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Wednesday, 17 October 2007
2008 UEFA European Championship Group E qualification match

Russia 2 England 1 [0-1]

Olimpiyskiy Kompleks Luzhniki Stadion, Moskva
Attendance: 84,700; Kick-off: 7.00pm MSD, 4.00pm BST
Live on
Sky Sports One (UK); commentator - Martin Tyler

England - Wayne Rooney (chest, then twenty-yard volley 29 28:47)
Russia - Roman Pavlyuchenko (penalty 69 68:32, rebounded seven-yard poke-in 73 72:09)
Match Summary
Russia Squad
England Squad
Results 2005-2010 Russia - Vasili Berezutski (13), Roman Pavlyuchenko (74)
England - Rio Ferdinand (57), Wayne Rooney (68 67:51)

England kicked-off. 94 minutes (46 & 48:05).


Match Summary


Officials from Spain




Referee (black) - Luis Medina Cantalejo
43 (1 March 1964), Tomares, FIFA listed 2002.

Assistant Referees - victoriano Giraldez Carrasco, 43 (18 September 1964) and Jesus Calvo Guadamuro, 39 (6 September 1968).

Fourth official - Antonio Rubinos Perez, 38 (11 June 1969).

The pitch was made from synthetic grass blades woven into an infill base of sand, rubber and Nike Grind (a ground material made from recycled sneakers) known as FieldTurf.

11 Goal Attempts 8
4 Attempts on Target 3
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
9 Corner Kicks Won 8
1 Offside Calls Against 0
16 Fouls Conceded 18
66.8% Possession 33.2%

Russia Team



FIFA (19th Sept 2007) 26th
EFO ranking n/a

ELO rating 25th to 20th
Colours: Made by Nike - Red v-neck jerseys with white trimmed collar/cuffs, white shorts, blue socks.
Capt: Andrei Arshavin Manager: Guus Hiddink, 60 (8 November 1946 in Netherlands), appointed 10 April 2006, took post on 1 July 2006;
Russia Lineup
30 Gabulov, Vladimir 23 19 October 1983 G FC Kuban Krasnodar 2 1 GA
2 Berezutskiy, Vasili V. 25 20 June 1982 RB PFC Tsentralnyi Sportivnyi Klub Armii Moskva - -
Berezutskiy cautioned in the 13th min. for unsporting behaviour for a foul on Joe Cole.
27 Berezutskiy, Aleksei V., off 46th min. 25 20 June 1982 LB PFC Tsentralnyi Sportivnyi Klub Armii Moskva - -
22 Anyukov, Aleksandr 25 28 September 1982 RM FC Zenit Saint Petersburg - -
5 Ignashevićh, Sergei N. 28 14 July 1979 CD PFC Tsentralnyi Sportivnyi Klub Armii Moskva - -
15 Bilyaletdinov, Diniyar    22 27 February 1985 CM FC Lokomotiv Moskva - -
20 Semshov, Igor P. 29 6 April 1978 DM FC Dinamo Moskva - -
17 Zyryanov, Konstantin G. 30 5 October 1977 CM FC Zenit Saint Petersburg - -
18 Zhirkov, Yuri V. 24 20 August 1983 LM PFC Tsentralnyi Sportivnyi Klub Armii Moskva - -
10 Arshavin, Andrei S., off 89th min. 26 29 May 1981 F FC Zenit Saint Petersburg - -
11 Kerzhakov, Aleksandr, off 46th min. 24 27 November 1982 F Sevilla FC, Spain - -
Russia Substitutes
scoreline: Russia 0 England 1
7 Torbinsky, Dmitri, on 46th min. for A. Berezutski 23 28 April 1984 M FC Spartak Moskva - -

Pavlyuchenko, Roman A., on 46th min. for Kerzhakov 25 15 December 1981 F FC Spartak Moskva - -
Pavlyuchenko cautioned in the 74th min. for ungentlemanly conduct, for kicking the ball away.
scoreline: Russia 2 England 1
25 Kolodin, Denis A., on 89th min. for Arshavin 25 11 January 1982 D FC Spartak Moskva - -
result: Russia 2 England 1
unused substitutes:

13-Pavel Pogrebnyak, 14-Roman Shirokov, 16-Vyacheslav Malafeev, 26-Dmitri Sychev.

Coach Guus Hiddink becomes the second manager to oppose England with three different countries, following the feat by Carlos Alberto Parreira (Kuwait, Brazil and Saudi Arabia), having done so with Netherlands June 1996, Korea Republic June 2002 and now Russia.


Gabulov -
, Ignashevićh, A.Berezutskiy (Torbinsky) -
Semshov -
Anyukov, Zyryanov, Bilyaletdinov, Zhirkov -
(Pavlyuchenko), Arshavin (Kolodin).

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.5 Appearances/Goals    


England Team



FIFA (19th Sept 2007) 9th
EFO ranking Group 2

ELO rating 7th
Colours: The 2007 home uniform - White v-neck jersey with red horizontal stripe/navy double diamond trim and abstract side panel, navy shorts with white pintrim/double diamond, white socks with navy thin band/double diamond.
Capt: Steven Gerrard, fourth captaincy Head Coach: Stephen McClaren, 46 (3 May 1961), appointed Head Coach 4 May 2006, took post 1 August 2006, 
16th match, W 8 - D 4 - L 4 - F 29 - A 9.
England Lineup
1 Robinson, Paul W. 27 15 October 1979 G Tottenham Hotspur FC 41 22 GA
2 Richards, Micah L. 19 24 June 1988 RB Manchester City FC 9 1
3 Lescott, Joleon P., off 80th min. 25 16 August 1982 LB Everton FC 2 0
4 Gerrard, Steven G. 27 30 May 1980 CM Liverpool FC 61 12
5 Ferdinand, Rio G. 28 7 November 1978 CD Manchester United FC 64 1
Ferdinand cautioned in the 57th min. for unsporting behaviour, for an obstruction on Yuri Zhirkov.  Suspended.
6 Campbell, Sulzeer J. 33 18 September 1974 CD

Portsmouth FC

71 1
7 Barry, Gareth 26 23 February 1981 CM Aston Villa FC 14 0
8 Wright-Phillips, Shaun C., off 80th min. 25 25 October 1981 RM Chelsea FC 17 3
Rooney, Wayne M. 21 24 October 1985 F

Manchester United FC

40 13
Rooney cautioned in the 68th min. for unsporting behaviour, for a foul on Konstantin Zyryanov outside the penalty box, that lead to the penalty. 68th player & youngest to reach this milestone
10 Owen, Michael J. 27 14 December 1979 F Newcastle United FC 87 41
11 Cole, Joseph J., off 80th min. 25  8 November 1981 LM Chelsea FC 45 7
England Substitutes
scoreline: Russia 2 England 1
15 Lampard, Frank J., on 80th min. for Lescott 29 20 June 1978 M

Chelsea FC

58 12
17 Downing, Stewart, on 80th min. for Wright-Phillips 23 22 July 1984 M Middlesbrough FC 16 0
18 Crouch, Peter J., on 80th min. for Cole 26 30 January 1981 F

Liverpool FC

22 12
result: Russia 2 England 1
unused substitutes: 12-Nicky Shorey, 13-David James, 14-Luke Young, 16-Phil Neville.


Robinson -
Richards, Ferdinand, Campbell, Lescott
(Lampard) -
(Downing), Barry, Gerrard, Cole (Crouch) -
Rooney, Owen.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.7 Appearances/Goals 41.0 7.0


    Match Report by Mike Payne

There were plenty of excuses after this defeat in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, but the hard fact is that England's European Championship hopes are now in ruins as they pray for a miracle.

On the unfamiliar artificial pitch England made a bright and positive start, and they were controlling things for long periods.  The back four stood up well to the Russian attack with Sol Campbell at his outstanding best.  Gareth Barry did a brilliant job in front of those defenders and it looked as though Steve McLaren had his tactics spot on.  It looked even better in the 29th minute when England took the lead.  Micah Richards high ball forward was flicked on by Michael Owen for Wayne Rooney to power home a volley from just inside the penalty area.  It was a quality strike, although replays later suggested that he may have been a fraction offside.  No matter, the goal stood and England were in command.

England comfortably held the lead until the interval and three minutes after the break the game's most decisive moment came along.  Barry's free-kick found Steven Gerrard completely unmarked at the far post and he looked certain to score.  But, inexplicably the Liverpool captain dragged his shot wide and a golden chance to extend the lead was lost.  Five minutes later England created another great chance to wrap up the match when Gerrard's free-kick was flicked on by Rooney and Richards failed by a whisker to convert at the far post.  The England players were to rue these misses.

On 69 minutes another decisive incident went against England as Rooney chased back to challenge Konstantin Zyryanov down the left wing.  As they came together the Russian went down and unbelievably the referee gave a penalty to the home side.  Not only was it never a foul in the first place, but the incident also happened outside the penalty area.  McLaren looked to the heavens in disgust at what was a very poor decision.  But the penalty gave Russia the lifeline they desperately needed and Roman Pavlyuchenko made no mistake with the spot-kick.

It would be nice to report that England then went on to take control again, but alas the complete opposite happened and the nature of England's collapse from that moment on was very worrying indeed.  The previously composed defence suddenly panicked as the red Russian tide swept forward.  Their manager, Guss Hiddink, had spotted a couple of flaws in England's defence and his substitutions exposed those flaws brilliantly.  The game was crying out for McLaren to make some similar tactical substitutions himself, but alas by the time he did bring new players on Russia had the lead.  Only four minutes after Russia's equaliser the home side scored again.  This time Jolyeon Lescott gave Alexei Berezutsky too much room and the Russian was able to shoot far too easily.  Paul Robinson blocked the shot but failed to push it away from the danger area and Pavlyuchenko was first to react to score with ease.

There was no way back for an England team that now looked tired and jaded and all they can hope for now is that Israel can upset the odds and win against Russia.  From this evidence there is no way Hiddink will allow that to happen.

Source Notes

BBC Sport
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor