England, France reach Euro 2012 quarterfinals | Soccer
England beat Ukraine 1-0 to win Group D in Euro 2012. England and France, which lost 2-0 to Sweden, advanced to the quarterfinals.
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DONETSK, Ukraine — One goal counted, and it belonged to Wayne Rooney.
The England striker returned from a two-match suspension to head in the lone goal Tuesday and give his team a 1-0 victory over Ukraine and a spot in the European Championship quarterfinals. The co-host Ukrainians will leave Euro 2012 knowing things could have been different.
Needing a victory to advance, the Ukrainians thought they had tied the score in the 62nd minute when Marko Devic's deflected shot appeared to loop over the goal line before it was hooked clear by England defender John Terry. But the apparent goal was not awarded by the referee or his extra assistant, who was a few meters from the post.
"I was sad because the ball was in the goal by one meter," Ukraine coach Oleg Blokhin said.
The controversy will likely add to the pressure on UEFA President Michel Platini to reverse his opposition to goal-line technology.
Ukraine standout Andriy Shevchenko, 35, announced his retirement from international soccer after the match.
England won Group D and will face Italy on Sunday in Donetsk in the quarterfinals.
France advanced despite losing 2-0 to Sweden in the other Group D match. Sweden ended France's unbeaten streak at 23 matches.
France will play defending champion Spain in a quarterfinal Saturday in Kiev, Ukraine.
• Croatian soccer's governing body was fined $102,000 by UEFA, European soccer's governing body, because of racist behavior by team supporters during a 1-1 tie with Italy on Thursday.
|Here are the quarterfinal matchups. All matches begin at 11:45 a.m. PDT and are on ESPN, except Spain vs. France will be on ESPN2.|
|Thu.||Czech Republic vs. Portugal|
|Fri.||Germany vs. Greece|
|Sat.||Spain vs. France|
|Sun.||England vs. Italy|