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Wednesday, 6 June 2009
2010 FIFA World Cup UEFA Group 6 qualification match

Kazakhstan 0 England 4 [0-2]

Ortalyk Tsentralnyi Stadium, Almaly District, Almaty
Attendance: 57,897; Kick-off: 9.00pm ALMT, 4.00pm BST;
Live on Setanta Sports One (UK) - commentator: Jon Champion

England - Garth Barry (six-yard header back across goal 40 39:01), Emile Heskey (five-yard side-footed tap-in 45+1 45:11), Wayne Rooney (four-yard overhead kick after a save 72 71:56), Frank Lampard (penalty 77 76:54). Match Summary
Kazakhstan Squad
England Squad
Results 2005-2010 England - Garth Barry (16).
Kazakhstan - Tanat Nusserbayev (10), Rinat Abdulin (77 76:27).

Kazakhstan kicked-off. 95 minutes (47 & 48).


Match Summary

Officials from Iceland




Referee (yellow) - Kristinn Jakobsson
39 (11 June 1969), Kópavogur, FIFA-listed 1997;

Assistant Referees - Sigurdur Torleifsson, 33 (18 November 1975) and Ólafur Guðfinnsson, 43 (25 September 1965).

Fourth official - Johannes Valgeirsson, 41 (1 June 1968), FIFA-listed 2004;

6 Goal Attempts 17
1 Attempts on Target 11
0 Hit Bar/Post 1
0 Corner Kicks Won 6
1 Offside Calls Against 12
9 Fouls Conceded 12
34.5% Possession 65.5%

Kazakhstan Team



FIFA (3rd June 2009) 132nd
EFO ranking n/a

ELO rating 129th to 130th
Colours: Made by Umbro - Blue crew neck jerseys with yellow shoulders/panels with white piping/cuffs and yellow/blue collar, blue shorts with yellow side and white hem, blue socks.
Capt: Andrey Karpovićh Manager: Bernd Storck, 46 (25 January 1963 in Germany), appointed caretaker coach 15 September 2008, appointed permanent coach 30 January 2009.
Kazakhstan Lineup
1 Mokin, Aleksandr 27 19 June 1981 G FC Ordabasy Shymkent 7 0
14 Logvinenko, Yuri 20 22 July 1988 CD FK Aktobe 4 0
3 Kirov, Alexandr 24 4 September 1984 CD FK Aktobe 3 0
4 Abdulin, Rinat 27 14 April 1982 LB FC Lokomotiv Astana 6 1
Abdulin cautioned in the 77th min for Unsporting Behaviour for a foul, for pulling back on Heskey in the penalty area. Penalty.
5 Kislitsyn, Alexander 23 8 March 1986 RB FC Shakhter Karagandy 4 0
6 Karpovićh, Andrey 28 16 February 1981 DM FC Lokomotiv Astana 41 2
7 Nusserbayev, Tanat 21 1 January 1988 AM FC Ordabasy Shymkent 4 0
Nusserbayev cautioned in the 10th min for Unsporting Behaviour, for not retreating.
8 Skorykh, Sergei 25 25 May 1984 DM FC Tobol Kostanay 21 0
9 Ostapenko, Sergei, off 27th min. 23 23 February 1986 CF FK Aktobe 20 4
10 Kukeev, Zhambyl 20 20 September 1988 LM FC Lokomotiv Astana 15 1
11 Averchenko, Evgenie, off 72nd min. 27 6 April 1982 RM FC Kyzylzhar 1 0
Kazakhstan Substitutes
16 Ibraev, Sabyrkhan, on 27th min. for Ostapenko 21 22 March 1988 M FC Tobol Kostanay 5 0
scoreline: Kazakhstan 0 England 2
17 Erbes, Vyacheslav, on 72nd min. for Averchenko 21 14 January 1988 D FC Vostok Ust-Kamenogorsk 2 0
result: Kazakhstan 0 England 4
unused substitutes: 2-Ilya Fomichyov, 12-Farkhadbek Irismetov, 13-Azat Nurgaliyev, 15-Andrey Travin, 18-Murat Mukashev.
4-2-3-1 Mokin -
Kislitsyn, Logvinenko, Kirov, Abdulin -
Skorykh, Karpovićh -
(Erbes), Nusserbayev, Kukeev -

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 24.1 Appearances/Goals 11.5 0.7


England Team



FIFA (3rd June 2009) 6th
EFO ranking Group 2

ELO rating 4th
Colours: The 2009 home uniform - Plain white collared jerseys, plain white shorts, plain white socks.
Capt: John Terry, 22nd captaincy Manager: Fabio Capello, 62 (18 June 1946), appointed 14 December 2007, effective 7 January 2008, 
14th match, W 11 - D 1 - L 2 - F 35 - A 11.
England Lineup
1 Green, Robert P. 29 18 January 1980 G West Ham United FC 3 2ᵍᵃ
2 Johnson, Glen M., off 75th min. 24 23 August 1984 RB Portsmouth FC 14 0
3 Cole, Ashley 28 20 December 1980 LB Chelsea FC 72 0
4 Barry, Gareth 28 23 February 1981 DM Manchester City FC 30 2
Cautioned in the 16th min. for Unsporting Behaviour, for a foul on Zhambyl Kukeev. Suspended.
5 Upson, Matthew J. 30 18 April 1979 CD West Ham United FC 15 1
6 Terry, John G. 28 7 December 1980 CD Chelsea FC 52 6
7 Walcott, Theo J., off 46th min. 20 16 March 1989 RM Arsenal FC 7 3
8 Lampard, Frank J. 30 20 June 1978 DM Chelsea FC 70 15 (3)
the 66th penalty kick scored
9 Heskey, Emile W.I., off 80th min 31 11 January 1978 CF Aston Villa FC 53 7
10 Rooney, Wayne M. 23 24 October 1985 AM Manchester United FC 51 21
11 Gerrard, Steven G. 29 30 May 1980 LM Liverpool FC 73 14
England Substitutes
scoreline: Kazakhstan 0 England 2
16 Wright-Phillips, Shaun C., on 46th min. for Walcott 27 25 October 1981 M Manchester City FC 25 4
scoreline: Kazakhstan 0 England 3
17 Beckham, David R.J., on 75th min. for Johnson 34 2 May 1975 M AC Milan, Italy, on loan from LA Galaxy, United States 111 17
scoreline: Kazakhstan 0 England 4
15 Defoe, Jermain C., on 80th min. for Heskey 26 7 October 1982 F Tottenham Hotspur FC 33 6
result: Kazakhstan 0 England 4
unused substitutes: 12-Paul Robinson, 13-Joleon Lescott, 14-Wayne Bridge, 18-Peter Crouch.
Coach Fabio Capello played for Italy against England in June (scoring one) and November 1973 (scoring another), and in May and November 1976.
4-2-3-1 James -
(Beckham), Upson, Terry, A.Cole -
Barry, Lampard -
(Wright-Phillips), Rooney, Gerrard -

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 27.3 Appearances/Goals 40.0 58.3


    Match Report by Mike Payne

After a long, hard season the England players had to gear themselves up for one last big effort for their last two World Cup group six matches of the season, in Kazakhstan and at Wembley four days later against Andorra.  The long trip to Central Asia was made with the team on a high after five wins out of five so far, but after 30 minutes of the match England were disjointed and struggling to pass the ball on a difficult surface.  They also had to face a Kazakhstan side fired up from the start and roared on by a frenzied crowd.  The home side could have been one up in the first sensational minute as Glen Johnson's sloppiness let in Zhambyl Kukeyev down the left wing.  When the winger's cross came in it looked for all the world that Sergey Ostapenko would score, but a combination of a desperate dive from Robert Green and a typically gutsy challenge from John Terry, somehow kept the ball out.

Manager Fabio Capello was furious with his team's start and Johnson's sloppiness spread to Gareth Barry and Matthew Upson, amongst others.  England just could not find their rhythm and on 17 minutes Ostapenko headed Kukeyev's cross into England's net, to the delight of the crowd´┐Żuntil they saw the raised offside flag of the linesman.  Thank goodness the three officials were sharper than England!

Luckily this impressive opening from Kazakhstan was never going to be sustained, especially as their own manager said that they faded as games wore on.  They also lost the impressive Ostapenko through injury.  But even England's most ardent fans would have been surprised by the events of the last ten minutes of the half.  The visitors did at last begin to get their game together and the passing gradually improved.  Wayne Rooney showed his usual enthusiasm and tested Alexandr Mokin in the home goal.  The goalkeeper did look weak at times though and England had spotted this, and started to exert some pressure on him.  Emile Heskey, who worked hard throughout, forced one great save from Mokin but the goalkeeper was flapping at crosses and it was a cross that proved his undoing.

In the 38th minute Ashley Cole and Steven Gerrard worked a short corner on the left and Gerrard drove to the bye-line before sending over a superb cross to the far post.  Barry cleverly made space, timed his run to perfection and sent a lovely header into the far corner with the keeper flat-footed.  There was a collective sigh of relief from the England players, fans and management, and really from that moment on there was only going to be one winner.

Before half-time though there was to be another bonus for England.  A score of 1-0 would have been pleasing enough after events earlier, but just on the break a clever attempt at a lob by Gerrard took a deflection and Mokin was stretching to claw the ball away.  Unfortunately for him he only palmed it straight to Heskey who scored a simple goal.  It was his first competitive goal in seven years, but a rich reward for his endeavours.

Capello probably had a few choice words with his players at the break, he was still smarting at the start they had made.  He decided on a change and took off the ineffectual Theo Walcott and sent on Shaun Wright-Phillips.  He also pushed Gerrard into a more forward role and soon England had total control of the game.  Kazakhstan never threatened again, mainly because England tightened up all round as a team, and it was no surprise when further goals were added by the visitors.

On 72 minutes it was Rooney who scored a deserved goal for number three.  Johnson worked an opening brilliantly down the right and crossed for Rooney to deflect the ball goalwards with his thigh.  Mokin somehow clawed that effort off the line, but Rooney, ever alert, quickly adjusted his feet and with a superb scissors kick, sent the rebound to the other side of the net.  It was a brilliant piece of improvisation by the Manchester United man.

Five minutes later the result was sealed when the relentless pressure on the home defenders culminated in Rinat Abdulin pulling down Heskey for an obvious and uncontested penalty.  Frank Lampard celebrated a good personal performance with an emphatic spot-kick and England were home and dry.

Source Notes

BBC Sport
FIFA.com - official match report
Cris Freddi - football historian
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor