Euro 2012, England vs. Ukraine: 10 Things We Learned from Thrilling Clash

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Euro 2012, England vs. Ukraine: 10 Things We Learned from Thrilling Clash
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The final two group stage matches of Euro 2012 did not disappoint us at all, as Sweden improbably beat France and England triumphed over Ukraine in a very nervy performance.

For the English, a win or draw would have sufficed. After Wayne Rooney's goal in the 48th minute, Roy Hodgson's side defended valiantly to the final whistle against a spirited Ukraine team that would not give up in its search for the win that it needed to advance.

Few expected much from the Ukrainians, but they gave one of the better national teams in the world a run for their money with an admirable undying attitude and the backing of a passionate group of supporters.

England, with a little help from the referees, was too much in the end.

More on that in a bit as we look at 10 things we learned from the matchup.

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