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England

4

vs.

0

Bulgaria

Jermain DEFOE 3’ 61’ 86’

Adam JOHNSON 83’

MotM = Jermain DEFOE (ENG)

Euro 2012 Qualifying Group G

Ref = Viktor KASSAI (HUN)

Wembley Stadium

JERMAIN DEFOE scored England’s first Hat-Trick in almost three years as England beat Bulgaria 4-0 in their opening Euro 2012 Group G qualifier at Wembley Stadium last night. 😀

Jermain Defoe (9) - Hat-Trick Hero

The Tottenham striker’s first goal came after just three minutes. Chelsea’s Ashley Cole crossed the ball (from the far side of the pitch as you look at it on the TV) to Defoe who smashed the ball into the back of the net.

But Bulgaria ever so slowly started to enjoy some time on the ball, but never really troubled England keeper Joe Heart. In fact from what I remember from a rather unexciting first half, Heart’s biggest problem came when Glen Johnson almost put the ball into his own net. Heart had to be alert and quick to pounce on the ball to prevent the eastern Europeans from pull level.

Wayne Rooney almost found the back of the net soon after the re-start with a 20-yrd chip that the Bulgarian keeper just managed to tip over the bar.

Around six or seven minutes later England defender Michael Dawson slipped on the grass during a challenge, and badly injured his right knee. He was stretchered off and will miss the away game to Switzerland on Tuesday.

But English spirits were lifted when Defoe scored his second goal just after the hour mark. Just 18 seconds earlier, Heart had to make a reflex save, and the ball flew off his gloves and the outfield players took the ball up the other end and managed to do what Bulgaria didn’t…score.

The game was finished as a contest when Adam Johnson scored his first England goal with seven minutes left. Defoe completed his Hat-Trick three minutes later, but couldn’t celebrate because he and one of the Bulgarian defenders collided (hurting Defoe’s shin) just as he kicked the ball.

So an impressive score line for England in their first competitive match since that 1-4 defeat to Germany in the World Cup. It wasn’t an exciting match by any stretch of the imagination, but a win is a win.

In the other match in England’s group, Montenegro beat Wales 1-0 🙂 in Podgorica, the capital of the country that became independent just four years ago. The fifth team in this group, Switzerland, who are England’s next opponents, drew 0-0 with Australia in a friendly.

Some Other Results from Euro 2012 Qualification

Armenia 0 – 1 Republic of Ireland

Belgium 0 – 1 Germany

Estonia 1 – 2 Italy

France 0 – 1 Belarus 🙂

Liechtenstein 0 – 4 Spain

Lithuania 0 – 0 Scotland

Portugal 4 – 4 Cyprus 😮

San Marino 0 – 5 Netherlands

Slovenia 0 – 1 Northern Ireland

Euro 2012 Qualifying Group G

Pos.

Team

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

+/-

PTS

1

England

1

1

0

0

4

0

+4

3

2

Montenegro

1

1

0

0

1

0

+1

3

3

Switzerland

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

Wales

1

0

0

1

0

1

-1

0

5

Bulgaria

1

0

0

1

0

4

-4

0

Group winners and best runner-up all qualify for the finals in Poland and Ukraine automatically. The remaining group runners-up qualify for the Play-Off round.

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