• Date: Wed 10 September 2008
  • Venue: Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb
  • Ref: Michel, L
  • Attendance: 35,000
Croatia

Croatia

Mandzukic (78)

1 - 4
England

England

Walcott (26)

Walcott (59)

Rooney (63)

Walcott (82)

Croatia vs England

Team Lineups

Croatia

Stipe Pletikosa
Josip Simunic
Robert Kovac, R
Vedran Corluka
Darijo Srna
Ivan Rakitic
Niko Kovac, N (Nikola Pokrivac, 62)
Luka Modric
Danijel Pranjic
Mladen Petric (Dario Knezevic, 56)
Ivica Olic (Mario Mandzukic, 73)

England

David James
Wes Brown
Ashley Cole, A
Gareth Barry
Rio Ferdinand
John Terry (Matthew Upson, 89)
Theo Walcott (David Beckham, 85)
Frank Lampard
Emile Heskey
Wayne Rooney
Joe Cole, J (Jermaine Jenas, 55)

Match Report

Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

Full-Time: CROATIA 1-4 ENGLAND.

90

Three minutes of added time to be played.

89
Substitution
 

Matthew Upson gets a run-out for Terry.

87

A matter of minutes to go and England are coasting home.

85
Substitution
 

Walcott leaves to cheers from the visiting fans and Beckham trots on to be a passenger for a few minutes.

83

What can you say about Walcott, Beckham and David Bentley can say goodbye to any thoughts of a starting spot for the foreseeable future.

82
Goal
 

CROATIA 1-4 ENGLAND, Rooney plays the ball through a static defence and WALCOTT glides through to finish left-footed and complete a stunning hat-trick.

82

Lampard tries a shot to the near post and Pletikosa gathers.

81

Jenas wins a free-kick on the England left for a foul by Corluka.

79

Terry is complaining that a free-kick should have been given for a high foot by Srna, but he is moaning in vain.

78
Goal
 

CROATIA 1-3 ENGLAND, the home side break away and Srna feeds MANDZUKIC, who slots a low shot under the body of the advancing James.

77

The home fans are streaming out of the ground now, they've seen enough.

76

Lampard has the ball in the net, but it won't count as Heskey is penalised for a foul during the build-up.

73
Substitution
 

Bilic takes off Olic and sends on Mario Mandzukic.

72

Ashley Cole runs onto a Barry pass down the left, but blasts his cross out for a throw-in.

72

England play keep-ball against the ten men of Croatia, to cheers from the visiting fans.

69

There were few signs of England being dominant before the break, but they have taken full advantage of Kovac's dismissal.

68

The game is over as a contest and Croatia are content to knock the ball around in midfield for a while.

66

It's all England now, Croatia look totally deflated and set to concede again.

64

Bilic looks forlorn on the sidelines, as England have wrapped the game up with two goals in four minutes.

63
Goal
 

CROATIA 0-3 ENGLAND, Jenas wins possession on the left and feeds ROONEY, who has the easy task of sidefooting home from 12 yards out.

62
Substitution
 

Niko Kovac is replaced by Nikola Pokrivac for Croatia.

62

Barry tries a half-volley from 30 yards, but it flies well wide of target.

61
Yellow Card
 

Heskey goes into the book for a challenge on Niko Kovac.

60

What a night for Walcott, he has scored his first two England goals and both have been excellent finishes.

59
Goal
 

CROATIA 0-2 ENGLAND, Rooney drifts in off the left flank, exchanges passes with Heskey and plays in WALCOTT, who slots in another excellent finish across the stranded Pletikosa.

57

England now have a man advantage as well as the lead, it's all going Capello's way.

56
Substitution
 

Croatia take off Petric and Dario Knezevic comes on in defence.

55
Substitution
 

Jenas is on and Cole leaves the pitch on the golf cart.

54

Jermaine Jenas is set to come on for the stricken Cole.

53
Red Card
 

Kovac has been sent off by referee Lubos Michel for the challenge, while Cole is still receiving treatment.

52

Joe Cole is down with a head injury after being hit from behind by Robert Kovac, there is blood pouring from the wound.

51

Croatia are looking decidedly worried and the home fans are as quiet as they have been all night.

50

Lampard's low free-kick is pushed away by Pletikosa and Robert Kovac hacks the ball clear.

50

Heskey feeds Rooney and he is bundled over by Simunic 30 yards from goal, but the Croat defender avoids a second yellow card.

48

Croatia have failed to come flying out of the traps after the interval and coach Slaven Bilic is pacing the technical area.

47
Yellow Card
 

Srna is booked for bringing down Ashley Cole.

46

Lampard plays a free-kick into the area, but Heskey is penalised for a foul at the far post.

46

England start the second period.

Half time
 

Half-Time: CROATIA 0-1 ENGLAND.

45

One minute of added time as Croatia win a free-kick 30 yards out, but Ivan Rakitic fires it high into the crowd.

44

Srna drives a cross high over the top of James' goal, as Croatia continue to struggle to find any rhythm.

43

Heskey goes down as if he's been shot after a tackle by Simunic.

42

The shot is blocked by the wall and England clear the danger.

41

Srna wins a free-kick 25 yards out as Rooney is penalised.

40

Walcott is carried off on the golf cart, but he's fit enough to rejoin the action.

39
Yellow Card
 

Walcott is left on the floor by a body-check and Josip Simunic rightly goes into the book.

38

Niko Kovac dribbles towards the England area, but gets nothing for a very poor dive.

37

Srna attacks down the England left, but Ashley Cole wins a free-kick and high marks from the judges for a theatrical fall.

35

England play the ball out from defence with some assurance, that hasn't happened for a while.

34

Gareth Barry is down in midfield after a late tackle, but he's back on his feet and seems to be okay.

33

The goal has changed the whole nature of the game, Croatia and their fans have been deflated and the stadium is quiet.

31

Walcott has already done enough tonight to suggest that David Beckham should be sent packing back to American parks football from now on.

30

Walcott has suddenly found top form and threatens again on the right as Croatia look a bit wobbly in defence.

29

James flaps at a high free-kick into the area and Mladen Petric's shot is blocked by Brown as England struggle to retain their lead.

28

Well that goal came out of nothing, but Walcott took it with some style.

27

Walcott threatens again and Pletikosa has to touch a shot away for a corner.

26
Goal
 

CROATIA 0-1 ENGLAND, it gets better for the visitors as a defensive mistake presents the ball to WALCOTT and he rifles a low right-footer beyond Pletikosa and just inside the far post.

26

It's been poor stuff so far, but from England's point of view a 0-0 scoreline is okay.

24

Heskey thought he should have been awarded a penalty, nothing was given.

23

Walcott plays a Rooney ball back across the area from the right, but Heskey is barged out of the picture and Pletikosa gathers.

21

Almost midway through the first half and England have offered little or nothing of any note, Croatia have been mildly better.

20

Srna wins another corner on the right, with Wayne Rooney doing the covering.

19

Terry guards his near post and turns Srna's cross away for a corner on the Croatia right.

18

Joe Cole catches Niko Kovac with a late challenge and Croatia are on the ball again.

17

Lampard loops a pass high over Walcott's head on the right touchline, what on earth was that supposed to be.

16

England clear the danger, but the warning signs are out now.

15

Corluka powers forward on the right and wins a corner after gliding past two woeful England challenges.

14

Ivica Olic gets away from Ashley Cole on the left, but his shot is blocked as he cuts inside.

13

Croatia have their first corner of the game and Vedran Corluka almost gets in at the far post after James fumbles the set-piece.

11

Brown covers well as Darijo Srna swings a long pass across to the Croatian left flank.

10

Heskey does well on the right flank and wins a throw-in, as England keep Croatia pegged back for a time.

9

Still no goalmouth action of any note, but England have at least avoided conceding an early goal.

7

Lampard feeds Theo Walcott, but he mis-hits his attempted pass to Heskey and Stipe Pletikosa dives on the loose ball.

5

England win the first corner of the game as Frank Lampard's free-kick is deflected behind.

4

Danijel Pranjic fires in the first shot on target, but it's straight at David James from 20 yards out.

4

Luka Modric makes a driving run from midfield and John Terry has to make a crucial interception.

3

Little action to report so far.

2

Ashley Cole loses the ball on the left and Croatia are quick to move forward.

1

The home fans are whistling already as England have the ball.

1
Kickoff
 

Croatia get the game underway.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Capello has Rio Ferdinand fit to start again, while Wes Brown is drafted in at right-back and Emile Heskey leads the attack.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Croatia opened their finals bid with a 3-0 comfortable home win over Kazakhstan.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Fabio Capello's side started their campaign with an unimpressive 2-0 win over Andorra and Joe Cole earns a starting spot after scoring both goals in that game.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

England take on Croatia in a potentially crucial World Cup qualifier in the Maksimir Stadium in Zagreb.