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Baines stunner boosts England

Published: Friday 6 October 2006, 22.57CET
England 1-0 Germany Left-back Leighton Baines was the unlikely hero as England established an advantage for Tuesday's decider in Leverkusen.
by Kevin Ashby
from Ricoh Arena

Match statistics

EnglandGermany

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target1
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Published: Friday 6 October 2006, 22.57CET

Baines stunner boosts England

England 1-0 Germany Left-back Leighton Baines was the unlikely hero as England established an advantage for Tuesday's decider in Leverkusen.

Leighton Baines was the unlikely hero as England defeated Germany 1-0 in Coventry to make themselves favourites to progress to next summer's UEFA European Under-21 Championship when this play-off concludes in Leverkusen on Tuesday.

Faultless display
It had looked for so long that a faultless display from goalkeeper Michael Rensing would enable Germany to leave the Ricoh Arena with a clean sheet, but the FC Bayern München custodian was finally beaten in the 77th minute as Wigan Athletic FC left-back Baines picked up the ball in space before picking his spot in the top corner with a delicious swerving shot from 25 metres. It sent a crowd of 30,919 – the largest in the city for 25 years – home happy, and set up the tie for a thrilling conclusion in four days’ time.

Timely challenge
Germany had started with real patience, Eugen Polanski orchestrating a slick opening move which would have freed Stefan Kiessling had Steven Taylor not dispossessed the forward with a timely challenge on the edge of the area. Sadly for the visitors, a sixth-minute clash of heads involving defenders Markus Brzenska and Marvin Matip when each attempted to intercept a routine a through-ball was to prove indicative of an opening 45 minutes in which only the brilliance of Rensing prevented England from establishing an early advantage.

Richards chances
The 22-year-old got down smartly to hold a Tom Huddlestone drive in the ninth minute, and ten minutes later reacted well to divert a Wayne Routledge shot behind after the winger showed a deft touch to control a Baines cross and evade left-back Patrick Ochs in one movement. In between, England right-back Micah Richards headed a corner just wide and passed up another chance after failing to control the ball on his chest.

Speedy quartet
A speculative shot high into the stands from Kevin-Prince Boateng epitomised Germany's frustration as the speedy quartet of Theo Walcott, Wayne Routledge, James Milner and David Nugent continued to dictate the flow of the game. All were involved in a sweeping 29th-minute raid which concluded with Rensing turning behind a super Baines drive, and he was soon producing further heroics by acrobatically palming over Anton Ferdinand’s close-range header.

Germany chances
The Germany No1 was finally beaten in the 58th minute, only for his left-hand post to come to his rescue after Routledge unleashed a shot from 22 metres. Nigel Reo-Coker was the next to be denied by Rensing, who got down low to keep out a deflected shot from the England captain. Hunt, with a curled shot, and Dominik Reinhardt's header were the sum of Germany’s second-half efforts before the former was denied by Ferdinand’s sliding tackle in the 70th minute.

Brilliant winner
Rensing could do nothing to keep out Baines' brilliant winner seven minutes later, and Germany will have to up their game on home soil to retain a chance of qualifying for the Netherlands.

Last updated: 27/03/13 7.41CET

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Lineups

England

England

Germany

Germany

1
CarsonScott Carson (GK)
1
RensingMichael Rensing (GK)
2
RichardsMicah Richards
2
ReinhardtDominik Reinhardt
3
BainesLeighton Baines
Goal77
3
OchsPatrick Ochs
Yellow Card25
4
TaylorSteven Taylor
4
BrzenskaMarkus Brzenska
5
FerdinandAnton Ferdinand
Yellow Card58
5
MatipMarvin Matip
6
HuddlestoneTom Huddlestone
Yellow Card41
6
CastroGonzalo Castro
7
Reo-CokerNigel Reo-Coker (C)
7
BoatengKevin-Prince Boateng
Yellow Card22
Substitution77
8
MilnerJames Milner
8
PolanskiEugen Polanski
Substitution46
9
WalcottTheo Walcott
Substitution65
9
KiesslingStefan Kiessling (C)
Yellow Card86
10
NugentDavid Nugent
Substitution81
10
HuntAaron Hunt
11
RoutledgeWayne Routledge
Substitution71
11
GomezMario Gomez

Substitutes

13
CampLee Camp (GK)
12
TschaunerPhilipp Tschauner (GK)
15
WatsonBen Watson
Substitution81
14
DumSascha Dum
Substitution77
17
YoungAshley Young
Substitution65
18
OttlAndreas Ottl
Substitution46
18
AgbonlahorGabriel Agbonlahor
Substitution71
13
BielerPascal Bieler
12
HoyteJustin Hoyte
15
FreisSebastian Freis
14
KilgallonMatthew Kilgallon
16
HilbertRoberto Hilbert
16
WhittinghamPeter Whittingham
17
KruskaMarc-André Kruska

Coach

Peter Taylor (ENG) Dieter Eilts (GER)

Referee

Matteo Trefoloni (ITA)

Assistant referees

Stefano Ayroldi (ITA), Flaviano Lanciano (ITA)

Fourth official

Luca Palanca (ITA)

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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