LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 11: Steven Gerrard (L) of England is tackled by Ruslan Rotan of Ukraine during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Group H qualifying match between England and Ukraine at Wembley Stadium on September 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

England Vs. Ukraine: Three Lions Miss Chances Galore In 1-1 Draw

England couldn't hit the broad side of a barn at Wembley on Tuesday, but they won a penalty late to grab a 1-1 draw.

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England Vs. Ukraine, 2014 World Cup Qualifying: Final Score 1-1 As Three Lions Disappoint

England don't like making things easy, do they? After giving Moldova an absolute thumping in the first match of their 2014 World Cup qualification run, the Three Lions put in a poor performance against Ukraine -- at Wembley Stadium , no less -- and were very nearly made to pay the price.

Yes, they were the better side, and spurned chance after chance to score. Yes, the match would have been very different had Jermain Defoe's early goal been allowed to stand rather than being called back for some imaginary foul, or if Tom Cleverley had put away one of his many chances, or if Evgeni Konoplienka hadn't capped his burst around Steven Gerrard in the 39th minute with a sublime finish that fizzed over the defence's collected heads and straight into Joe Hart's top corner.

But all of those things happened and England found themselves down 1-0 at halftime. Then at the hour mark. Then with fifteen minutes to go, then ten. This was a match that the hosts couldn't afford to lose. You can't drop points at home against even the stronger teams in your group and have much hope of qualifying. Fortunately for England, some good substitutions paid off.

Daniel Welbeck had already hit the post (from a cross played in by fellow substitute Daniel Sturridge) by the time he secured England's lifeline, earning a penalty when Yevgen Khacheridi's outstretched arm batted down the ball as the Manchester United strike controlled Ryan Bertrand's volleyed pass. It was up to Frank Lampard to tie the match, and the veteran midfielder slotted home with aplomb.

It was enough to rescue the point, but not England's dignity, the remaining shards of which were wiped off the pitch by Steven Gerrard's dismissal, with the skipper going through the back of Denys Garmash within seconds of Lampard's spot kick finding the back of the net. The Liverpool man, who was lucky to be on the pitch after elbowing Ruslan Rotan in the face in the 54th minute, trudged off in disgrace. The rest of the team followed him shortly thereafter.

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England Vs. Ukraine, 2014 World Cup Qualifiers: Lineups

It is 2012 and England are playing Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard in a double pivot in a competitive match. They're also playing Jermain Defoe as a lone striker. They're playing two central midfielders in advanced positions. Welcome to the stone ages, England fans! There is good news, however. Tom Cleverley playing is good, even if he should be a bit deeper on the pitch. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain getting games is good, too. Oh, and Ukraine aren't exactly fearsome away from home. Here are the lineups.

England Lineup (4-2-3-1): Hart; Cole, Lescott, Jagielka, Johnson; Lampard, Gerrard; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cleverley, Milner; Defoe

Ukraine Lineup (4-2-3-1): Pyatov; Gusev, Khacheridi, Rakitskiy, Selin; Garmash, Tymoschuk; Yarmolenko, Rotan, Konoplyanka; Zozulya

Kickoff is at 3 p.m. ET, 8 p.m. in the UK from Wembley Stadium. You can catch the game on ITV1 in the UK or on FOX Soccer Channel in the United States.

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