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  • Sitko (28)
  • Gerrard (11), Rooney (50), Rooney (74)
  • Date:2008-10-15
  • Kick-off:19:30
  • Venue:Dinamo Stadium
  • Attendance:32000
  • Referee:Hauge, T

Live Commentary

90mins

Full-Time: BELARUS 1-3 ENGLAND.

90mins

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

90mins

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

90mins

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

90mins

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

88mins

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

87mins

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

85mins

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

83mins

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

81mins

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

79mins

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.

77mins

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

76mins

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

74mins

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

72mins

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

70mins

The outstanding Heskey surprisingly makes way for Peter Crouch.

69mins

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

68mins

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

67mins

Belarus make their first change with Vitali Rodionov replacing Putsilo.

66mins

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

65mins

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

63mins

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.

61mins

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.

59mins

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

57mins

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

55mins

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

54mins

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

52mins

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.

50mins

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.

48mins

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.

47mins

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

46mins

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

45mins

Half-Time: BELARUS 1-1 ENGLAND

45mins

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

43mins

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.

41mins

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

39mins

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

37mins

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.

36mins

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

34mins

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.

33mins

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

31mins

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

29mins

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

28mins

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

27mins

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.

25mins

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.

23mins

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

21mins

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

20mins

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

19mins

Belarus have responded to going a goal behind very well.

17mins

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

15mins

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

14mins

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.

13mins

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.

11mins

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.

10mins

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

9mins

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.

7mins

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

5mins

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

4mins

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

2mins

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

1mins

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

0mins

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.

0mins

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.

0mins

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

0mins

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.

0mins

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