Tymoshchuk: Ukraine didn't deserve to lose to England

The captain was sad to see the co-hosts crash out of Euro 2012 after what he felt was an unjust loss, but believes it was a positive overall experience for his country
Anatoliy Tymoshchuk has voiced his disappointment with Ukraine's 1-0 Group D loss to England on Tuesday, and feels they deserved a better result against Roy Hodgson's side.

A single Wayne Rooney goal after the interval proved to be decisive as the co-hosts missed a number of good chances throughout the game.

The defeat ended Ukraine's participation at Euro 2012, but the Bayern Munich man believes his side fared well against the Three Lions.

"When you look back on the game, I don't think that we deserved to lose. We played a good, structured game. We had a lot of good chances to score," Tymoshchuk was quoted as saying on the Uefa website.

"Unfortunately, we conceded a goal and afterwards the game became much more difficult. However, after the goal we had two clear scoring chances. It is quite nice to think that we have played well, that we fought until the bitter end and that we wanted to win this match."

The experienced midfielder then stressed that featuring at Euro 2012 has benefited Ukrainian football, even if they were unable to progress from the group stages. 

"I believe that it has been very beneficial for us to participate in this tournament, and in our own country. We could have played better and progressed from the group stage – if we had won, we would have advanced from the group as winners, since the French lost [against Sweden].

"However, this is how football is, we earned three precious points, and with that we have to end our campaign at this Euros."