Lampard rescues point for England

England have scored a late equaliser to draw 1-1 with Ukraine in World Cup qualifying on Tuesday.

Yevhen Konoplyanka gave the visitors the lead on the brink of half-time with a well-placed curled effort, and the Three Lions looked to be heading towards defeat as the second period rolled on.

However, Frank Lampard scored a penalty to grab a point for the hosts with three minutes left on the clock.

Steven Gerrard compounded matters by getting sent off in the dying minutes for a second bookable offence, and in the end England had to settle for a draw.

Roy Hodgson stated that he felt that Gerrard’s dismissal was harsh but in the end up was pleased with the attitude of his team.

“I don’t think there’ll be too many people who watched the game who’ll disagree with me that some of the yellow cards were hard to take,” he told reporters, published by Sky Sports.

“The sending-off of Steven Gerrard too. If he’d committed two fouls in the game I’d be surprised, so of course I’m disappointed in that.

“We went a goal down to a wonder goal but I was really pleased with the way we kept playing, probing and trying and didn’t resort to any hopeful long balls.

“We kept creating chances throughout the game and luckily we eventually got our reward with our equaliser. Who knows, if Steven had stayed on the pitch, we may have got our winner.

“All credit to Ukraine. They played well enough in the game and it was a good game of football. I’m pleased to come out with something because had we lost, it would have been very harsh on us,” the manager concluded.


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