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WC Qualification Europe
23 March 2013
• Stadio Olimpico di Serravalle, Serravalle
Referee: A. Bieri
• Attendance: 4952
Alessandro Della Valle 12' (own goal)
A. Oxlade-Chamberlain 28'
J. Defoe 35', 78'
A. Young 39'
F. Lampard 42'
W. Rooney 54'
D. Sturridge 70'
FT: San Marino 0-8 England
FT: Just the eight goals for England tonight in what is the perfect preparation for their game with Montenegro. Roy Hodgson will be pleased to see the likes of Ashley Young and Oxlade-Chamberlain impress and provide him with a selection headache ahead of next week.
The referee puts the San Marino players out of their misery and blows the full time whistle. I need an ice pack for my fingers after all those England goals!
Osman is fouled in the centre circle. This could be the last bit of action.
That's eleven minutes without an England goal. What's happening here?!
CHANCE! Defoe clearly wants a hat-trick as he goes for goal when perhaps Sturridge was better placed.
Good interplay from Baines and Young. But the Manchester United winger can't quite put Sturridge through. England continue to threaten despite my plea.
CHANCE! Defoe gets a glancing header on a Kyle Walker cross, but can't direct it goalwards for a hat-trick.
Please England, give my typing hand a rest and see out the last ten minutes without another goal!
Sub for San Marino: Bollini off, Valentini on.
Looking at it again, that was a brilliant gut-busting run from Walker down the right.
GOAL! WHAT A FINISH FROM DEFOE! His Spurs teammate, Kyle Walker, makes an excellent cut-back to the striker who back-heels it beyond Simoncini! San Marino 0-8 England.
Danilo Ezequiel Rinaldi
San Marino sub: Selva off, Rinaldi on.
Meanwhile, Baines would've made it eight if not for a good save by the San Marino 'keeper from an England free-kick.
England have found this simple with a friendly-like atmosphere calming their initial nerves
Brilliant run to the byline by Young and a well-timed cross.
GOAL! It's SEVEN for England! Ashley Young produced a perfectly weighted cross for Sturridge, who makes up for his previous miss, with an easy header. That's his first senior international goal. San Marino 0-7 England.
Substitution for England. Parker replaces Lampard.
A professional, well-oiled performance from the Chelsea midfielder. A driving cog at the heart of every move.
Substitution for San Marino. Buscarini on, Cibelli off.
No, they cant. Hart comes across to collect the ball after all that excitement - Spoil sport.
It's a corner to San Marino! Can they score their first goal in competitive football in four years?
CHANCE! Oxlade-Chamberlain shoots wide from long range after a good ball from Lescott had given the midfielder space for the effort.
A huge cheer breaks out as San Marino have their first shot of the match. They'll be singing "We're gonna win 7-6!" next.
CHANCE! Oxlade-Chamberlain delivers a perfect cross for Daniel Sturridge, but the Liverpool forward can only head wide! What a sitter!
Yellow CardMichele Cervellini
Michele Cervellini is the second San Marino player to go into the referee's book.
And Osman replaces Cleverley.
Double substitution for England. Sturridge on for Rooney.
GOAL! SAN MARINO 0-6 ENGLAND! Rooney finally gets his goal! The resulting free-kick is curled beyond Simoncini between the sticks, by the Manchester United forward.
Yellow CardDavide Simoncini
Rash challenge by Simoncini on Cleverly earns the San Marino man a yellow. That looked painful!
CLOSE! Rooney almost gets in on the act with a long range effort which is palmed just over the bar by the 'keeper. He wants a goes he does.
San Marino cramming ten players behind the ball, leaving their forward isolated when they finally do clear. Do they not realise they're 5 goals down?
Lampard tries a floated through-ball to Defoe who is pulled up for a contentious offside. The Spurs forward looked to be on but not according to the linesman on the far side.
Baines is almost playing ahead of Young down the left. The definition of a modern full-back.
San Marino get us underway for the second half.
HT: I need a breather after that first half! England's attack seems unstoppable and unrelenting. This could end up being a cricket score.
HT: Roy Hodgson will be delighted with his side's first-half display. I can see a flurry of substitutes in the second-half though, as the manager looks towards resting his players for their next game against Montenegro.
Maybe the referee feels sorry for San Marino as he blows his half-time whistle on exactly 45 minutes. Even he can't stop the England groove though.
Kyle Walker was the provider for that one.
GOAL! It's five! Frank Lampard side foots an exquisite cross into the bottom corner. Starting to feel sorry for San Marino now, but try telling England that!
Cracking stat: San Marino's last goal in a competitive international was all of four years ago... Wonder if they've got the record?
GOAL! WHAT A STRIKE BY ASHLEY YOUNG! His first goal for club and country this year is a cracking 30-yarder! England are running riot here in San Marino!
What a lovely cushioned header by the Arsenal midfielder to set up his North London counterpart.
GOAL! If at first you don't succeed, try again. Jermaine Defoe rolls the ball into an empty net after a floated Rooney cross was headed across goal by Oxlade-Chamberlain and into the path of the Spurs striker for an easy tap in. San Marino 0-3 England.
San Marino will count themselves lucky after that one.
DISALLOWED GOAL! Lampard plays in Ashley Young who squares for Defoe. The linesman's flag is up though, contentious decision.
England set up for their 13th corner of the game as they continue to pressure the San Marino defence. It comes to nothing though.
That was a brilliantly instinctive ball from the England number 10.
GOAL! England tease the edge of the San Marino box following the corner. Oxlade-Chamberlain and Rooney exchange a one-two before the Arsenal youngster slots the ball beyond Simoncini. San Marino 0-2 England.
As you can probably tell, by the amount of times I've mentioned his name, Leighton Baines is having an excellent game at left-back. Another driving run by the Everton defender has earned England a corner once again.
Bollini fouls Oxlade-Chamberlain in midfield and England are awarded a free-kick.
San Marino clear the corner and their defensive line.
England applying continued pressure in their hunt for a second goal. Ashley Young with the latest effort which was deflected wide for a corner.
Baines' delivery is headed away but England attack again and earn themselves a corner.
Free-kick to England after Baines was fouled on the left wing. The Everton left-back will take.
Succession of corners for the Three Lions are dealt with well by the home side.
Baines and Young are linking up well down the left flank, giving the San Marino right-back plenty to ponder.
England earn a corner and Baines' corner is met by Lampard and then Defoe. Neither can produce a goal though and it's out for a goal kick.
That's the 17th goal the home side have conceded in this qualifying campaign so far.
Own GoalAlessandro Della Valle
GOAL! Baines breaks down the left and looks to square to Rooney but Delle Valle puts it into his own net before it can reach the Manchester United forward. San Marino 0-1 England.
CHANCE! Oxlade-Chamberlain collects a well-cushioned header from Rooney and attempts to lob the goalkeeper. His shot hits the bar though. England are dominating.
Constant pressure from the Three Lions here. Surely only a matter of time before they manage an opening goal.
Baines delivers a well-placed corner kick but San Marino defenders are there to clear.
Frank Lampard finds himself free in the box and fires his shot towards goal. Simoncini saves well and England have a corner,.
Another corner to the away side after some good work from Rooney. It's too deep though and Lescott can't direct it goalwards.
Frank Lampard unable to direct a header while off balance from the corner, goal kick.
Last ditch intervention from Bollini prevents Defoe squaring to Lampard, corner to England.
Rooney attempts a clever through-ball to his strike partner Defoe, but the San Marino defence is there to block.
Young chases a long ball down the left, but can't catch it.
And we're underway here in San Marino. England in all white, the home side wearing all blue.
That's that out the way, kick-off imminent.
God save the Queen rings round the stadium, now for the San Marino anthem.
Both teams are on the pitch. We're just waiting for the national anthems...
Hodgson: "We've got a strong team out tonight."
2,500 England fans have made the journey to San Marino to support the lads.
Kick-off is at 8pm at the Stadio di Serravalle.
"You go with what you've got. Only two wins from two is good enough," the skipper concluded.
"For me, Jack Wilshere is the biggest miss," Gerrard continued.
"There's a lot of negative words out there at the moment, and I don't know why," Steven Gerrard said.
The build up to this match has been rife with controversy after Rio Ferdinand decided to pull out of Roy Hodgson's squad and cover the match for TV in Qatar.
San Marino subs: 12 Valentini 13 Bacciocchi 19 Valentini 15 Buscarini 16 Coppini 17 Della Valle 20 Vannucci 14 Bianchi 18 Rinaldi
San Marino starting XI: 1 Simoncini 2 Vitaioli 3 Palazzi 5 Della Valle 6 Simoncini 9 Cervellini 4 Gasperoni 8 Bollini 11 Cibelli 7 Vitaioli 10 Selva
Lampard leads the Three Lions out with Gerrard on the bench.
England subs: 13 Foster 23 Forster 14 Cole 15 S Taylor 16 Caulker 12 Parker 17 Milner 18 Gerrard 19 Carrick 20 Osman 21 Welbeck 22 Sturridge
The England starting XI is as follows: 1 Hart 2 Walker 3 Baines 5 Lescott 6 Smalling 4 Cleverley 7 Oxlade-Chamberlain 8 Lampard 11 Young 9 Defoe 10 Rooney
Theo Walcott is out of tonight's game through injury, as Goal.com UK reported earlier.
The home side sit rock bottom of the International rankings, so England will look for a substantial victory here. One to massage the goal-difference stats, Roy Hodgson will hope.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com UK's coverage of tonight's World Cup Group H Qualifier between San Marino and England. I'm Oliver Wheeler and I'll be guiding you through the action play-by-play right up until the final whistle.
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