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England burnish bid in Bulgaria

Published: Friday 2 September 2011, 22.43CET
Bulgaria 0-3 England
Gary Cahill's opener was added to by two Wayne Rooney goals before the break as England strengthened their Group G campaign.
England burnish bid in Bulgaria
Gary Cahill (right) celebrates his opener ©Getty Images

Match statistics

BulgariaEngland

Goals scored0
3
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts7
 
12
Attempts on target2
 
5
Attempts off target4
 
2
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
1
Corners2
 
4
Offsides2
 
3
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed16
 
9
Fouls suffered8
 
16

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Friday 2 September 2011, 22.43CET

England burnish bid in Bulgaria

Bulgaria 0-3 England
Gary Cahill's opener was added to by two Wayne Rooney goals before the break as England strengthened their Group G campaign.

England strengthened their bid for UEFA EURO 2012 automatic qualification with a comfortable Group G win in Bulgaria.

Gary Cahill, making his first competitive start, put England ahead on 12 minutes and Wayne Rooney struck twice before the break. To further boost England's position, Montenegro lost 2-1 in Wales and Fabio Capello's side are now three points clear with two games left.

Cahill's only previous appearance in the group was as a substitute in the 4-0 Wembley defeat of Bulgaria that opened England's campaign 364 days ago, and he soon had a goal as he collected a Gareth Barry ball, advanced through the home defence and shot past Nikolay Mihaylov. Bulgaria were now being overrun and eight minutes later Stewart Downings's corner from the right was headed in by Rooney. A comfortable half for England ended with Rooney striking again after his new Manchester United FC colleague Ashley Young combined well with Theo Walcott.

Bulgaria had a chance early in the second period when Stiliyan Petrov was denied by Joe Hart following Martin Petrov's corner but at the other end Stewart Downing looped a header on to the post after a Walcott cross. Walcott himself was sent free and just missed the target, but England were able to comfortably close out victory ahead of Tuesday's home game with Wales, knowing that anything other than defeat will mean a point in Montenegro on 7 October would clinch qualification. Bulgaria go to Switzerland hoping for a win to move up to third.

Last updated: 05/09/11 13.27CET

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Lineups

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

England

England

13
MihaylovNikolay Mihaylov (GK)
1
HartJoe Hart (GK)
4
ZanevPetar Zanev
2
SmallingChris Smalling
5
BodurovNikolay Bodurov
3
A. ColeAshley Cole
7
GeorgievBlagoy Georgiev
4
ParkerScott Parker
Yellow Card35
9
PopovIvelin Popov
Substitution81
5
CahillGary Cahill
Goal13
11
BandalovskiIvan Bandalovski
Substitution46
6
TerryJohn Terry (C)
15
IvanovIvan Ivanov
7
WalcottTheo Walcott
Substitution83
16
MilanovZhivko Milanov
Yellow Card84
8
BarryGareth Barry
Substitution80
17
M.PetrovMartin Petrov
9
YoungAshley Young
Substitution62
19
St.PetrovStiliyan Petrov (C)
10
RooneyWayne Rooney
Goal21
Goal45+1
20
GenkovTsvetan Genkov
Substitution62
11
DowningStewart Downing

Substitutes

1
V. StoyanovVladislav Stoyanov (GK)
12
StockdaleDavid Stockdale (GK)
3
IlievValentin Iliev
13
JagielkaPhil Jagielka
6
MarquinhosMarcos Marquinhos
Substitution81
14
BainesLeighton Baines
8
SarmovGeorgi Sarmov
Substitution46
Yellow Card59
15
MilnerJames Milner
Substitution62
18
RaykovSimeon Raykov
16
LampardFrank Lampard
Substitution80
21
K. StoyanovKostadin Stoyanov
17
A. JohnsonAdam Johnson
Substitution83
22
BozhilovGerogi Bozhilov
Substitution62
18
DefoeJermain Defoe

Coach

Lothar Matthäus (GER) Fabio Capello (ITA)

Referee

Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)

Assistant referees

Peter Hermans (BEL), Mark Simons (BEL)

Fourth official

Christof Dierick (BEL)

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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