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Monday, 12 October 2015
European Championship 2016 Group E qualification match

Lithuania 0 England 3 [0-2]
 

LFF stadionas, Naujininkai, Vilnius
Attendance: 5,051;
Kick-off: 9.45pm local, 7.45pm BST
Live on ITV HD (UK) - Commentator: Clive Tyldesley and Glenn Hoddle

England - Ross Barkley (25-yard strike 29 28:07), Giedrius Arlauskis (Kane ten yard side-footed shot hit post rebounding in off the keeper 35 34:45), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (seven yard strike 62 61:45) Match Summary
Lithuania Squad
England Squad
Results 2015-2020 England - Jonjo Shelvey (78 77:56), Jamie Vardy (79 78:23)
Lithuania - Lukas Spalvis (84 83:38), Egidijus Vaitkūnas (89 88:18)

Lithuania kicked-off. 94 minutes (46:10 & 48:04).

 

Match Summary

Officials from Denmark

Lithuania

Type

England

Referee (red) - Kenn Hansen
 35 (29 May 1980), Osternro, FIFA-listed 2001.

Assistant Referees - Lars Rix (1972), and David Vang Andersen

Fourth official - Henrik Larsen (1980).
Additional Assistant Referees - Jens Maae, 33 (10 March 1982), and Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen, 32 (24 May 1983).

UEFA Referee Observer - Laszlo Vagner
, Hungary
UEFA Delegate - Giorgi Pirtskhalava
, Georgia

8 Goal Attempts 20
2 Attempts on Target 13
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
1 Corner Kicks Won 6
Offside Calls Against  
10 Fouls Conceded 6
38% Possession 62%

Lithuania Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (1 October 2015) 116th
EFO ranking n/a
ELO rating 103rd to 106th
Colours: Made by Hummel - Yellow v-necked jerseys with white/black Hummel zip side trim, pale green shorts with white/black Hummel zip trim, yellow socks.
Capt: Mindaugas Panka Manager: Igoris Pankratjevas, 55 (9 August 1960), appointed caretaker manager September 2013, permanently on 21 December 2013;
21st match, W 5 - D - 5 - L 11 - F 14 - A 31.
Lithuania Lineup
1 Arlauskis, Giedrius 27 1 December 1987 G Watford FC, England 23 0
2 Klimavičius, Linas 26 10 April 1989 CD FK Trakai 7 0
3 Freidgeimas, Georgas 28 10 September 1987 RB VMFD Zalgiris 22 0
23 Andriuškevicius, Vytautas, off 82nd min. 24 8 October 1990 LB SC Cambuur, Netherlands 21 0
5 Mikuckis, Tomas 32 13 January 1983 CD FC SKA-Energia Khabarovsk, Russia 15 0
18 Panka, Mindaugas 31 1 May 1984 CM Maccabi Avshalom Ironi Petah Tikva FC, Israel 39 0
17 Žulpa, Artūras 25 10 June 1990 CM FC Aktobe, Kazakhstan 14 0
22 Černych, Fedor I. 24 21 May 1991
born in Moscow
LM Jagiellonia Bialystok SSA, Poland 21 4
19 Spalvis, Lukas 21 27 July 1994 F Aalborg Bk, Denmark 10 3
Spalvis cautioned in the 84th min for a foul, after running across to clip the heels of a sprinting Andros Townsend.
10 Slivka, Vykintas, off 86th min. 20 29 April 1995 F FC Den Bosch, Netherlands 7 0
11 Novikovas, Arvydas, off 63rd min. 24 18 December 1990 RM VfL Bochum 1848 eV, Germany 23 3
Lithuania Substitutes
scoreline: Lithuania 0 England 3
13 Petravicius, Deimantas, on 63rd min. (62:28) for Novikovas 20 2 September 1995 M Nottingham Forest FC, England 5 0
8 Vaitkūnas, Egidijus, on 82nd min. (81:16) for Andriuškevicius 27 8 August 1988 LB VMFD Zalgiris 21 0
Vaitkunas cautioned in the 89th min for Ungentlemanly Conduct, for preventing Townsend from running onto a through-ball
9 Matulevičius, Deivydas, on 86th min. (85:06) for Spalvis 26 8 April 1989 F FC Tobol Kostanay, Kazakhstan 25 5
result: Lithuania 0 England 3

unused substitutes:

4-Vaidas Slavickas, 7-Deividas Cesnauskis, 12-Emilijus Zubas, 14-Linas Pilibaitis, 15-Mantas Kuklys, 16-Ernestas Veliulis, 20-Rolandas Baravykas, 21-Vytautas Cerniauskas.
 
4-4-2 Arlauskis -
Freidgeimas, Mikuckis, Klimavičius, Andriuškevicius (Vaitkunas) -
Novikovas (Petravicius), Panka, Žulpa, Černych -
Spalvis
(Matulevičius), Slivka

Averages (Starting XI):

Age   Appearances/Goals    

 

England Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (1 October 2015) 10th
EFO ranking Group 3
ELO rating 8th to 7th
Colours: The Nike 2014 home uniform - White v-necked jerseys with shadowed pinstripes and silvery white trim, white shorts with silvery white trim, white socks.
Capt: Phil Jagielka, first and only captaincy Manager: Roy Hodgson, 68 (8 August 1947), appointed 1 May 2012,
45th match, W 27 - D 13 - L 5 - F 94 - A 32.
England Lineup
1 Butland, Jack 22 10 March 1993 G Stoke City FC 2 1 GA
2 Walker, Kyle A. 26 28 May 1990 RB Tottenham Hotspur FC 12 0
3 Gibbs, Kieran J.R. 26 26 September 1989 LB Arsenal FC 9 0
4 Shelvey, Jonjo 23 27 February 1992 CM Swansea City AFC 4 0
Shelvey cautioned in the 78th min for Ungentlemanly Conduct, after charging down the Lithuania free-kick before the kick was taken.
5 Jones, Philip A. 23 21 February 1992 CD Manchester United FC 18 0
6 Jagielka, Philip N. 33 17 August 1982 CD Everton FC 38 3
7 Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexander M.D. 22 15 August 1993 LM Arsenal FC 24 5
8 Barkley, Ross, off 73rd min. 21 5 December 1993 RM Everton FC 17 2
9 Vardy, Jamie R. 28 11 January 1987 RF Leicester City FC 4 0
Vardy cautioned in the 79th min for Ungentlemanly Conduct, after charging down the ball at the same Lithuanian free-kick.
10 Kane, Harry E., off 59th min. 22 28 July 1993 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC 6 3
11 Lallana, Adam D., off 67th min. 27 10 May 1988 LF Liverpool FC 17 0
England Substitutes
scoreline: Lithuania 0 England 2
18 Ings, Daniel W.J., on 59th min. (58:44) for Kane 23 23 July 1992 F Liverpool FC 1 0
scoreline: Lithuania 0 England 3
20 Alli, Bamidele J., on 67th min (66:48) for Lallana 19 11 April 1996 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 2 0
17 Townsend, Andros D., on 73rd min. (72:49) for Barkley 24 16 July 1991 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 10 3
result: Lithuania 0 England 3

unused substitutes:

12-Chris Smalling, 13-Tom Heaton, 14-Theo Walcott, 15-Nathanial Clyne, 16-Ryan Bertrand, 19-Raheem Sterling.
 
4-3-3 Butland -
Walker, Jones, Jagielka, Gibbs -
Barkley
(Townsend), Shelvey, Oxlade-Chamberlain -
Vardy, Kane
(Ings), Lallana (Alli).

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 24.8 Appearances/Goals 13.7 1.0

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

England travelled to Vilnius to play their final group match of the European Championship hoping that they could create a very proud record of "ten out of ten" in the qualifiers. The fact that they achieved their goal with many of their star names missing says a good deal about the character and qualifty of the squad. In fact this match was totally dominated by the vistors and the result never really looked in doubt.

Roy Hodgson made several changes, mostly enforced, but after a slow start that players selected gradually warmed to their task. First of all they had to adapt to the 3G artificial surface that Lithuania use in this stadium, and it was not easy to judge the pace of the pass or the speed of the ball off the surface. But gradually England began to acclimatise and assert their authority. On ten minutes Harry Kane had the first of several shots saved by the impressive Watford goalkeeper, Giedrius Arlauskis, in the home goal. Four minutes later it was Kane again, this time on the end of a good breakaway by England, but again the goalkeeper was equal to it.

Patience was going to be an important ingredient of England's work on the night and they kept possession well. To be honest Lithuania were a poor side, and they rarely ventured out of their own half, instead inviting England on to them. This was really a recipe for disaster for Lithuania because it was only ever going to be a matter of time before England scored. On 23 minutes a good turn and shot by Kane was parried by the goalkeeper, but Jamie Vardy was not quite quick enough to capitalise on the rebound. There was a real duel going on between Arlauskis and Kane and who would be the winner was still open to doubt at this stage. Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain tried to expose the home defence down the flanks, but the quality of crosses was not up to the standard required, although it must be said the pitch had something to do with that.

With 29 minutes on the clock England finally found the breakthrough. Patient build up play saw Ross Barkley gain possession. He jinked inside, created some space for himself, and fired in a fierce shot. The ball took a deflection off the back of Tomas Mikuckis and went into the net off the post. This time Arlauskis had no chance.

England sensed a kill as they continued to push forward, and Vardy's dangerous cross-cum-shot caused more danger for the overworked defenders. But the vistors still had to be on their guard and they were given a warning in the 34th minute when Lukas Spalvis broke down the inside-left channel and fired in a good cross shot aimed at the far post. Jack Butland in goal was alert to the danger though and made a good save as he tipped the ball around the post. A minute later and it was 2-0 to England.

This time Kane and Lallana worked a one-two in the box and Kane's left-foot shot struck the inside of the near post and rebounded into the net off the back of the unfortunate Arlauskis. The official verdict was an own goal by the goalkeeper, but the seemed very harsh on Kane, who was the one who beat the keeper with his shot. Nevertheless the goal gave England complete control of the game.

The last ten minutes of the half saw England create more openings as Kane, Jonjo Shelvey and Vardy all had chances to add to the score. All the players were contributing well for England and the 2-0 half-time lead was the least they deserved.

The second half was a little tedious to be honest, understandable considering England's dominance, not only in this match but in the group too. Arlauskis continued to shine for Lithuania as Kane again went close, and then a dangerous corner was scrambled away. In the 52nd minute Oxlade-Chamberlain broke down the right and pulled the ball back perfectly for Kane. The Tottenham striker fired in a good shot, which was brilliantly parried by the goalkeeper, but from the rebound Kane had another chance to finish it. This time his half-hit shot struck Georgas Friedgeimas as the defender stuck out a leg and the ball was deflected clear.

At the back for England, Phil Jagielka, a proud captain for the first time and Phil Jones went about their business coolly and efficiently, although they were never really put under too much pressure. Jonjo Shelvey fired a long range effort over as the attacks went forward again, and when Kane went off Danny Ings came on to make a lively debut appearance. Just after an hour had gone England increaed their lead. Oxlade-Chamberlain lost possession as he darted into the box but the ball ran for Kyle Walker who promptly gave it back to the Arsenal winger. This time he made no mistake and fired in his fifth goal for his country.

Roy Hodgson then gave some game time to Deli Alli and Andros Townsend, but after Barkley and Lallana went off the play was more scrappy than before, although England remained very much on top. Ings fired in a good shot, which was saved, and then the same player almost reached a pass by Vardy after good play by Alli and Walker. It was all to easy for England who completely outclassed their opponents, in fact it was a little too easy at times and sloppiness crept into England's play. There was one noteworthy incident when Lithuania were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box. Shelvey charged down the kick a little too early for the ref's liking and received a yellow card for his trouble. When the free-kick was lined up again, Vardy did the same, and the ref dished out the same treatment to him too. Luckily those cards are now wiped clean as we move onto the finals. The final chance of the match fell to Vardy but his header was not not strong enough.

So the magic ten wins out of ten was achieved, and despite the 'weaker' opposition England can be rightly proud of their record in the group stage. Now all thoughts turn to the finals next year in France, although before that England have some very juicy friendlies to look forward to. It will be interesting to see how they perform against a better standard of opponent, just to see how far they have come since their dismal World Cup showing. Oh, and one other thing, how does Kane's goal become an 'own goal' and yet Barkley's goal took a huge deflection off a defender, and the goalkeeper got two hands to Oxlade-Chamberlain's shot, only to help it into the net? That bugs me, and as far as I'm concerned it was Kane's goal!

Source Notes

BBC Sport
TheFA.com
RateTheRef.com
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor

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