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Young goal steers England past Wales

Published: Tuesday 6 September 2011, 22.24CET
England 1-0 Wales
Ashley Young's first-half goal means England need just a point from their final qualifier in Montenegro to reach UEFA EURO 2012.
by Trevor Haylett
from Wembley

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Match statistics

EnglandWales

Goals scored1
 
0
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts12
 
9
Attempts on target1
 
1
Attempts off target9
 
8
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners5
 
3
Offsides4
 
3
Yellow cards1
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed10
 
15
Fouls suffered15
 
10

Standings

Last updated: 13/02/2013 10:53 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 6 September 2011, 22.24CET

Young goal steers England past Wales

England 1-0 Wales
Ashley Young's first-half goal means England need just a point from their final qualifier in Montenegro to reach UEFA EURO 2012.

England put themselves in a commanding position at the head of Group G with a narrow victory that leaves them requiring a point from the 7 October trip to Montenegro to book their place at UEFA EURO 2012.

Ashley Young put England ahead with his third international goal in six appearances and while they were generally comfortable they enjoyed an amazing let-off with 14 minutes remaining, Wales substitute Robert Earnshaw spurning a glorious chance in front of an open goal.

Frank Lampard was restored to England's midfield with Scott Parker making way. The Chelsea FC man was clearly eager to prove a point to those who say that, at 33, he should no longer be a regular for his country.

The teams traded headers from set-piece deliveries but neither was a serious threat. Wales expected to defend for long periods but were not slow to try and exploit any opportunity that arose, and Steve Morison broke clear but had too tight an angle to shoot.

Wayne Rooney was just off target with a chip and after Young took on his man to engineer a cross, Stewart Downing sent a difficult volley over. In reverse, the combination worked wonders for England. Downing surged away from Joe Ledley's challenge and when he cut the ball back Young had drifted into sufficient space to score with a low shot.

Rooney was only millimetres away from connecting with a Young cross as England began to play with more freedom. They continued in the same vein at the start of the second half as Young stung Wayne Hennessey's palms.

The outstanding Gareth Barry snuffed out the danger when Aaron Ramsey threatened but it was England who looked more likely to add to the scoreline. Barry's dribble teed up Lampard but he scooped it over, while Gary Cahill could not quite keep his shot down after Hennessey spilled a cross.

A second goal would have settled the nerves that arose as Wales finished the stronger, and Earnshaw could have punished them following Ramsey's free-kick.

Last updated: 26/10/12 13.35CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2012/matches/round=15171/match=2002279/postmatch/report/index.html#england+edge+past+wales

Quotes

  • Gary Cahill

    "It's hard to see the picture in front of you but tonight was all about the result. They caused us a few problems but overall I think we deserved it"

  • Wales striker Robert Earnshaw

    "We can be proud of our performance. We've only lost narrowly to one of the best teams in the world and in the second half we edged it"

Lineups

England

England

Wales

Wales

1
HartJoe Hart (GK)
1
HennesseyWayne Hennessey (GK)
2
SmallingChris Smalling
2
GunterChris Gunter
3
A. ColeAshley Cole
3
TaylorNeil Taylor
4
BarryGareth Barry
4
CroftsAndrew Crofts
5
CahillGary Cahill
5
BlakeDarcy Blake
6
TerryJohn Terry (C)
6
WilliamsAshley Williams
7
DowningStewart Downing
Substitution79
7
LedleyJoe Ledley
8
LampardFrank Lampard
Substitution73
8
CollisonJack Collison
Substitution85
9
YoungAshley Young
Goal35
9
MorisonSteve Morison
Substitution68
10
RooneyWayne Rooney
Substitution89
10
RamseyAaron Ramsey (C)
11
MilnerJames Milner
Yellow Card20
11
BaleGareth Bale

Substitutes

12
StockdaleDavid Stockdale (GK)
12
MyhillBoaz Myhill (GK)
13
JagielkaPhil Jagielka
13
CollinsDanny Collins
14
LescottJoleon Lescott
14
CollinsJames Collins
15
ParkerScott Parker
Substitution73
15
KingAndy King
Substitution85
16
CarrollAndy Carroll
Substitution89
16
AllenJoe Allen
17
A. JohnsonAdam Johnson
Substitution79
17
Robson-KanuHal Robson-Kanu
18
DefoeJermain Defoe
18
EarnshawRob Earnshaw
Substitution68

Coach

Fabio Capello (ITA) Gary Speed (WAL)

Referee

Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)

Assistant referees

Alain Hoxha (AUT), Klaus Strasser (AUT)

Fourth official

Oliver Drachta (AUT)

Legend:

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