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Saturday, 6 September 2008
World Cup 2010 UEFA Group 6 qualification match

Andorra 0 England 2 [0-0]
 

 

Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, Montjuïc, Barcelona, Spain
Attendance: 10,300; Kick-off: 8.00pm CEST, 7.00pm BST;
Live on Setanta Sports One (UK) - Commentator: Jon Champion

England - Joe Cole (six-yard volley from a Lampard free-kick 49 48:02, seven-yard poked-in 55 54:29). Match Summary
Andorra Squad
England Squad
Results 2005-2010 Andorra - Fernando Silva (48), Marcio Vieira (51), Toni Lima (55).

England kicked-off. 93 minutes (45 & 48).

 

Match Summary

 

Officials from Turkey

Andorra

Type

England

Referee (yellow) - neyt Çakir
32 (23 November 1976), İstanbul.

Assistant Referees - Bahattin Duran, 32 (26 September 1975), İstanbul, & Mehmet Cem Satman, 31 (25 September 1976).

Fourth official - Hüseyin Göçek, 32 (30 November 1976), İstanbul.

1 Goal Attempts 12
0 Attempts on Target 3
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
1 Corner Kicks Won 7
0 Offside Calls Against 1
14 Fouls Conceded 27
21% Possession 79%

Andorra Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (3rd Sept 2008) 186th
ELO rating 180th
Colours: Made by Adidas - Blue shirts with white sleeves (blue panel with white Adidas trim), blue shorts with white side panel and blue Adidas trim, blue socks with white Adidas trim.
Capt: Óscar Sonejee Coach: David Rodrigo, 40 (8 May 1968), appointed May 1999.
Andorra Lineup
1 Koldo 38 4 September 1970 G FC Andorra 72 0
2 Ayala Diaz, Josep M. 28 8 April 1980 RB CD Binéfar 38 0
3 Txema 33 4 December 1974 CD FC Andorra 69 0
4 Sonejee Masand, Óscar 32 26 June 1976 CD FC Santa Coloma 75 3
5 Lima Sola, Antonio, off 90th+1 min. 37 22 September 1970 M SD Ibiza-Eivissa 59 1
Lima was cautioned in the 55th minute for Dissent.
6 Lima Sola, Ildefons 28 10 December 1979 LB US Triestina Calcio SpA, Italy 54 5
7 Pujol Pons, Marc, off 90th min. 26 21 August 1982 M CF Balaguer 37 1
8 Vieira de Vasconcelos, Márcio 23 10 October 1984 M CF Atlético de Monzón 19 0
Vieira was cautioned in the 52nd minute for Unsporting Behaviour.
9 Silva Garcia, Fernando J., off 65th min. 31 16 May 1977 F CF Villanovense 23 2
Silva was cautioned in the 48th minute for Unsporting Behaviour.
10 Jiménez, Manuel S. 32 12 August 1976 M FC Santa Coloma 59 1
11 Xavi 23 7 June 1985 M CD Binéfar 10 0
Andorra Substitutes
14 Toscano Beltrán, Juan C., on 65th min. for Silva 24 14 August 1984 F CD Binéfar 13 0
17 Vales González, Marc, on 90th min. for Pujol 17 4 April 1991 D SD Ibiza-Eivissa 3 0
12 Fernández Ariza, Julià, on 90th+1 min. for A. Lima 33 19 November 1974 D FC Santa Coloma 34 1

unused substitutes:

8-Sergi Moreno, 13-Josep Anton Gómez, 15-Gabriel Riera, 16-Jordi Escura.
 
4-3-2-1 Koldo -
Ayala, Txema, Sonejee, I Lima -
Pujol
(Vales), Vieira, Silva (Toscano) -
A Lima
(Fernández), Jiménez -
Xavi.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 30.1 Appearances/Goals 46.8 1.2

 

England Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (3rd Sept 2008) 15th
ELO rating 9th
Colours: The 2008 away uniform - Red shirts with navy/white shoulder trim/white trimmed collar, white shorts with red pinstripe, red socks with navy trim/white Umbro diamonds.
Capt: John Terry, 16th captaincy Coach: Fabio Capello, 62, appointed 14 December 2007, effective 7 January 2008, 
6th match, W 4 - D 1 - L 1 - F 11 - A 4.
England Lineup
1 James, David B. 38 1 August 1970 G Portsmouth FC 41 35 GA
2 Johnson, Glen M. 24 23 August 1984 RB Portsmouth FC 9 0
3 Cole, Ashley 27 20 December 1980 LB Chelsea FC 66 0
4 Barry, Gareth 26 23 February 1981 M Aston Villa FC 22 1
5 Lescott, Joleon P. 26 16 August 1982 CD Everton FC 6 0
6 Terry, John G. 27 7 December 1980 CD Chelsea FC 46 4
7 Walcott, Theo J. 19 16 March 1989 F Arsenal FC 3 0
8 Lampard, Frank J., off 80th min. 30 20 June 1978 M Chelsea FC 63 14
9 Rooney, Wayne M. 22 24 October 1985 F Manchester United FC 45 14
10 Downing, Stewart, off 46th min. 24 22 July 1984 M Middlesbrough FC 20 0
11 Defoe, Jermain C., off 46th min. 25 7 October 1982 F Portsmouth FC 30 5
England Substitutes
18
Cole, Joseph J., on 46th min. for Downing 26 8 November 1981 M Chelsea FC 52 10
17 Heskey, Emile W.I., on 46th min. for Defoe 30 11 January 1978 F Wigan Athletic FC 47 5
15 Beckham, David R.J., on 80th min. for Lampard 33 2 May 1975 M LA Galaxy, USA 104 17

unused substitutes:

12-Paul Robinson, 13-Wes Brown, 14-Wayne Bridge, 16-David Bentley.
 
4-4-2 James -
Johnson, Lescott, Terry,
A.Cole -
Walcott, Barry, Lampard
(Beckham), Downing (J.Cole) -
Rooney, Defoe
(Heskey).

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 26.2 Appearances/Goals 32.0 3.5

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

Two goals from Joe Cole gave England a vital three points in this, the first match in their World Cup qualifying group.  At times it was scrappy, and overall the performance was a laboured one from England, but this game was a potential banana skin and in the end Fabio Capello will be delighted with the three points.

Andorra set their stall out from the start to defend in numbers, have no intention of attacking and to frustrate England for as long as they could.  For the first 45 minutes they succeeded and England, infuriatingly had no answer to the problem.  Predictably, they enjoyed the bulk of possession but too many players were off form.  Wayne Rooney messed up one half chance after Theo Walcott teed him up and Frank Lampard had a shot touched around a post by goalkeeper Koldo, although the referee then gave a goalkick.  It was obvious that manager Capello would have to change things at the break, and he did.  He brought on the extra power of Emile Heskey and the more direct skills of Joe Cole for Jermaine Defoe and Stuart Downing respectively.  That move was to pay dividends.

Within four minutes of the second half starting England, at last, were ahead.  Lampard's free-kick was side-footed by Joleon Lescott to Joe Cole, and the replacement volleyed home, much to the visitors relief and delight.  Just six minutes later it was game over as Rooney sent a delightful pass through to Joe Cole and once again he scored with the minimum of fuss.

The Chelsea midfield player had certainly made a big impact and he has given the manager some food for thought ahead of the big game with Croatia coming up.  In the meantime England have left Spain with the job done, and really that is all that can be said of this poor match.

Source Notes

BBC Sport
TheFA.com
SkySports.com
UEFA.com
FIFA.com
FetandFud.com/Eu-football.info
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor

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CG