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

    Live Commentary

    93:00

    FULL TIME

    92:00

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

    91:00

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

    91:00

    Three minutes to be added on.

    90:00

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

    90:00

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

    89:00

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

    88:00

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

    87:00

    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.

    86:00

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

    85:00

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

    83:00

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

    82:00

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

    81:00

    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.

    80:00

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

    80:00

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

    79:00

    England win a corner as Milner is dispossessed.

    78:00

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

    77:00

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

    76:00

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

    75:00

    Poland - eventually - get the corner clear.

    75:00

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

    73:00

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

    73:00

    Rooney is withdrawn - it has not been a vintage display - to be replaced by Oxlade-Chamberlain.

    71:00

    Poland thoroughly deserve the equaliser, and probably more.

    70:00

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

    70:00

    Lescott diverts a throw-in behind for a corner.

    68:00

    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.

    67:00

    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.

    65:00

    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.

    64:00

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

    63:00

    Mierzejewski comes on in place of Wszolek.

    62:00

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

    61:00

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

    61:00

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

    60:00

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

    59:00

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

    57:00

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

    55:00

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

    54:00

    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.

    53:00

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

    53:00

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

    51:00

    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.

    50:00

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

    50:00

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

    49:00

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

    48:00

    Lescott shields a throughball through for Hart to claim.

    48:00

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

    47:00

    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.

    46:00

    SECOND HALF

    45:00

    HALF-TIME

    44:00

    Johnson has to race back to prevent Lewandowski running clear.

    43:00

    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.

    43:00

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

    42:00

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

    41:00

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

    40:00

    Obraniak's corner is headed away by Rooney.

    40:00

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

    38:00

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

    38:00

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

    37:00

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

    36:00

    Lewandowski is penalised for a shoulder nudge on Milner.

    36:00

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

    35:00

    England win a free-kick in a dangerous position.

    34:00

    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.

    32:00

    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.

    31:00

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

    31:00

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

    30:00

    Corner to England.

    29:00

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

    28:00

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

    27:00

    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.

    26:00

    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.

    24:00

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

    24:00

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

    23:00

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

    23:00

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

    21:00

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

    21:00

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

    20:00

    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.

    19:00

    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.

    17:00

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

    15:00

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

    14:00

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

    14:00

    Wawrzyniak slices a shot wide of Hart's goal.

    13:00

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

    11:00

    Polanski picks up a booking for a trip on Defoe.

    11:00

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

    10:00

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

    10:00

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

    9:00

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

    9:00

    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.

    8:00

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

    7:00

    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.

    5:00

    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.

    4:00

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

    3:00

    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.

    2:00

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

    1:00

    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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