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Wednesday, 1 April 2009
2010 FIFA World Cup UEFA Group 6 qualification match

England 2 Ukraine 1 [1-0]

The National Stadium, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
87,548; Kick-off: 8.00pm BST; 
Live on ITV One (UK) -
Commentator: Clive Tyldesley

England - Peter Crouch (three-yard volley 29 28:41), John Terry (four-yard tap-in from a Gerrard header and a Beckham free-kick 85),
Ukraine - Andriy Shevchenko
(ten-yard poke-in from a free-kick 74 73:34).
Match Summary
England Squad
Ukraine Squad
Results 2005-2010 England - Gareth Barry (10), Glen Johnson (73), David Beckham (88),
Ukraine - Taras Mikhalik

Ukraine kicked-off. 95 minutes (46 & 49).


Match Summary


Officials from Denmark




Referee (red) - Claus Bo Larsen
43, (28 October 1965), Odense, FIFA-listed 1996.

Assistant Referees - Anders Nørrestrand, 33 (18 September 1975) and Torben Jensen, 43 (31 July 1965).

Fourth official - Anders Hermansen, 35 (6 November 1973).

A minutes silence was observed and black armbands worn for those supporters who died in the recent stadium tragedy in Ivory Coast.

12 Goal Attempts 6
4 Attempts on Target 3
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
5 Corner Kicks Won 0
2 Offside Calls Against 2
18 Fouls Conceded 20
52% Possession 48%

England Team



FIFA (11th March 2009) 9th
EFO ranking Group 2

ELO rating 6th to 4th
Colours: The 2009 home uniform - Plain white collared jerseys, plain white shorts, plain white socks.
Capt: John Terry, 21st captaincy Manager: Fabio Capello, 62 (18 June 1946), appointed 14 December 2007, effective 7 January 2008, 
13th match, W 10 - D 1 - L 2 - F 31 - A 11.
England Lineup
1 James, David B. 38 1 August 1970 G Portsmouth FC 48 40ᵍᵃ
2 Johnson, Glen M. 24 23 August 1984 RB Portsmouth FC 13 0
Johnson cautioned in the 73rd minute for Unsporting Behaviour for time-wasting.
3 Cole, Ashley 28 20 December 1980 LB Chelsea FC 71 0
4 Barry, Gareth 28 23 February 1981 CM Aston Villa FC 29 1
Barry cautioned in the 10th minute for Unsporting Behaviour for tripping Artem Milevskiy.
5 Ferdinand, Rio G., off 88th min. 29 7 November 1978 CD Manchester United FC 73 3
6 Terry, John G. 28 7 December 1980 CD Chelsea FC 51 6
7 Lennon, Aaron J., off 58th min. 21 16 April 1987 RM Tottenham Hotspur FC 11 0
8 Lampard, Frank J. 30 20 June 1978 CM Chelsea FC 69 14
9 Crouch, Peter J., off 79th min. 28 30 January 1981 F Portsmouth FC 33 15
10 Rooney, Wayne M. 23
159 days
24 October 1985 F Manchester United FC 50 20
51st & youngest (by twenty days) player to this milestone
11 Gerrard, Steven G. 28 30 May 1980 LM Liverpool FC 72 14
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 1 Ukraine 0
17 Beckham, David R.J., on 58th min. for Lennon 33 2 May 1975 RM AC Milan, Italy, on loan from LA Galaxy, United States. 110 17
Beckham cautioned in the 88th minute for Unsporting Behaviour for time-wasting.
scoreline: England 1 Ukraine 1
15 Wright-Phillips, Shaun C., on 79th min. for Crouch 27 25 October 1981 F Manchester City FC 24 4
scoreline: England 2 Ukraine 1
13 Jagielka, Philip N., on 88th min. for Ferdinand 26 17 August 1982 CD Everton FC 3 0
result: England 2 Ukraine 1
unused substitutes: 12-Ben Foster, 14-Joleon Lescott, 16-Michael Carrick, 18-Gabby Agbonlahor.
team notes: Steven Gerrard and Gareth Barry have now each played in a record eleven of the twelve home matches at the new National Stadium. Joe and Ashley Cole, Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard each have nine.
Coach Fabio Capello played for Italy against England in June (scoring one) and November 1973 (scoring another), and in May and November 1976.
4-4-2 James -
Johnson, Ferdinand
(Jagielka), Terry, A. Cole -
(Beckham), Lampard, Barry,  Gerrard -
(Wright-Phillips), Rooney.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 27.7 Appearances/Goals 47.3 6.8


Ukraine Team



FIFA (11th March 2009) 14th
EFO ranking Group 3

ELO rating 20th to 22nd
Colours: Made by Adidas - Blue wrap-over collared jerseys with yellow collar/cuffs and sash across right sleeve/side, yellow/red Adidas sleeve trim, blue shorts with yellow/red Adidas side trim, blue socks with yellow Adidas trim.
Capt: Anatoliy Tymoschuk Manager: Oleksiy Oleksandrovych MikhaIlićhenko, Олександрович Михайличенко, 46 (30 March 1963), appointed 11 January 2008.
12th match, W 9 - D 2 - L 1 - F 16 - A 7.
Ukraine Lineup
12 Pyatov, Andriy V. 24 28 June 1984 G FC Shakhtar Donetsk 10 0
13 Shevchuk, Vyacheslav 29 13 May 1979 LB FC Shakhtar Donetsk 13 0
17 Mikhalik, Taras V. 25 28 October 1983 CD FC Dynamo Kyiv 13 0
Mikhalik was cautioned in the 14th minute for Unsporting Behaviour for a trip on Wayne Rooney.
4 Tymoschuk, Anatoliy O. 30 30 March 1979 CM FC Zenit Sankt- Petersburg, Russia 84 1
5 Chyhrynskyi, Dmytro A. 22 7 November 1986 CD FC Shakhtar Donetsk 16 0
16 Yarmash, Hryhoriy 24 4 January 1985 RB Vorskla Poltava 7 0
14 Valyayev, Serhiy, off 61st min. 30 16 September 1978 LM FC Metalist Kharkiv 3 1
8 Aliyev, Oleksandr O. 24 3 February 1985 RM FC Dynamo Kyiv 6 0
9 Slyusar, Valentyn, off 87th min. 31 15 September 1977 CM FC Metalist Kharkiv 2 0
10 Voronin, Andriy V., off 55th min. 29 21 July 1979 F Hertha, Berliner SC von 1892, Germany, on loan from Liverpool FC, England 58 6
15 Milevskiy, Artem V. 24 12 January 1985 F FC Dynamo Kyiv 18 2
Ukraine Substitutes
scoreline: England 1 Ukraine 0
7 Shevchenko, Andriy M., on 55th min. for Voronin 32 29 September 1976 F AC Milan, Italy 86 40
18 Nazarenko, Serhiy Y., on 61st min. for Valyayev 29 16 February 1980 M FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 35 8
scoreline: England 2 Ukraine 1
2 Kalynychenko, Maksym S., on 87th min. for Slyusar 30 26 January 1979 M FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 41 7
result: England 2 Ukraine 1
unused substitutes: 1-Stanyslav Bohush, 2-Maksym Kalynychenko, 3-Oleksandr Kucher, 6-Anriy Rusol, 11-Yevhen Seleznyov.
Coach Oleksiy MikhaIlićhenko played for USSR against England during Euro 1988 Finals, scoring one of the goals in the 3-1 win.He also featured in the England Challenge Cup match in May 1991. As a CIS player, he played against England in the April 1992 friendly.
4-4-2 Pyatov -
Yarmash, Mikhalik, Chyhrynskyi, Shevchuk -
Aliyev, Slyusar
(Kalynychenko), Tymoschuk, Valyayev (Nazarenko) -
Voronin, Milevskiy

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 26.5 Appearances/Goals 20.6 0.9


    Match Report by Mike Payne

This match was always going to be a difficult one for Fabio Capello's men, and so it proved, but even though England are still not firing on all cylinders they still carved out a valuable win in their quest for World Cup qualification.

This was a disjointed game all round and these two sides have a history of cancelling each other out.  The first half was nip and tuck with England probing the Ukraine defence and trying to find the necessary guile to get in behind them.  Taras Mykhalyk and Dmytro Chygrynskyy were strong in defence and without Emile Heskey, England missed his pace and power, there was little to unsettle the defenders.  Early on Wayne Rooney put in one good effort with a scissors kick and Steven Gerrard also went close with a shot that flew just wide.  At the other end there was little threat to David James's goal and just before the half hour mark England took the lead.

Frank Lampard's corner found John Terry and the skipper nodded the ball across goal where Peter Crouch volleyed home to keep up his impressive international scoring record.  It was a goal to settle the nerves, or it should have been, but England were their own worst enemies and made several careless errors.  They were lucky when James almost had one of his calamity moments following a shot by Anatoliy Tymoshchuk.  The ball luckily bounced away off his chest when the goalkeeper failed to catch the shot.

Overall the first half was England's but there were signs before the break that Ukraine still had plenty to offer.  Rooney had played well and always looked dangerous, linking with Aaron Lennon in one excellent move that ended with a wayward shot.  Both sides had shown a certain vulnerability in defence and at half-time the match was still evenly poised.

Andriy Varonin had been a disappointment for Ukraine and ten minutes after the break the manager brought on former Chelsea star Andrei Shevchenko as a replacement, and he looked determined to make an impact.  Capello, meanwhile brought on David Beckham, but in the third quarter of the match there were little signs of England extending their lead.  In fact it was Shevchenko who was causing most danger.  He certainly let former colleagues Terry and Ashley Cole know he was around and the Ukrainian was pulled up for a couple of tough challenges.  He also went close with a free-kick after he was fouled by Terry, but England failed to heed the warning.  In the 74th minute Terry again gave away a free-kick in a dangerous position.  The ball was crossed into the middle, England were not decisive enough and the ball, somewhat unluckily for the home team, struck Glen Johnson and bounced right into the path of Shevchenko who gleefully scored from close range.  The delight on his face was a picture!

The goal was a big blow to England and for a few moments a few of the heads went down in the home ranks.  But Capello is starting to instill a never-say-die attitude again and gradually England clawed their way out of trouble.  Even then though it looked odds on a draw, but with just four minutes to go Beckham put in a quality cross, Gerrard nodded the ball down and captain fantastic Terry swept the ball home, much to the delight of the fans in the big crowd.

If you wanted to be critical then you could find an awful lot wrong with this performance from England.  Gareth Barry was cautioned and very lucky not to be sent off after another foul on Artem Milevsky, a player Barry had already received a booking for fouling.  And the referee might have been more severe on a terrible challenge from Rooney on Oleksandr Aliev.  On another day Rooney could have gone!  But to England's credit, they are now beginning to become very hard to beat, and they can also score goals from various areas of the team.  This augers well for the future group matches.

It was good to hear some good noise from the England supporters, the first time this has happened since the new stadium was built.  The fans certainly played their part in that late winning goal.

Source Notes

BBC Sport
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor