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  • Date:22 Mar 2013
  • Kick-off:20:00
  • Venue:
    Goal!

    Live Commentary

    88mins

    San Marino draw a foul through Vitaioli

    86mins

    Some rather unfavourable chants towards the absent Rio Ferdinand from the England fans.

    80mins

    Oxlade-Chamberlain crosses but Simoncini does well to keep the ball tight to his chest.

    80mins

    Ukraine now 3-1 up in Poland.

    78mins

    Double figures realistically in sight for England - with 12 minutes left.

    76mins

    England still pushing forward at every opportunity, the new boys on will be determined to impress, but all -Parker, Osman and Sturridge - are major outsiders for a starting place against Montenegro.

    71mins

    Baines strikes one low and goalwards but the keeper collects.

    66mins

    Osman volleys it a little too high - nearly a repeat of that sliced shot he scored for Everton against Man City.

    66mins

    It nearly fell to Della Valle but the ball escaped through to Hart.

    64mins

    Marauding run from Lescott, plays it inside to Oxlade-Chamberlain - who hits it with the outside of his boot just over the bar.

    60mins

    Defoe tries his luck, the net shook but it was just the side netting.

    59mins

    Oxlade-Chamberlain crosses for Sturridge, but the Liverpool man has missed a sitter - heading it against the post.

    57mins

    Sir Alex lets a smile cross his face. No injuries tonight.

    53mins

    Rooney unsurprisingly fancies it.

    53mins

    Free-kick for England, central and about 25 yards out.

    52mins

    "Good intent", that sounds so patronising. Sorry San Marino.

    50mins

    He tries one from distance and it was tipped over the bar by Simoncini.

    49mins

    Young and Rooney exchange passes and it breaks to Baines. Rooney must be absolutely gagging for a goal. Especially as I reckon he will be taken off before long to save him for Montenegro.

    47mins

    San Marino put five passes together, six, seven... definitely the best spell of the game for them. Positively tiki-taka stuff.

    46mins

    Young very deep to receive the ball, almost like a sweeper.

    45mins

    Must be a Manchester Ciy fan!

    45mins

    To keep up with all the other World Cup qualifying matches tonight,

    44mins

    Rooney strikes one tamely from the edge of the box and Simoncini touches the ball in open play for the first time in a while.

    41mins

    The goals flying in now. The Sammaranise resistance well and truly broken.

    39mins

    Ashley Young got to the byline really well but his pull back was poor.

    38mins

    Lampard with a dipping effort from 18 yards and Simoncini does enough, just, to keep hold of it.

    37mins

    England looking like topping up their goal difference nicely, though the San Marino manager did say before the game that a 5-0 defeat would be a victory. England had better score six then!

    34mins

    Replay suggests Defoe was actually level. Unlucky.

    33mins

    Lampard with a great ball to find Young with the goal at his mercy - he squares to Defoe for a tap-in. But the Spurs striker is offside.

    32mins

    Walker has the freedom of San Marino to stroll into the area, but his cross is deflected for a corner. Corner number 13.

    31mins

    Walker with a cheeky collection of stepovers, he passes inside to Lampard, whose backheel only finds a blue shirt.

    26mins

    Great turn by Defoe to open up some space but once more England left frustrated by their attempts to break through.

    25mins

    But England recover the ball. Boo.

    25mins

    Selva brings the ball over the halfway line - come on San Marino!

    23mins

    And in Poland, Ukraine are winning 2-1. Those two will still have a big say about how this group develops.

    23mins

    In the other match in Group H, Montenegro are drawing 0-0 at half-time away to Moldova.

    22mins

    Just debating in the office whether a San Marino goal would be met with a pitch invasion. Conclusion: yes.

    22mins

    No joy again.

    21mins

    Cleared by Bollini, but England have ANOTHER corner.

    21mins

    England free-kick from the left wing, won by the overlapping Baines.

    20mins

    Another corner comes and goes, another unimpressive delivery.

    17mins

    Rooney dropping deep to pick the ball up quite often, not too much joy for him so far though.

    17mins

    "Are you Scotland in disguise," the England fans chant.

    16mins

    Defoe misses a great chance at the back post from a corner. He heads it over from close range as the ball bounced up kindly. Should have done better.

    14mins

    Simoncini looked like he handballed it outside of the box. He even seemed to apologise for the misdemeanour. But the ref lets him off. Clearly in generous mood.

    11mins

    England patiently probing, though San Marino actually did get into the final third a couple of minutes ago. Striker Selva was not close to getting the ball, however.

    8mins

    Corner for England, Young to take it.

    7mins

    Cracking save from Simoncini to deny Lampard at his near post.

    7mins

    Free-kick to England after Walker tripped by Palazzi on the right wing.

    6mins

    It took England 35 minutes to break San Marino down in the reverse fixture at Wembley in October. That one ended 5-0.

    5mins

    Della Valle gets in a good tackle on Rooney, who was about to let fly. Corner.

    4mins

    Lampard penalised for climbing on Palazzi from the corner.

    3mins

    Bollini gets in a last-ditch tackle to deny an onrushing Lampard.

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