Friday, 7 September 2012

England vs Moldova - World Cup Qualifiers LIVE Commentary:

Hello and welcome to my International LIVE Commentary, as England face Moldova in their first World Cup 2014 Qualifying Match plus other fixtures in the first World Cup Qualifying Match over Europe.

Team Line-ups:

Moldova: Namasco, Armas, Epureanu, Bulgaru, Golovatenco, Sergei Kovalchuk, Kovalchuk, Gatcan, Onica, Suvorov, Patras, Picusciac.

Subs: S Pascenco, Racu, Ovseanicov, Cebotaru, Bordiyan, Doros, Sidorenco, A Pascenco, Dedov, Ivanov, Alexeev, Negai.

England: Hart, Johnson, Lescott, Terry, Baines, Milner, Lampard, Cleverley, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gerrard, Defoe.
Subs: Ruddy, Walker, Bertrand, Cahill, Carrick, Jagielka, Walcott, Sturridge, Welbeck, Butland.


0: The match has kicked off in the Zimbru Stadium in Moldova.

3: England awarded a penalty after a shot from Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley hits defender Bulgaru on his hand, despite trying to turn away from the ball. The shot was too powerful for him to see, and it looks like it is a harsh penalty to be honest.

3: Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard steps up to take the penalty..... Hits the ball low and hard towards goal... GOAL!!!

Low and hard from 12 yards: Chelsea midfielder Frank Lamaprd breaks the deadlock for England in the 3rd minute.
Early lead: Lampard celebrates his penalty goal with the midfielder who won the pen Tom Cleverley.

England break the deadlock in 3 minutes.

4: FACT:
Frank Lampard has scored more penalties for England than any other player in the squad.

6: Liverpool full-back Glen Johnson has beeen booked for a late challenge on Bulgaru.

8: Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain weaves past two defenders for pace before crossing the ball into the box for Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe.... he shoots... JUST PAST THE POST!

10: England passing well and looking dangerous near goal.

17: Moldova striker Patras has the ball at his feet, before turning and hitting the ball towards goal from 25 yards out...The ball flies towards goal... OVER THE BAR!! 

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart had to dive for the ball there, because he did not know whether the ball was going to dip or not at the last second.

18: Moldova's supporters are suddenly excited and the atmosphere has just increased now after that shot which was close to a goal.

23: England have been awarded a free-kick from just outside the box, in a dangerous position...

5 players in the wall, before Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard hits the ball hard and powerfully towards goal.... OVER THE BAR! 

24: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain finds Gerrard with a great through ball... he looks to find Defoe on his right, but the defender sees the attempted pass and cuts it out.

25: Moldova are starting to press England's defence now, improving their play.

A shot is deflected out for a corner as the Moldovan supporters roar to encourage their team forward.


Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie, Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko and Newcastle midifelder Yohan Cabaye have all scored for the respective countries tonight.
More news at half-time.

28: Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard finds his Liverpol team-mate Glen Johnson, who crosses the ball towards the box for Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard. 
He heads the ball forward..... GOAL!!!!

Clean finish: Lampard doubles his tally for the night after a great cross from full-back Glen Johnson.
It's in: Lampard does his trademark celebration - pointing to the sky after scoring a header in the 28th minute.

England have doubled their lead, and Lampard scores again.

Top class ball through by Johnson, and the finish was accurate into the corner of the goal.

31: Chamberlain finds space to run into, before unleashing a through ball towards striker Jermain Defoe... he hits the ball towards goal and the goalkeeper tries to save it, but the ball goes underneath him.

Poor goal for Moldova to concede, but a good build-up play goal by England with Chamberlain making an assist for Defoe.

36: Moldova free-kick....
Comes of nothing though as the header goes over the ball, nothing to trouble Joe Hart.

39: Defoe has a shot towards goal, but defender blocks it before it comes off Defoe. 

Moldova goal-kick.

Luxembourg 1 Portugal 1

Mr. 'I want more money' Cristiano Ronaldo scores for Portugal to equalise in the 29th minute. 

43: Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley tries to cross the ball into the box for Everton left-back Leighton Baines, but the ball goes over the bar and looks more like a shot.

45: The referee blows the whistle to end the first half at The Zimbru Stadium. 

England lead by three goals to nil against Moldova, but to be honest, the home side have been poor and not troubled goalkeeper Joe Hart so far.

Looks like the Three Lions have got their first three points in the WC qualifying campaign. 


Wales 0 Belgium 1 - HT

Wales and West Ham defender James Collins has been sent off in the first half. 
Manchester City captain and defender Vincent Kompany scored for Belgium from a header in the 41st minute.

Bulgaria 1 Italy 2 - HT

Germany 1 Faroe Islands 0 - HT 

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Gotze has scored for Germany, as they lead at half-time against Faroe Islands.

Finland 0 France 1 - HT

Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby has scored for France in the 20th minute, as they lead by 1 goal to nil against Finland at half-time away from home.

Montenegro 2 Poland 1 - HT

Russia 2 Northern Ireland 0 - FT

Croatia 1 Republic of Macedonia 0 - LIVE 

Everton striker Nikica Jelavic has broken the deadlock for the home side against Macedonia in the 69th minute. 


45: England kick-off the second half, with both sides making one change each:

England SUB:
Steven Gerrard OFF
Michael Carrick ON

Moldova SUB:
Alexandru Suvorov OFF
Alexandru Dedov ON

49: Moldova have a half chance after Liverpool full-back Glen Johnson makes a mistake, but nothing too challengng for Joe Hart.

51: England have started the second half calmly, looking as though they will hold the lead comfortably, and maybe add 1 or 2 more goals.

58: England SUB:
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain OFF
Theo Walcott ON

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been electric tonight, and has played well, making one assist. 

Danger: Arsenal and England winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been a danger for Moldova's defence tonight.

His club team-mate Theo Walcott replaces him, so there is even MORE pace injection for Moldova to worry about.

England SUB:
Jermain Defoe OFF
Danny Welbeck ON 

Defoe comes off, for Welbeck after scoring a good goal and putting in a good shift.

73: Arsenal winger Theo Walcott goes on the run with pace, before getting intercepted by a defender.

He regains the ball and runs into the box on the wing, before some build-up play, (with good passes) inside the box with Welbeck and Milner ends up with Milner unleashing a powerful shot past the goalkeeper into the back of the net.

76: Moldova SUB:
Picusciac OFF
Sidorence ON 

Chelsea defender John Terry has been limping for the last few minutes with a knock, and may recieve medical attention.

England free-kick going to be taken by Everton full-back Leighton Baines who can scores free-kicks....

He hits the ball towards goal... the ball curls and hits a Moldova player deflecting the flight of the ball, into the top corner of the goal..

England 5 Moldova 0, and Baines scores his first international goal.

89: England manager Roy Hodgson is not going to take any chances with Chelsea defender John Terry who has been limping and struggling.
He walks down into the tunnel, with Carrick filling in for him at centre-back with Lescott.

90: The fourth official has signalled for two minutes of stoppage time to be added on.

90+2: The referee has blown the final whistle in Moldova.

England have thrashed Moldova by 5 goals to nil, without really breaking sweating or getting into fourth gear. 

They have just taken their chances well, and have punished Moldova on the counter attack.

World Cup 2014 Qualifying Match RESULTS:

Wales 0 Belgium 2

Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany and Tottenham defender Jan Vertoghen both scored for the away side as Belgium beat Wales by 2 goals to nil.

Bulgaria 2 Italy 2

Croatia 1 Republic Of Macedonia 0

Group C:

Germany 3 Faroe Islands 0

Mario Gotze and a double from Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil gave Germany a 3-0 win against Faroe Islands in Group C.

Group D:

Holland 2 Turkey 0

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie and Luciano Nasringh both scored for Holland, as they beat Turkey 2-0 in Group D.

Group E:

Iceland 2 Norway 0

Slovenia 0 Switzerland 2

Group F:

Russia 2 Northern Ireland 0

Fayzulin and Shirokov both scored for new Russian boss (former England manager) Fabio Capello.

Thank you for reading my latest installment of my EPL Blog.
I shall be back soon with another EPL update, due to the International break this weekend.