• FIFA World Cup Qualifying
  • Date: Fri 22 March 2013
  • Kick-off: 20:00
  • Venue:

San Marino vs England


Form Guide - FIFA World Cup Qualifying

San Marino

L D

England

W D W D D D


Live Text Commentary
88:00
 

San Marino draw a foul through Vitaioli

86:00
 

Some rather unfavourable chants towards the absent Rio Ferdinand from the England fans.

80:00
 

Oxlade-Chamberlain crosses but Simoncini does well to keep the ball tight to his chest.

80:00
 

Ukraine now 3-1 up in Poland.

78:00
 

Double figures realistically in sight for England - with 12 minutes left.

76:00
 

England still pushing forward at every opportunity, the new boys on will be determined to impress, but all -Parker, Osman and Sturridge - are major outsiders for a starting place against Montenegro.

71:00
 

Baines strikes one low and goalwards but the keeper collects.

66:00
 

Osman volleys it a little too high - nearly a repeat of that sliced shot he scored for Everton against Man City.

66:00
 

It nearly fell to Della Valle but the ball escaped through to Hart.

64:00
 

Marauding run from Lescott, plays it inside to Oxlade-Chamberlain - who hits it with the outside of his boot just over the bar.

60:00
 

Defoe tries his luck, the net shook but it was just the side netting.

59:00
 

Oxlade-Chamberlain crosses for Sturridge, but the Liverpool man has missed a sitter - heading it against the post.

57:00
 

Sir Alex lets a smile cross his face. No injuries tonight.

53:00
 

Rooney unsurprisingly fancies it.

53:00
 

Free-kick for England, central and about 25 yards out.

52:00
 

"Good intent", that sounds so patronising. Sorry San Marino.

50:00
 

He tries one from distance and it was tipped over the bar by Simoncini.

49:00
 

Young and Rooney exchange passes and it breaks to Baines. Rooney must be absolutely gagging for a goal. Especially as I reckon he will be taken off before long to save him for Montenegro.

47:00
 

San Marino put five passes together, six, seven... definitely the best spell of the game for them. Positively tiki-taka stuff.

46:00
 

Young very deep to receive the ball, almost like a sweeper.

45:00
 

Must be a Manchester Ciy fan!

45:00
 

To keep up with all the other World Cup qualifying matches tonight,

44:00
 

Rooney strikes one tamely from the edge of the box and Simoncini touches the ball in open play for the first time in a while.

41:00
 

The goals flying in now. The Sammaranise resistance well and truly broken.

39:00
 

Ashley Young got to the byline really well but his pull back was poor.

38:00
 

Lampard with a dipping effort from 18 yards and Simoncini does enough, just, to keep hold of it.

37:00
 

England looking like topping up their goal difference nicely, though the San Marino manager did say before the game that a 5-0 defeat would be a victory. England had better score six then!

34:00
 

Replay suggests Defoe was actually level. Unlucky.

33:00
 

Lampard with a great ball to find Young with the goal at his mercy - he squares to Defoe for a tap-in. But the Spurs striker is offside.

32:00
 

Walker has the freedom of San Marino to stroll into the area, but his cross is deflected for a corner. Corner number 13.

31:00
 

Walker with a cheeky collection of stepovers, he passes inside to Lampard, whose backheel only finds a blue shirt.

26:00
 

Great turn by Defoe to open up some space but once more England left frustrated by their attempts to break through.

25:00
 

But England recover the ball. Boo.

25:00
 

Selva brings the ball over the halfway line - come on San Marino!

23:00
 

And in Poland, Ukraine are winning 2-1. Those two will still have a big say about how this group develops.

23:00
 

In the other match in Group H, Montenegro are drawing 0-0 at half-time away to Moldova.

22:00
 

Just debating in the office whether a San Marino goal would be met with a pitch invasion. Conclusion: yes.

22:00
 

No joy again.

21:00
 

Cleared by Bollini, but England have ANOTHER corner.

21:00
 

England free-kick from the left wing, won by the overlapping Baines.

20:00
 

Another corner comes and goes, another unimpressive delivery.

17:00
 

Rooney dropping deep to pick the ball up quite often, not too much joy for him so far though.

17:00
 

"Are you Scotland in disguise," the England fans chant.

16:00
 

Defoe misses a great chance at the back post from a corner. He heads it over from close range as the ball bounced up kindly. Should have done better.

14:00
 

Simoncini looked like he handballed it outside of the box. He even seemed to apologise for the misdemeanour. But the ref lets him off. Clearly in generous mood.

11:00
 

England patiently probing, though San Marino actually did get into the final third a couple of minutes ago. Striker Selva was not close to getting the ball, however.

8:00
 

Corner for England, Young to take it.

7:00
 

Cracking save from Simoncini to deny Lampard at his near post.

7:00
 

Free-kick to England after Walker tripped by Palazzi on the right wing.

6:00
 

It took England 35 minutes to break San Marino down in the reverse fixture at Wembley in October. That one ended 5-0.

5:00
 

Della Valle gets in a good tackle on Rooney, who was about to let fly. Corner.

4:00
 

Lampard penalised for climbing on Palazzi from the corner.

3:00
 

Bollini gets in a last-ditch tackle to deny an onrushing Lampard.

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