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

Live Commentary

88:00

San Marino draw a foul through Vitaioli

86:00

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

80:00

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

80:00

Ukraine now 3-1 up in Poland.

78:00

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

76:00

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.

71:00

Baines strikes one low and goalwards but the keeper collects.

66:00

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

66:00

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

64:00

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

60:00

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

59:00

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

57:00

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

53:00

Rooney unsurprisingly fancies it.

53:00

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

52:00

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

50:00

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

49:00

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.

47:00

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

46:00

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

45:00

Must be a Manchester Ciy fan!

45:00

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

44:00

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.

41:00

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

39:00

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

38:00

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

37:00

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!

34:00

Replay suggests Defoe was actually level. Unlucky.

33:00

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.

32:00

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

31:00

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

26:00

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

25:00

But England recover the ball. Boo.

25:00

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

23:00

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

23:00

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

22:00

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

22:00

No joy again.

21:00

Cleared by Bollini, but England have ANOTHER corner.

21:00

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

20:00

Another corner comes and goes, another unimpressive delivery.

17:00

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

17:00

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

16:00

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.

14:00

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.

11:00

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.

8:00

Corner for England, Young to take it.

7:00

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

7:00

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

6:00

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

5:00

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

4:00

Lampard penalised for climbing on Palazzi from the corner.

3:00

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

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