It's over! Joy for Ukraine who edge closer to South Africa. They need to beat Andorra to cement their play-off spot but the favour Croatian players such as Niko Kranjcar asked the English for was not answered! Ukraine 1, England 0.
Substitution Andriy Shevchenko Oleh Husyev
Shevchenko walks off to a good reception. The striker had a good showing, perhaps one of Ukraine's three best players. Showed good recovery and reaction following the miss.
Carlon Cole with one last throw of the dice, a precise pass to ROONEY!!! Just wide from the nation's top scorer in qualifying.
First competitive loss for Capello on the horizon unless anything drastic happens. England just haven't had their game face on today. Thinking about South Africa already perhaps? Perhaps not. A substandard display, though, for sure.
DAVID JAMES pulling another EXTRAORDINARY save to keep England in this fixture, just.
Yellow Card Ruslan Rotan
Such a shame... Rotan booked there for diving. Maybe that's not a shame. I initially thought the guilty party was Milevsky and was going to mention how that action marred what could otherwise be deemed a man of the match performance. As it happens though, it was Rotan, who I haven't seen that much of this evening. Milevsky's beauty remains in tact. Brilliant.
SHEVCHENKO is through! The Ukrainian golden boy driving forth from a diagonal position and FIRES into the clutches of JAMES! Could have scored... no, wait, no he couldn't the flag is up anyway. Offside Sir!
Substitution Emile Heskey Carlton Cole
Yellow Card Anatoliy Tymoshchuk
West Ham United striker Carlton Cole warming up, looking to come on. He's an inconsistent player for me. Rounded off one of the goals of the season last year, looking the mutts nuts in the process, but is also capable of anonymity. He does seem to be Emile Heskey's first reserve in the eyes of Capello, though.
Yellow Card Yevhen Khacheridi
Lampard hovering over a free-kick in ominous fashion. Not a BAAAD effort, contained though…
Substitution Serhiy Nazarenko Andriy Yarmolenko
England still dominating, no end product as yet.
Stuart Pearce and Capello are both in discussion in the dug-out. Bringing on another player perhaps?
Rooney picks out LAMPARRRRD!!! His footwork didn't match the build-up and Pyatov can comfortably claim the loose ball. The aforementioned pair though appear England's likeliest outlet for an equaliser.
The Ukrainian 4-3-3 is allowing Johnson to move further upfield which helps compensate for the ten men. The Liverpool attacking full-back is playing more as a midfielder.
England are making better moves in this half. The balance and organisation is present, good drag-back from ROONEY with the shot but the Ukraine goalkeeper makes a comfortable save.
UKRAINE ARE SHOOTING ON SIGHT but David JAMES gets a magnificent PALM to the football!
The atmosphere has dwindled rather noticeably as England have come out the traps.
Substitution Steven Gerrard James Milner
Back in action. I wonder if Capello will come to rue bringing off Lennon. Milner, however, has been brought on.
Yellow Card Vasyl Kobin
That's it for this half! An eventful 45 nonetheless, but Ukraine haven't read the intended script, they've instead burnt it - with a flare.
Rooney back to defend after some exemplary work by, wait for it, Shevchenko.
For perhaps the first time in competitive football during the Capello tenure, England are against it. A goal down. A man down. A reaction is required if Capello's call for a perfect 10 is to be realised.
Nazarenko probing forth from outside right, looks for options for the pass but continues his run and drives a left-footed shot wide of the right post.
Heskey is looking isolated.
ANOTHER GREAT RUN BY JOHNSON! I'm disappointed his partnership with Lennon had little time to develop, but Glen plays on, beats his man from the right hand side, manoeuvres into the box and looks to play in Rooney (I think it's Wayne) but Pyatov scoops up the ball into his chest.
Johnson needs no invitation to get forward and he has not been deterred by the loss of a man. He diagonally cuts inside the box but his lobbed cut-back is bicycle-hoofed away to safety.
I beg your pardon. It was Ashley Cole with the deflection, not John Terry. Sorry John!
MILEYVSKIY!!!! WHAT A HIT!!! WHAT A STRIKE!!! He thundered that from what must have been 30-yards! The Ukrainians playing with confidence! Not sure if James got a glove to it or if it rebounded off the frame of the goal, I don't think James was anywhere near it. What a shot though.
Lampard, good movement into ROONEYYYY!!! Denied.
Head coach Mykhaylychenko could oversee a win before half-time. If Ukraine score twice without response before the 45 then I fear, with the man down, that the game will be beyond the reach of the English.
Flares. The 30th minute can best be summed up with the presence of flares.
Goal Serhiy Nazarenko
NAZARENKO AGAINNNNNN from outside the area, the shot takes a deflection off of John Terry it looks like and David James watches as the ball falls into his net! UKRAINE SCORE!!! IT'S 1-0 now and probably no less than they deserve.
I remember my old PE teacher. It seemed a bit of an anomaly that the guy preaching the importance of fitness was a chain smoking pensioner who would run out of steam picking up a javelin.
A couple of days ago a Ukrainian PE teacher in England, who was part of the 1988 side that beat England but whose name has escaped my memory, claimed that England's defence is over-rated, and that lionhearted leader John Terry in particular was a weak-link in the Three Lions' armoury. With a tighter and more compact play, a narrow outlook, Ukraine will perhaps do well to utilise the flanks. The rear-guard will be tested should they optimise that tactic, and then we'll see whether the PE teacher was correct in his assertion.
Some good use of the extra space on the pitch by the home side. They are dominating both possession, and chances.
NAZARENKO!!!!! Nope. Not on target.
Capello stands tall on the touchline. It's hard to read him sometimes. For "sometimes" read, "all of the time."
Heskey making himself a nuisance in the final third. Despite being a man down, England don't seem too distraught. The stiff upper lip prevalent in their footballing creed.
You know the old saying, witness a missed penalty, throw a flare on the field? Me neither. Seems it's just a Ukrainian idiom.
He's hit the post!!! NO GOAL!!! THE THREE LIONS HAVE BEEN LET OFF THE HOOK!!! David James dived (dove?) the wrong way but Shevchenko slid the ball wide.
Missed Penalty Andriy Shevchenko
SHEVCHENKO STEPS UP…
Substitution Aaron Lennon David James
Aaron Lennon is sacrificed for David James. Harsh on the Spur.
Red Card Robert Green
I've never been a fan of giving a PENALTY AND A RED CARD. The penalty is punishment enough. The yellow should suffice. Mind you, it was a clear goal-scoring opportunity. I've tried refereeing, and I was terrible. It was basically prison rules.
Ferdinand with a slip in the worst possible place as Milieveskiy penetrates, ROBERT GREEN BRINGS HIM DOWN IN THE BOX. That's got to be a penalty and I wouldn't be surprised to see a red card here! IT IS!!! GREEN HAS BEEN SENT OFF!!! NIGHTMARE START FOR ENGLAND!
This can be regarded a must-win for Ukraine. Should the scoreline remain goal-less, then they will presumably be ordered to go on the search for the breakthrough. In this case, they will likely be vulnerable on the counter. Shut me up quickly I nearly missed the breakthrough. JOHN TERRY with a Bobby Moore-esque tackle. Great timing.
…Heskey attacks the corner kick but nothing comes of it.
Lennon's pace causing a problem as Anatoliy brings him down. From the resultant free-kick Lennon bursts into the box and wins a corner.
Tymoschuk has seen a lot of the ball already as he seems to want to dominate that midfield zone early on.
England have gotten into shape with haste. Heskey spearheading, Rooney dropping deep.
The options available to Capello are perhaps highlighted when one notes the absence of Joe Cole, who has recently returned to Chelsea after a long-term knee injury, and free-scoring Jermain Defoe and also Darren Bent.
Play has ALREADY been interrupted… why you ask? Well, lit flares have plagued the green. Time for the players from either side to get a much needed rest. They've been playing for all of one minute.
And we're off! England playing right to left as I see it, in white, and already in possession.
National anthems are now well underway, we're just minutes away from kick-off.
Both teams strolling out the tunnel now. There's a good atmosphere building up, the English support in fancy dress garb, dressed as knights. The home fans have brought with them flags that could easily drape a gargantuan oak tree. Why oak? I have no idea.
My word. The FIFA girls holding the flags on the pitch prior to kick-off are… there's no hiding it, worthy of the £12 alone.
Lets get some words now from the man responsible for the revolution within the England camp, Capello: "I expect a tough game. I want to see the team that played like they have done before. Group spirit, style, they play to win… this is important to me."
Players to watch… lets single them out now. UEFA Cup winner Anatoliy Tymoschuk is a decent anchoring midfielder; Andriy Shevchenko feels he has a point to prove against the English due to his sub-par (heck, it was sub-bogey/ sub double-bogey at best) displays in a Chelsea shirt. For England, Glen Johnson has acted like a playmaker in the right back berth while donning the Lilywhite jersey of England, and could form an effervescent and productive overlapping partnership with Aaron Lennon.
From the eight qualifiers thus far, Wayne Rooney has returned nine goals. If you're a betting lad or lass, a worthwhile punt, in this text commentators opinion, could be an England win with Wazza to break the deadlock. *Live commentators will not be held responsible for lost bets.
Former national boss Sven Goran-Eriksson, now at Notts County has said: "The goalkeepers are good, not great. England have traditionally had great goalkeepers. I think Capello already knows which goalkeeper will be selected for the World Cup. Robert Green has been doing well with the national team." Green, of course, starting today.
"To win all our games so far is a good achievement," Terry has claimed pre-game, however, the Three Lions have been ordered by Italian taskmaster Fabio Capello to keep their foot on the gas so a perfect 10 can be achieved.
Hello and welcome to the LIVE Goal.commentary for England's final away game in their World Cup qualifying campaign! I'm Alan Dawson, covering what has been billed as the first England game to be broadcast live on the internet… a claim that some may or may not agree with considering we live in a golden age of ahem, streaming? Anyway, Ukraine play hosts. The Zhovto-Blakytni will be looking for a win so they can further their quest to secure the vital second spot that grants a play-off route to South Africa next summer.