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Wales

0

vs.

2

England

Attendance = 68,959

Frank LAMPARD 7P’

Darren BENT 15’

Euro 2012 Qualifying Group G

Ref = Olegário BENQUERENÇA (Portugal)

Millennium Stadium – CARDIFF

ANY hopes Wales had about beating England in last Saturday’s (26 March) Euro 2012 qualifier in Cardiff were dashed as they lost the 100th match between the two.

Wales’s captain for the game was 20 year-old Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey. That’s not bad is it? You’re 20 and in just your 11th match for your country you are made captain against your biggest rivals. However, the Welsh were without their star player, Tottenham’s Gareth Bale, who was out injured.

England were led out by John Terry, who was back as captain after coach Fabio Capello reinstated him as full-time captain over Rio Ferdinand, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard. Terry had been stripped of the captaincy in early 2010 after explosive revelations about his private life hit the headlines. All I’ll say on this matter is this: “Bad move Fabio.

The match itself got off to a fiery start (after God Save The Queen was booed by the Welsh) with Wales’s Craig Bellamy keeping his rough-boy reputation.  But England got their revenge when James Collins brought down Ashley Cole in the box and the ref pointed to the spot. Frank Lampard coolly rolled the ball into the net and England led 1-0 just seven minutes in.

Lampard makes it 1-0 from the spot.

Eight minutes later England tore Wales’s defence apart. Glen Johnson passed the ball with pin-point accuracy from 60-70 yards away to Ashley Young who crossed the ball into the box to set up Darren Bent from seven yards out. Bent made no mistake from there and England were now 2-0 to the good.

Darren Bent celebrates his third England goal.

Wayne Rooney could have made it 3-0 soon after but his shot went wide.

England continued to dominate a first half in which Wales had no shots on goal and only one touch in England’s penalty area. Ashley Young had the best chance of the half with five minutes of it left. His powerful volley only just went over the crossbar, and would have been a goal of the season contender had it gone in.

Wales gave England a game in the second half. Nine minutes into the second period Bellamy set up Andy King who hit his shot wide of the post. Just after the hour mark Ramsey shot over from the edge of England’s area. The Welsh Dragon was starting to stir, how would the Lions respond?

The response came immediately with Lampard curling a free-kick directly into the hands of Welsh keeper Wayne Hennessey. Young Jack Wilshere then blasted a shot over from 20 yards out.

Then it was Wales’s turn to attack with four corners in relatively quick succession, but nothing came of them.

England held onto their 2-0 lead as the clock ticked ever closer toward full-time. In the 90th minute Stewart Downing almost scored England’s third after an impressive solo run, but missed the target by a Nat’s hair length.

Bellamy shot wide two minutes into additional time, and then came the final whistle. England had won 2-0 and returned to the top of Group G, while Wales stay at the foot of the table still without a point.

The other match in Group G saw Bulgaria and Switzerland play out a goalless draw in Sofia.

Here is how Group G looks at the halfway stage.

Euro 2012 Qualifying Group G

Pos.

Team

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

+/-

PTS

1

England (6)

4

3

1

0

9

1

+8

10

2

Montenegro (25=)

4

3

1

0

3

0

+3

10

3

Switzerland (23)

4

1

1

2

5

5

0

4

4

Bulgaria (47)

4

1

1

2

1

5

-4

4

5

Wales (116)

4

0

0

4

1

8

-7

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. Brackets show current FIFA World Ranking.

The next matches in this group take place on 4 June. England play Switzerland at Wembley while Montenegro take on Bulgaria in Podgorica. England’s next international is tonight against 2010 World Cup Quarter-Finalists Ghana at Wembley.

Some other Euro 2012 Qualifying and International Friendly Results

Austria 0 – 2 Belgium

Armenia 0 – 0 Russia 😮

Georgia 1 – 0 Croatia 🙂

Germany 4 – 0 Kazakhstan

Hungary 0 – 4 Netherlands

Luxembourg 0 – 2 France 😦

Norway 1 – 1 Denmark

Republic of Ireland 2 – 1 Macedonia 😦

Serbia 2 – 1 Northern Ireland 😛 (crowd of only 200 or so Northern Irish because of Serbian fan violence in game against Italy).

Slovenia 0 – 1 Italy

Spain 2 – 1 Czech Republic (With his two goals for Spain, David Villa is now their all-time top goal scorer with 46).

Friendly Matches

Estonia 2 – 0 Uruguay 😮

Lithuania 2 – 0 Poland

Montenegro 1 – 0 Uzbekistan

North Korea 0 – 2 Iraq

Portugal 1 – 1 Chile

Scotland 0 – 2 Brazil (Played at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium) 😛

U.S.A. 1 – 1 Argentina