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  • Date:17 Oct 2012
  • Kick-off:16:00
  • Venue:Warsaw National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland
    Goal!

    Live Commentary

    93mins

    FULL TIME

    92mins

    The free-kick is hoofed long and left to Hart, who has to race out to make the clearance.

    91mins

    Oxlade-Chamberlain produces some neat skill down the right before losing the ball and conceding a free-kick.

    91mins

    Three minutes to be added on.

    90mins

    England are still looking to probe and still finding that task incredibly difficult.

    90mins

    Obraniak is taken off - not entirely sure why - and holding midfielder Borysiuk comes on.

    89mins

    Lescott gets his head to the corner, and Hart claims when the ball comes back into the area.

    88mins

    Johnson is forced to concede a corner from Mierzejewski's cross and the home fans are raising the volume.

    87mins

    Some neat play - rarely seen over the course of the game - opens Poland up for Milner to put in a low cross from the right, but Tyton claims it.

    86mins

    Welbeck attempts to direct Milner's cross towards goal, but his rather tame effort goes wide of the post.

    85mins

    England are attempting to probe, but it is simply allowing Poland to counter-attack at will.

    83mins

    Grosicki is replaced by the young forward Milik, who earns his second cap.

    82mins

    Jagielka is forced into a hurried pass-back to Hart, who keeps his cool.

    81mins

    Obraniak find Glik once more, but this time his header is well over the bar. The game is now end to end, and both sides look very capable of victory.

    80mins

    Grosicki's cross is deflected behind for another Poland corner.

    80mins

    The corner goes short, and Milner's sidefooted cross just sails over the crossbar.

    79mins

    England win a corner as Milner is dispossessed.

    78mins

    Hart is deemed to have been fouled as he goes down while attempting to deal with the corner.

    77mins

    Poland appeal for a handball as Piszczek's cross ricochets around the area, and Hart is afterwards forced to concede a corner.

    76mins

    England have improved since conceding, and currently look the stronger side.

    75mins

    Poland - eventually - get the corner clear.

    75mins

    Oxlade-Chamberlain makes a quick impact, running down the right before sending in a cross that earns his side a corner.

    73mins

    Poland loft a free-kick into the area, but England deal with it.

    73mins

    Rooney is withdrawn - it has not been a vintage display - to be replaced by Oxlade-Chamberlain.

    71mins

    Poland thoroughly deserve the equaliser, and probably more.

    70mins

    Glik heads home Obraniak's corner as Hart comes into no-man's land.

    70mins

    Lescott diverts a throw-in behind for a corner.

    68mins

    Rooney fires over the bar! Welbeck managed to get beyond Tyton, the goalkeeper, but was forced wide. With his route to goal blocked, he found his team-mate, but to no avail.

    67mins

    Defoe comes off to be replaced by Welbeck. Carroll seemed the more likely option given his aerial prowess and the conditions, but Welbeck's defensive efforts may be key.

    65mins

    Defoe has a clear sight of goal as Gerrard's chip arrives at the far post, but he fails to direct his volley on target.

    64mins

    Blik is booked for handball just outside the area from Defoe's cross.

    63mins

    Mierzejewski comes on in place of Wszolek.

    62mins

    ESPN's James Dall tweets: "Poland pressure, England hoof it clear, Defoe chases. Repeat."

    61mins

    Johnson goes down in the Poland area under pressure from Wszolek, but the ref's not having it.

    61mins

    On a rare foray into the opposition half, Milner sees a cross blocked.

    60mins

    Lewandowski controls the ball with his back to goal and finds Piszczek, who drills a shot wide of the post.

    59mins

    Rooney makes a rotten attempt to clear a cross, leading to some truly desperate defending, but England survive again.

    57mins

    England are beginning to resemble San Marino at Wembley. They can't get out of their own half.

    55mins

    Another long, aimless pass from Gerrard goes out of play. England haven't found their rhythm at all.

    54mins

    Piszczek puts the ball in from the right but it's diverted back to Hart. Poland continue to apply the pressure, even if they're struggling to carve out clear-cut opportunities.

    53mins

    Obraniak puts the ball into the centre, but his cross lacks the accuracy required.

    53mins

    Piszczek tries to centre from the right but sees his cross blocked by Lescott.

    51mins

    A kind bounce falls for Rooney on the edge of the area but, while he makes space for a cross, he can't find a team-mate.

    50mins

    England look to break through Defoe, but he loses possession while seeking out support.

    50mins

    Obraniak unleashes a shot and Hart has to tip over the bar for another corner.

    49mins

    More desperate defending from England as Cleverley gets an important touch on a cross to allow for the clearance.

    48mins

    Lescott shields a throughball through for Hart to claim.

    48mins

    England break away, but Gerrard and Defoe both fail to get shots away.

    47mins

    Grosicki sends the ball into the area and Jagielka makes a complete mess of the clearance, needing to be bailed out by Lescott as Poland settle for a corner.

    46mins

    SECOND HALF

    45mins

    HALF-TIME

    44mins

    Johnson has to race back to prevent Lewandowski running clear.

    43mins

    Grosicki collects a pass over the top and gets a shot away but, shooting with the outside of his boot, it's a poor effort.

    43mins

    Cole digs out a cross, but it's over Cleverley's head. Johnson collects the loose ball but then attempts a wild shot.

    42mins

    Milner makes a good run but Poland clear their lines. England are starting to reassert some sort of control.

    41mins

    Gerrard aims a pass out to the flank, and it's straight out of play.

    40mins

    Obraniak's corner is headed away by Rooney.

    40mins

    Poland win a corner as England struggle to deal with the latest wave of pressure.

    38mins

    Jagielka bails Carrick out with a thunderous clearance after the midfielder ran into trouble.

    38mins

    Some respite for the visitors as Piszczek kicks the ball carelessly out of play.

    37mins

    Poland are applying the pressure on England once more, and they look very capable of an equaliser before half-time.

    36mins

    Lewandowski is penalised for a shoulder nudge on Milner.

    36mins

    Gerrard swings a cross in, Piszczek heads clear, and Cleverley fires a shot wide of goal.

    35mins

    England win a free-kick in a dangerous position.

    34mins

    Obraniak stumbles on the edge of the area as Carrick makes an attempted tackle, but there's no real appeal, and Wawrzyniak fires off a speculative effort over the bar in the aftermath.

    32mins

    Ashley Cole shows all his experience as Lewandowski pokes the ball into the danger area - the Chelsea left-back simply allows the ball to run through his legs for Hart to claim. That was a real chance for Poland.

    31mins

    It appears to have come off his shoulder and possibly arm.

    31mins

    Rooney heads home Gerrard's corner as his markers part at the key moment.

    30mins

    Corner to England.

    29mins

    Wasilewski sends a long ball forwards that Hart rises to claim.

    28mins

    Lewandowski creates just enough space to get a shot in from a tight angle. Hart sprawls but it's always heading wide of goal.

    27mins

    Gerrard's corner is a little overhit, and while Rooney is able to head it back towards the penalty spot, it's easily enough dealt with.

    26mins

    Milner wins a throw-in for England and receives the ball back from Johnson before firing a cross in for Defoe at the near post, but it's well defended. Corner kick.

    24mins

    Lewandowski does brilliantly to hold up the play for Poland, but the cross that follows from Wszolek is wretched.

    24mins

    Gerrard gets a shot away as the space opens up, but it's blocked.

    23mins

    Gerrard plays a fine pass to Rooney on the edge of the area, but the forward is unable to control.

    23mins

    Lescott boots the ball out of play as Grosicki looks to make something happen down the right.

    21mins

    The free-kick is lofted into the area but is defended with relatively little trouble.

    21mins

    Gerrard is penalised for a stretching tackle and Poland win a free-kick.

    20mins

    Gerrard does well to find Rooney in the area, and the Manchester United man gets a shot - of sorts - away after Cleverley loses possession, but it's an easy catch for Tyton.

    19mins

    Hart confidently claims a deep cross from the left, and England then attempt to go over the top. The visitors are clearly struggling to adapt to the limitations of the pitch.

    17mins

    Rooney plays a cross from out on the right, but it's easily headed clear and Poland attempt another break.

    15mins

    Another loose pass allows Wszolek to cross. England really are playing extremely badly.

    14mins

    England are looking extremely sloppy, with Cleverley putting the ball needlessly out of play.

    14mins

    Wawrzyniak slices a shot wide of Hart's goal.

    13mins

    Hart has to be sharp to deny Obraniak as he looks to latch onto a throughball.

    11mins

    Polanski picks up a booking for a trip on Defoe.

    11mins

    Not sure about Rio's thoughts based on the opening exchanges.

    10mins

    @rioferdy5 tweets: "England to win 0 - 2 in Poland...."

    10mins

    Milner overhits a cross that Cleverley does well to control, but again Poland are able to break.

    9mins

    There's a half-hearted appeal for handball against Jagielka as he blocks a cross with - it would appear - his torso.

    9mins

    Wawrzyniak crosses from the left and Grosicki has a free shot on goal, but completely miscues and England are able to clear. Perhaps one to chalk up to the dodgy pitch.

    8mins

    Lescott is quick to clear the ball as Grosicki threatens. The throw-in leads, eventually, to another throw-in on the opposite flank.

    7mins

    Glen Johnson sidefoots a pass towards Cleverley in the area, but as it floats it ebbs away towards Tyton. With a better pass, that was a chance.

    5mins

    Gerrard aims a long ball (becoming a theme, this) down the right flank, which bounces out of play. The bounce suggested the pitch is not exactly in tip-top shape, but that was to be expected.

    4mins

    Cleverley attempts a long pass forwards for Defoe, and Poland 'keeper Tyton has to be sharp to avoid handling outside his area.

    3mins

    Lewandowski appears to have won a throw-in out on the right flank, but the linesman flags the other way, to howls of derision from the home fans.

    2mins

    England are knock the ball around along the backline before a long ball allows James Milner to cross, but Cleverley's shot is blocked.

    1mins

    Cleverley is loose in possession early on and Poland take control.

    Match Preview

    Ashley Cole and Steven Gerrard are set to make their 99th appearance for England this afternoon - after the game was postponed due to heavy rain-fall in Warsaw last night.

    This is the first England game to be called off due to weather since 1979. Heavy rain had been falling for most of the day but still, the roof of the 400million pound, state of the art stadium stayed open - and gradually the playing field became drowned under pools of water. The match was eventually called off - but only after fans and millions watching at home were left waiting 45 minutes for the inevitable decision to be made by FIFA Authorities.

    Italian referee, Gianluca Rocci inspected the pitch at 8pm, when the match was due to start. However, there was little prospect of play - yet FIFA were so desperate for the game to go ahead that final decision was not made until 8.45pm. The FA confirmed that the game would be played at 4pm on Wednesday instead. The decision however, infuriated travelling fans - who traveled to Poland to see their country turn out and play. The FA intend to compensate the traveling away support.

    The Polish authorities are set to blame for this whole fiasco - who then tried to arrange the game later on to next year due to the Polish domestic fixtures commencing on Friday.

    Roy Hodgson said: "Its a disaster for the Polish Federation - I had no idea quite how bad the conditions were going to be."

    England will be without key players Frank Lampard and Theo Walcott. Chelsea youngster Ryan Bertrand will also miss the game. Whilst Steven Gerrard will return to the line-up to captain the side.

    Poland will have Robert Lewandowski fit for the game against England. The Polish star has recently came out to say he plans to score against Hart. He told The Sun: “This is a different game and another opportunity to score against Hart”.

    “He is a very good goalkeeper but he can be beaten like anybody else.”

    This is in reference to Manchester City's latest game in The Champions League game against Borrusia Dortmund. Lewandowski failed to score past Hart, who once again kept Manchester City in the game.

    England currently sit top of Group H of FIFA World Cup qualifying with seven points from thee games. Whilst Poland are currently third, with four points from two games. Therefore, this game has massive potential to disrupt England's chance of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup – and Roy Hodgson will be sure to send out an entirely different squad than he did against San Marino.

    Match Report

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