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Wales v England Live Commentary, 11/29/22

FT
0 - 3
WAL
ENG
M. Rashford (50)
P. Foden (51)
M. Rashford (68)
Ahmad bin Ali Stadium

Commentary

That's all for today. Goodbye!
Now set to face Group A runners-up Senegal on Sunday, in the first knockout round, England must defeat the African champions to progress any further in these finals. First, though, they will reflect on a largely positive group phase. Wales, meanwhile, will return home and begin planning their upcoming qualification campaign for Euro 2024.
Putting on a comprehensive performance today, England stroll through to the knockout stages; seeing off the challenge of neighbours Wales, who exit the finals with a muted display. A brilliant brace from Rashford, plus Foden's direct approach - and goal - helped the Three Lions overcome limited opponents, who are now surely at the end of their golden era. Southgate's side roll on to the last 16 as Group B winners; Wales finish fourth.
90' + 5' FULL-TIME: WALES 0-3 ENGLAND
90' + 4' Following a penalty-box scramble, Foden takes the ball from clubmate Grealish and sees a shot blocked at close range.
90' + 3' England coolly stroke the ball about in their own half, probing patiently for one more opening, and they have entirely fulfilled their brief today.
90' + 1' MISS! In the first minute of four added on for stoppages at the end of the match, a corner from Foden is nodded down by Maguire for Stones on the brink of the six-yard box. However, he leans back and somehow blazes his shot over the bar!
89' Grealish is clipped by Ampadu, and wins his side a free-kick in midfield, as the clock ticks down to full-time.
86' Trying to steer the ball around Stones on the edge of the area, Moore sends a curling shot well over the bar and then reacts with muted frustration.
84' With an ambitious effort from the left-hand side of the box, Colwill slashes a shot towards goal, but sees it spiral over Pickford's crossbar by some margin.
83' A rare Wales chance goes astray, as Wilson fires a 20-yard free kick straight into the disciplined England defensive wall.
R. Colwill
J. Allen
Wales
81' Injury ends Allen's unsuccessful comeback to the Wales starting XI; Colwill comes on to replace him.
80' The action is brought to a halt as Allen is crouched near the centre circle and appears to have picked up an injury.
79' Though Wales continue to enjoy more of the ball, it seems every time they lose it, they invite more danger. England's attack has been potent in this second half.
77' SUPER STOP! Again, Ward rescues Wales, as he gets a firm hand to repel Bellingham's low effort from inside the box. Then, Foden fails to get a toe on the rebound, which just slips behind him.
H. Wilson
D. James
Wales
77' Page responds with another substitution, as James is replaced by his clubmate Wilson for the closing stages.
J. Grealish
M. Rashford
England
76' Receiving rapturous applause from the England fans - and a hug from his manager - two-goal hero Rashford makes way for Grealish.
74' Wales have a rare spell of possession, but are still mostly consigned to their own half. All is lost now, and the Dragons have been well and truly tamed.
72' SAVE! Ward denies Rashford his hat-trick; making a save with his boot at his near post, after Wilson smartly slipped through the England striker in the area.
70' After Rashford's second strike today, England's nine goals in Group B is their most ever in a group stage at any edition of a major tournament.
K. Phillips
Assist
England
68' Only just on from the bench, Phillips picks out Rashford's run with a lofted ball from deep in midfield; earning himself an assist.
M. Rashford
Goal
England
68' ENGLAND STRIKE AGAIN! The Three Lions have their 100th World Cup finals goal! Phillips flips a ball over the top to pick out Rashford on the right, and the Manchester United man steps inside three limp challenges to power a low shot at Ward, who can only deflect the ball into the net! It's 3-0 to England, and they can make plans for the last 16!
66' With Rodon having recovered from his knock, the game is back in full flow. Not surprisingly, the Wales team seem a little deflated; surely their hopes are all over now.
K. Trippier
L. Shaw
England
65' England make a further change, as Shaw is replaced by Trippier at left-back.
64' Shortly after its resumption, the action is stopped again: Rodon takes a blow on the head in an aerial challenge with England substitute Wilson.
62' After Ramsey sinks his boot into Henderson's ankle with an ill-timed tackle, the Liverpool midfielder receives treatment from the England medical staff and the game is brought to a halt.
A. Ramsey
Yellow Card
Wales
61' A gratuitous hack on Henderson in midfield brings Ramsey a deserved yellow card.
J. Morrell
B. Davies
Wales
59' Morrell is introduced for Davies, with Wales chasing the game.
C. Wilson
H. Kane
England
58' Wilson comes on for England captain Kane up front.
K. Phillips
D. Rice
England
58' Rice is also replaced, and - like Walker - another injury doubt coming into the finals, Phillips, is offered a run-out.
T. Alexander-Arnold
K. Walker
England
57' Southgate opts for a triple change, after seeing his side take total control since the break. First, Walker makes way for Alexander-Arnold at right-back.
56' SAVE! Adjusting his feet quickly, Pickford reacts to a heavy deflection off Maguire's head; punching away Moore's powerful shot taken from just outside the area!
55' Pickford is left floundering as James whips over a dangerous cross from the left, which ends up flashing past the far post.
53' What a start to the second half: there were just 98 seconds between England's first and second goals!
H. Kane
Assist
England
51' Kane capitalises on an error from Davies and then threads an accurate low cross to the back post for Foden to score England's second goal.
P. Foden
Goal
England
51' FODEN STRIKES! Faced by sluggish defending from an experienced Wales defence, Kane pulls away on the right side of the area and crosses low across the six-yard box for Foden, who arrives at the back post. Without breaking stride, the latter guides the ball into an unguarded net; putting England two goals to the good!!
M. Rashford
Goal
England
50' ENGLAND LEAD! The Three Lions take the lead! From a 20-yard free-kick, situated on the left side of the area, Rashford sidefoots a dipping shot powerfully past Ward and into the top-right corner! Wales 0-1 England!!
48' A surging run from out to in by Foden sees him skip by a couple of red shirts and then earn a free-kick 20 yards from goal following a foul by Rodon.
B. Johnson
G. Bale
Wales
46' Wales captain Bale has succumbed to injury, so Johnson will be his replacement for the second half.
46' England kick off, and we are back under way at Ahmed bin Ali Stadium!
Following the first 45 minutes today, England have only conceded four first-half goals in their last 31 matches. Meanwhile, Wales have scored just two first-half goals in their last 10. Will the game open up further after the interval?
Met by an understandably unambitious Wales side, England have controlled proceedings so far in Al Rayyan, without often threatening to break the deadlock. The Dragons have prioritised a steadfast defence today - though they conceded one good chance from which Ward kept out Rashford - and are still very much in the game. In the other Group B fixture, USA lead Iran, so if the score stays the same there Wales will need to do the unthinkable and score four - and that remains the longest of long shots.
45' + 6' HALF-TIME: WALES 0-0 ENGLAND
45' + 5' A quick move from a throw-in finds Mepham inside the England half, and when Allen receives the ball, the midfielder sends a shot scudding well over the crossbar from around 20 yards out.
45' + 4' Ampadu manages to apply enough pressure in an aerial duel with Stones inside the area to force the England defender to turn his header up into the air, where Ward grabs it gratefully near his goal-line.
45' + 2' After Shaw wastes an opportunity to deliver the ball into a dangerous area from the left side of the box, Kane drives a low shot at goal, which deflects off Maguire and behind - but a corner is erroneously awarded.
45' A straight ball by Stones into the box is gathered unopposed by Ward, as the officials indicate five minutes of first-half stoppage time.
43' Foden can't quite keep in a cross from deep, which skirts past his outstretched boot as he arrives at the far post unmarked.
42' While Wales have not had a single shot on target so far in this game - and only one attempt in all - Rashford has taken three shots and Foden two.
41' Following a fast break from England, Rashford wins a corner, from which Foden sends over an outswinging corner from the left. Under pressure, Wales clear the ball away for another corner-kick.
39' A heavily deflected ball across the box loops up into Rashford's path, and the striker's acrobatic attempt is mishit well wide from near the penalty spot.
38' OVER! An incisive move from England's midfield sees Bellingham and Henderson exchange a couple of flicked passes just outside the box, before the former guides the ball to Foden. From around 20 yards out, the Manchester City man slams the ball comfortably over the crossbar. It was a lovely move, though!
C. Roberts
N. Williams
Wales
36' Due to a suspected concussion, Williams is replaced at right-back by Roberts.
34' Troublingly, Williams drops back down to the turf, and further treatment is required. The game is paused once again, as the Nottingham Forest full-back debates with the medics whether he can continue.
33' Indicating the Three Lions' dominance to this point, only nine per cent of the action took place in England's defensive third between the 15th and 30th minutes.
31' Maguire drives forward from the back and, relatively unchallenged, makes it into the left side of the area. However, he then loses all composure and lashes a cross towards the back post straight out of play.
D. James
Yellow Card
Wales
29' A crunching tackle on Stones in midfield sees James bring down the England defender and become the first player booked for either side today.
28' Caught out for pace, Henderson bundles over a fast-escaping Williams near the touchline; conceding a free-kick which relieves the growing pressure on Wales.
26' Williams is cleared to return to the fray, and takes up his place at right-back in Wales' rearguard action. The rather timid Dragons are not even suggesting they might roar so far today.
25' Still appearing to be a little dazed, Williams is walked over to the touchline by the medics, as the game resumes inside the Welsh half.
23' Williams lies stricken after a powerful strike from Rashford on the left side of the area thuds into his forehead. That was travelling at some speed, so the full-back requires an assessment from the Welsh medical staff. The action comes to a temporary halt.
21' Twice, Henderson fails to make the most of good positions on the right side of the area, as an increasingly slick England apply ever more pressure to their passive opponents.
19' Wales have never previously gone through a major tournament without winning at least once - with six victories in three finals appearances to date - but they are now on a run of seven games without a single success for the first time since 2003.
18' From the free-kick, Shaw lofts over an inswinging ball to the far post, where Maguire is waiting. However, the Manchester United man is thwarted by a well-timed jump from Ampadu, and can only turn the ball behind for a goal-kick to Wales.
16' Rather unnecessarily, Mepham fells Kane just over 20 yards out from goal, in a central area. That hands England an opportunity to strike from the set-piece.
14' When the ball bounces back out to Foden following a free-kick delivered into the area, he drags a shot well wide of the near post from the right side of the box.
12' After spurning a good chance to take an early lead, England resume their unhurried cycling of the ball around defence and midfield - they have no need to chase goals today.
10' SAVE! Alert goalkeeping from Ward prevents Rashford giving England the lead! The deputy keeper dives down to block the striker's low effort on the edge of the area, following a smart throughball from Kane. Wales escape!
8' Aiming towards the left flank, Bale slides a wayward ball between James and Ramsey, and it skips straight out of play.
6' Henderson clumsily clatters into Allen, so the latter - just returned from injury - earns his side a free-kick inside the centre circle.
4' So far, England have had most of the ball, as Wales occupy their own half and patiently hold a compact shape; they will surely rely on the counter-attack today.
2' Under pressure from Moore, deep inside his own half, Stones covers across well, smoothly turns away from his man and then distributes the ball coolly upfield.
1' Wales kick off, and we are under way in Al Rayyan!
After hearty renditions of both national anthems at Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, the players are taking their positions and kick-off is now just moments away!
Following an unchanged lineup for their first two matches at the finals, England make four changes for today's decisive encounter. Walker completes his return from injury to join Foden, Rashford and Henderson in Southgate's reshuffled XI. As a result, Mount, Sterling, Saka and Trippier are all relegated to the bench.
Following their loss to Iran last week, Wales make three changes to their starting XI, bringing in James, Allen and reserve goalkeeper Ward. The latter replaces Wayne Hennessey, who must serve a suspension following his dismissal on Friday. Wilson and Roberts are the other men to make way, as Page potentially switches to a back four.
SUBS: Aaron Ramsdale, Nick Pope, Jack Grealish, Raheem Sterling, Kieran Trippier, Kalvin Phillips, Eric Dier, Conor Coady, Bukayo Saka, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mason Mount, Callum Wilson, James Maddison, Conor Gallagher.
ENGLAND (4-3-3): Jordan Pickford; Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw; Jordan Henderson, Declan Rice, Jude Bellingham; Phil Foden, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford.
SUBS: Adam Davies, Chris Gunter, Harry Wilson, Brennan Johnson, Connor Roberts, Joe Morrell, Tom Lockyer, Jonny Williams, Mark Harris, Sorba Thomas, Dylan Levitt, Ben Cabango, Rubin Colwill, Matt Smith.
WALES (4-2-3-1): Danny Ward; Neco Williams, Chris Mepham, Joe Rodon, Ben Davies; Ethan Ampadu, Joe Allen; Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey, Daniel James; Kieffer Moore.
England are on the verge of reaching the last 16 once again, but will also aim to qualify as group winners by bouncing back from a disappointing draw with the United States. They can advance simply by avoiding a four-goal defeat, but victory would guarantee first place. However, the Three Lions have managed just one win from their last eight matches. Today marks the first time two British teams have met at the World Cup, but the nations are set to do battle for the 104th time overall - with England winning the last six in a row.
The final round of Group B fixtures sees everything left to play for - all four teams can still progress - but Wales must certainly win today in order to stand a chance of reaching the last 16. In the Dragons' only other World Cup appearance, back in 1958, they were eliminated by Brazil in the quarter-finals, but are now bottom of their group after a dismal defeat to Iran. Rob Page's side must therefore beat England and hope the USA draw with Iran, or instead win by at least four goals to advance.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of today's decisive World Cup Group B clash between Wales and England at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium!