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  • Date: Wed 14 October 2009
  • Venue: Wembley
  • Ref: Batista, L C C
  • Attendance: 76,897
England

England

Crouch (4)

Wright-Phillips (60)

Crouch (75)

3 - 0

England vs Belarus

Team Lineups

England

Ben Foster
Glen Johnson, G
Rio Ferdinand
John Terry
Wayne Bridge (James Milner, 78)
Aaron Lennon (David Beckham, 59)
Frank Lampard
Gareth Barry
Shaun Wright-Phillips
Peter Crouch
Gabriel Agbonlahor (Carlton Cole, C, 66)

Belarus

Yuri Zhevnov
Aleksandr Kulchi
Aleksandr Yurevich
Sergey Sosnovski
Maksim Bordachyov (Nikolai Kashevski, 84)
Dmitriy Verkhovtsov
Sergey Omelyanchuk
Igor Shitov
Timofey Kalachev
Sergey Kornilenko (Leonid Kovel, 76)
Vitaly Kutuzov (Vitali Rodionov, 46)

Match Report

Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

Full-time: ENGLAND 3 - 0 BELARUS: Job done for England, who were comfortable in this game throughout.

90

Kashevski is released into space but is caught in two minds and hits the ball to nobody

90

We're into stoppage time

87

Beckham is on the edge of the box this time and he goes at the near-post. His effort deflects off the woodwork too

87

The ensuing possession sees Milner in the box and he dummies his way to a one-on-one. He shoots and the ball crashes against the inside of the post

87

Wright-Phillips, who has improved in the second period, runs at the defence and winsafree-kick midway through the Belarus half

84
Substitution
 

Nikolai Kashevski replaces Maksim Bordachyov

83

Johnson typically finds himself high up the pitch and does well to deliver a cross for Crouch, again, the keeper gets there first

81

Milner crosses for Crouch, but Zhevnov plucks it off his head before gathering

80

Barry finds Beckham with a delicious cross-field pass. The LA Galaxy man in turn provides a good cross, but England's big strikers cannot get on the end of it

80

Milner has time to cross but his delivery is poor and cleared

79

Bridge heads down the tunnel to receive treatment on a leg injury

78
Substitution
 

England bring on James Milner for Bridge

76

Leonid Kovel replaces Kornilenko

75
Goal
 

ENGLAND 3 - 0 BELARUS: CROUCH nets his second with a smart rebound after Carlton Cole's shot from the edge of the area was parried, Barry played a part once again with a long ball to the West Ham striker

75

Wright-Phillips cuts inside from the edge of the box, looking to repeat his goal action from earlier. But Lampard takes over, and crosses into the hands of Zhevnov

74

Shitov loops in a high cross which has Foster chasing. He is forced to retreat as it falls to a red shirt

73

Cole controls the ball and makes his way into the box. His cross for Crouch hasn't enough on it

71

Omelyanchuk finds Kalachev on the right and he fires a decent low cross into the six-yard area. Terry clears well ahead of Kornilenko

70

The set piece ends with a whistle due to the attention on Foster after the second ball

69

Bridge commits adjacent to the 18-yard area on the right wing

68

The players get a breather due to a break in play for a head injury to Sosnovski

66
Substitution
 

Agbonlahor is replaced by Carlton Cole

64

The ensuing corner is cleared

64

Some Belarus possession ends in a brilliant move which Omelyanchuk tries to finish. A bouncing ball is hit with venom from 12 yards and Foster saves really well to keep his sheet clean

62

Beckham wins the ball in midfield and tries to chip the ball over the top for Lampard, but the Chelsea man cannot get on the end of it

60
Goal
 

ENGLAND 2 - 0 BELARUS: Beckham takes the corner short to WRIGHT-PHILLIPS who skips inwards and fires a low shot from 18 yards which beats Zhevnov

59

Agbonlahor wins a corner with his unsettling play

59
Substitution
 

David Beckham earns his 115th cap by coming on for Lennon

57

Omelyanchuk hits it from distance and the ball does swing, but it is a comfortable save for Foster

56

The corner is cleared

56

Lennon beats two before going down in the box, a corner is given

55

Johnson crosses for Crouch but the Tottenham is flagged offside

54

Kornilenko and Omelyanchuk combine and try to release Kutozov, but Ferdinand is alert to intercept

54
Yellow Card
 

Kornilenko is booked for a reckless lunge at Wright-Phillips

53

Wright-Phillips, who is back running around, has the chance to attack the full-back but carelessly loses the ball

51

Wright-Phillips is receiving treatment after clutching at his back in pain

50

The delivery is cleared and Lennon's shot is blocked

49

Lampard curls it over the wall but it is a comfortable save, England corner

48

England free-kick after Agbonlahor is fouled. Lampard is not allowed the advantage and will have to make do with a shot from a dead ball

48

Belarus are continuing to grow into this game but are struggling to make any impact going forward

46
Substitution
 

Vitali Rodionov replaces Kutuzov

46

Kalachev's shot from distance is blocked

46

An early chance to attack for England is wasted and Belarus break

Second half
 

Belarus get the game restarted

45
Kickoff
 

Half-time. ENGLAND 1 - 0 BELARUS: The opening 20 minutes from England in this game were terrific, but the game has fizzled out slightly

45

Lennon, back on the right, combines with Johnson and he fizzes in a cross for Crouch at the near-post. His header flies wide

45

A minute is added on. It's all gone flat for England and the interval has come at just the right time for Capello

45

Lennon switches to the left and cuts inside. His attempt at a through-ball is easily cut out, however

43

Wright-Phillips has the chance to stretch his legs but has little support. He keeps possession, but it is soon lost and Barry fouls

41

Crouch heads the ball up to Terry who tries a scissor-volley on the spin. It would have been difficult to score for even the best of attackers, so it comes as no surprise that the centre-half mis-hits it.

40

Lennon is fouled and Lampard will curl in a free-kick

39

It's been a good period for Belarus as England have lost their way a little

37

Sergey Omelyanchuk is teed up and he hits it with plenty of power. But the low shot is straight at Foster

36

John Terry concedes a free-kick and it may present an opportunity for a long distance strike

34

Aleksandr Yurevich's low cross is dummied by Kutuzov who sprints forward to take another pass. It's lovely interplay by Belarus, but they cannot get a shot away

34

Johnson carelessly gives the ball away to Kalachev who sprints forward. He squares to Kornilenko, but the pass just beats him and gives England a let off

33

Wright-Phillips comes inside this time in a bid to make an impact. He looks to play Lennon in on the right, but his pass it just too heavily-weighted

31

Wright-Phillips looks to latch on to a cross-field ball but fails. The Manchester City winger has been quiet on the left

29

The Belarus goalkeeper gives away a needless throw-in which Lennon throws into the area for Johnson to latch on to. The Liverpool full-back cuts inside with precision and looks likely to score before slicing a left shot extremely wide

29

Lampard's delivery is cleared, before John Terry is flagged offside on the second ball in

29

A long ball to Lennon wins a corner

28

Bridge attacks the left flank before the ball is knocked away to give the men in white more possession

27

Some Belarus possession comes to an abrupt end when the ball goes out of play with little reason for it to do so

25

England are in a comfort zone already it seems, winning the ball with ease

23

Vitaly Kutuzov, on the back of some good interplay, tries to play his strike partner in behind the England backline but it is just cut out. It's the first real bit of enterprise from the visitors

21

Agbonlahor is released on the break and he attacks the Belarus defence. His right-foot shot is saved well at the feet of the keeper. A corner follows and it is cleared

19

Route one pays off as Foster's clearance gies England possession. Eventually, Glen Johnson's cross is contested by keeper and Crouch, but the ball is punched away

16

England are content with possession at the back at present

15

Lampard takes a corner and it finds the head of Crouch, who doesn't need to jump, but his effort goes wide of Zhevnov's left post

11

Goal-shy Lampard tries to power it in but the ball hits the wall

10

Barry dribbles forward and pushes a pass to Crouch, who tries to release Agbonlahor in-behind at the first attempt. The ball is cut out, but England win a free-kick on the edge of the area

9

Lampard takes it and the ball is cleared at the second attempt. Timofey Kalachev has a chance to break, but he the danger is comfortably shepherded away

9

Barry picks up a loose ball and plays it right to Lennon. The winger's cross is cleared for a corner

7

Agbonlahor is looking bright but he fails to win the ball as he tussles with defenders on the byline

6

The ball is low and Barry misses his clearance, allowing Igor Shitov to lash a shot, which goes comfortably wide

6

Belarus have a corner cleared, though a rebound shot wins them another

5

It's a dream start for England and for Crouch, who has netted in each of his last six England starts now

4
Goal
 

ENGLAND 1 - 0 BELARUS: Gareth Barry's ball though the channel finds Agbonlahor, who in turn pokes it into the six-yard area for CROUCH who bundles it in

2

Frank Lampard's delivery is poor and cleared, but a 25-yard rebound from Wright-Phillips goes within a whisker of going in, as Belarusian keeper Yuri Zhevnov gets worried at the low drive

1

Agbonlahor wins a free kick on the left touchline

1
Kickoff
 

England's last competitive 90 minutes before the Finals is underway

At the back, Wayne Bridge comes in for Ashley Cole, who is on the bench

Steven Gerrard is the other major absentee for the home side. Belarus are without talisman Alexander Hleb

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Ben Foster starts in goal in the absence of the injured David James and suspended Rob Green, while Shaun Wright-Phillips and Aaron Lennon both start on the flanks

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Wayne Rooney is injured while Emile Heskey does not make the squad, allowing an experimental strike partnership Peter Crouch and Gabriel Agbonlahor the chance to impress

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Fabio Capello rings the changes as England approach their final World Cup qualifier with their tickets to South Africa already booked