• FIFA World Cup Qualifying
  • Date: Wed 10 October 2012
  • Kick-off: 00:00
  • Venue: Wembley Stadium

England vs San Marino


Form Guide - FIFA World Cup Qualifying

England

W D W D D D

San Marino

L D


Live Text Commentary
92:00
 

Carroll plucks it out the air on the first-time volley and does well to hit the target without ever really threatening.

91:00
 

Cahill takes a big old swing on the volley from 30 yards. High and really not very good at all. So bad it brings laughs from the England bench.

88:00
 

Welbeck inside the area into a dangerous position and he lays off Cleverley, who smashes the ball against a blue shirt.

88:00
 

Corner ball for England, Walker the man to win it.

82:00
 

Bacciocchi on for Vitaioli

81:00
 

Decent effort from Shelvey as he demonstrates twinkle-toes to open up space for a left-foot shot. Low but not troubling the keeper.

81:00
 

And in the other game in this group, Moldova have sensationally held Ukraine to a 0-0 draw. Superb result for the Moldovans, and England of course.

80:00
 

Just to put this result in perspective, Germany are currently beating Ireland 6-1. In Ireland.

79:00
 

Shelva on for Rinaldi

76:00
 

I read that last post back and it sounded a bit patronising. But I genuinely meant it sincerely.

75:00
 

International debut for the young student. I have a feeling he will remember this one for a long time.

75:00
 

Buscarini on for Coppini

75:00
 

Gasperoni flicks it clear.

74:00
 

Shelvey strike deflected. I make this a 15th corner for England.

73:00
 

I fear the dream of San Marino victory may be over.

72:00
 

Carroll on for Rooney

70:00
 

We had two goals in three minutes in the first half, the fingers are tightly crossed.

68:00
 

Still England probe around the edge of the area but the frustration continues.

67:00
 

Stats: An England player has scored four goals in each of the last two games against San Marino with David Platt and Ian Wright the men to claim them.

66:00
 

Shelvey on for Carrick

65:00
 

A shot, though. A San Marino shot as I live and breathe.

65:00
 

Danilo Rinaldi goes into the book.

64:00
 

Jonjo Shelvey set for his England debut by the looks of it.

63:00
 

Lovely curling free-kick from Baines, but narrowly too high,

61:00
 

Free-kick for England on the right, about 25 yards out. Wonder if Carroll will be coming on soon to shake things up a bit.

60:00
 

Cahill penalised for a shove from the umpteenth corner of the game. Come on San Marino!

57:00
 

Baines with a searching cross, but Lennon tried some sort of bizarre shoulder/chest control rather than trying to head it goalwards.

56:00
 

Oxlade-Chamberlain again thwarted by Simoncini.

54:00
 

Carrick fires a fizzed pass into Rooney, who tries in vain to play a cute pass through to Welbeck.

53:00
 

Rooney floate a delicate ball into Cahill, who fluffs his lines as he attempts to steer a volley home.

52:00
 

Great interchanges, best piece of football from England so far, results in a Carrick shot that, somewhat unsurprisingly, goes out for a corner.

52:00
 

Marauding run from the Ox but it ends in dispossession not delight.

49:00
 

Stats: Roy Hodgson has not lost any of his nine previous matches as England boss.

48:00
 

England again getting in and around the penalty area but the decisive pass is regularly lacking.

47:00
 

News coming through that Walcott has been taken to hospital with a chest injury.

45:00
 

Right, brace yourselves. Here we go again.

45:00
 

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44:00
 

Rooney opens up space on the edge of the area but curls a shot wide.

42:00
 

Stats: England have only lost twice in their last 36 home World Cup qualifiers, winning 26 and drawing eight.

41:00
 

Rooney tries to bend one in but Simoncini does well to palm it out. Really smart save.

38:00
 

Superb turn by Oxlade-Chamberlain to escape down the left but the move breaks down.

35:00
 

Simoncini was booked for bringing down Welbeck for the penalty.

34:00
 

Rooney to step up. Here comes the captain...

34:00
 

Welbeck fouled, penalty England.

33:00
 

Welbeck hits the post with the rebound, looked certain to score.

33:00
 

Carrick smashes the crossbar with an effort from 20-yards, would have been a great goal.

32:00
 

Wide! Inches to the left of the post.

32:00
 

Baines wins a corner. A convincing punch clear by Simoncini.

31:00
 

San Marino have only got to half-time in an away match without conceding three times EVER. They last achieved that feat seven years ago. Food for thought.

30:00
 

Oxlade-Chamberlain tries his luck from distance again. High over the bar.

29:00
 

A little too intricate on the edge of the area as shots from Cahill and Carrick come in in quick succession.

28:00
 

Guess what England have got...yup, another corner.

27:00
 

Very, very flat atmosphere. And not surprising. Resolute defending from San Marino though, belying their ranking of 207.

27:00
 

Nearly a howler from Simoncini as a long ball over the top looked like bouncing over his head for a second.

24:00
 

Oxlade-Chamberlain fizzes one goalwards and Simoncini - determined to hang on to this clean sheet, does enough to push it away.

24:00
 

England trying to be patient but the occasion demands a goal really.

23:00
 

ANOTHER corner for England. Walker tried his luck from about 30 yards. Very optimistic.

21:00
 

Lennon probes on the edge of the box, the ball comes to Rooney and his curling shot is defletced for a corner.

20:00
 

San Marino again foraging in the England hald after winnning a free-kick but dealt with easily by the Three Lions.

16:00
 

Another touch for Hart and another sarcastic bout of clapping.

15:00
 

Stats: A goal for Rooney would put him on 30 England strikes, level with Nat Lofthouse, Alan Shearer and Tom Finney on the all-time scorers list.

14:00
 

First touch of the game for Joe Hart - sarcastic applause goes up for the England No. 1.

13:00
 

Pretty hushed at Wembley, 90,000 unimpressed supporters so far.

12:00
 

Gasperoni looked to have a chance to break away - pretty much the first time San Marino have stepped inside the England half. But a heavy touch let him down.

12:00
 

Baines with the inswinger, but Vitaioli and Rooney told to calm their exchanges first.

11:00
 

Lennon with an immediate impact getting to the byline but Fabio Vitaioli does well to get down and block the attempted cross. England corner.

9:00
 

Lennon the man to come on for a disappointed Walcott.

8:00
 

Walcott going to be replaced. My guess is concussion.

5:00
 

Stats: San Marino last tasted victory in an international match on April 27, 2004 when they beat Liechtenstein 1-0 in a friendly.

3:00
 

Simoncini has conceded 114 goals in his 28 internationals for San Marino.

3:00
 

Corner for England, to be take by Carrick.

1:00
 

England through the first eight seconds and no goal. That is an improvement on the last meeting in 1993 already.