• Date: Wed 15 October 2008
  • Venue: Dinamo Stadium
  • Ref: Hauge, T
  • Attendance: 32,000
Belarus

Belarus

Sitko (28)

1 - 3
England

England

Gerrard (11)

Rooney (50)

Rooney (74)

Belarus vs England

Team Lineups

Belarus

Yuri Zhevnov
Aleksandr Kulchi
Anton Putsilo (Vitali Rodionov, 67)
Dmitri Molosh
Dmitriy Verkhovtsov
Egor Filipenko
Igor Stasevich (Vyacheslav Hleb, V, 90)
Pavel Sitko
Sergey Omelyanchuk
Vitali Bulyga
Vitaly Kutuzov (Oleg Strakhanovich, 77)

England

David James
Wes Brown
Wayne Bridge
Steven Gerrard
Rio Ferdinand
Matthew Upson
Theo Walcott (Shaun Wright-Phillips, 68)
Frank Lampard
Emile Heskey (Peter Crouch, 70)
Wayne Rooney (David Beckham, 88)
Gareth Barry

Match Report

Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

Full-Time: BELARUS 1-3 ENGLAND.

90

Belarus have looked lively in patches but England stepped up their game after the interval to clinch a fourth successive victory.

90

Zhevnov gathers Beckham's cross at the second attempt as the match nears its end.

90

Beckham wins a late corner as England look for a fourth goal.

90
Substitution
 

Belarus make an even later change with Alex's brother Vyacheslav Hleb coming on for Igor Stasevich.

88
Substitution
 

It's Rooney who makes way for the LA Galaxy star.

87

It looks like David Beckham is going to make another very late appearance.

85

Gerrard skips past Zhevnov but manages to hit the post with the goal gaping. It should be 4-1.

83

England now have control of the ball and are keeping it well against a deflated Belarus side.

81

The match is petering out although Capello still looks irate on the sidelines.

79

Barring a late disaster England will have 12 points from four matches and are on course to reach the World Cup Finals in South Africa in 20 months' time.

77
Substitution
 

Another change by Belarus as Vitaly Kutuzov comes off and Oleg Strakhanovich replaces him.

76

That should be game over although yet again England look set to win a game without playing particularly well.

74
Goal
 

BELARUS 1-3 ENGLAND. It's ROONEY again who is picked out by Gerrard before beating his marker and lifting the ball over Zhevnov.

72

Heskey appears to have picked up a hamstring problem which would explain his withdrawal.

70
Substitution
 

The outstanding Heskey surprisingly makes way for Peter Crouch.

69

Back come Belarus again. You can see them sneaking a second equaliser.

68
Substitution
 

England also make a change with Walcott making way for Shaun Wright-Phillips.

67
Substitution
 

Belarus make their first change with Vitali Rodionov replacing Putsilo.

66

Belarus' passing is improving again. They look a very tidy team.

65

Gerrard's attempted throughball to Heskey is too strong and a chance for a swift counter-attack is lost.

63

England are sitting back and letting Belarus have the ball. So far so good, but it's a dangerous ploy as Belarus are starting to grow in confidence again.

61

The match has lacked some of its first-half sharpness since the break, although it could just be that England have tightened up after a half-time tongue-lashing by Capello.

59

England look solid at the back while Belarus appear to have run out of ideas.

57

Belarus appear to have had their purple patch in this match. More and more of their passes are now going astray.

55

The ball is kicked out of play to allow Sitko to receive treatment.

54

It had been a bright start to the second period by England and it was another very well-worked goal.

52

It's yet another assist for Heskey. He may not have been a prolific goalscorer at international level in his 50 England games, but he has been a great creator of goals.

50
Goal
 

BELARUS 1-2 ENGLAND. Bridge frees Heskey down the left and the Wigan man surges forward before crossing for ROONEY to side-foot the ball home.

48

Heskey does well to win the ball back and frees Rooney. The former Everton man beats two defenders before his mis-hit shot is easily gathered by Zhevnov.

47

Walcott bursts towards the byline but stumbles and knocks the ball out of play. It sums up the Arsenal youngster's evening so far.

Second half
 

England get the second half underway. No changes by either side at half-time.

Half time
 

Half-Time: BELARUS 1-1 ENGLAND

45

England have dominated the match since Belarus' goal but were woeful in the middle section of the half.

43

It hasn't been a great half for Walcott who has struggled to do anything of note going forward and was at fault for Belarus' goal.

41

Walcott beats Egor Filipenko but his tame shot is easily gathered by Zhevnov when a cross to Rooney seemed the better option.

39

Heskey flicks the ball on to the chasing Walcott who is just beaten to it by the advancing Zhevnov.

37

Yuri Zhevnov gets down well to keep Lampard's 35-yard free-kick out but at least England have improved in the last five minutes.

36

Heskey is caught offside again but he's been one of England's best players in the first period.

34

England should be ahead as Heskey rises well at the near post to meet Lampard's corner. However, the Wigan man's header drifts wide of the post.

33

England try to regain their composure, but they haven't played well in the opening third of the match.

31

England are hanging on now as Wes Brown is forced to come across to the right to halt another attack with a crunching tackle.

29

Belarus deserve to be level. They've played some lovely football so far.

28
Goal
 

BELARUS 1-1 ENGLAND. Belarus do have the killer touch as a superb move ends with the unmarked SITKO heading past a stranded James.

27

Great play by Heskey who beats the offside trap and eventually clips in a deep cross that finds Rooney. However, the Manchester United man's header fails to hit the target.

25

Belarus are playing like Alex Hleb. There's lots of nice approach work but you wonder whether they have the cutting edge to actually beat James.

23

England have hardly had the ball since they scored. James is forced to race off his line to stop yet another Belarus attack.

21
Yellow Card
 

Putsilo is lucky to only receive a yellow card for a nasty challenge on Lampard.

20

Another smart save by James. This time he holds on to Anton Putsilo's effort, but Belarus are getting closer.

19

Belarus have responded to going a goal behind very well.

17

Belarus come again and James is forced to parry Pavel Sitko's first-time effort.

15

Gerrard tries his luck from distance again, but this time his shot flies just the wrong side of the post.

14

When Belarus respond, James allows Molosh's long-range effort to slip from his grasp but recovers to gather the ball at the second attempt.

13

It was a great strike by the Liverpool man, but you have to hand out the plaudits to Rooney as well. His skill on the ball was a joy to watch.

11
Goal
 

BELARUS 0-1 ENGLAND. Superb control by Rooney who lifts the ball over a defender before setting up GERRARD to rifle a low 30-yard effort into the corner of the net.

10

Heskey heads Frank Lampard's free-kick wide as England enjoy their best spell of the opening minutes.

9

A first flash of inspiration by Theo Walcott who beats his man and whips in a cross that only just evades Wayne Rooney, who believes he was held back. He wasn't.

7

Belarus don't look a bad side at all, passing the ball confidently and intelligently.

5

Matthew Upson concedes a soft free-kick but James saves Dmitri Molosh's long-range effort with ease.

4

David James' long kick is headed on by Emile Heskey but no England player can latch on to the flick.

2

Belarus dominate possession in the opening stages until Bridge does well to snuff out the first attack.

1
Kickoff
 

It's Belarus, in red shirts and green shorts, that get the game underway.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Capello has decided to make just one change from Saturday's 5-1 win - Wayne Bridge comes in for the injured Ashley Cole - so Steven Gerrard starts despite all the speculation suggesting he may be dropped.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Belarus, who will be without the injured Alex Hleb tonight, have beaten Andorra 3-1 and lost 1-0 in Ukraine in their Euro 2008 qualifiers so far.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

However, Belarus are no mugs, beating Holland and drawing with Turkey, Germany and Argentina in the last 12 months.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

After beating Andorra, Croatia and Kazakhstan, Fabio Capello's side should make it four wins in a row before a six-month break from qualifying action.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

England face a tricky clash against Belarus in their latest World Cup qualifier in Minsk.