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  • Date:26 Mar 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Millennium Stadium
  • Attendance:68,959
  • Lampard - pen (6) Bent (13)
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91:54 +1.54

Foul by Michael Dawson on Ched Evans, free kick awarded. Craig Bellamy crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance made by John Terry.

91:35 +1.35

James Milner takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.

91:04 +1.04

Craig Bellamy has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses left.

89:47

Shot from just outside the area by Stewart Downing misses to the left of the target.

87:54

Phil Jagielka is brought on as a substitute for Scott Parker. Michael Dawson concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Bellamy. Free kick taken by Aaron Ramsey.

85:38

James Collins receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Darren Bent by James Collins. Frank Lampard takes the direct free kick.

83:12

Booking for Glen Johnson for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ched Evans by Glen Johnson. Danny Collins takes the direct free kick.

82:26

The ball is delivered by Ashley Young, save by Wayne Hennessey.

82:14

James Milner takes a short corner.

81:45

Craig Bellamy receives a yellow card for dissent.

81:06

David Vaughan booked. Stewart Downing replaces Jack Wilshere. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere by David Vaughan. Ashley Cole takes the direct free kick.

76:41

Corner from the left by-line taken by Craig Bellamy, Joe Hart makes a save.

76:36

Chris Gunter delivers the ball, clearance by Glen Johnson.

75:49

Ashley Young is ruled offside. Danny Collins takes the indirect free kick.

75:09

Joe Ledley takes the inswinging corner, save by Joe Hart.

74:43

Corner taken right-footed by Craig Bellamy, clearance made by Frank Lampard.

72:35

Corner from left by-line taken by Craig Bellamy.

71:33

Centre by James Milner, clearance by Ashley Williams.

69:53

The referee books Joe Ledley for dissent.

69:03

(England) makes a substitution, with James Milner coming on for Wayne Rooney. Ched Evans concedes a free kick for a foul on Ashley Cole. Free kick taken by John Terry.

66:46

Shot on goal by Jack Wilshere from just inside the area goes over the target.

64:45

(Wales) makes a substitution, with David Vaughan coming on for Andy King. Ched Evans on for Steve Morison.

62:58

Unfair challenge on Wayne Rooney by Chris Gunter results in a free kick. Strike comes in from Frank Lampard from the free kick, Wayne Hennessey makes a comfortable save.

62:15

Shot on goal by Aaron Ramsey from just inside the area goes over the target.

60:12

The official flags Steve Morison offside. John Terry takes the free kick.

58:22

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Young by Joe Ledley. Frank Lampard takes the direct free kick.

57:40

Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Chris Gunter gets a block in.

55:58

The referee books Andrew Crofts for unsporting behaviour. Andrew Crofts concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Wilshere. Ashley Cole takes the direct free kick.

53:12

Andy King has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.

48:39

The ball is sent over by Ashley Young, Foul by Wayne Rooney on James Collins, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.

47:02

A cross is delivered by Ashley Young.

45:27

Unfair challenge on Ashley Young by Danny Collins results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Glen Johnson.

42:35

The ball is sent over by John Terry.

41:45

Ashley Williams gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Darren Bent. Free kick crossed by Ashley Young, clearance made by Steve Morison.

39:21

Effort on goal by Ashley Young from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.

38:51

Steve Morison concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Dawson. Michael Dawson takes the free kick.

36:32

Wayne Rooney is booked. Free kick awarded for a foul by Wayne Rooney on Joe Ledley. Aaron Ramsey takes the direct free kick.

33:36

Unfair challenge on Steve Morison by Frank Lampard results in a free kick. Craig Bellamy crosses the ball in from the free kick, Joe Hart makes a save.

33:03

Andrew Crofts fouled by Ashley Cole, the ref awards a free kick. James Collins restarts play with the free kick.

31:03

Headed from the edge of the area by Darren Bent goes wide of the left-hand upright.

27:37

The ball is delivered by Glen Johnson, Ashley Williams makes a clearance.

26:02

Outswinging corner taken by Ashley Young from the right by-line played to the near post.

25:12

Frank Lampard takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Steve Morison makes a clearance.

25:04

A cross is delivered by Glen Johnson, Ashley Williams makes a clearance.

20:13

Ashley Young takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.

19:23

Corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard to the near post, clearance by Joe Ledley.

18:53

Ashley Williams gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Frank Lampard. Free kick taken by Frank Lampard.

17:52

The ball is crossed by Ashley Young, Wayne Rooney produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.

13:58

Goal scored by Darren Bent from inside the six-yard box high into the middle of the goal. Wales 0-2 England.The assist for the goal came from Ashley Young.

13:30

The official flags Craig Bellamy offside. Michael Dawson restarts play with the free kick.

12:54

Frank Lampard takes the inswinging corner, save made by Wayne Hennessey.

11:59

Ashley Cole takes a shot. Blocked by Ashley Williams.

8:49

Jack Wilshere challenges Craig Bellamy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by James Collins.

8:23

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Parker by Aaron Ramsey. Ashley Young crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, James Collins makes a clearance.

6:41

Penalty scored by Frank Lampard. Wales 0-1 England.Unfair challenge on Ashley Young by James Collins results in a Penalty. The assist for the goal came from Ashley Young.

5:10

Andrew Crofts challenges Scott Parker unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Scott Parker.

Match Preview

Speed envious of England pressure Wales manager Gary Speed might hope to take advantage of any anxiety in the England side - but wishes his players were facing the same pressures. Speed could not have asked for a bigger challenge in his first competitive match in charge as rivals England visit the Millennium Stadium for a sell-out Euro 2012 qualifier. As group favourites and with manager Fabio Capello the subject of continuing criticism, England are under pressure to perform. The mood in the Welsh camp is different, with Speed inheriting a seemingly doomed qualification campaign and very much focusing on the future. After three defeats, Wales have little to lose, but there are aspects of the English preparation Speed does envy. The former Wales captain, whose first match was a 3-0 drubbing by the Republic of Ireland last month, said: "There is always pressure on England. "Every England player, whoever they are playing against, is always under pressure. "I want to get to the stage where there is pressure on us as well. "If that is the case, we are doing okay. "As a player, if asked would I like that pressure or not - I'd rather have it there. "It means it is a big, important game and you are privileged to be playing. I'd rather it was there than wasn't." Speed's preparations suffered a major setback when star player Gareth Bale was forced to withdraw with a hamstring injury. It was revealed the Tottenham winger had not trained all week due to the problem, which Wales insist he was carrying when he reported for duty. That conflicts with the opinion of Spurs boss Harry Redknapp, who has insisted the 21-year-old was fine after playing 90 minutes against West Ham last Saturday. Both managers, however, have refused to apportion blame and Speed has quickly downplayed suggestions of a rift over the matter. The 41-year-old said: "I haven't spoken to Harry but we have swapped telephone messages. "Everything is fine. It was a misunderstanding and that's been nipped in the bud. It's fine." England keeper Joe Hart has admitted Bale's absence is good news. There has been understandable dismay in Welsh ranks, whilst England, although not revelling in the misfortune of a fellow professional, are hardly crying either. "The news about Bale is good for us," Hart told FATV. "He is one of their best players. "No one wants to see him getting hurt or injured of course and I am sure they will have someone ready to come in a fill his shoes. But they are pretty big shoes to fill." West Brom goalkeeper Scott Carson has been called into the squad after Ben Foster was ruled out with a throat infection. Foster was struggling with the complaint yesterday but England's medical staff decided to leave it overnight before making a final decision on his fitness. However, there has been no improvement and Foster has now been released back to Birmingham.

Formation:451Manager: Gary Speed

Wales

Formation: 433Manager: Fabio Capello

England

  • Wayne Hennessey
  • Chris Gunter
  • James Collins
  • Ashley Williams
  • Danny Collins
  • Craig Bellamy
  • Andrew Crofts
  • Aaron Ramsey
  • Andy King
  • Joe Ledley
  • Steve Morison
  • SUBS
  • Boaz Myhill
  • Neal Eardley
  • Daniel Gabbidon
  • David Vaughan
  • Joe Allen
  • Simon Church
  • Ched Evans

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Match Report

England cruise to victory Early Frank Lampard and Darren Bent goals turned the spotlight off manager Fabio Capello as England eased past Wales 2-0 in their Euro 2012 qualifier in Cardiff. Capello had endured a torrid week in the media over his handling of John Terry's reinstatement as captain and defeat at the Millennium Stadium would have seen the pressure increase considerably. Yet that seemed unlikely from the moment Lampard struck with a seventh-minute penalty and Bent doubled the advantage with a typical close-range finish eight minutes later. Wales, having been overpowered in the first half, restored pride with a competitive display after the break but Gary Speed could not be spared defeat in his first home international as manager. The only major downside for England, who move to the top of Group G, was a booking for Wayne Rooney which will keep him out of the next qualifier against Switzerland in June. England were rarely extended in the first period with the outstanding Ashley Young, playing alongside Rooney behind Bent, at the heart of all their good work. Scott Parker, winning his first cap for four and a half years, was composed in front of the back four and Jack Wilshere, making his first competitive start, looked a natural fit in midfield. Terry, although largely untested, did not put a foot wrong as he captained the team for the first time in 17 months. Despite Wales' hopeless plight at the bottom of the group, the hosts had relished the build-up to the encounter with Speed assembling one of the country's strongest squads for some time. His plans suffered a setback when the dangerous Gareth Bale was forced to withdraw earlier in the week but home passion was clearly in evidence in the opening stages. Craig Bellamy was his usual fired-up self and stood his ground when confronted by Rooney after catching the England striker. Aaron Ramsey, becoming Wales' youngest-ever captain on his return to the side from a broken leg, was also keen to get into the action and a strong early surge offered encouragement. That optimism was immediately punctured, however, as England went ahead from the spot. A slip by James Collins allowed Terry to slip in Young and the Wales defender clumsily brought down his Aston Villa team-mate as he tried to recover. Lampard coolly sent Wayne Hennessey the wrong way and England went on to dominate the first half with ease. Ashley Cole had a shot blocked by Ashley Williams before the visitors doubled their lead on 15 minutes after more good work by Young. Glen Johnson sent Young racing clear down the right and his cross was clinically dispatched by Bent six yards out. Hennessey then had to deal with a dangerous Young cross as England threatened again and Rooney picked out Bent with a superb 60-yard ball only for the striker to head wide. Ramsey looked full of energy as he tried to haul Wales back into contention but was perhaps trying too hard to impress and was often left frustrated. Wales did get the ball into the box when Bellamy lofted in a free-kick but Joe Hart punched clear under pressure from Steve Morison. Rooney was caught in midfield by Andrew Crofts and moments later was booked for a bad challenge on Joe Ledley, an indiscretion that rules him out of the next game. Young went close with a dipping effort after spotting Hennessey off his line but the ball dropped over the bar. At the other end Bellamy almost played in Andy King but Cole made a timely interception. Morison also broke into the area after turning Michael Dawson but his cross was cleared. Wales looked a different side after the break but were almost caught out when a poor clearance by Hennessey allowed Young to cross but Rooney was unable to make contact. Bellamy sent King clear with a fine through ball but the Leicester midfielder blasted wide. A chance opened up for English-born Morison but the Millwall striker's control let him down as he looked for his first international goal. Ramsey then showed neat footwork on the edge of the area but was unable to keep his shot on target. Lampard shot over for England but the visitors had clearly eased off. The introduction of David Vaughan and Ched Evans for Wales failed to bring about a breakthrough and England played out time as the game became scrappy. Stewart Downing, a late replacement for Wilshere, shot narrowly wide after a fine run in the 90th minute.

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