England could have met world and European champions Spain but that eventuality was avoided by Sweden’s 2-0 win against France, and Rooney’s first goal in a major tournament since scoring twice in the 4-2 victory over Croatia in Lisbon at Euro 2004.
Annoying how Rooney doesn’t play as well for England as he does for his club, but I guess it makes sense not to play as well with people you’re not used to playing with… and a good thing Messi never plays as well for Argentina as he does for Barcelona. Gotta laugh at France losing to Sweden and now having to play the favorites.
Ukraine, however, will complain long and hard about a contentious second-half incident when Marko Devic’s shot clearly crossed the line before it was scrambled away by John Terry, only for the officials to remain unmoved.
The incident immediately revived the debate about goal-line technology, with a final decision on whether it is introduced expected to be taken in Zurich on 5 July.
England will regard it as a measure of justice for Frank Lampard’s disallowed goal against Germany in Bloemfontein at the 2010 World Cup - but it was also an illustration of how they rode their luck for long periods in front of a predictably partisan home crowd.
They really need to bring football into the 21st century, but for now, why look a gift horse in the mouth?