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England comeback sinks FYR Macedonia

Published: Friday 4 September 2009, 21.45CET
FYR Macedonia 1-2 England
Lee Cattermole scored from the spot as the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship finalists came from behind to win late on.
by Mark Pettit
England comeback sinks FYR Macedonia
Lee Cattermole's penalty earned England their victory ©Sportsfile
Published: Friday 4 September 2009, 21.45CET

England comeback sinks FYR Macedonia

FYR Macedonia 1-2 England
Lee Cattermole scored from the spot as the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship finalists came from behind to win late on.

England came from a goal down with 22 minutes remaining to win their first competitive match since the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship final, 2-1 away to FYR Macedonia.

Ibraimi opener
The home side sensed an upset when Agim Ibraimi put them in front with a wonderful long-range strike after 34 minutes, a lead they held until midway through the second half. But half-time substitute Freddie Sears drew England level and the turnaround was completed with seven minutes remaining thanks to Lee Cattermole's penalty.

Final experience
Cattermole was one of four players in Stuart Pearce's selection here who started England's 4-0 final defeat by Germany a little more than two months ago – Scott Loach, Fabrice Muamba and Kieran Gibbs were the others – while James Tomkins, Michael Mancienne, Jack Rodwell and Danny Rose were all substitutes for the Malmo showpiece. But there were signs of an England hangover when Ibraimi, whose deflected free-kick had forced Loach into an earlier save, unleashed a 30-metre drive past the England goalkeeper.

Substitute impacts
Sears replaced Muamba after the interval but there were few signs of an England revival until the 68th minute when the replacement finished neatly after Tomkins and Rodwell had headed a Junior Stanislas corner into a dangerous area. Pearce's second change, Jack Wilshere for Rose, also had the desired impact as the midfielder was felled by Daniel Georgievski and Cattermole dispatched the late penalty to inflict a second successive Group 9 defeat on the hosts and get England's campaign off to a winning start.

Last updated: 27/03/13 5.15CET

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Lineups

FYR Macedonia

FYR Macedonia

England

England

1
NaumovskiKristijan Naumovski (GK)
1
LoachScott Loach (GK)
2
AlijuBetim Aliju
2
NaughtonKyle Naughton
3
LazevskiAleksandar Lazevski
3
GibbsKieran Gibbs
4
Antonio StankovAntonio Stankov
4
MuambaFabrice Muamba
Substitution46
5
DimitrovskiVladimir Dimitrovski (C)
5
TomkinsJames Tomkins
6
GeorgievskiDaniel Georgievski
6
MancienneMichael Mancienne
7
IvanovskiMirko Ivanovski
Substitution80
7
StanislasJunior Stanislas
Substitution83
8
MuaremMuarem Muarem
Yellow Card36
8
CattermoleLee Cattermole (C)
Yellow Card31
Goal83
9
FazliSamir Fazli
Substitution59
9
SturridgeDaniel Sturridge
10
IbraimiAgim Ibraimi
Goal34
10
RodwellJack Rodwell
11
StojkovDragan Stojkov
Substitution77
11
RoseDanny Rose
Substitution72

Substitutes

12
JovanovskiMarko Jovanovski (GK)
13
FieldingFrank Fielding (GK)
13
RistevskiKire Ristevski
12
SmallingChris Smalling
14
BozinovDarko Bozinov
14
CorkJack Cork
15
SelmaniSevdail Selmani
Substitution77
15
WilshereJack Wilshere
Substitution72
16
PetrovFilip Petrov
16
CleverleyTom Cleverley
Substitution83
17
EjupiMuzafer Ejupi
Substitution59
17
SearsFreddie Sears
Substitution46
Goal68
18
NestorovskiIlija Nestorovski
Substitution80
Yellow Card81
18
WelbeckDanny Welbeck

Coach

Boban Babunski (MKD) Stuart Pearce (ENG)

Referee

Hubert Siejewicz (POL)

Assistant referees

Konrad Sapela (POL), Radosław Siejka (POL)

Fourth official

Tomasz Mikulski (POL)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution