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  • Date:2010-06-18
  • Kick-off:19:30
  • Venue:Green Point Stadium, Cape Town
  • Attendance:60000
  • Referee:Irmatov, R

Live Commentary

90mins

Full-Time: ENGLAND 0-0 ALGERIA.

90mins

Rooney brings down Foued Kadir and time is almost up.

90mins

Lampard is stopped by Bougherra on the edge of the area and Defoe hammers the loose ball over the top from 25 yards.

90mins

Three minutes of injury time to be played.

90mins

James collects a free-kick well under a bit of pressure from Bougherra.

89mins

Terry is penalised for a foul on Makmour, with time rapidly running out.

89mins

Algeria make their final change, with Djamel Mesbah taking the place of Yebda.

88mins

Lampard tries a shot from all of 35 yards, it goes yards wide of target. He has had a shocker of a game tonight.

87mins

Rooney attempts a long pass to Wright-Phillips, but it is intercepted and cleared.

86mins

A corner comes to nothing with Gerrard moaning about a possible bit of shirt-tugging.

85mins

Wright-Phillips is hacked down by Lacen, who is cautioned.

85mins

Rooney has pulled out to the left of midfield, that seems to be such a waste.

84mins

Barry makes way for Peter Crouch.

82mins

Lacen is penalised for pulling back Wright-Phillips, but the set-piece is wasted and Capello is now well and truly ticking on the England bench.

81mins

Algeria bring on Adlene Guedioura for Ziani, who is suffering with cramp.

79mins

Abdoun is flagged offside for an Algeria side who look like they may just be fading a little.

78mins

Halliche heads away Johnson's cross from the right, another corner for England.

76mins

Barry has a shot blocked, a hint of handball, but nothing is given.

76mins

Defoe has a cross blocked for a corner after a good pass from Gerrard.

75mins

Defoe is almost played in by Gerrard, but Algeria are back in numbers.

74mins

Jermain Defoe is on for Heskey.

74mins

Boudebouz is replaced by Djamel Abdoun.

73mins

England knock the ball around, before Rooney's 30-yard shot whistles wide of the Algeria goal.

71mins

From the resulting corner Gerrard's header is straight at M'Bolhi from 15 yards out.

70mins

Heskey is away down the right, but he attempts a cross when he could have had a shot.

69mins

Algeria knock the ball around nicely, but the move peters out.

67mins

Carragher hacks the ball away as he and Karim Matmour chase a long ball through the middle.

66mins

Wright-Phillips wins a free-kick on the right.

66mins

Twenty-five minutes to play and England desperately need a goal.

64mins

Terry almost plays James into trouble, but he reaches the ball just before the attacker and hacks the ball clear.

63mins

Lennon lifts in a ball from the left and wins a corner before being replaced by Shaun Wright-Phillips.

61mins

M'Bolhi collects a Gerrard corner under little or no pressure.

60mins

An hour played and the second half so far has been worse than the first.

59mins

Yahia fires in the free-kick, but it's well wide of target.

58mins

Jamie Carragher is penalised for a block on Yebda and he will miss the next game.

57mins

Ashley Cole heads behind for a corner as Belhadj lifts a cross to the far post.

55mins

Algeria give the ball away and England have a clear opening, but Gerrard plays in a dismal ball which is cleared away for a corner.

52mins

England spring forward, but Heskey dithers when presented with a good crossing chance and eventually hoofs the ball out for a goal-kick.

50mins

Ziani's attempted cross from the left goes out for a goal-kick.

49mins

Heskey heads on and Rooney flicks the ball towards Gerrard, but an Algerian defender is in the right place to clear.

47mins

Lampard lifts the ball towards Rooney, but Bougherra heads back to his goalkeeper.

46mins

England start the second period.

45mins

Half-Time: ENGLAND 0-0 ALGERIA.

45mins

One minute of added time to be played.

43mins

Rooney takes the ball on himself and shoots from distance, M'Bolhi gathers with ease.

42mins

Closing in on half-time and England have so far flattered to deceive again.

40mins

Heskey makes space down the right and his cross forces a clearance from Rafik Halliche.

39mins

Lennon drifts across the area and feeds Barry, whose left-footer from 25 yards is comfortably collected by M'Bolhi.

37mins

Lampard almost plays in Lennon down the right and a last-ditch challenge prevents Heskey from latching on to the loose ball.

35mins

Karim Ziani finds space down the left, but his shot from 20 yards is well wide of James' near post.

33mins

A cross from Lennon deflects off Heskey and falls for Lampard, whose low left-foot shot is well saved by M'Bolhi. England's best chance.

31mins

Rooney now links up with Frank Lampard, but the final ball is overhit and out for a goal-kick.

30mins

Rooney and Gerrard combine well and the latter gets in a shot from 25 yards, but it's straight at the waiting M'Bolhi.

30mins

Capello is starting to look a bit concerned in the technical area.

28mins

John Terry is down injured after a challenge, he's getting to his feet slowly.

27mins

Wayne Rooney is penalised for a foul on Bougherra after Algeria play around perilously in defence.

26mins

Barry tries to find Heskey in the area, but his cross is way off the mark.

24mins

Belhadj fires over the corner and James makes a good catch under pressure at the far post.

23mins

Bougherra whips in a superb cross and Barry's fine clearance ends on the roof of the net.

22mins

Almost midway through the first half and it's pretty even so far.

20mins

James collects a Hassan Yebda header after more good play by Algeria.

19mins

Gerrard gives the ball away cheaply again and Algeria spring forward.

18mins

Algeria have started to enjoy more of the possession and England are looking a bit ragged.

18mins

Nadir Belhadj crosses in from the left and Jamie Carragher heads away.

17mins

Glen Johnson plays a poor ball back to James and is then skinned when the ball comes back towards goal.

15mins

Skipper Gerrard tries a shot from 25 yards out and he lifts a feeble effort high over the crossbar and into the crowd.

14mins

Yahia brings down Heskey near halfway, but England waste the free-kick.

13mins

Heskey meets a Barry corner, but is penalised for a push on Bougherra.

12mins

James punches uncertainly as a high ball from Bougherra drops just under the crossbar.

11mins

Heskey puts Anther Yahia under pressure as Algeria dither on the ball in defence.

9mins

A lively opening from both sides.

7mins

Aaron Lennon concedes the first corner of the game.

6mins

Ashley Cole finds space in the Algeria area, but Madjid Bougherra makes a fine covering tackle.

5mins

Algeria launch a quick counter and Ryad Boudebouz passes up a shooting opportunity.

4mins

Steven Gerrard lifts a high ball into the area and almost catches out M'Bolhi, who makes a less than certain catch.

3mins

Ashley Cole is brought down on the left touchline, free-kick to England.

2mins

Barry lofts a ball at Emile Heskey, but it's too high and drifts through to Rais M'Bolhi.

1mins

Algeria have a bit of early possession over on the England left.

1mins

Uzbekistan referee Ravshan Irmatov gets the game underway.

0mins

Capello has made two changes to his side, with David James replacing Robert Green in goal and Gareth Barry taking the place of James Milner in midfield.

0mins

Fabio Capello's men started with an unconvincing 1-1 draw with the USA, while Algeria were beaten 1-0 by Slovenia in their opening game in Group C.

0mins

England's World Cup campaign continues with a clash with Algeria in the Green Point Stadium in Cape Town.


Match Report

England gave another insipid display as they drew 0-0 with Algeria in Cape Town to leave their hopes of progressing out of the group stages of the World Cup in the balance.

England head coach Fabio Capello made two changes to his side, with David James replacing Robert Green in goal and Gareth Barry taking the place of James Milner in midfield.

The early stages saw both sides trying to show attacking intent, without being able to string too many passes together.

Goal attempts were few and far between, with England skipper Steven Gerrard trying his luck from distance on a couple of occasions, being unable to extend keeper Rais M'Bolhi.

Just past the half-hour mark England's best chance fell to Frank Lampard, after an Aaron Lennon cross had deflected off Emile Heskey, but the Chelsea man's low drive from 15 yards was saved by M'Bolhi, who then dived on the loose ball.

Barry and Wayne Rooney both found M'Bolhi with long-range efforts as a poor first 45 minutes drew to a close, with Algeria having enjoyed plenty of possession without creating any openings.

The second half began with England showing a little more intent, but woeful efforts at crosses from Heskey and Gerrard saw two openings go to waste in the opening ten minutes.

Just before the hour mark Jamie Carragher was booked, meaning that he will miss the final Group C clash with Slovenia, before Capello brought on Shaun Wright-Phillips for the ineffectual Aaron Lennon.

Twenty minutes from time Heskey passed up a half-chance when he opted to try to find Rooney rather than shooing on goal and England's only on-target attempt in the second half saw Gerrard's weak header collected by M'Bolhi.

Capello threw on Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch in a bid to find a late breakthrough, but the former's long-range drive over the top was the closest England came to an undeserved winner.

England

Algeria

Corners

103

Fouls

1413

Goal attempts

Shots off target

65

Offsides

13

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