06/19/2012 07:02 pm ET

Wayne Rooney Goal: England Tops Ukraine, 1-0, To Advance At Euro 2012 (VIDEO)

He's back.

In his return from a two-match ban, England striker Wayne Rooney struck the decisive blow in a 1-0 win over Ukraine. The win sends England through to the Euro 2012 quarterfinals and certainly goes some of the (long, long) way toward justifying manager Roy Hodgson's comparison of the Manchester United striker to Pele

Just over three minutes into the second half, Rooney headed the ball into the back of the net after Ukrainian goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov failed to handle a cross from Steven Gerrard. A testament to his work rate rather than his skill, Rooney was in the right place at the right time as the ball bounced his way.


Not long after Rooney's goal, the Ukrainians seemed to find an equalizer when a shot by Marko Devic appeared to cross the goal line before John Terry slid in to clear it out of the net. However, the officiating crew didn't see it that way. The Ukrainians, seemingly with reason, felt hard done but Rooney thought the result was the correct one.

"I don't think the win was lucky. I think it was deserved," Rooney told the BBC after the game.