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Gerrard spares England's blushes

Published: Thursday 29 March 2007, 0.56CET
Andorra 0-3 England Steven Gerrard struck twice and David Nugent added a third as England got their first win in six matches.
Gerrard spares England's blushes
Steven Gerrard wheels away after scoring his and England's first goal ©Getty Images

Match statistics

AndorraEngland

Goals scored0
3
Attempts on target0
10
Attempts off target1
 
10
Corners0
3
Fouls committed12
 
14
Yellow cards4
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:56 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 29 March 2007, 0.56CET

Gerrard spares England's blushes

Andorra 0-3 England Steven Gerrard struck twice and David Nugent added a third as England got their first win in six matches.

Steven Gerrard struck twice in the second half and debutant David Nugent added a late third to give England victory against Andorra in UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying.

Blushes spared
In a game played at the Estadio Olímpico de Montjuic in a rainy Barcelona, England were hoping to end a five-match winless run, including Saturday's 0-0 draw in Israel. But that scoreline looked like it might be repeated until Gerrard - with his first double for his country - and substitute Nugent saved England's blushes, securing a success that moves Steve McClaren's men level with Russia and Israel in Group E, two points behind leaders Croatia.

Frustration
Fielding Stewart Downing for the injured Frank Lampard and two fresh full-backs in Micah Richards and Ashley Cole, England dominated against a team without a point in their previous 22 fixtures in this competition. But it was a frustrating first half for the visitors, even though Gerrard showed his intent in forcing Andorra goalkeeper Koldo Álvarez to make an 18th-minute save.

Gerrard strikes
Downing volleyed wide shortly after the half-hour and Andrew Johnson made Koldo work with a strong shot, but for the first time in this campaign Andorra made it to the break without conceding. Nine minutes into the second period, however, Koldo was finally beaten after Wayne Rooney flicked the ball to Gerrard and he volleyed into the net. Shortly afterwards Richards was stretchered off holding his leg and was unable to continue.

Nugent joy
Koldo then kept out Gerrard again, yet with 14 minutes left the midfielder made no mistake with a low shot following good work from substitute Jermain Defoe. The Tottenham Hotspur FC forward nearly had a goal of his own in stoppage time but his strike, parried by Koldo, was helped over the line by Nugent, the Preston North End FC player who had replaced Johnson for his first cap. England are next in action in Estonia on 6 June when they will be without Rooney, suspended after being booked.

Last updated: 29/03/07 12.14CET

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Lineups

Andorra

Andorra

England

England

1
KoldoÁlvarez Koldo (GK)
1
RobinsonPaul Robinson (GK)
4
SonejeeOscar Sonejee
Yellow Card56
2
RichardsMicah Richards
Substitution61
5
Toni LimaAn Toni Lima
Yellow Card11
6
TerryJohn Terry (C)
2
AyalaJosep Ayala
5
FerdinandRio Ferdinand
3
BernausMarc Bernaus
3
A. ColeAshley Cole
Yellow Card80
6
EscuraJordi Escura
11
LennonAaron Lennon
7
VieiraMarcio Vieira
7
HargreavesOwen Hargreaves
Yellow Card77
8
Genís GarcíaGenís García
Yellow Card80
4
GerrardSteven Gerrard
Goal54
Goal76
11
GonzalezJusto Gonzalez (C)
Substitution88
8
DowningStewart Downing
10
JiménezManolo Jiménez
Substitution69
10
JohnsonAndrew Johnson
Substitution79
9
Juan Carlos ToscanoJuan Carlos Toscano
Yellow Card25
Substitution90+3
9
RooneyWayne Rooney
Yellow Card56
Substitution61

Substitutes

23
Alfonso SánchezAlfonso Sánchez (GK)
13
FosterBen Foster (GK)
12
SomozaAlex Somoza
12
CarragherJamie Carragher
14
RubioJordi Rubio
14
BarryGareth Barry
15
MorenoSergio Moreno
Substitution90+3
15
DyerKieron Dyer
Substitution61
16
MartinezFrancisco Martinez
Substitution69
16
CarrickMichael Carrick
17
PujolMarc Pujol
17
NugentDavid Nugent
Substitution79
Goal90+2
18
FernándezJulià Fernández
Substitution88
18
DefoeJermain Defoe
Substitution61

Coach

David Rodrigo Lo (ESP) Steve McClaren (ENG)

Referee

Bruno Paixão (POR)

Assistant referees

Jose Cardinal (POR), Alfredo Braga (POR)

Fourth official

João Ferreira (POR)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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