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Berahino pushes England past Moldova

Published: Thursday 5 September 2013, 23.37CET
England 1-0 Moldova
Saido Berahino's early goal proved sufficient as Gareth Southgate's first game at the England helm ended in a narrow Group 1 victory.
by Jeremy John Insen
from Madejski Stadium
Berahino pushes England past Moldova
Saido Berahino (right) celebrates his goal with Thomas Carroll ©Getty Images

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Published: Thursday 5 September 2013, 23.37CET

Berahino pushes England past Moldova

England 1-0 Moldova
Saido Berahino's early goal proved sufficient as Gareth Southgate's first game at the England helm ended in a narrow Group 1 victory.

Gareth Southgate's reign as England manager got off to a winning start as Saido Berahino's effort proved decisive against Moldova in UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 1.

England controlled the match, their first in the section, from start to finish, yet despite Berahino giving the home side a 13th-minute lead they were unable to add to their tally.

Berahino may have struck even earlier than he did were it not for a smart save from Alexei Koselev and the goalkeeper also had to be alert to deny Andre Wisdom. West Bromwich Albion FC forward Berahino had scored a hat-trick on his debut in the League Cup last week and he continued his rich vein of form with the opener following a through ball from the creative Thomas Carroll.

Moldova's best chance to level came on the stroke of half-time when Cătălin Carp's close-range header from Vadim Raţa's free-kick found the side netting, but with that opportunity spurned, England re-established their dominance after the break.

Wilfried Zaha and Nathan Redmond were a constant threat on the wings, and when the latter went off midway through the second half Sammy Ameobi continued to cause problems on the left flank. Carroll pulled the strings in midfield, though a clutch of efforts from the edge of the area could not double the advantage, while substitute William Hughes was denied on the goal line by Iurie Mîrza in the final minute.

"It was a bit difficult tonight with the way they defended," said England midfielder Redmond. "They got a lot of bodies back and made it hard to cross the ball and made us play in the tight areas, but we came out, stuck to our game plan and got the win. It was one of those games where we failed to convert chances, but we'll just go onto the next match and try and carry on."

That next match is on Monday, when England head to Group 1 pacesetters Finland. Moldova, who now have three points from three games, host Wales a day later as they look to avenge a 1-0 defeat in the reverse fixture in March.

Last updated: 05/06/15 10.09CET

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Lineups

England

England

Moldova

Moldova

1
ButlandJack Butland (GK)
1
KoşelevAlexei Koşelev (GK)
2
StonesJohn Stones
3
Focşa Maxim Focşa
3
ShawLuke Shaw
4
ProdanIon Prodan
Yellow Card80
4
ChalobahNathaniel Chalobah
5
BogdanConstantin Bogdan
Yellow Card5
5
WisdomAndre Wisdom (C)
6
V. JardanVasile Jardan
6
KeaneMichael Keane
7
ZasavitchiEugen Zasavitchi (C)
7
RedmondNathan Redmond
Substitution75
8
RaţăVadim Raţă
8
Ward-ProwseJames Ward-Prowse
Substitution65
9
AntonGheorghe Anton
9
BerahinoSaido Berahino
Goal13
Substitution86
10
CarpCătălin Carp
Substitution69
10
CarrollTom Carroll
13
DimaIgor Dima
Substitution90+1
11
ZahaWilfried Zaha
14
MîrzaIurie Mîrza

Substitutes

13
LongGeorge Long (GK)
12
AvramCristian Avram (GK)
12
T. KaneTodd Kane
2
ȚurcanConstantin Țurcan
14
RobinsonJack Robinson
11
MilinceanuNicolae Milinceanu
Substitution69
15
DierEric Dier
15
TironValeriu Tiron
16
HughesWill Hughes
Substitution65
16
PaticSergiu Patic
Substitution90+1
17
AmeobiSammy Ameobi
Substitution75
17
MateiSergiu Matei
18
KaneHarry Kane
Substitution86
18
BolşacovAlexandr Bolşacov

Coach

Gareth Southgate (ENG) Alexandru Curteian (MDA)

Referee

Nikola Dabanović (MNE)

Assistant referees

Veselin Radunović (MNE), Jovica Tatar (MNE)

Fourth official

Miloš Savović (MNE)

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