Frank Lampard's late penalty rescued a point for England in the World Cup qualifier against Ukraine at Wembley.
Yevgeni Konoplianka's spectacular first-half strike gave a highly accomplished Ukraine side an advantage they protected until three minutes from time, when a prolonged spell of England pressure was finally rewarded.
"For England to get a point is a real bonus. When you don't play very well and pinch a point you begin to think it could just turn out to be a very good result. They had some outstanding players missing but I am not sure even with Terry, Rooney, Walcott and whoever else playing that would have made any difference. We saw from the way Ukraine celebrated that they think this is a big result but they could have had so much more."
Substitute Danny Welbeck - who made an impressive impact after coming on - saw his effort blocked in the area by Yevgeni Khacheridi and Lampard scored with trademark composure from the spot.
England then suffered the blow of seeing captain Steven Gerrard sent off for a second yellow card, ensuring he will miss the qualifier against San Marino at Wembley in October.
The relief in the reaction of England manager Roy Hodgson was obvious as he accepted a point was the best his injury-and-illness hit team were going to get from a tough night's work that was a far cry from the ease of the 5-0 win against Moldova in Chisinau on Friday.
Ukraine dominated possession for long spells in the first half, although Manchester United's Tom Cleverley wasted two clear chances to score and challenge the supremacy of Oleg Blokhin's side.
On this evidence Ukraine, beaten narrowly by England in Donetsk in Euro 2012, will be formidable opponents in this group but Hodgson and his players will ultimately be grateful to claim a draw from a game that looked to be slipping away from them until the closing stages.
Ukraine's robust approach was emphasised in the opening moments when a thunderous collision between Gerrard and Roman Zozulya left England's captain limping heavily.
The visitors were in no mood to take a backward step and they almost went ahead when Oleg Gusev's deflected cross looped beyond the reach of England keeper Joe Hart but glanced to safety off an upright.
England were struggling to exert any sort of influence in midfield but they thought they had made a breakthrough after 11 minutes when Defoe turned on the edge of the area and sent a crisp 20-yard strike past keeper Andrii Pyatov. There was only frustration to follow for the Tottenham striker, however, when Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir ruled he had delivered an illegal hand-off to Andriy Yarmolenko before letting fly.
As Ukraine continued to threaten, it required a goal-line clearance from the well-positioned Gerrard, covering for Hart, to block Ruslan Rotan's shot.
Despite struggling to cope with the superior technique of Ukraine, England had openings as the half progressed - the best of which fell to Cleverley.
He was guilty of wasting a perfect opportunity after Defoe knocked Gerrard's cross into his path, shooting straight at Pyatov from point-blank range.
It was to prove an expensive miss as Ukraine took the lead six minutes before the interval. Joleon Lescott conceded possession cheaply but there was no arguing with a magnificent finish from Konoplianka, bending a superb effort high past Hart from 25 yards despite Gerrard's challenge.
England needed a swift reply and once more the opportunities fell to Manchester United's Cleverley. He was unable to take them, first miscuing a shot badly wide from a good position inside the box, before then striking the outside of the post from an angle.
It was to be his last significant contribution as he was replaced by Old Trafford team-mate Welbeck just after the hour. Daniel Sturridge was then introduced for the subdued Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain seconds after Glen Johnson was just off target.
Welbeck came closest to giving England a route back into the game when he controlled the ball eight yards out but could only strike the woodwork, leaving Hodgson holding his head in sheer frustration on the touchline.
The Manchester United striker had lifted England's performance and he was the central figure again as their pressure finally bore fruit with that late equaliser. Yevgen Khacherdi handled as Welbeck once again threatened, leaving Lampard to score his 26th international goal - which equals Bryan Robson's tally - with his usual expertise.
There was still time for a setback for England as captain Gerrard, who had been shown a yellow card earlier for catching Rotan with an elbow, was sent off after a clumsy challenge on Denys Garmash.
- 01 Hart
- 02 Johnson Booked
- 03 Baines (Bertrand - 73' )
- 05 Lescott Booked
- 06 Jagielka
- 04 Gerrard Dismissed after an earlier booking
- 07 Milner Booked
- 08 Lampard
- 10 Cleverley (Welbeck - 62' )
- 11 Oxlade-Chamberlain (Sturridge - 69' )
- 09 Defoe Booked
- 13 Ruddy
- 22 Butland
- 12 Walker
- 14 Bertrand
- 15 Cahill
- 16 Carrick
- 17 Livermore
- 18 Lallana
- 21 Sterling
- 19 Sturridge
- 20 Welbeck
- 12 Pyatov
- 02 Selin Booked (Shevchuk - 75' )
- 03 Khacheridi Booked
- 20 Rakitskiy
- 04 Tymoschuk
- 06 Garmash Booked
- 08 Zozulya (Devic - 89' )
- 09 Gusev
- 10 Konoplienka
- 11 Yarmolenko
- 14 Rotan (Nazarenko - 90' )
- 01 Koval
- 23 Andrei Dikan
- 13 Shevchuk
- 16 Mandziuk
- 21 Butko
- 15 Bezus
- 18 Nazarenko
- 19 Stepanenko
- 22 Devic
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.90:00 +2:51
Yevgen Konoplianka crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Joe Hart makes a save.90:00 +2:51 Booking
Booking The referee cautions Glen Johnson for unsporting behaviour.90:00 +2:43
Glen Johnson concedes a free kick for a foul on Vyacheslav Shevchuk.90:00 +1:04 Substitution
Substitution Serhiy Nazarenko joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ruslan Rotan.89:55
Shot from outside the box by Glen Johnson misses to the left of the goal.89:27
Phil Jagielka fouled by Marko Devic, the ref awards a free kick. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.87:55
Free kick taken by Anatoliy Tymoschuk.87:55 Substitution
Substitution Marko Devic is brought on as a substitute for Roman Zozulya.87:55 Dismissal
Dismissal The referee shows Steven Gerrard a red card.87:46
Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Gerrard on Denys Garmash.86:41
Assist on the goal came from Danny Welbeck.86:41 Goal scored
Goal! - Frank Lampard - England 1 - 1 Ukraine Frank Lampard scores a power penalty. England 1-1 Ukraine.85:43 Booking
Booking Yevhen Khacheridi goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.85:23
Yevhen Khacheridi is adjudged to have handled the ball.84:09
Shot from inside the six-yard box by Roman Zozulya goes wide right of the target.82:35
Danny Welbeck takes a shot. Andrei Pyatov makes a comfortable save.81:47
Danny Welbeck has an effort at goal from inside the six-yard box that hits the post.80:58
Free kick awarded for a foul by Andriy Yarmolenko on Ryan Bertrand. Direct free kick taken by Joe Hart.79:53
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard, clearance by Andriy Yarmolenko.
The free kick is swung in right-footed by Steven Gerrard, save made by Andrei Pyatov.78:58 Booking
Booking Denys Garmash is shown a yellow card.78:49
Unfair challenge on Danny Welbeck by Denys Garmash results in a free kick.77:20
Foul by Jermain Defoe on Yevhen Khacheridi, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Andrei Pyatov.75:41
Effort from outside the penalty box by Jermain Defoe goes wide right of the goal.74:38
The offside flag is raised against Andriy Yarmolenko. Joe Hart takes the free kick.74:10 Substitution
Substitution Yevgen Selin leaves the field to be replaced by Vyacheslav Shevchuk.73:12
Yaroslav Rakitskiy takes the free kick.73:12 Booking
Booking Booking for James Milner for unsporting behaviour.73:08
James Milner concedes a free kick for a foul on Yaroslav Rakitskiy.72:32 Substitution
Substitution Ryan Bertrand comes on in place of Leighton Baines.72:08
James Milner sends in a cross.69:37
Yaroslav Rakitskiy produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.69:37 Booking
Booking Joleon Lescott goes into the book.69:31
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Roman Zozulya by Joleon Lescott.68:47 Substitution
Substitution Daniel Sturridge on for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.68:21
Glen Johnson produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.67:49
The official flags Roman Zozulya offside. Joleon Lescott takes the free kick.66:29
Outswinging corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the right by-line, clearance made by Yaroslav Rakitskiy.63:12
Yevgen Konoplianka fouled by Glen Johnson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Andrei Pyatov.61:43 Substitution
Substitution Danny Welbeck on for Tom Cleverley.61:12
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain takes a shot. Yevhen Khacheridi gets a block in.58:04
Corner taken right-footed by Oleg Gusev from the right by-line, Denys Garmash takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.57:47
Yevgen Konoplianka sends in a cross, clearance made by Leighton Baines.55:19
Free kick crossed by Steven Gerrard, clearance made by Roman Zozulya.55:19 Booking
Booking Yevgen Selin goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.55:16
Unfair challenge on James Milner by Yevgen Selin results in a free kick.53:32
Yaroslav Rakitskiy takes the free kick.53:32 Booking
Booking The referee books Steven Gerrard for unsporting behaviour.53:22
Foul by Steven Gerrard on Ruslan Rotan, free kick awarded.52:41
Denys Garmash challenges Steven Gerrard unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Joleon Lescott.52:01
Roman Zozulya fouled by Joleon Lescott, the ref awards a free kick. Anatoliy Tymoschuk takes the free kick.51:38
Effort from the edge of the area by Frank Lampard goes wide of the right-hand post.50:08
Corner taken by Yevgen Konoplianka played to the near post, clearance by Frank Lampard. Ruslan Rotan has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.48:36
Corner taken by Frank Lampard, clearance made by Yevhen Khacheridi.46:49
Anatoliy Tymoschuk takes the free kick.46:49 Booking
Booking Jermain Defoe goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.46:41
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jermain Defoe on Anatoliy Tymoschuk.45:01
The game restarts for the second half.45:00 +2:09 Half time
Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.45:00 +1:16
Yevhen Khacheridi fouled by Tom Cleverley, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Andrei Pyatov.45:00 +0:18
Shot from close in by Tom Cleverley strikes the post.44:11
A cross is delivered by Frank Lampard, Shot by Tom Cleverley from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.42:33
Unfair challenge on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain by Ruslan Rotan results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Leighton Baines.41:20
Corner taken short by Steven Gerrard. James Milner takes a shot. Yevgen Selin gets a block in.39:39
Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Cleverley on Denys Garmash. Yaroslav Rakitskiy takes the free kick.38:02
The assist for the goal came from Ruslan Rotan.38:02 Goal scored
Goal! - Yevgen Konoplianka - England 0 - 1 Ukraine Yevgen Konoplianka grabs a brilliant goal from outside the box to the top right corner of the goal. England 0-1 Ukraine.35:21
Shot from deep inside the area by Roman Zozulya goes over the bar.34:16
Yevgen Konoplianka takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Frank Lampard makes a clearance.33:37
Shot by Tom Cleverley. Andrei Pyatov makes a save.33:07
Yevhen Khacheridi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jermain Defoe. Frank Lampard takes the direct free kick.30:03
Yevgen Selin crosses the ball, Close range effort by Denys Garmash goes over the bar.27:45
James Milner concedes a free kick for a foul on Ruslan Rotan. Yevhen Khacheridi takes the free kick.26:30
Corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard, Phil Jagielka takes a shot. Anatoliy Tymoschuk gets a block in.26:12
James Milner takes a shot. Blocked by Yevgen Selin.23:49
Tom Cleverley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Oleg Gusev. Direct free kick taken by Oleg Gusev.17:36
Free kick awarded for a foul by Roman Zozulya on Phil Jagielka. Phil Jagielka restarts play with the free kick.17:02
Foul by Phil Jagielka on Roman Zozulya, free kick awarded. Ruslan Rotan takes the direct free kick.14:01
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Yevgen Konoplianka from the left by-line, Yaroslav Rakitskiy sends in a cross, blocked by Phil Jagielka.13:32
Ruslan Rotan takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Gerrard.10:08
Jermain Defoe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andriy Yarmolenko. Yevhen Khacheridi takes the free kick.6:26
Effort from 12 yards by Glen Johnson. Ruslan Rotan gets a block in.5:50
Andriy Yarmolenko concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Gerrard. Steven Gerrard takes the free kick.5:07
Oleg Gusev produces a cross, Glen Johnson manages to make a clearance.4:28
Yevgen Konoplianka fouled by James Milner, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Yevgen Selin.3:37
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Yevgen Konoplianka, clearance made by Joleon Lescott.3:22
A cross is delivered by Oleg Gusev, blocked by Leighton Baines.0:00
The game kicks-off.
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