Lampard rescues a point for lacklustre England
Published on Sep 12, 2012 6:15 AM
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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