say this, as football was not always like this.
I think by watching the Olympics and Paralympicss has now showed people that there is other more interesting sport out there. I watched five a side blind football during the Paralympic games and they had more skill. Even the women footballers out played the men during the Olympics.
The success of the Olympics and Andy Murray, then who lets the country down, yet again?
Yes, it's the waste of space England football team.
First of all let me say we have to play young players to build a team for the future, if we have one.
Dont forget the last world cup, what a let down, the olympics, what a let down, England will never win anything,
they are overpaid, spoilt. I am not to bothered if we go to the next world cup, when we do get there it will be the
same old story, England are out ,i say no more.
England will always be crap. i already know Englands outcome to the next world cup, how boring is that.
Oh we are out.
A great performance by Ukraine, a desperate performance from England marred with fluffs and awkward decisions going the other way. I don't know if this is just a curse of the new Wembley Stadium because England seem to play better away, but there are some real concerns that need to be worked on. I recall someone supposedly saying England will win the World Cup in 2014, I suggest you look again.
Why blame the manager? Geez you could have Joe Public from down the pub managing and it wouldnt matter one little bit.
Its the plebs on the field that are playing (or not)overpaid mambies thats all we have nowadays