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  • Mandzukic (78)
  • Walcott (26), Walcott (59), Rooney (63), Walcott (82)
  • Date:2008-09-10
  • Kick-off:20:00
  • Venue:Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb
  • Attendance:35000
  • Referee:Michel, L

Live Commentary

90mins

Full-Time: CROATIA 1-4 ENGLAND.

90mins

Three minutes of added time to be played.

89mins

Matthew Upson gets a run-out for Terry.

87mins

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

85mins

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

83mins

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

82mins

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.

82mins

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

81mins

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

79mins

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

78mins

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.

77mins

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

76mins

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

73mins

Bilic takes off Olic and sends on Mario Mandzukic.

72mins

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

72mins

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

69mins

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

68mins

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

66mins

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

64mins

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

63mins

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.

62mins

Niko Kovac is replaced by Nikola Pokrivac for Croatia.

62mins

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

61mins

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

60mins

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

59mins

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.

57mins

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

56mins

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

55mins

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

54mins

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

53mins

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

52mins

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

51mins

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

50mins

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

50mins

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

48mins

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

47mins

Srna is booked for bringing down Ashley Cole.

46mins

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

46mins

England start the second period.

45mins

Half-Time: CROATIA 0-1 ENGLAND.

45mins

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

44mins

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

43mins

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

42mins

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

41mins

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

40mins

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

39mins

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

38mins

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

37mins

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

35mins

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

34mins

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

33mins

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

31mins

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

30mins

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

29mins

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.

28mins

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

27mins

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

26mins

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.

26mins

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

24mins

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

23mins

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

21mins

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

20mins

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

19mins

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

18mins

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

17mins

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

16mins

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

15mins

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

14mins

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

13mins

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

11mins

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

10mins

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

9mins

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

7mins

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

5mins

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

4mins

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

4mins

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

3mins

Little action to report so far.

2mins

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

1mins

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

1mins

Croatia get the game underway.

0mins

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

0mins

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

0mins

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.

0mins

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