Luzhniki Stadium

Referee: Luis Medina Cantalejo | Attendance: 84700

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  • Roman Pavlyuchenko 69' PEN
  • Roman Pavlyuchenko 73'

2 - 1



  • Wayne Rooney 29'
  • 90'

    The England players look crushed and the cameras focus on Gerrard, who had a simple chance to make it 2-0. He didn't, then in the space of five minutes it all went horribly wrong. Until next time..

  • 90'

    It's all over, and the look on McClaren's face says it all. Unless Israel do England a massive favour, England won't be at Euro 2008. Disaster.

  • 90'

    Frustration boils over and Richards gets involved in a spat. Finally play resumes.

  • 90'

    Pavlunchenko breaks clear and Campbell just blocks his shot. One minute to rescue the dream.

  • 90'

    Three minutes of added time.

  • 90'

    85,000 fans roar as the ball is cleared from, a corner, and again as another long punt is collected. England are teetering on the brink.

  • 89'

    Arshavin goes off and Kolodin comes on. One minute left.

  • 88'

    Long ball stuff now. Gerrard picks up the scraps and gets a corner after his shot is deflected. The cormer is cleared.

  • 87'

    Ignashevich tries one from 40 yards and the Russians are happy to waste time.

  • 86'

    From the corner Campbell powers a free header two yards over. Great chance.

  • 85'

    Five minutes to save the qualifying dream, and probably, McClaren's job. Rooney tries his best and his left-foot shot is turned behind by Gabulov.

  • 84'

    Another corner for Russia and England are spending too much time at the wrong end of the plastic.

  • 83'

    Nearly a third for Russia! A driven corner flicked off Richards, hit Ferdinand and just went agonisingly wide with Robbo beaten.

  • 82'

    Lampard misplaces a ball when England had plenty in attack. It's a good job the crowd are noisy because I'm sure there were plenty of boos coming from the away section.

  • 81'

    Downing is on as well, for SWP and looks like he is playing left-back.

  • 80'

    It's England who have the pressure now, but the referee gives a foul against Crouch as the cross comes in, for seemingly nothing.

  • 80'

    Rooney is playing just behind Owen and Crouch now, and England have won a corner.

  • 78'

    Crouch is on as well as Lampard - Lescott and Cole went off.

  • 78'

    The noise inside the Luzhniki Stadium now is frightening. The Russians can smell blood, and by the look of England at the minute, why wouldn't they?

  • 76'

    England look stunned. Lampard is warming up and will have 15 minutes to try and salvage something.

  • 75'

    Russia to win, with bet365  
    England to win, with bet365  

  • 75'

    This now desperately dire for England, and they can't clear their lines in the face of sustained pressure. Their qualifying hopes have nose-dived inside three minutes.

  • 75'

    Richards wins a long throw but no-one is there to finish. Then Gabulov claims the next throw-in.

  • 73'

    The defender Alexei Berezutsky was the one was pinged in a drive, and even though Pavluchenko didn't catch it cleanly, there was enough on it to trickle in.

  • 71'

    GOAL! 2-1 Russia! Pavluchenko taps in after Robinson parries a strong drive.

  • 70'

    Gerrard must be praying England hold on here, after fluffing that brilliant chance at 1-0. He'll be in for fearful stick should we lose.

  • 70'

    The concensus is that it was a definite foul, but was a yard outside the box. What a 20 minutes ahead.

  • 69'

    GOAL! 1-1. Pavluchenko goes to his left and the power beats Robinson. Game, well and truly, on.

  • 68'

    Penalty for Russia!! Rooney clips Zurianov, and tugs his shirt for good measure, but was it in the area?

  • 68'

    England are playing exclusively on the counter attack now.

  • 67'

    In a rare England break Rooney just can't control a good pass from SWP when they were numbers up ahead.

  • 65'

    It's wave after wave of red Russian attack, with full backs breaking down both flanks.

  • 64'

    England look a little shaky now, and it wouldn't be the finest idea to invite this sort of pressure for the remaining 25 minutes.

  • 64'

    Best chance of the game for Russia as Bilyaletdinov charges into the area before Campbell nicks the ball away from his right boot from seven yards out. Crucial tackle.

  • 63'

    The crowd are super up-for-it now, with flares sparking up all over the crowd. Are you watching UEFA?!

  • 62'

    Decent break from Torbinsky and again, Campbell clears from inside his own six-yard area. Then Lescott gets a great header in to deny Pacvluchenko. Pressure moutning.

  • 61'

    Kerzhakov was the man who made way for Pavluchenko by the way.

  • 60'

    Russia to win, with bet365  
    England to win, with bet365  

  • 59'

    An almighty scramble in the Enlgand area as Pavluchenko, just on, tries to unleash. It is eventually cleared downfield.

  • 59'

    Ferdinand is booked for a shirt tug and will now miss the Croatia game. Not good at all.

  • 58'

    Wasted. Rooney touches it too far away from Gerrard who instead of having a pop has to launch into a 50-50 tackle. Not good.

  • 57'

    Gerrard takes a boot to the head and England have another free-kick, just out of striking range probably.

  • 56'

    Richards comes close! He just fails to connect from five yards after Gerrard's free-kick fell to him.

  • 55'

    With England squeezing together so tightly, there is no space in behind Campbell or Ferdinand, which forces Russia to attempt intricate through balls and neat little flilcks which are doubly hard to pull off on an artificial deck. Decent tactics so far.

  • 54'

    England have everyone inside their half at present. Both Rooney and Owen were ten yards from the half-way line.

  • 53'

    Campbell clears Bilyaletdinov's cross as Russia look to build on their reprieve at the hands of Liverpool's skipper.

  • 52'

    A spell of pressure from Russia results in a last-ditch saving tackle from Richards as Arshavin was pulling back his dangerous left-peg from eight yeards out.

  • 51'

    Stevie G has just had a chance to clinch it. A Barry free-kick picks him out unmarked and from six yards out he has shaved the wrong side of the upright. Glorious chance.

  • 50'

    Rooney has limped off for treatment, but it doesn't look too serious, thankfully.

  • 49'

    A very weak cross by Bilyaletdinov, which trickles into the grateful arms of Robbo. Good job it was only trickling, given his recent form.

  • 48'

    More patient build-up by the home side but again no end product. A slow start to the second period.

  • 47'

    A Richards cross is met by Rooney but his header plops into the arms of Gabulov.

  • 46'

    Vasili Berezutsky has gone off for Russia, to be replaced by Dmitri Torbinsky.

  • 46'

    The replays at half-time showed that Rooney's goal didn't touch the floor once in England's half. Richards hoofed it forward, Owen climbed well to flick on and Rooney's chest control and volley were exquisite.

  • 45'

    Russia to win, with bet365  
    England to win, with bet365  

  • 45'

    The jet hose was back out a half-time just in case the pitch has lost that 0.01% of slipperiness. And now we're set for a huge 45 minutes.

  • 45'

    Richards leaps well to clear a chip from Aniukov and that is that for the first half. Ideal start for England. See you back here in 15 mins to see if they can close it out.

  • 44'

    Arshavin has been the player who looks most likely for Russia and he starts the move which ends with another disappointing cross. One added minute to go.

  • 43'

    England are dropping off as HT approaches, and Russia enjoy a decent spell of possession but it is lacking any penetration.

  • 42'

    Free-kick for England about 30 yards out. Rooney gets decent power on it, but not direction.

  • 42'

    Nicely worked by England and Rooney crosses dangerously before Gabulov punches. He was only up against Owen and SWP however - not the tallest men in the side.

  • 40'

    This time Robinson punches and Lescott, then Cole, tidy up.

  • 39'

    Two corners in a row for Russia. The first is cleared by Ferdinand, the second is sliced over the bar by Rooney. Another corner..

  • 38'

    The problem with this surface was demonstrated perfectly in that section of play. Gerrad couldn't get the ball under control, then slipped, before Zhirkov did exactly the same!

  • 37'

    The crowd have regained their voice, largely because their side have regained some composure, and once again they are looking handy.

  • 35'

    Semshov tries to offload in the area but it all gets a bit tight, then another cross flings across the face of goal. Ten minutes to hold on for England until half-time.

  • 34'

    Another great challnege from Campbell, who slides in as Arshavin tries to square. Corner.

  • 33'

    Russia force a corner and again go long, but Campbell does enough.

  • 32'

    The decibel level has nose-dived after that strike would you believe.

  • 31'

    Bear in mind that England have only conceded two goals in this campaign and they were both in one game in Croatia. Promising stat eh?

  • 30'

    Russia to win, with bet365  
    England to win, with bet365  

  • 30'

    That was a truly world class goal from England. The ball didn't even hit the artificial surface at all in that move. The volley was pretty straight, but just beat the keeper Gabulov all ends up for power.

  • 29'

    GOAL!!! Owen flicks on for Rooney, who chests and then lashes an unstoppable volley into the roof of the net. Fabulous goal.

  • 28'

    Lescott does well and forces a free-kick from Aniukov, who was trying to wrestle possession from him by trhe corner flag. Its all Russia at present.

  • 27'

    Zurianov fires in a low drive and Robinson gets a tiny finger on it before it hits the post and goes behind for a corner, which amounts to nothing. Robbo looked a little flat-footed then, as usual.

  • 25'

    Quite a surreal image there as the Russians fans embark on a Mexican wave. Foul given against Rooney for a nudge. Quite harsh really.

  • 23'

    A scrappy passage of football, littered with mistakes. Ignore what I said about the game coming to looks positively unwell in the last few minutes.

  • 22'

    England are sitting quite deep which means there is very little pressure on the Russians until they get 40 yards from goal.

  • 21'

    You can't help but wince every time a player jumps to contest a header, but Rooney's winning flick amounts to nothing and Russia break clear.

  • 20'

    Arshavin fires in a drive that is cleared by Richards, then a Rooney break threatens for England. The game is coming to life all of a sudden.

  • 19'

    Gareth Barry nicks the ball from Semshov and sets SWP away with a lovely ball but his cross is behind the two strikers and despite a fully committed slide tackle by Gerrard the momentum is lost.

  • 17'

    Kerzakhov just fails to bring down a long ball and Robinson labours out to collect on the edge of his box.

  • 16'

    The commentators are determined to mention the synthetic surface every 30 seconds it seems. As it is, apart from a couple of examples of poor control, it isn't eminently noticeable who is more at home on the pitch. Yet.

  • 15'

    Russia to win, with bet365  
    England to win, with bet365  

  • 15'

    A short corner presents Cole with a shooting chance, but he screws it wide off the turf and into Rio Ferdinand's face.

  • 14'

    Rooney again involved as a long ball bounced over the back line and he couldn't quite get a flick on it towards goal. Corner.

  • 13'

    Rooney is just dropping off Owen to make sure Semshov can't dictate the play, then Vasili Berezutsky is carded after a late challenge on Joe Cole.

  • 12'

    Barry outmuscles Kerzhakov well on the right flank, then Cole looks bewildered as Kerzhakov flings himself to the man-made deck when there was no contact at all between them in the area.

  • 10'

    Gerrard does well to dispossess Arshavin as he looks to stride clear, then Rooney again lets the ball loose after the ball skids on.

  • 9'

    Flag up as Russia attempt to break, the decision met with howls of derision by the partisan home crowd.

  • 9'

    Cole can't collect the ball, then a back heel from Barry flies at Gerrard and the pitch (it's artificial don't you know?) is his undoing.

  • 8'

    Nice one-two between Richards and SWP, but the full-back can't get his cross over. Rooney throws in (why we wonder?) and it is cleared easily by Berezutsky.

  • 7'

    A bit of pinball in that latest exchange - Lescott's long ball returned with interest as Robinson collects.

  • 5'

    The ball looks like it is constantly bobbling on this surface, as Russia stroke it around confidently. A cross from the right by Semshov goes behind for a goal kick however..

  • 4'

    Decent chance for Rooney, by his lofty standards at least, as he volleys wide from the edge of the box.

  • 3'

    Campbell hoofs clear this time as Zhirkov crosses from the left. Russia look half a yard quicker than England already.

  • 3'

    Rio Ferdinand blocks a Zhirkov shot and the heat is on already.

  • 1'

    Barry gets stuck in straight away after a break down the right. Expect Russia to come at England hard in the opening 20 minutes.

  • 1'

    So, win to go through, lose to make it a real struggle...we're off.


    A lusty rendition of the Russian anthem, while the English version was barely audible above a chorus of hearty whistling.


    Thankfully, the hose is off as the teams enter a very noisy and hostile arena. Imagine that feeling when you walk into a rural pub and everyone turns to look at the new boy who ain't from round here. Then multiply it by 85,000.


    As for the pitch, it looks very odd, like the surface appears on FIFA 08. And, it is still being watered by a huge fire hose even though kick-off is less than ten minutes away.


    The full 90 minutes of action from the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow coming up...


    For Russia it is almost a must win game, they need three points to keep their qualification hopes alive, for England a win ensures they will be in the Austria-Switzerland tournament next summer.


    The England team: England: Robinson, Richards, Ferdinand, Campbell, Lescott, Wright-Phillips, Gerrard, Barry, Cole, Rooney, Owen. And sat on the bench: James, Shorey, Luke Young, Lampard, Neville, Downing, Crouch.


    The teams have been announced for the vital Group E Euro2008 qualifier. For Russia: Russia v England Russia: Gabulov, Alexei Berezutsky, Ignashevich, Vasili Berezutsky, Zhirkov, Bilyaletdinov, Semshov, Zurianov, Aniukov, Arshavin, Kerzhakov. And the subs: Malafeev, Torbinsky, Pogrebniak, Shirokov, Kolodin, Sychev, Pavluchenko.

Goal Shot Video
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Russia

  • 16(10)

  • -

  • 14

  • 62%


  • England

  • 10(5)

  • -

  • 17

Match Stats

  • Russia
  • England
16(10) Shots (on goal) 10(5)
14 Fouls 17
9 Corner kicks 8
1 Offsides 0
62% Time of Possession 38%
2 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
2 Saves 3

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