Friday September 6, 2013 1st Round: Group H Finished Wembley

England 4 - 0 Moldova

  • Gerrard 12’
  • Lambert 27’
  • Welbeck 45’, 50’

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • England
    • Moldova
    • 90+2' There goes the final whistle! A fine 4-0 win for England on the night. More than merited.
    • 90+1' Chance for Milner to add the fifth goal from Gerrard's free-kick, but he somehow manages to clear the bar with his finish.
    • 89' Two minutes to be added to the match.
    • 88' England very tidy in possession. Just popping the ball about for fun as we head for injury time.
    • 87' Ball breaks to Armas on the edge of the England box, but he thumps the effort well over the bar. Perhaps the visiting side's best chance of the evening.
    • 86' Baines sees the ball comes off him, and Moldova have a corner here. Miracles do happen then.
    • 85' Offside flag goes up against Baines. Lovely ball again by Gerrard, who has looked every inch the skipper.
    • 84' England fans begin to head for the exit doors. Seen enough for tonight. Has been a decent night's work by their side.
    • 83' Ball breaks kindly to Walker around 16 yards from the Moldova goal. Fairly rips the volley at goal, but two yards too high.
    • 82' Alexandru Pascenco replaces Serghei Gheorghiev for the visiting side.
    • 81' Walker with another calm piece of defending, but so, so easy against this impotent Moldova side.
    • 80' Welbeck looks like he is going to be a huge loss for England in Kiev. Has been full of appetite and running again tonight apart from his goals.
    • 79' Gerrard throws over a cross at pace. Met by Welbeck, whose header is several yards wide of the target.
    • 78' Armas rises to head clear the Gerrard corner. Decent piece of defending.
    • 77' Barkley has certainly looked comfortable at the heart of the midfield, but a League Two side could probably look comfortable against this visiting lot.
    • 76' Getting out of Wembley shipping only four goals should be hailed a result for this Moldova side.
    • 75' Lampard with a stinging shot. Somehow Namasco gets a leg to the ball to get it over the bar. More by luck than by design.
    • 74' Barkley caught late by Onica. England continue with wave after wave of these training ground attacks.
    • 73' Walker providing some ample cover for England as he dashes back to makes sure Sidorenco can't trouble Hart in the home goal.
    • 72' Welbeck thumps a shot at goal from 25 yards. Namasco forced to gather the ball at the second attempt.
    • 71' England have used their three substitutes for the evening so Gerrard will need to see this one through.
    • 70' Barkley with a chance to come up with a debut goal, but smashes the shot a yard wide. Actually came off a Moldova boot.
    • 69' Jagielka guilty of a spot of pushing in the heart of that Moldova box, who haven't defended corners with any degree of certainty this evening.
    • 68' Ross Barkley was eligible to play for Nigeria before this evening, but not after tonight. Good decision by Hodgson to blood him here.
    • 67' Walcott with a crunching late tackle on Victor Golovatenco. Free-kick to Moldova.
    • 66' Lambert departs the scene to be replaced by James Milner for England.
    • 65' Welbeck drives a shot at goal, but a Moldova player gets a vital boot in. Welbeck hunting for a third goal. Such a shame he won't be available for the Ukraine contest.
    • 64' Sidorenco back on his feet after being taken out by Cahill moments ago.
    • 63' Dedov drives a shot miles wide from distance. The small posse of Moldova fans enjoying their night at Wembley.
    • 62' Welbeck nods over the bar. Great delivery from Gerrard. That was superb stuff. And Hodgson comes up with a round of applause.
    • 61' Options for Walcott, but he can't pick out the pass to unlock the visiting defence.
    • 60' Onica with a late one on Lampard as England race towards the visiting box.
    • 59' Wilshere departs to be replaced by Ross Barkley for the home team.
    • 58' England are likely to face a tougher time in Kiev on Tuesday, but they are getting some decent exercise in keeping possession.
    • 57' Simion Bulgaru departs for the visitors to be replaced by Aleandru Suvorov.
    • 56' Lovely header back to Hart by Walker. Had to get the weight of that right. And did.
    • 55' Eugen Sidorenco tries to display some adventure, but can't find the way to goal. England just covering up well at the key moments.
    • 54' Danny Welbeck has scored six goals in his last seven appearances for England, who continue to just stroll this match.
    • 53' Lambert playing provider twice this evening for Welbeck's goals and scoring. What an introduction to the England shirt for him.
    • 52' Baines drives the shot at goal, but Namasco somehow turns it behind. Fair to say the Moldova goalkeeper is having a bit of a stinker. Looks far from assured in his movements out there.
    • 51' GOAL! Lambert pokes the ball into the path of Welbeck, who lifts the chip over Namasco. A 4-0 lead now for England.
    • 50' Couple of attacking moves by England founder on the edge of that Moldova box. Cahill with a clearing header before Serghei Gheorghiev knocks a pass straight into the arms of Namasco.
    • 49' The reason Cole has been taken out of the equation is because of fear of doing a "Welbeck". He is one booking away from a suspension. Wise move by Hodgson in the circumstance.
    • 48' Danny Welbeck has scored with seven of his eight shots on target for England.
    • 47' Change for England at the break with Baines taking over from Cole.
    • 46' England get the second half off and running. How many more will they score in these 45 minutes?
    • 45+1' The half-time whistle sounds with England three goals to the good. Should be more in the second half. Stick with us.
    • 44' Hodgson can't hide his disappointment about the yellow card for Welbeck. Think it was Lambert with the pass into the path of Welbeck. No matter. England well in control.
    • 43' GOAL! Welbeck knocks the ball into the gaping net with Namasco all over the place again as he tried to come off his line. England lead 3-0.
    • 42' Welbeck has been booked for kicking the ball away after the flag went up. That means he is out of the trip to Ukraine on Tuesday.
    • 41' A few songs are heard around Wembley on what has been a quietish night so far with Welbeck caught offside.
    • 40' Gerrard with a probing delivery, but Namasco comes off his line to punch clear. Better than his attempt to keep out the Walcott shot at the second England goal.
    • 39' Cole brought down out wide, and England will have a free-kick chance. Chance to apply some pressure to this Moldova defence.
    • 38' Looking like a training exercise here for England. Roy Hodgson must be happy enough with what he has witnessed so far this evening. England in complete control.
    • 37' Jagielka looks to pick out Wilshere. Welbeck then carries the ball too far and ends up running it out of play.
    • 36' Lampard sees his effort come back off the wall on the night of his 99th cap for England.
    • 35' Wilshere caught late off the ball by Alexandru Onica. England have a free-kick 25 yards out.
    • 34' Every visiting player perched back in their own half at the moment. England just keeping the ball for fun, waiting for the killer pass.
    • 33' At least Wilshere seems to be fit enough to play on. Ion Caras, the Moldova coach, looking slightly concerned. It is little wonder.
    • 32' Alexandru Epureanu sums up the poverty of the visiting side's performance with an awful pass straight out of play.
    • 31' Cahill crashes into the back of Sidorenco, and that will be a free-kick to the visiting side around the halfway line.
    • 30' Serghei Gheorghiev tracked back well by Jagielka. A fine piece of sturdy defending by the England central defender.
    • 29' Some concern over the condition of Wilshere, who appears to be limping out there. Not sure what is wrong with the Arsenal playmaker.
    • 28' Alexandru Antoniuc sums up the Moldova performance so far as he hammers a wild shot miles wide of goal.
    • 27' Welbeck tries to join the party, but he lifts the ball miles over from Cole's neat little backheel flick out wide.
    • 26' Some fine pressing play by Walker to make sure Armas can't make any sort of run from deep posted in the right-back position.
    • 25' Moldova's Eugen Sidorenco has scored three goals in his last three international appearances.
    • 24' Gerrard just failing to connect with a volley in the box. There looks to be more goals in this tonight for England.
    • 23' GOAL! Lambert heads into the empty net after Stanislav Namasco made a complete mess of saving the Walcott shot. England lead 2-0.
    • 22' Lovely little run and shot by Wilshere. Breezed into the Moldova box, but Stanislav Namasco makes a brilliant stop to save from the Arsenal forward.
    • 21' All a bit sedate around Wembley at the moment. Not really approaching anything like the bedlam of the match with Scotland last month.
    • 20' Moldova seeming to lack the quality to trouble this England side, but Cahill finds himself under pressure as he is forced to slide the ball back to Hart in the home goal.
    • 19' England just taking up residence in the visiting half at the moment. Moldova playing a containing job. Have no option really, but to defend their half.
    • 18' England are top of Group H on 15 points as they stand from Montenegro on goal difference.
    • 17' An injury to Artur Ionita, who is replaced by Alexandru Onica for the visiting side.
    • 16' Steven Gerrard's opening goal ended a run of 18 appearances for the captain without scoring for England. Good time to notch one tonight.
    • 15' Lambert slides the ball into the path of Walcott, who buries his shot only to be caught offside. Really poor play by Walcott. Should never have been offside there.
    • 14' Aleksandru Dedov is caught offside out wide. Just setting off too soon. England can move up the park again.
    • 13' David Beckham and sons watching the action from high in the stands of this glorious stadium at Wembley.
    • 12' Gerrard takes up a menacing position out wide. Options for the Liverpool captain, but he lifts the ball straight out of play. Poor finish to a promising move.
    • 11' Some more delightful support play by Walker to pick out Lampard, whose shot is deflected behind for a corner.
    • 10' Was superbly placed by Gerrard. No chance for the visiting goalkeeper. Just the start England were looking for.
    • 9' GOAL! Gerrard thrashes the shot low and hard into the net from 25 yards. Brilliant finish from the Lampard pass. England lead 1-0.
    • 8' Walcott is blocked off the ball on the edge of the box after Lampard had picked out Walker. Decent defending by Moldova.
    • 7' Moldova knock the ball long and Hart is off his line to slip the ball to Cahill deep in his own half.
    • 6' The red shirts of Moldova pegged back deep in their own half. Moldova with one win and two draws from seven matches played in this group so far.
    • 5' Poland and Montenegro are level at 1-1 in the other Group H match this evening. Will keep you posted on how that affects matters.
    • 4' Stunning run and cross by Walker after a lovely pass by Walcott. No takers on hand to convert. More fine play by England.
    • 3' Glorious chance for England as Lambert slaps a volley wide of goal after a fine run and cross by Cole. England continue this offensive start.
    • 2' Early corner here for England. Gerrard with the delivery, but Lambert knocks the ball over the bar. Fine start by England. Important to get the tempo high early on.
    • 1' We are off and running then on a glorious Wembley surface.
    • 19:55 The teams arrive on the pitch and it's anthems time before we kick-off. Get your predictions in at the comments section! They're time-stamped so we won't be very praiseful of any made after the fact...
    • 19:50 And now it's 4-0 Ukraine on the stroke of half-time. Double figures, anyone?
    • 19:45 Of course the headlines during the week came from new FA chairman Greg Dyke's statement that England's target is to win the 2022 Qatar World Cup. Do you find his drive and ambition admirable, or is it just going to go the same way as any other hope for the national side? Have your say in the comments section below...
    • 19:40 The fans who made it to their seats early at Wembley are being treated to something, erm, different at present. Familiar with 'kiss-cam'? Wembley has 'bongo-cam', where spectators are pretending to play the bongo drums when the camera zooms on them. Erm... okay.
    • 19:35 Ukraine, to no surprise, are cruising in their qualifier in the same group against San Marino. 3-0 at present.
    • 19:30 Match odds: England 1/16, Moldova 50/1, Draw 14/1. Obviously England will always be expected to beat Moldova, and this could be a chance for Rickie Lambert - who scored on his international debut - to rack up a goal or five in addition to that here.
    • 19:25 Ion Caras: "We realise a draw may be the best result we can play for on Friday. A draw with England would be a miracle for Moldova. I am very happy to be here. There have been a lot of great players and great teams in this world who have never had the luck to play in this stadium but we are now amongst the lucky ones to play an official game in this stadium."
    • 19:20 Roy Hodgson on the mounting injuries: "We've not exactly been lucky have we? Now there's Daniel (Sturridge) and Steven (Caulker) and there was Wayne (Rooney) and two potential right-backs in Glen Johnson and Phil Jones, and before that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. So we have lost five players and a few weeks ago I was really banking on them. "It's a great opportunity for the ones who maybe wouldn't have got a game had they been available."
    • 19:15 ENGLAND: 1 Hart 2 Walker 3 Cole 4 Gerrard (c) 5 Cahill 6 Jagielka 7 Walcott 8 Lampard 9 Welbeck 10 Wilshere 11 Lambert. SUBS: 12 Smalling 13 Ruddy 14 Baines 15 Carrick 16 Cleverley 17 Milner 18 Barkley 19 Defoe 20 Young 21 Sterling 22 Townsend 23 Forster. /// MOLDOVA: 1 Namasco 2 Armas 3 Golovatenco 6 Epureanu 7 Ionita 9 Antoniuc 10 Dedov 11 Georghiev 13 Bulgaru 14 Bordian, 20 Sidorenco. SUBS: 12 Pascenco 23 Cebanu 4 Onica 5 Racu 8 Cebotaru 15 Doros 16 Suvorov 17 Boestean 18 Erhan 19 Pascenco.
    • 19:10 Good evening and welcome to Eurosport's LIVE World Cup matchcast as England welcome Moldova to Wembley. Team news will follow very shortly!
  • Summary

    • 90+1' Chance for Milner to add the fifth goal from Gerrard's free-kick, but he somehow manages to clear the bar with his finish.
    • 87' Ball breaks to Armas on the edge of the England box, but he thumps the effort well over the bar. Perhaps the visiting side's best chance of the evening.
    • 83' Ball breaks kindly to Walker around 16 yards from the Moldova goal. Fairly rips the volley at goal, but two yards too high.
    • 75' Lampard with a stinging shot. Somehow Namasco gets a leg to the ball to get it over the bar. More by luck than by design.
    • 72' Welbeck thumps a shot at goal from 25 yards. Namasco forced to gather the ball at the second attempt.
    • 70' Barkley with a chance to come up with a debut goal, but smashes the shot a yard wide. Actually came off a Moldova boot.
    • 62' Welbeck nods over the bar. Great delivery from Gerrard. That was superb stuff. And Hodgson comes up with a round of applause.
    • 52' Baines drives the shot at goal, but Namasco somehow turns it behind. Fair to say the Moldova goalkeeper is having a bit of a stinker. Looks far from assured in his movements out there.
    • 51' GOAL! Lambert pokes the ball into the path of Welbeck, who lifts the chip over Namasco. A 4-0 lead now for England.
    • 42' Welbeck has been booked for kicking the ball away after the flag went up. That means he is out of the trip to Ukraine on Tuesday.
    • 23' GOAL! Lambert heads into the empty net after Stanislav Namasco made a complete mess of saving the Walcott shot. England lead 2-0.
    • 22' Lovely little run and shot by Wilshere. Breezed into the Moldova box, but Stanislav Namasco makes a brilliant stop to save from the Arsenal forward.
    • 11' Some more delightful support play by Walker to pick out Lampard, whose shot is deflected behind for a corner.
    • 9' GOAL! Gerrard thrashes the shot low and hard into the net from 25 yards. Brilliant finish from the Lampard pass. England lead 1-0.
    • 4' Stunning run and cross by Walker after a lovely pass by Walcott. No takers on hand to convert. More fine play by England.
    • 3' Glorious chance for England as Lambert slaps a volley wide of goal after a fine run and cross by Cole. England continue this offensive start.
    • 19:15 ENGLAND: 1 Hart 2 Walker 3 Cole 4 Gerrard (c) 5 Cahill 6 Jagielka 7 Walcott 8 Lampard 9 Welbeck 10 Wilshere 11 Lambert. SUBS: 12 Smalling 13 Ruddy 14 Baines 15 Carrick 16 Cleverley 17 Milner 18 Barkley 19 Defoe 20 Young 21 Sterling 22 Townsend 23 Forster. /// MOLDOVA: 1 Namasco 2 Armas 3 Golovatenco 6 Epureanu 7 Ionita 9 Antoniuc 10 Dedov 11 Georghiev 13 Bulgaru 14 Bordian, 20 Sidorenco. SUBS: 12 Pascenco 23 Cebanu 4 Onica 5 Racu 8 Cebotaru 15 Doros 16 Suvorov 17 Boestean 18 Erhan 19 Pascenco.

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    Manager: Roy Hodgson

  • Moldova

    Manager: Ion Caras

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