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  • Crouch (4), Wright-Phillips (60), Crouch (75)
  • Date:2009-10-14
  • Kick-off:20:00
  • Venue:Wembley
  • Attendance:76897
  • Referee:Batista, L C C

Live Commentary

90mins

Full-time: ENGLAND 3 - 0 BELARUS: Job done for England, who were comfortable in this game throughout.

90mins

Kashevski is released into space but is caught in two minds and hits the ball to nobody

90mins

We're into stoppage time

87mins

Beckham is on the edge of the box this time and he goes at the near-post. His effort deflects off the woodwork too

87mins

The ensuing possession sees Milner in the box and he dummies his way to a one-on-one. He shoots and the ball crashes against the inside of the post

87mins

Wright-Phillips, who has improved in the second period, runs at the defence and winsafree-kick midway through the Belarus half

84mins

Nikolai Kashevski replaces Maksim Bordachyov

83mins

Johnson typically finds himself high up the pitch and does well to deliver a cross for Crouch, again, the keeper gets there first

81mins

Milner crosses for Crouch, but Zhevnov plucks it off his head before gathering

80mins

Barry finds Beckham with a delicious cross-field pass. The LA Galaxy man in turn provides a good cross, but England's big strikers cannot get on the end of it

80mins

Milner has time to cross but his delivery is poor and cleared

79mins

Bridge heads down the tunnel to receive treatment on a leg injury

78mins

England bring on James Milner for Bridge

76mins

Leonid Kovel replaces Kornilenko

75mins

ENGLAND 3 - 0 BELARUS: CROUCH nets his second with a smart rebound after Carlton Cole's shot from the edge of the area was parried, Barry played a part once again with a long ball to the West Ham striker

75mins

Wright-Phillips cuts inside from the edge of the box, looking to repeat his goal action from earlier. But Lampard takes over, and crosses into the hands of Zhevnov

74mins

Shitov loops in a high cross which has Foster chasing. He is forced to retreat as it falls to a red shirt

73mins

Cole controls the ball and makes his way into the box. His cross for Crouch hasn't enough on it

71mins

Omelyanchuk finds Kalachev on the right and he fires a decent low cross into the six-yard area. Terry clears well ahead of Kornilenko

70mins

The set piece ends with a whistle due to the attention on Foster after the second ball

69mins

Bridge commits adjacent to the 18-yard area on the right wing

68mins

The players get a breather due to a break in play for a head injury to Sosnovski

66mins

Agbonlahor is replaced by Carlton Cole

64mins

The ensuing corner is cleared

64mins

Some Belarus possession ends in a brilliant move which Omelyanchuk tries to finish. A bouncing ball is hit with venom from 12 yards and Foster saves really well to keep his sheet clean

62mins

Beckham wins the ball in midfield and tries to chip the ball over the top for Lampard, but the Chelsea man cannot get on the end of it

60mins

ENGLAND 2 - 0 BELARUS: Beckham takes the corner short to WRIGHT-PHILLIPS who skips inwards and fires a low shot from 18 yards which beats Zhevnov

59mins

Agbonlahor wins a corner with his unsettling play

59mins

David Beckham earns his 115th cap by coming on for Lennon

57mins

Omelyanchuk hits it from distance and the ball does swing, but it is a comfortable save for Foster

56mins

The corner is cleared

56mins

Lennon beats two before going down in the box, a corner is given

55mins

Johnson crosses for Crouch but the Tottenham is flagged offside

54mins

Kornilenko and Omelyanchuk combine and try to release Kutozov, but Ferdinand is alert to intercept

54mins

Kornilenko is booked for a reckless lunge at Wright-Phillips

53mins

Wright-Phillips, who is back running around, has the chance to attack the full-back but carelessly loses the ball

51mins

Wright-Phillips is receiving treatment after clutching at his back in pain

50mins

The delivery is cleared and Lennon's shot is blocked

49mins

Lampard curls it over the wall but it is a comfortable save, England corner

48mins

England free-kick after Agbonlahor is fouled. Lampard is not allowed the advantage and will have to make do with a shot from a dead ball

48mins

Belarus are continuing to grow into this game but are struggling to make any impact going forward

46mins

Vitali Rodionov replaces Kutuzov

46mins

Kalachev's shot from distance is blocked

46mins

An early chance to attack for England is wasted and Belarus break

46mins

Belarus get the game restarted

45mins

Half-time. ENGLAND 1 - 0 BELARUS: The opening 20 minutes from England in this game were terrific, but the game has fizzled out slightly

45mins

Lennon, back on the right, combines with Johnson and he fizzes in a cross for Crouch at the near-post. His header flies wide

45mins

A minute is added on. It's all gone flat for England and the interval has come at just the right time for Capello

45mins

Lennon switches to the left and cuts inside. His attempt at a through-ball is easily cut out, however

43mins

Wright-Phillips has the chance to stretch his legs but has little support. He keeps possession, but it is soon lost and Barry fouls

41mins

Crouch heads the ball up to Terry who tries a scissor-volley on the spin. It would have been difficult to score for even the best of attackers, so it comes as no surprise that the centre-half mis-hits it.

40mins

Lennon is fouled and Lampard will curl in a free-kick

39mins

It's been a good period for Belarus as England have lost their way a little

37mins

Sergey Omelyanchuk is teed up and he hits it with plenty of power. But the low shot is straight at Foster

36mins

John Terry concedes a free-kick and it may present an opportunity for a long distance strike

34mins

Aleksandr Yurevich's low cross is dummied by Kutuzov who sprints forward to take another pass. It's lovely interplay by Belarus, but they cannot get a shot away

34mins

Johnson carelessly gives the ball away to Kalachev who sprints forward. He squares to Kornilenko, but the pass just beats him and gives England a let off

33mins

Wright-Phillips comes inside this time in a bid to make an impact. He looks to play Lennon in on the right, but his pass it just too heavily-weighted

31mins

Wright-Phillips looks to latch on to a cross-field ball but fails. The Manchester City winger has been quiet on the left

29mins

The Belarus goalkeeper gives away a needless throw-in which Lennon throws into the area for Johnson to latch on to. The Liverpool full-back cuts inside with precision and looks likely to score before slicing a left shot extremely wide

29mins

Lampard's delivery is cleared, before John Terry is flagged offside on the second ball in

29mins

A long ball to Lennon wins a corner

28mins

Bridge attacks the left flank before the ball is knocked away to give the men in white more possession

27mins

Some Belarus possession comes to an abrupt end when the ball goes out of play with little reason for it to do so

25mins

England are in a comfort zone already it seems, winning the ball with ease

23mins

Vitaly Kutuzov, on the back of some good interplay, tries to play his strike partner in behind the England backline but it is just cut out. It's the first real bit of enterprise from the visitors

21mins

Agbonlahor is released on the break and he attacks the Belarus defence. His right-foot shot is saved well at the feet of the keeper. A corner follows and it is cleared

19mins

Route one pays off as Foster's clearance gies England possession. Eventually, Glen Johnson's cross is contested by keeper and Crouch, but the ball is punched away

16mins

England are content with possession at the back at present

15mins

Lampard takes a corner and it finds the head of Crouch, who doesn't need to jump, but his effort goes wide of Zhevnov's left post

11mins

Goal-shy Lampard tries to power it in but the ball hits the wall

10mins

Barry dribbles forward and pushes a pass to Crouch, who tries to release Agbonlahor in-behind at the first attempt. The ball is cut out, but England win a free-kick on the edge of the area

9mins

Lampard takes it and the ball is cleared at the second attempt. Timofey Kalachev has a chance to break, but he the danger is comfortably shepherded away

9mins

Barry picks up a loose ball and plays it right to Lennon. The winger's cross is cleared for a corner

7mins

Agbonlahor is looking bright but he fails to win the ball as he tussles with defenders on the byline

6mins

The ball is low and Barry misses his clearance, allowing Igor Shitov to lash a shot, which goes comfortably wide

6mins

Belarus have a corner cleared, though a rebound shot wins them another

5mins

It's a dream start for England and for Crouch, who has netted in each of his last six England starts now

4mins

ENGLAND 1 - 0 BELARUS: Gareth Barry's ball though the channel finds Agbonlahor, who in turn pokes it into the six-yard area for CROUCH who bundles it in

2mins

Frank Lampard's delivery is poor and cleared, but a 25-yard rebound from Wright-Phillips goes within a whisker of going in, as Belarusian keeper Yuri Zhevnov gets worried at the low drive

1mins

Agbonlahor wins a free kick on the left touchline

1mins

England's last competitive 90 minutes before the Finals is underway

0mins

At the back, Wayne Bridge comes in for Ashley Cole, who is on the bench

0mins

Steven Gerrard is the other major absentee for the home side. Belarus are without talisman Alexander Hleb

0mins

Ben Foster starts in goal in the absence of the injured David James and suspended Rob Green, while Shaun Wright-Phillips and Aaron Lennon both start on the flanks

0mins

Wayne Rooney is injured while Emile Heskey does not make the squad, allowing an experimental strike partnership Peter Crouch and Gabriel Agbonlahor the chance to impress

0mins

Fabio Capello rings the changes as England approach their final World Cup qualifier with their tickets to South Africa already booked


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England

Belarus

Corners

83

Fouls

1616

Goal attempts

187

Shots off target

72

Offsides

20

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