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923 vs. Ukraine
Tuesday, 11 September 2012
2014 FIFA World Cup UEFA Group H qualification match

England 1 Ukraine 1 [0-1]

The National Stadium, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
 Kick-off (BST): 8.00pm.
Attendance: 68,102.

England kicked-off 96 minutes 47:07 & 49:32
[0-0] Defoe scores from 18 yds - disallowed foul 13

[0-1] Tom Cleverley angled strike hits the post
[0-0] Oleh Husev cross hits outside of the post

[0-1] Yevhen Konoplyanka 38 37:59
25 yard curling strike into top right corner from a Rotan lay-offr

[0-1] Danny Welbeck's 8-yd volley hits the post 81:47
[1-1] Frank Lampard penalty 87 86:16
 powerful right footed strike just off centre as Pyatov dived to his left
(Khacheridi handball 85:28; awarded 85:31)
Jermain Defoe 47 46:50
Steven Gerrard
Joleon Lescott
James Milner

Steven Gerrard

Yevhen Selin

Denys Harmash
Yevhen Khacheridi 86 85:33
Expulsion: Steven Gerrard 88 87:55
  Glen Johnson 90+3 92:41
Commentator: Clive Tyldesley with Andy Townsend

Match Summary

Officials from Turkey

England Squad


Ukraine Squad
Referee (yellow) - Cüneyt Çakır
35 (23 November 1976), İstanbul, FIFA-listed 2006.

Assistant Referees - Bahattin Duran, 36 (26 September 1975), İstanbul and Tarik Ongun, 39 (3 February 1973), İstanbul.
Fourth official - Tolga Özkalfa
, 35 (22 February 1977), Nazilli.

21 Goal Attempts 12
7 Attempts on Target 4
3 Hit Bar/Post 1
5 Corner Kicks Won 5
- Offside Calls Against -
16 Fouls Conceded 9
50% Possession 50%

England Team



FIFA (5 September 2012) 3rd
EFO ranking Group 2

ELO rating 5th
Colours: The 2012 home uniform - White v-neck collared jerseys with red piping on collar, white shorts with red trim, white socks with two-tone red hoop.
Capt: Steven Gerrard
(23rd (38) captaincy (3))
Frank Lampard 88th min.
Manager: Roy Hodgson, 65 (9 August 1947), appointed 1 May 2012,
9th match, W 6 - D 3 - L 0 - F 15 - A 5.
England Lineup
1 Hart, C. Joseph J. 25
145 days
19 April 1987 G Manchester City FC 24 15ᵍᵃ
2 Johnson, Glen M. 28
19 days
23 August 1984 RB Liverpool FC 42 1
Johnson cautioned in the 93rd minute for unsporting behaviour. After he tripped Shevchuk at the corner-flag. Suspended.
3 Baines, Leighton J., off 73rd min. 27
275 days
11 December 1984 LB Everton FC 11 1

Gerrard, Steven G. 32
104 days
30 May 1980 DM Liverpool FC 98 19
14th player sent-off; oldest & most experienced
Gerrard cautioned in the 54th minute for Unsporting Behaviour. He and Rotan jumped for the same ball, Gerrard led with the elbow and hit Ukrainian's face. He was again cautioned in the 88th minute for Unsporting Behaviour. He lunged through the legs of Garmash, who tumbled down. He was sent off for two cautionable offences. Suspended.
5 Lescott, Joleon P. 30
26 days
16 August 1982 CD Manchester City FC 23 1
Lescott cautioned in the 70th minute for unsporting behaviour. He and Zozulya were tussling for the ball that Lescott eventually won.
6 Jagielka, Philip N. 30
25 days
17 August 1982 CD Everton FC 14 1
7 Milner, James P. 26
251 days
4 January 1986 RM Manchester City FC 33 1
Milner cautioned in the 74th minute for unsporting behaviour. For a foul on Yaroslav Rakitskiy.
8 Lampard, Frank J. 34
83 days
20 June 1978 DM Chelsea FC 93 25
the 72nd penalty kick scored - top scorer the 14th player to score 25 goals, & oldest to do so (34y 83d)
9 Defoe, Jermain C. 29
340 days
7 October 1982 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC 51 17
Defoe cautioned in the 47th minute for unsporting behaviour. He and Tymoschuk jumped for the same ball, Defoe lead with his elbow into the Ukrainian's neck
10 Cleverley, Thomas W., off 62nd min. 23
30 days
12 August 1989 AM Manchester United FC 3 0
11 Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexander M.D., off 69th min. 19
27 days
15 August 1993 LM Arsenal FC 7 0
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 0 Ukraine 1
20 Welbeck, Daniel N.T.M., on 62nd min (61:49) for Cleverley 21
290 days
26 November 1990 LF Manchester United FC 11 6 2
19 Sturridge, Daniel A., on 69th min. (68:55) for Oxlade-Chamberlain 23
10 days
1 September 1989 AM Chelsea FC 3 0 0
14 Bertrand, Ryan D., on 73rd min. (72:45) for Baines 23
37 days
5 August 1989 LB Chelsea FC 2 0 0
result: England 1 Ukraine 1
unused substitutes: 12-Kyle Walker, 13-John Ruddy, 15-Gary Cahill, 16-Michael Carrick, 17-Jake Livermore, 18-Adam Lallana, 21-Raheem Sterling
team notes: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's father, Mark Chamberlain, also played for England (1982-84).
records: England have now gone eleven qualification matches unbeaten (W7 D4).
Stadium records: Gareth Barry has played in 24 of England's thirty home matches at the new National Stadium. He is now just one ahead of Steven Gerrard. Who, in turn, is four ahead of Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard.
Frank Lampard has scored ten goals, half of them from the penalty spot, at the National Stadium. One ahead of Peter Crouch.
4-5(2-3)-1 Hart -
Johnson, Jagielka, Lescott, Baines
(Bertrand) -
Gerrard, Lampard -
Milner, Cleverley
(Welbeck), Oxlade-Chamberlain (Sturridge) -
Averages (Starting XI): Age 27 years 322 days Appearances/Goals 36.3 6.0


Ukraine Team



FIFA (5 September 2012) 39th
EFO ranking Group 4

ELO rating 35th to 31st
Colours: Made by Adidas - Blue crew neck jerseys with yellow collar/Adidas sleeve trim, blue chest band with yellow trim, blue shorts with yellow adidas side trim, blue socks with yellow adidas trim.
Capt: Anatoliy Tymoshchuk Manager: Oleh Volodymyrovych Blokhin Олег Володимирович Блохін, 59 (5 November 1952), appointed 2003 to 2007, and 21 April 2011,
64th match, W 28 - D 17 - L 19 - F 92 - A 68.
Ukraine Lineup
12 Pyatov, Andriy V. 28
75 days
28 June 1984 G FC Shakhtar Donetsk 31 0
9 Husev, Oleh A. 29
139 days
25 April 1983 RB FC Dynamo Kyiv 77 12
3 Khacheridi, Yevhen H. 25
45 days
28 July 1987 CD FC Dynamo Kyiv 16 0
Khacheridi cautioned in the 88th minute for handball. He forced down a Danny Welbeck chip with his forearm.
20 Rakytskiy, Yaroslav V. 23
39 days
3 August 1989 CD FC Shakhtar Donetsk 20 3
2 Selin, Yevhen S., off 75th min. 24
125 days
9 May 1988 LB Vorskla Poltava 11 1
Selin cautioned in the 54th minute for unsporting behaviour. After he brought down the sprinting James MIlner outside the penalty area.
4 Tymoschuk, Anatoliy O. 33
165 days
30 March 1979 RDM FC Bayern München, Germany 121 4
14 Rotan, Ruslan P., off 90th+2 min. 30
318 days
29 October 1981 LDM FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 61 6
11 Yarmolenko, Andriy M. 22
324 days
23 October 1989 RM FC Dynamo Kyiv 25 8
6 Harmash, Denys V. 22
145 days
19 April 1990 AM FC Dynamo Kyiv 8 0
Harmash cautioned in the 79th minute for unsporting behaviour. He clipped the heels of Danny Welbeck as he was running into the penalty area.
10 Konoplyanka, Yevhen O. 22
355 days
22 September 1989 LM FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 24 6
8 Zozulya, Roman V., off 89th min. 22
299 days
17 November 1989 CF FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 3 1
Ukraine Substitutes
scoreline: England 0 Ukraine 1
13 Shevchuk, Vyacheslav A., on 75th min. (74:24) for Selin 32
121 days
13 May 1979 LB FC Shakhtar Donetsk 22 0
scoreline: England 1 Ukraine 1
22 Dević, Marko, on 89th min. (88:57) for Zozulya 28
320 days
27 October 1983
in Belgrade, Yugoslavia
CF FC Shakhtar Donetsk 26 2
18 Nazarenko, Serhiy Y., on 90+2 min. (91:36) for Rotan 32
208 days
16 February 1980 LM SC Tavriya Simferopol 54 12
result: England 1 Ukraine 1
unused substitutes: 1-Maxym Koval, 15-Roman Bezus, 16-Vitalyi Mandzyuk, 19-Taras Stepanenko, 21-Bohdan Butko, 23-Andriy Dykan.
Coach Oleh Blokhin played for the USSR against England in June 1973, June 1984 (93rd app), and earned his 103rd appearance as a substiute in March 1986.
4-5(2-3)-1 Pyavtov -
Husev, Khacheridi, Rakytskiy, Selin
(Shevchuk) -
Tymoschuk, Rotan
(Nazarenko) -
Yarmolenko, Harmash, Konoplyanka -
Averages (Starting XI): Age 25 years 352 days Appearances/Goals 36.1 3.7


    Match Report by Mike Payne

The way this match panned out in the end, it will almost certainly be seen as a vital point won by England rather than two lost.  Although it always remains very important that you win your home games in these competitions, it looked for a long time that England would succumb to a clever performance by Ukraine at Wembley and lose their proud record of not being beaten in a competitive match at home for five years.

After the easy victory over Moldova, England seemed to start this match under the impression that it would be just as simple to beat the Ukraine.  But this was a different kettle of fish entirely and their lethargic start was almost punished beyond repair as the visitors were quickly out of the blocks.  Oleg Gusiev's early effort took a deflection off of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and the ball looped to the far post, which it clipped, forcing Joe Hart to scramble across goal, well beaten.  It was a warning for the home side that they had to buck their ideas up.  Tom Cleverley, so impressive against Moldova, was finding this game a lot tougher as he struggled to find the space and freedom he had enjoyed on the previous Friday.  Gradually though England got to grips with their task and both Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard used all their experience and worked tirelessly to change the direction of the match.

It was one of those games where both sets of forwards always looked likely to score against defences that certainly showed nerves and some hesitancy early on.  Ukraine had come to Wembley with a definite plan to have nine players back at all times and rely on swift breakaways.  England's problem was to find a way round this solid wall and at times they found it very difficult.  Up front Ukraine's Yevhen Konoplyanka had tremendous pace and in the midfield Anatoliy Tymoschuk showed all the experience of a man with 121 caps to his name.  He shackled Cleverley brilliantly and it was to be a night of learning for the Manchester United midfield player.  Again the visitors went close when a low cross into the box was hacked away by Glen Johnson.  It took England ten minutes to get into the contest but at that time they so nearly took the lead with their first real chance.  Jermaine Defoe picked up possession on the left, held off two challenges and cut inside to rifle a tremendous shot past Andriy Pyatov.  It looked a superb goal, but the crowd went from joy to despair as they noticed the referee had given a foul against Defoe and the goal was ruled out.  Replays showed that it was a very harsh decision and it wasn't to be the last the official gave on the night.  The theatrical collapse by Andriy Yarmolenko after Defoe's challenge had hoodwinked the ref, and the Ukraine penchant for falling to the floor at the slightest touch was to incur the wrath of the crowd on more than one occasion.

To rub salt into the wound Ukraine then almost scored themselves when Cleverley lost possession and when the ball ran loose only a fine clearance by Gerrard from the goalline prevented the shot going in.  Phil Jagielka then had a header from a Gerrard corner at the other end and on the half hour Denys Garmash was left unmarked in the box.  Luckily his volley went over Joe Hart's crossbar.  At this point the game was wide open and on 34 minutes great play by Johnson, James Milner and Gerrard set up Defoe, who unselfishly nodded the ball across goal to the incoming and unmarked Cleverley.  The youngster just had to score surely?  No!  Somehow he contrived to fire his shot against the keeper's legs when it seemed much easier to score.  Four minutes later the visitors took the lead with a wonderful goal.

Konoplyanka picked up possession out on the left and as Gerrard went to close him down the Ukrainian cut inside and curled an unstoppable right-foot shot into the far top corner giving Hart absolutely no chance to save.  Sometimes you have to hold up your hands and say what a wonderful goal, and this was one of those occasions.  And if truth be told Ukraine deserved the lead at that point too.

It was ironic that the one player for England who was not having the best of nights was the one who had all the chances fall at his feet.  Cleverley had two more chances in quick succession before the break, the first coming following a right-wing cross, when he scuffed his shot from a good position.  Then, shortly afterwards he found himself in another great position only to see his shot strike the outside of the post.  Credit the lad for continually getting into the mix, but on another day he could have had five goals! 

The Ukraine came out for the second half more determined than ever to hold on to what they had and England were struggling to find the guile to break them down.  Johnson fired in a dangerous cross that was deflected for a corner and then Lampard shot wide after good work by Defoe.  On 54 minutes Gerrard was booked after leading with his elbow in a challenge with Ruslan Rotan and his team were just starting to show frustration at the way things were going.  But to be fair they kept plugging away, probing and trying to pass the ball around the defenders.  A good clearance by Leighton Baines saved the day when a rare attack from Ukraine threatened and Hart saved a weak header from a corner.  On 62 minutes Roy Hodgson made his first change, bringing on Danny Welbeck for the unfortunate Cleverley, and the other Manchester United player immediately looked lively.

On 69 minutes Johnson made one of his typical runs and was so unlucky to see his low shot to the far post turned away by Pyatov's hand at the last moment.  The referee, in his wisdom, gave a goal kick!  Daniel Sturridge then came on for the disappointing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and England went 4-3-3 as the pressure grew.  Milner's cross was just too high for Defoe, Defoe shot wide and England then went close from a corner.  After 83 minutes Gerrard and Sturridge combined to set up Welbeck but the striker could only toe-poke the ball against the post.  Oh, the agony on the England bench!  A minute later there were howls for a penalty as Welbeck went down, and then Ukraine broke away and almost sealed the match but thankfully Roman Zozulya missed a golden chance from close range.

It looked at this stage that England were going to suffer a rare home defeat but there was still time for two further stings in the tail.  Sturridge and fellow sub Ryan Bertrand combined to get the ball into Welbeck and this time the striker stayed composed and tried to dink the ball past Yevgen Khacheridi only to see the big defender block it with an arm.  This time the referee did get it right when he awarded England a penalty.  Up stepped the unflappable Lampard for the second game running to fire home a super penalty.  It was a deserved equaliser for the home side.

The referee was to have the final say though as in the 89th minute Gerrard went into a 50-50 challenge with Garmash, who stepped across the England captain, and although the Liverpool man won the ball the reaction of Garmash, going down as though he had been hit by a 12 bore shot gun, convinced the referee that it was a foul worthy of a second yellow card and Gerrard was off.  It was the final blot on the Turkish official's poor night and now Gerrard misses the home game with San Marino.  All in all, England did well to finally gain some reward from their efforts.  Their performance had not been a particularly good one but they kept going, kept working and finally and deservedly gained their point.  It may prove important in the great scheme of things.


Source Notes

BBC Sport
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Mike Payne - football historian and contributor