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  • Date:23 Jun 2010
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
  • Attendance:36,893
Goal!

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92:35 +2.35

James Milner challenges Bojan Jokic unfairly and gives away a free kick. Samir Handanovic takes the free kick.

92:14 +2.14

Joe Cole takes a short corner.

91:33 +1.33

Foul by Zlatko Dedic on James Milner, free kick awarded. James Milner restarts play with the free kick.

90:40 +0.40

Aleksandar Radosavljevic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Frank Lampard. James Milner restarts play with the free kick.

87:34

Unfair challenge on Zlatko Dedic by Glen Johnson results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Valter Birsa, Emile Heskey makes a clearance.

87:13

Steven Gerrard sends in a cross, save made by Samir Handanovic.

86:46

James Milner decides to take a short corner.

86:41

The ball is sent over by Steven Gerrard, clearance by Aleksandar Radosavljevic.

86:02

Joe Cole produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.

85:40

Miso Brecko has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.

85:02

Jermain Defoe goes off and Emile Heskey comes on. Tim Matavz takes the inswinging corner, John Terry manages to make a clearance.

83:53

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aleksandar Radosavljevic by Joe Cole. Direct free kick taken by Bojan Jokic.

83:23

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bostjan Cesar by James Milner. Free kick taken by Samir Handanovic.

82:47

Marko Suler gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jermain Defoe. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Upson.

80:09

Zlatko Dedic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Frank Lampard. Zlatko Dedic receives a caution. John Terry takes the free kick.

79:46

Bostjan Cesar gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Cole. Free kick taken by Frank Lampard.

78:43

Handball by Valter Birsa. Booking for Valter Birsa for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by David James.

78:19

Tim Matavz replaces Andraz Kirm.

77:23

Steven Gerrard delivers the ball, Bostjan Cesar makes a clearance.

75:54

Andraz Kirm concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Cole. John Terry takes the direct free kick.

74:24

James Milner crosses the ball, clearance by Bostjan Cesar.

73:16

Zlatko Dedic fouled by Frank Lampard, the ref awards a free kick. Bostjan Cesar restarts play with the free kick.

71:03

Foul by Ashley Cole on Miso Brecko, free kick awarded. Wayne Rooney leaves the field to be replaced by Joe Cole. Free kick taken by Samir Handanovic.

69:16

Unfair challenge on Milivoje Novakovic by Matthew Upson results in a free kick. Shot comes in from Bojan Jokic from the free kick.

68:58

James Milner crosses the ball, save made by Samir Handanovic.

67:14

Milivoje Novakovic takes a shot. John Terry gets a block in. Zlatko Dedic takes a shot. Glen Johnson gets a block in. Shot by Robert Koren from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

65:39

Milivoje Novakovic takes a shot. Matthew Upson gets a block in.

65:01

Wayne Rooney concedes a free kick for a foul on Bostjan Cesar. Marko Suler takes the direct free kick.

64:39

Valter Birsa takes a shot. Save by David James.

63:40

Corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard from the right by-line, save made by Samir Handanovic.

63:24

Frank Lampard takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Bostjan Cesar.

62:30

Free kick awarded for a foul by Bojan Jokic on James Milner. Steven Gerrard produces a cross, Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Blocked by Milivoje Novakovic.

61:32

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Terry by Zlatan Ljubijankic. Zlatko Dedic on for Zlatan Ljubijankic. Free kick taken by David James.

61:04

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aleksandar Radosavljevic by Ashley Cole. Direct free kick taken by Miso Brecko.

60:22

Ashley Cole delivers the ball, clearance by Marko Suler.

58:35

Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Save by Samir Handanovic.

58:02

The ball is sent over by Ashley Cole, Marko Suler makes a clearance.

57:28

Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Save by Samir Handanovic.

57:04

Corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line.

56:17

Gareth Barry takes the inswinging corner, John Terry takes a shot. Save by Samir Handanovic.

56:11

James Milner delivers the ball, clearance made by Bostjan Cesar.

54:50

Andraz Kirm concedes a free kick for a foul on Frank Lampard. Wayne Rooney restarts play with the free kick.

54:03

Robert Koren fouled by Gareth Barry, the ref awards a free kick. Valter Birsa fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, David James makes a save.

51:13

John Terry challenges Aleksandar Radosavljevic unfairly and gives away a free kick. Bojan Jokic has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save made by David James.

51:01

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Upson on Valter Birsa. Valter Birsa takes the direct free kick.

50:16

The ball is delivered by Glen Johnson.

49:32

The ball is crossed by Milivoje Novakovic, save by David James.

48:54

The assistant referee flags for offside against Wayne Rooney. Free kick taken by Samir Handanovic.

47:11

Glen Johnson shown a yellow card.

46:30

Ashley Cole fouled by Valter Birsa, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ashley Cole.

46:11

John Terry fouled by Milivoje Novakovic, the ref awards a free kick. John Terry restarts play with the free kick.

45:34

Effort on goal by Jermain Defoe from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.

45:21

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Wayne Rooney.

42:48

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Glen Johnson by Andraz Kirm. David James takes the direct free kick.

41:48

The offside flag is raised against Milivoje Novakovic. Free kick taken by David James.

41:08

Unfair challenge on Milivoje Novakovic by John Terry results in a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Valter Birsa from the free kick, save by David James.

40:02

Bojan Jokic handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Booking for Bojan Jokic. Free kick crossed left-footed by Gareth Barry.

37:46

Free kick awarded for a foul by Zlatan Ljubijankic on John Terry. Free kick taken by John Terry.

35:17

Short corner taken by Steven Gerrard.

35:12

Centre by James Milner, Miso Brecko makes a clearance.

33:40

Ashley Cole concedes a free kick for a foul on Miso Brecko. Bojan Jokic crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance made by Ashley Cole.

33:16

Steven Gerrard gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Miso Brecko. Miso Brecko restarts play with the free kick.

29:25

Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Samir Handanovic makes a save. Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Save by Samir Handanovic.

27:53

The ball is sent over by Glen Johnson.

26:41

The ball is crossed by Steven Gerrard, Marko Suler manages to make a clearance.

26:08

Frank Lampard produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.

26:02

The ball is swung over by James Milner, save made by Samir Handanovic.

25:01

The ball is crossed by Milivoje Novakovic.

23:58

Free kick awarded for a foul by Zlatan Ljubijankic on Matthew Upson. Matthew Upson takes the direct free kick.

23:09

Miso Brecko fouled by Ashley Cole, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Miso Brecko.

21:59

Jermain Defoe finds the net with a goal from inside the box high into the middle of the goal. Slovenia 0-1 England.Assist by James Milner.

21:45

Handball decision goes against Andraz Kirm. Gareth Barry takes the direct free kick.

20:11

Bojan Jokic takes a shot. Save by David James.

19:38

Corner from the right by-line taken by Valter Birsa, Frank Lampard makes a clearance.

19:05

Glen Johnson takes a shot. Save by Samir Handanovic.

17:57

Inswinging corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line.

17:30

Inswinging corner taken by Gareth Barry from the right by-line, John Terry takes a shot. Blocked by Bostjan Cesar.

17:07

Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Blocked by Bojan Jokic.

17:00

Steven Gerrard sends in a cross, clearance by Marko Suler.

13:15

Aleksandar Radosavljevic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wayne Rooney. Frank Lampard fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by Samir Handanovic.

10:34

Centre by Bojan Jokic, clearance by Ashley Cole.

9:40

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Steven Gerrard, Marko Suler manages to make a clearance.

9:36

Wayne Rooney produces a cross, Bojan Jokic manages to make a clearance.

8:35

Foul by Gareth Barry on Aleksandar Radosavljevic, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Bojan Jokic, clearance by Frank Lampard.

6:37

Valter Birsa takes a shot. Comfortable save by David James.

3:54

Glen Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andraz Kirm. Bojan Jokic takes the direct free kick.

3:05

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andraz Kirm by Glen Johnson. Direct free kick taken by Samir Handanovic.

2:41

A cross is delivered by James Milner, clearance by Bostjan Cesar.

The match gets underway.

The whistle is blown to end the first half.

The referee starts the second half.

The referee blows for the end of the match.

Match Preview

Kek uninterested in England problems Slovenia coach Matjaz Kek is refusing to be distracted by the turmoil within the England camp ahead of Group C showdown in Port Elizabeth. Kek's side go into the game sitting top of the group and knowing a point would be enough to take them through to the second round, a result which could prove fatal for Fabio Capello's men. However, while the debate over England's unimpressive form in South Africa to date and John Terry's "big mistake" rumbles on, the Slovenians are in no mood to be sidetracked. Kek said: "We are aware of the significance of the match for England and Slovenia. The stakes are very high. England have to go to the second round; Slovenia wish to go to the second round. This is our wish. "I am just dealing with the problems Slovenia face, not focusing on the problems England face. I have great respect for England and their players and their coach. However, my thoughts are devoted only to Slovenia." Captain Steven Gerrard admits England are in a must-win situation but "wants to make the nation proud" with victory. The midfielder insists the players have a "hunger and desire" to make amends for the woeful performance during the goalless draw with Algeria on Friday. England have to beat current Group C leaders Slovenia to make sure of their place in the last 16 and Gerrard knows there has to be a significant improvement. The Liverpool captain wants a return to the form demonstrated during the qualifying campaign when Fabio Capello's side won nine of their 10 matches. The 30-year-old said: "It is a do-or-die situation. We need to perform, we need to improve on the last performance. "The training was very sharp this morning and hopefully everyone can do the business. In the last performance, we didn't do what we did in the qualifying games."

Formation:442Manager: Matjaz Kek

Slovenia

Formation: 442Manager: Fabio Capello

England

  • Samir Handanovic
  • Miso Brecko
  • Marko Suler
  • Bostjan Cesar
  • Bojan Jokic
  • Valter Birsa
  • Robert Koren
  • Aleksandar Radosavljevic
  • Andraz Kirm
  • Zlatan Ljubijankic
  • Milivoje Novakovic
  • SUBS
  • Jasmin Handanovic
  • Elvedin Dzinic
  • Branko Ilic
  • Nejc Pecnik
  • Zlatko Dedic
  • Rene Krhin
  • Suad Filekovic
  • Andrej Komac
  • Dalibor Stevanovic
  • Matej Mavric
  • Tim Matavz
  • Aleksander Seliga

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Match Report

England progress with win After a turbulent week, a hug of unity at the end as England dragged themselves away from the World Cup abyss and back on the path to glory with a 1-0 win over Slovenia. Jermain Defoe nudged home the first-half winner that propelled the Three Lions into the last 16. Landon Donovan's injury-time effort in Pretoria meant the outcome was not exactly what England wanted, as it sends them to Bloemfontein on Sunday and leaves them in the same quarter of the draw as Diego Maradona's dangerous Argentinians. But the main thing is they are still there, and Fabio Capello can at least look back on the result with satisfaction, given his decision to select Defoe above the non-scoring talents of Emile Heskey. But there was so much more to cherish. With the notable exception of Wayne Rooney, who did not look impressed to be replaced by Joe Cole, and the fact their goals difference read only one, England found themselves again, producing all the verve and fire their manager knows they are so capable of. Days of rancour gave way to the sheer exhilaration of seeing a team play in the manner of old and though their profligacy ensured there were some nervy moments to survive before victory could be achieved, in the end they made it. The men who combined to give England that crucial, crucial goal were both exorcising a personal ghost. It has almost been forgotten it is so long ago but right at the beginning of England's World Cup, Defoe was a starter for Capello. Hauled off after a goalless 45 minutes against Andorra in Barcelona, Defoe was condemned to the role of impact substitute for the remainder of the qualifiers, admittedly scoring three times in the process. Milner's wound is much fresher. Always a Capello favourite, the Aston Villa man was asked to plug a hole on the left of England's midfield for the opening encounter with the United States. Given a right old chasing by Carlos Bocanegra, the 24-year-old was hauled off after half an hour and must have wondered if he would see any more action in South Africa. Capello is intensely loyal though. Deciding he needed more solidity defensively than Aaron Lennon can provide, the Italian turned to Milner for the right-sided role. His early contribution was riddled with mistakes. But the cross he swung deep into the Slovenia box midway through that opening period was almost Beckham-esque. Defoe had made his way into the danger zone, like any instinctive marksman would, got just in front of Marko Suler and stuck out his leg, prodding the ball goalwards with enough power to get it past Samir Handanovic, who did nearly make a save. It had taken Defoe 23 minutes to achieve what Heskey had managed once in eight years; a competitive goal. Visibly, the pressure lifted from English shoulders. The high-tempo, quick passing, tigerish pressing game Capello had yearned for, and which temperatures of a South African winter suit so well suddenly appeared, and so did the opportunities. Frank Lampard and skipper Steven Gerrard had the first couple before half-time, the Liverpool man knowing he would have scored if he had put more power behind a side-footed effort that failed to beat Handanovic after a hitherto quiet Rooney had provided the superb square ball. Capello cut a frustrated figure when, eight yards out and completely unmarked, Defoe made no contact after Barry had lofted a pass into a Slovenia penalty area in a state of confusion thanks to some selfless running from Rooney. John Terry brought a brilliant save out of Handanovic when he rose to meet Barry's corner at the far post before Rooney struck the base of a post after his unchecked run into the penalty area had been spotted by Lampard. It was sumptuous fare lifted directly from the Premier League, the kind of football that prompted Capello to make his "crazy" claim that England could reach the final of this grand and prestigious tournament in Soccer City on July 11. In a week for apologies and forgiveness, the England supporters responded by showing they bore no hard feelings for Rooney's rant in Cape Town by chanting his name with gusto, although on the second occasion it was for their talisman's exit - unhappily - to make way for Joe Cole to make his long-awaited bow. Amid the euphoria at finding a team, one fairly large problem was being overlooked. England's lead remained stuck at one and could so easily be snatched away. Had first Terry, then Glen Johnson, not thrown themselves in front of Slovenian shots, the smallest country in the tournament would have had their equaliser and England would have been out. For Slovenia, events elsewhere would give them cause for huge regret. For England, pride was restored - and a sigh of relief could be breathed.

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