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Lampard rescues a point for lacklustre England

Published on Sep 12, 2012 6:15 AM
Frank Lampard (right) of England scores his goal from the penalty spot during the 2014 World Cup qualifying football match between England and Ukraine at Wembley Stadium in north London, England on Sept 11, 2012. The game finished 1-1. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Frank Lampard held his nerve to rescue lacklustre England as the Chelsea midfielder's late penalty salvaged a 1-1 draw against Ukraine in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier at Wembley.

Roy Hodgson's side looked set for a shock defeat after Ukraine midfielder Yevhen Konoplyanka produced a sublime strike to open the scoring in the first half.

But Lampard had netted twice in Friday's 5-0 win over Moldova and the 34-year-old was back on the scoresheet in the nick of time as he converted another spot-kick after Yevgen Khacheridi's 85th minute handball.

While Hodgson will have been relieved to see his side preserve their unbeaten start to the qualifying campaign, this was a worrying night for the England coach.

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