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B Team Results

Thursday, 25 May 2006
Football Association Friendly 'B' International Match

England B 1 Belarus 2 [1-0]

Madejski Stadium, Reading;
8.05 p.m. BST;
Live on Sky Sports One (UK);






England B Squad
Belarus Squad
Team Records

Attendance - 22,032
England B - Jermaine Jenas (34).
Belarus -
Vitali Kutuzov (50), Sergei Kornilenko (81).
Belarus - Maksim Romashchenko (63), Sergei Shtanyuk (65), Sergei Omelyanchuk (72, 73).
Belarus - Sergei Omelyanchuk (73).

Match Summary

Officials from Republic of Ireland

England B



Referee (black) - David McKeon
34 (3 February 1972), Dublin, Republic of Ireland;

Assistant referees - Marc Douglas
, Louth, and David Wogan

Fourth official - Alan Wiley
, 45 (27 May 1960), Burntwood, Staffordshire, England;
16 Goal Attempts 13
10 Attempts on Target 6
1 Hit Bar/Post 0
8 Corner Kicks Won 3
4 Offside Calls Against 7
- Fouls Conceded -
- Possession -

England B Team



not applicable

Colours: Red shirts with white trim, white shorts, red socks - The 2006 away uniform
Capt: Michael Owen (Sol Campbell after 62 minutes) Coach: Sven-Göran Eriksson, 58, appointed head coach 31 October 2000, took post 12 January 2001, 
1st 'B' match, W 0 - D 0 - L 1 - F 1 - A 2.
England B Lineup
1 James, David B., sub off 46th min. 35 1 August 1970 G

Manchester City FC

2 0 GA
2 Hargreaves, Owen L. 25 20 January 1981 D FC Bayern Mönchen AG, Germany 1 0
3 Cole, Ashley 25 20 December 1980 D

Arsenal FC

1 0
4 Carrick, Michael 24 28 July 1981 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 1 0
5 Carragher, James L.D. 28 28 January 1978 D Liverpool FC 3 0
6 Campbell, Sulzeer J. 31 18 September 1974 D

Arsenal FC

2 0
7 Lennon, Aaron J. 19 16 April 1987 M

Tottenham Hotspur FC

1 0
8 Jenas, Jermaine A., sub off 62nd min. 23 18 February 1983 M

Tottenham Hotspur FC

1 1
9 Crouch, Peter J., sub off 79th min. 25 30 January 1981 F

Liverpool FC

1 0
10 Owen, Michael J., sub off 62nd min. 26 14 December 1979 F Newcastle United FC 1 0
11 Downing, Stewart., sub off 79th min. 21 22 July 1984 M Middlesbrough FC 1 0
England B Substitutes
13 Green, Robert P., on 46th min. for James - sub off 53rd min. 26 18 January 1980 G

Norwich City FC

1 1 GA
Green's B debut is cut short after only five minutes, after his goal-kick ruptures his groin.  The ball bobbled to Kutuzov, he promptly placed the ball into an empty net.
22 Carson, Scott P., on 53rd min. for Green 20 3 September 1985 G Liverpool FC 1 1 GA
16 Cole, Joseph J., on 62nd min. for Jenas 24 8 November 1981 M

Chelsea FC

1 0
19 Walcott, Theo J., on 62nd min. for Owen 17 16 March 1989 F

Arsenal FC

1 0
17 Defoe, Jermain C., on 79th min. 23 7 October 1982 F

Tottenham Hotspur FC

1 0
15 Dawson, Michael R., on 79th min. for Downing 21 18 November 1983 D

Tottenham Hotspur FC

1 0

unused substitutes:

12-Wayne Bridge, 14-Phil Neville, 18-Andrew Johnson.

4-4-2 James (Green (Carson)) -
Hargreaves, Carragher, Campbell, A Cole -
Lennon Carrick, Jenas
(J Cole), Downing (Dawson) -
(Defoe), Owen (Walcott).

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.6 Appearances/Goals 1.4 0.1


Belarus Team -
This was the Belarussian 'A' Team, who did not receive any caps because it is a 'B' international.



not applicable

made by
White shirts, green shorts, white socks.
Capt: Sergei Shtanyuk. Coach: Yuri Hennadiy Puntus Юры Іосіфавіч Пунтус, 45 (8 October 1960), appointed the Belarus national team coach, 24 February 2006.
Belarus Lineup
1 Zhevnor, Yury, sub off 46th min. 25 17 April 1981 G FC Moskva, Russia
2 Kulchy, Aleksandr 32 1 November 1973 M FC Tom' Tomsk, Russia
3 Lentsevich, Dmitry 22 20 June 1983 D FC Torpedo Moskva, Russia

Omelyanchuk, Sergei 25 8 August 1980 D FC Shinnik Yaroslavl, Russia
Omelyanchuk booked in the 72nd min. for Unsporting Behaviour for a foul on Aaron Lennon, and a duplicate booking for the same offense on Lennon a minute later meant he was sent off for two cautionable offences.
5 Shtanyuk, Sergei 32 13 August 1973 D FC Metalurh Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine
Shtanyuk booked in the 65th min. for Unsporting Behaviour.
6 Korytko, Vladimir 26 6 July 1979 M FC Metalurh Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine
7 Yurevich, Aleksandr, sub off 61st min. 26 8 August 1979 D FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk
8 Bulyga, Vitaly, sub off 46th min. 26 12 January 1980 F FC Krylia Sovetov Samara, Russia
9 Romashchenko, Maksim, sub off 74th min. 29 31 July 1976 M FC Dinamo Moskva, Russia
Romashchenko booked in the 63rd min. for Unsporting Behaviour.
10 Kalachev, Timofei, sub off 80th min. 25 1 May 1981 M FC Rostov, Russia
11 Kutuzov, Vitali, sub off 64th min. 26 20 March 1980 F UC Sampdoria SpA, Italy
Shocking scenes as Robert Green collapses in agony while taking a goal-kick. The ball falls to Vitaly Kutuzov, who shoots into the open goal. - BBC Sport
Belarus Substitutes
12 Khomoutovsky, Vailsy, on 46th min. for Zhevnor 27 30 August 1978 G FC Tom' Tomsk, Russia 
15 Kornilenko, Sergei, on 46th min. for Bulyga 22 14 June 1983 F FC Dnepr Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine
13 Shahoika, Aleksandr, on 61st min. for Yurevich 25 27 July 1980 M

FK Gomel

16 Kontsevoy, Artem, on 64th min. for Kutuzov 23 20 May 1983 F


17 Kashevsky, Nikolai, on 74th min. for Romashchenko 25 5 October 1980 M

FC Krivbas Krivij Rih, Ukraine

14 Pankovets, Aliaksei, on 80th min. for Kalachev 25 18 April 1981 D

FK Gomel


unused substitutes:

22-Aleksandr Sulima;

4-3-3 Zhevnor (Khomoutovsky) -
Omelyanchuk, Lentsevich, Shtanyuk, Yurevich (Shahoika) -
Kulchy -
Korytko, Romashchenko (Kashevsky),
Kalachev (Pankovets) -
Kutuzov (Kontsevoy), Bulyga (Kornilenko)

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 26.7 Appearances/Goals    



Match Report


England B lost to 10-man Belarus but their first World Cup warm-up game was marred by an injury that is set to rule out Robert Green for the finals.  In the second half Green ruptured his groin making a save and when he took a goal-kick he collapsed, allowing Vitaly Kutuzov to sidefoot an equaliser.  Sergey Omelianchuk was sent off but Sergey Kornilenko fired in the winner.  Michael Owen had helped set up Jermaine Jenas' goal to give England the lead before he was replaced by Theo Walcott.

Walcott came on in the 61st minute and made an immediate impact, embarrassing the Belarus defence with his pace before he was unceremoniously upended.  The Arsenal striker also troubled Yuri Zhevnov with a powerful volley.

Green, who came on at the start of the second half for David James, had had a nervy introduction when he spilled a Maksim Romashchenko free-kick after only two minutes.  In making that save Green ruptured his groin and when he tried to take a goal-kick he collapsed in a heap, allowing Kutuzov to guide the ball into the empty net.  The game was delayed for several minutes as Green was given treatment before the Norwich keeper was carried off.  Green was replaced by Liverpool goalkeeper Scott Carson, who is now set to go to Germany.  England never recovered from the bizarre nature of Belarus' equaliser.

Even when Omelianchuk was sent off for picking up a second yellow card, England were unable to capitalise on their one-man advantage.  Kornilenko capitalised on England's uncertainty, weaving his way into the box before angling a shot past Carson.  Before the game the focus had been on Owen's return to action, with the Newcastle striker continuing his recovery from a broken metatarsal.  Owen might have given England an early lead but his shot was beaten away by Belarus goalkeeper Yuri Zhevnov.

While Owen was keen to prove his fitness, the likes of Aaron Lennon, Stewart Downing, Michael Carrick and Jenas were also hoping to impress, with the start of the World Cup only two weeks away.  Downing delivered the free-kick that set up Jenas' goal and frequently linked well with Ashley Cole down the England left.  On the other wing, Lennon's turn of speed was too much for Belarus defender Alexander Yurevich.  Owen looked offside when Downing sent in the free-kick that led to England's goal but the infringement was missed by the match officials.  And when the ball rebounded off the crossbar, Jenas was on hand to head the ball home.

Belarus had barely troubled the England in those opening 45 minutes but in the closing seconds of the half the visitors came close to equalising when Kutuzov hit the woodwork with a header.

Source Notes

various Russian club websites
BBC Sport