Friday March 22, 2013 1st Round: Group H Finished Stadio Olimpico

San Marino 0 - 8 England

  • Della Valle 12’ (o.g.)
  • Oxlade-Chamberlain 28’
  • Defoe 35’, 78’
  • Young 39’
  • Lampard 42’
  • Rooney 54’
  • Sturridge 70’

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  • Live Commentary

    • San Marino
    • England
    • 90' On the stroke of 90 minutes the referee blows for full time as England win 8-0. Easy win for Roy's boys, who look to Montenegro on Tuesday. Should be an interesting game!
    • 89' England give away a couple of free-kicks, Parker fouling Rinaldi.
    • 88' A cluster of announcements for the England fans are pretty much all we're getting in these latter stages.
    • 86' Again Defoe misses as he puts well wide of the far post with a poor cross-shot. Young once more released him!
    • 85' Baines inside to Young, who tries to release Sturridge but plays it to a defender, who hacks to touch.
    • 84' Oxlade Chamberlain again gets in down the right, he cuts it back to Walker WHOSE CROSS LANDS FOR DEFOE BUT HE HEADS INCHES WIDE! Should have been a hat-trick!
    • 82' England with 65% possession and 28 shots on goal.
    • 81' The Ox with a driving run down the right but he overruns it for a goal kick.
    • 80' SAN MARINO SUB: Valentini comes on for the home side.
    • 79' Young releases the Ox down the left but his cross is too close to Simoncini, who does well to hold on.
    • 78' That is Defoe's 19th England goal in 46 matches.
    • 77' GOAL ENGLAND! It's eight as Defoe backheels past Simoncini for his second of the night from a Walker cross.
    • 75' Baines shoots but it's a comfortable save for Rinaldi, who bats it away for the cameras.
    • 74' Free-kick to England around 30 yards out as the Ox is fouled, but not before Andy Selva makes way for Rinaldi.
    • 72' Another England corner, which Young sends deep. Sturridge has it, now Baines on the left, he cuts it back to Osman, who runs with it before finding Walker. England playing keep-nall until Baines sends a cross too close to Simoncini.
    • 71' That was Sturridge's first England goal, although he has scored a few for Team GB.
    • 70' GOAL ENGLAND! Sturridge makes it seven with a free header at the far post from Young's cute clipped cross.
    • 69' Osman is the latest England player to receive a clumsy Sunday league tackle. England keep it short from the free-kick.
    • 68' San Marino make a couple of changes as Montenegro are confirmed to have beaten Moldova 1-0, so they stay top of the group. England now have to win there next week!
    • 67' ENGLAND SUB: Lampard replaced by Parker, with the armband going to Lescott.
    • 66' Osman blasts high and wide after a quick break from England, who will make their third and final change now...
    • 66' Corner to San Marino! Selva with the run down the right. Can they make Hart and co. work? It almost finds Della Valle, before bouncing off Walker into the arms of Hart!
    • 65' Gasperoni is down injured. He owns a lighting store.
    • 64' Oxlade-Chamberlain shoots over with the outside of his boot after a fine pass by Lescott.
    • 63' Throw to England as Gasperoni prevents the corner.
    • 62' IT BREATHES! A shot on goal from Bollini as a poor Hart kick lands to him - miles over though. Down the other end Sturridge shoots wide from an angle.
    • 61' DEFOE HITS THE SIDE NETTING! Initially you thought it was in as he raced in down the left and blasted a shot off the stantion, the ball rolling along the back of the goal like it was bursting the net.
    • 60' STURRIDGE MISSES A SITTER! He heads off the bar from point-blank range after he was found unmarked at the back stick by Oxlade-Chamberlain's cross.
    • 59' Lampard lofts the free-kick in before it was expected, Baines is in but he gets his header all wrong, sending it backwards.
    • 58' Cervellini is booked now for a lunge on the Ox.
    • 56' ENGLAND SUBS: Rooney makes way for Osman, with Montenegro in mind. Cleverley is also replaced, with Sturridge moving up front.
    • 55' Montenegro have scored in Moldova despite being down to 10 men. They would stay top, until their match against England at least.
    • 54' That was Rooney's 34th England goal in 80 matches.
    • 53' GOAL ENGLAND! Rooney with the free-kick, over the wall and swinging out to the left to nestle in the bottom left. 6-0.
    • 52' Terrible challenge by Davide Simoncini to leave Cleverley rolling about. First booking of the night.
    • 51' Decent save by Simoncini as Rooney spanks a dripping drive towards the top right. Corner.
    • 50' Selva - San Marino's record scorer with a mighty eight - almost gets past Lescott but the England man clears.
    • 49' Joe Hart gets what I make his second touch of the game as he clears a backpass.
    • 48' Nice clipped pass from Lampard releases Defoe, who the linesman flags offside but who was on, the left-back failing to move quickly enough.
    • 47' England getting some passing in as they look to tire the hosts into falling completely to pieces.
    • 46' The second half is underway!
    • - More important for England than this match is their main group rivals Montenegro - who are goalless at half-time in Moldova, and down to 10 men!
    • - HALF-TIME STATS: England with 70% possession, 13 corners, 13 shots on target and five goals.
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    • 45' No added time as the ref blows for half-time. England lead 5-0.
    • 44' Lampard's long pass finds Defoe, who picks out Rooney. His shot is weak though, easy for Simoncini. Rooney thought he had been fouled but nothing given.
    • 42' That is Lampard's 28th England goal in 96 matches.
    • 41' GOAL ENGLAND! Cool side-foot finish from Lampard as Rooney steps over Baines's low cross from the left. 5-0!
    • 40' That was Young's seventh goal for England in 27 matches, although his last competitive strike was in October 2011 in Montenegro.
    • 39' GOAL ENGLAND! Spectacular effort from Young that would have gone in whoever the opposition! He hit that from almost 30 yards, in off the bar.
    • 38' Lampard with a mazy dribble and a low fizzing drive but straight at Simoncini, who initially spills it but dives on to the ball in time.
    • 37' Delighftul reverse pass from Rooney to release Baines but his cross is cleared.
    • 36' Simoncini rushes out to smother the ball at Defoe's feet. Can see this hitting five by the break.
    • 35' GOAL ENGLAND! Defoe is onside this time as he taps in a flick-on by Oxlade-Chamberlain. Rooney with the cross after Baines released him.
    • 34' GOAL ENGLAND! But no, Defoe was offside when Lampard slid Young through, his cut-back finished by Defoe who became active at that point. The United man should have had a go himself.
    • 33' Baines to swing this corner in - it almost connects with Lescott on the near post, his flick landing just behind Walker! England now have a free-kick just inside the San Marino half.
    • 32' Walker with a driving run down the right, his cross put behind for another corner. England well into double figures now - this is their 13th!
    • 31' Lampard tries a flick-volley on the edge of the box but it's very crowded and his shot is blocked.
    • 30' Walker on the right wing takes on Palazzi, then finds Lampard but his return pass is well blocked by Palazzi. You can tell he's their only pro.
    • 29' Oxlade-Chamberlain has now scored twice for England - the other came against this lot too. Flat-track?
    • 28' GOAL ENGLAND! Oxlade-Chamberlain fires it in after completing a one-two with Rooney on the edge of the box. Walker's run down the right started the move.
    • 27' Another corner to England as Baines was slide-tackled by Palazzi. Sent towards Rooney but it shaves his head to land clear.
    • 26' A promising passing move by England breaks down as Rooney overhits his pass to the Ox. Throw to San Marino, who get three touches on it before lumping an aimless long ball back to England.
    • 25' San Marino manage to clear that corner but it's only a matter of time...
    • 24' Young tries a curling shot, which is his forte, but it's deflected by Bollini for another corner.
    • 23' San Marino's only touches in the last five minutes have been the odd interception or frantic clearance.
    • 22' Baines's ball is cleared by Bollini but it's back with England. Young and Rooney try the one-two on the left but will have to settle for a corner. Clever short routine that sees Young shoot, blocked over for a corner.
    • 21' Palazzi takes out Young in full fligh and Baines will whip this free-kick in...
    • 20' England have another corner as an Ox shot strikes Vitaioli to spoon over the bar. Rooney puts in this one but a diving Lampard heads well over.
    • 19' So congested on the edge of the Sammarese box as a sea of blue stands in the way of England and a second. England will have to play the Spain way to break these down.
    • 18' A bit of respite for San Marino as they have a throw won by Vitaioli off the Ox.
    • 17' England, predictably, have laid camp in San Marino's final third. The hosts have seven at the back at the moment.
    • 16' Baines swings the corner in a Lampard's flick on lands for DEFOE BUT HE SOMEHOW HEADS OVER! Should have scored!
    • 15' Another corner to England as Rooney and the Ox completed a one-two. On the right, Baines to deliver.
    • 14' Simoncini appears to carry the ball outside the area but the ref turns his back on England's protests. Looked dodgy to me!
    • 13' To be fair to Della Valle, Rooney would have scored had he not touched the ball, which was about to land for tap-in to the Manchester United striker.
    • 12' GOAL ENGLAND! Own-goal from Della Valle under pressure from Rooney as Baines whipped in a cross from the left.
    • 11' More pressure from England with the likes of Lescott still waiting up front for the aerial ball. Young slips it into Defoe, who is half a yard offside.
    • 10' OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN HITS THE BAR! Rooney lifted the ball into the box, with the Ox under pressure from both Palazzi and Gasperoni as he flicks it over the keeper and off the woodwork.
    • 9' Simoncini punches Baines's ball away and the second ball forces a fourth corner. This time Simoncini holds on and pumps the kick long.
    • 8' England have another corner as Rooney's effort is put behind. Young to take... Skims off Gasperoni for a third corner. Baines to take from the right.
    • 7' GOOD SAVE SIMONCINI! England had a free-kick on the right, San Marino go to sleep as Lampard wriggles in but his near-post drive is well blocked by the keeper. Corner.
    • 6' The Ox fouls Palazzi and San Marino have a chance to launch it into the box, which they don't take.
    • 5' Rooney is onside but he lets the ball bounce, the delay allowing Della Valle to put behind. Lescott gets his head on the short-corner routine but he is off balance and sends it high and wide.
    • 4' Young swings it far post but Lampard was pushing his marker Palazzi and sends it well off target anyway.
    • 3' Defoe gets in space on the left, cutting it back for Lampard but Bollini slides in with a vital block to send the shot behind for a corner.
    • 2' San Marino have rather predictably set up with two very deep banks of four. Will be tough to break them down initially, but when they do there will be plenty of goalmouth action.
    • 1' Diagonal ball wide for Young but he can't quite keep it in.
    • 1' The first half is underway!
    • 19:55 MATCH ODDS (William Hill): San Marino 100/1, England 1/100, Draw 20/1
    • 19:50 ONES TO WATCH: Wayne Rooney has scored four goals in his last three internationals combined; Tom Cleverley made 145 and completed 140 passes in England’s reverse meeting with San Marino at Wembley in October, both records for England since Opta started full analysis of England’s fixtures; Sub Danny Welbeck has scored five goals from just five shots on target at international level.
    • 19:45 FORM: Roy Hodgson has lost just once in 13 matches as England boss, while England have won eight and lost just one of their last 11 away qualifiers (Word Cup & Euro), drawing two.
    • 19:40 HEAD-TO-HEAD: England have scored 18 times and conceded just once in their three previous matches against San Marino. That average of six goals per game is their joint-best against any of the 87 different nations they have faced in international football (level with Jamaica). An England player has netted four goals in two of the their three previous clashes with the European minnows (David Platt and Ian Wright).
    • 19:35 FACT: San Marino have lost their last 50 international matches, scoring just seven goals and conceding over 200. They are joint-bottom of FIFA's 207-team ranking table and have only ever won one single match, against Liechtenstein in 2004. Six things you can do in San Marino… and six you can’t (plus video)
    • 19:30 FULL TEAMS - San Marino: Simoncini, Valle, Benedettini, Bollini, Cervellini; Palazzi, Vannucci, Cibelli, Coppini; Rinaldi, Vitaioli; Subs: Federico Valentini, Bacciocchi, Bianchi, Buscarini, Coppini, Alex Della Valle, Rinaldi, Carlo Valentini, Vannucci /// England: Hart, Walker, Baines, Lescott, Smalling, Cleverley, Lampard, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Young, Defoe, Rooney; Subs: Foster, Forster, Cole, Taylor, Caulker, Parker, Milner, Gerrard, Carrick, Osman, Welbeck, Sturridge
    • 19:25 Giampaolo Mazza: “I am the longest-serving national team boss in Europe and maybe even in the world. I’ve been in the San Marino job since 1998 and I’ve never been a slave to results. We are aware of our level and losing is pretty normal for us. You have to remember that we are one of the smallest countries in Europe, with a population of just 32,000. I’ve got no more than about 50 players to call on, perhaps even a few less.”
    • 19:25 Roy Hodgson: "We should have most of the possession and we should take all three points, but we will be taking nothing for granted and we will work hard for the victory while paying San Marino the ultimate respect.”
    • 19:20 Any comments on the England XI, and the naming of Lamps as skipper, feel free to get in touch on Twitter @Reda_Eurosport. FOLLOW HERE!
    • 19:15 Additional to that news, Roy Hodgson has done exactly what he said and played a defender as a centre-back, cooling rumours he would use Carrick. It is Lescott though, which is a risk as if he is booked he would miss the Montenegro match.
    • 19:10 Steven Gerrard is rested for England, with Frank Lampard named captain in his absence. There is no Theo Walcot for reasons discussed earlier, meaning Ashley Young and Jermain Defoe play with Wayne Rooney in a front three, or four if you include Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
    • 19:05 England XI: Hart, Walker, Baines, Lescott, Smalling, Cleverley, Lampard, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Young, Defoe, Rooney
    • 19:00 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the World Cup qualifier between minnows San Marino and England, who are expected to run up a rugby score here. Kick-off at 8pm!
  • Summary

    • 34' GOAL ENGLAND! But no, Defoe was offside when Lampard slid Young through, his cut-back finished by Defoe who became active at that point. The United man should have had a go himself.

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    Manager: Giampaolo Mazza

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    Manager: Roy Hodgson

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