WORLD CUP QUALIFYING - UEFA

Stadio Olimpico Serravalle

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England

  • Alessandro Della Valle 12' OG
  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 29'
  • Jermain Defoe 35'
  • Ashley Young 39'
  • Frank Lampard 42'
  • Wayne Rooney 54'
  • Daniel Sturridge 70'
  • Jermain Defoe 77'
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  • 90'

    FT: SAN MARINO 0-8 ENGLAND. Not much to say really, England sweep to victory. It's full steam ahead to Tuesday's crunch clash with Montenegro. Poor, poor San Marino. At least the suffering is over. Thanks for joining us folks!

  • 90'

    It's all over...

  • 88'

    San Marino draw a foul through Vitaioli

  • 88'

    Can't imagine the referee will be playing any stoppage time so England's dream of ten appears gone.

  • 87'

    Osman chips a cross to the far post but Simoncini collects. He's not had a bad game really for a man who has conceded eight!

  • 86'

    Some rather unfavourable chants towards the absent Rio Ferdinand from the England fans.

  • 84'

    Defoe heads wide, looked certain to get a hat-trick after another penetrating run from his Spurs team-mate Kyle Walker. But he couldn't get it on target.

  • 84'

    The game meandering towards its conclusion. Just imagine one team passing it around a lot while another team sees absolutely none of the ball. That's what's been happening for the past few minutes.

  • 82'

    Smalling heads the ball back to Hart. That's the first time England's No. 1 has touched the ball for a while.

  • 81'

    Valentini on for Bolllini

  • 80'

    Oxlade-Chamberlain crosses but Simoncini does well to keep the ball tight to his chest.

  • 80'

    Ukraine now 3-1 up in Poland.

  • 78'

    Double figures realistically in sight for England - with 12 minutes left.

  • 77'

    SAN MARINO 0-8 ENGLAND. Walker pulls it back and Defoe with a tidy little finish. England's last 8-0 was against Turkey in 1987.

  • 77'

    GOAL Defoe makes it eight!

  • 76'

    England still pushing forward at every opportunity, the new boys on will be determined to impress, but all -Parker, Osman and Sturridge - are major outsiders for a starting place against Montenegro.

  • 75'

    Baines' free-kick punched away by Simoncini.

  • 74'

    Rinaldi on for Selva.

  • 73'

    Elsewhere, Spain are being held by Finland at home. That's a turn up for the books.

  • 71'

    Baines strikes one low and goalwards but the keeper collects.

  • 70'

    That's the first time England have scored seven goals since that infamous game against San Marino in 1993. If only Davide Gualtieri was still around.

  • 70'

    SAN MARINO 0-7 ENGLAND. Young floats one in to the back post and Sturridge nods in a header from close range.

  • 70'

    GOAL Sturridge knocks in his first international goal.

  • 68'

    It's finished Moldova 0-1 Montenegro so they will stay top of the group tonight, making that match in Podogorica next Tuesday all the more exciting.

  • 67'

    Buscarini on for Cibelli

  • 67'

    Can't believe I'm going to write this. Joleon Lescott is now the England captain.

  • 67'

    Parker on for Lescott.

  • 66'

    Osman volleys it a little too high - nearly a repeat of that sliced shot he scored for Everton against Man City.

  • 66'

    It nearly fell to Della Valle but the ball escaped through to Hart.

  • 65'

    Selva wins San Marino's third corner of their five qualifying games. Come on San Marino...

  • 64'

    Osman lets Gasperoni know he's there with a physical aerial challenge.

  • 64'

    Marauding run from Lescott, plays it inside to Oxlade-Chamberlain - who hits it with the outside of his boot just over the bar.

  • 63'

    Stats: In two appearances against San Marino in World Cup qualifying, Tom Cleverley made 214 passes and completed 205. (courtesy of Opta)

  • 61'

    Bollini gets a shot. Hurrah. An optimistic one from distance but a shot no less. High over Hart's bar.

  • 60'

    Defoe tries his luck, the net shook but it was just the side netting.

  • 59'

    Oxlade-Chamberlain crosses for Sturridge, but the Liverpool man has missed a sitter - heading it against the post.

  • 59'

    Cervellini late on Oxlade-Chamberlain.

  • 58'

    Great tweet from ex-Chelsea midfielder Jody Morris (@morriskid): Think this performance shows we can win the World Cup???

  • 57'

    Sir Alex lets a smile cross his face. No injuries tonight.

  • 56'

    Osman on for Cleverley.

  • 56'

    Sturridge on for Rooney.

  • 55'

    Montenegro are beating Moldova in the group's other game this evening.

  • 54'

    SAN MARINO 0-6 ENGLAND Rooney's fourth goal of the qualifying campaign and fourth in his last four for England. Goalkeeper moved late but it was well executed from the Man Utd man.

  • 54'

    GOAL Rooney curls it home.

  • 53'

    Rooney unsurprisingly fancies it.

  • 53'

    Free-kick for England, central and about 25 yards out.

  • 53'

    Simoncini clatters Cleverley.

  • 52'

    "Good intent", that sounds so patronising. Sorry San Marino.

  • 51'

    Selva tries to peel off the back of Smalling but he's offside. Good intent.

  • 50'

    He tries one from distance and it was tipped over the bar by Simoncini.

  • 49'

    Young and Rooney exchange passes and it breaks to Baines. Rooney must be absolutely gagging for a goal. Especially as I reckon he will be taken off before long to save him for Montenegro.

  • 48'

    Stats: England have scored five goals in the first-half for the first time since 1999 against Luxembourg. (courtesy of Opta)

  • 47'

    San Marino put five passes together, six, seven... definitely the best spell of the game for them. Positively tiki-taka stuff.

  • 46'

    Young very deep to receive the ball, almost like a sweeper.

  • 45'

    And we're off for the second half...

  • 45'

    Must be a Manchester Ciy fan!

  • 45'

    @ChrisJones296 on Twitter: Would love to see double figures for England, keep things interesting. Milner to come on and knick a hat-trick.

  • 45'

    San Marino's goal difference currently reads -21 for this World Cup qualifying campaign with zero goals scored and 21 conceded. Don't want to feel pity but it's hard not to.

  • 45'

    Not too sure about that Mark, this is a San Marino team who have lost their last 50 games in a row so don't read too much into it. If England are 5-0 up at half-time against Montenegro on Tuesday, maybe we can dare to dream!

  • 45'

    @docevans007 on Twitter: watching this on GameCast here in the US. Unbelievable stats being put up by the 3 Lions! Is this the team of destiny?

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  • 45'

    To keep up with all the other World Cup qualifying matches tonight, join Chris Murphy for our live chat here. Also, our live tables can be found here.

  • 45'

    As always I'm keen to hear your thoughts on the game on Twitter so give me a shout - @marklomasESPN is where you can find me .

  • 45'

    HT: SAN MARINO 0-5 ENGLAND. The Three Lions roaring against San Marino's kittens. Comfortable, and there's been some good interplay from England, excellent movement and real verve down the left from Young and Baines in particular. They've had to do a job and they've gone about it professionally.

  • 45'

    There goes the half-time whistle...

  • 44'

    Rooney strikes one tamely from the edge of the box and Simoncini touches the ball in open play for the first time in a while.

  • 43'

    England's biggest ever victory was a 13-0 win against Ireland in 1882. Will we see that record broken?

  • 43'

    So England already hitting the total they managed in 90 minutes at Wembley. You've got to fear for San Marino now.

  • 42'

    SAN MARINO 0-5 ENGLAND. Really good play from England. Young plays in Baines down the left, who pulls it back perfectly. Rooney dummies it and Lampard sidefoots it home. Easy peasy.

  • 42'

    GOAL Lampard makes it five.

  • 41'

    The goals flying in now. The Sammaranise resistance well and truly broken.

  • 39'

    SAN MARINO 0-4 ENGLAND. Superb strike from Young, straight into the top corner. A beauty.

  • 39'

    GOAL Young smashes one in.

  • 39'

    Ashley Young got to the byline really well but his pull back was poor.

  • 38'

    Lampard with a dipping effort from 18 yards and Simoncini does enough, just, to keep hold of it.

  • 37'

    England looking like topping up their goal difference nicely, though the San Marino manager did say before the game that a 5-0 defeat would be a victory. England had better score six then!

  • 36'

    Stats: Jermain Defoe has now scored 18 goals in 53 internationals for England.

  • 35'

    SAN MARINO 0-3 ENGLAND> This time Defoe does claim a tap-in. Delicious lobbed ball to the back post from Rooney, Oxlade-Chamberlain headed it across and Defoe was on hand from a yard out.

  • 35'

    GOAL Defoe

  • 34'

    Replay suggests Defoe was actually level. Unlucky.

  • 33'

    Lampard with a great ball to find Young with the goal at his mercy - he squares to Defoe for a tap-in. But the Spurs striker is offside.

  • 32'

    Walker has the freedom of San Marino to stroll into the area, but his cross is deflected for a corner. Corner number 13.

  • 31'

    Walker with a cheeky collection of stepovers, he passes inside to Lampard, whose backheel only finds a blue shirt.

  • 29'

    Stats: England had more corners in the first eight minutes tonight (five) than in the whole of their last qualifier v Poland (four) - courtesy of Opta.

  • 29'

    SAN MARINO 0-2 ENGLAND. Good bit of skill creates space and then he plays a one-two with Rooney before drilling the return pass home from just inside the box.

  • 29'

    GOAL Oxlade-Chamberlain

  • 26'

    Great turn by Defoe to open up some space but once more England left frustrated by their attempts to break through.

  • 25'

    But England recover the ball. Boo.

  • 25'

    Selva brings the ball over the halfway line - come on San Marino!

  • 24'

    Once again it's knocked away with relative ease.

  • 24'

    Young tries his luck after cutting inside on the left side of the box. But it's deflected for... A CORNER.

  • 23'

    And in Poland, Ukraine are winning 2-1. Those two will still have a big say about how this group develops.

  • 23'

    In the other match in Group H, Montenegro are drawing 0-0 at half-time away to Moldova.

  • 22'

    Just debating in the office whether a San Marino goal would be met with a pitch invasion. Conclusion: yes.

  • 22'

    No joy again.

  • 21'

    Cleared by Bollini, but England have ANOTHER corner.

  • 21'

    England free-kick from the left wing, won by the overlapping Baines.

  • 20'

    Another corner comes and goes, another unimpressive delivery.

  • 19'

    Stats: England have won each of the three previous matches Frank Lampard has started as captain.

  • 18'

    England with plenty of neat interchanges on the edge of the box but there's a huge bank of blue in front of them every time.

  • 17'

    Rooney dropping deep to pick the ball up quite often, not too much joy for him so far though.

  • 17'

    "Are you Scotland in disguise," the England fans chant.

  • 16'

    Defoe misses a great chance at the back post from a corner. He heads it over from close range as the ball bounced up kindly. Should have done better.

  • 15'

    That was very kind from the official, especially as Simoncini had both hands on the ball. More clear cut than Norwich's Mark Bunn last weekend.

  • 14'

    Simoncini looked like he handballed it outside of the box. He even seemed to apologise for the misdemeanour. But the ref lets him off. Clearly in generous mood.

  • 13'

    Stats: England have averaged six goals per game against San Marino, the joint-most of any nation they have faced along with Jamaica. (courtesy of Opta)

  • 12'

    SAN MARINO 0-1 ENGLAND. Baines' cross from the left wing turned in by the centre-back. Rooney was lurking anyway.

  • 12'

    GOAL Own goal by Della Valle.

  • 11'

    England patiently probing, though San Marino actually did get into the final third a couple of minutes ago. Striker Selva was not close to getting the ball, however.

  • 10'

    Oxlade-Chamberlain hits the bar, lifting the ball over the goalkeeper but it wouldn't dip in time.

  • 9'

    Another corner for England is straight into the goalkeeper's grateful grasp. Poor delivery so far.

  • 8'

    Baines' corner punched away by Simoncini, whose name I feel I will be mentioning several times this evening.

  • 8'

    Corner for England, Young to take it.

  • 7'

    Cracking save from Simoncini to deny Lampard at his near post.

  • 7'

    Free-kick to England after Walker tripped by Palazzi on the right wing.

  • 6'

    It took England 35 minutes to break San Marino down in the reverse fixture at Wembley in October. That one ended 5-0.

  • 5'

    Young crosses to Lescott but the Man City defender can't direct it goalwards.

  • 5'

    Della Valle gets in a good tackle on Rooney, who was about to let fly. Corner.

  • 4'

    Lampard penalised for climbing on Palazzi from the corner.

  • 3'

    Bollini gets in a last-ditch tackle to deny an onrushing Lampard.

  • 3'

    Rooney tries a through ball but San Marino's bank of ten on the edge of the box proves difficult to penetrate.

  • 2'

    England dominating possession as expected, going to be like a training match this one. Lescott/Smalling is England's ninth centre-back partnership under Hodgson.

  • 1'

    8.3 seconds gone and England haven't conceded. Phew. Davide Gualtieri's record safe.

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    And we're off...

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    Nearly ready for kick-off.

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    I'm going to plump for 7-0. It's out there now so I stand to be corrected. Part of me wants San Marino to do well. Just a goal, maybe.

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    Stats: San Marino goalkeeper Aldo Junior Simoncini and his brother Davide Simoncini are the only twins to have both scored an own goal in the same international fixture.

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    Just to confirm, the answer is no.

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    So can a bunch of amateurs beat England?

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    And then there's the flag-bearers in traditional Sammaranise dress - think medieval attire and you'd be close.

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    Some cracking Indian Jones-style music dramatically accompanying the players on their walk out. Feels like a real sense of occasion.

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    I hate to keep banging on about that goal Davide Gualtieri scored for San Marino back in 1993. But here it is on video for posterity.

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    As always I'm keen to hear your thoughts on the game on Twitter so give me a shout - @marklomasESPN is where you can find me and we can get some of your Tweets up during the game (when the goals aren't flying in of course!)

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    This reminds me of when you play the worst team in your Sunday League and everyone goes into the game thinking they can get a goal. One for Joe Hart maybe?

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    Just 10 minutes until kick-off now and the main team news for England is that Steven Gerrard and Ashley Cole are rested, Leighton Baines comes in at left-back and Frank Lampard skippers the Three Lions with Tom Cleverley next to him in central midfield.

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    Rio Ferdinand hit the headlines for his withdrawal from the England squad and subsequent sojourn to the Middle East, but Roy Hodgson says it's not the end of his international career.

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    San Marino may be 100/1 to win today, but they still hold the record for the fastest ever World Cup qualifying goal - scored against England after 8.3 seconds in 1993.

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    Join Mark Lomas - @marklomasESPN - from 2000 GMT for live text commentary of England's World Cup qualifying visit to lowly San Marino. Goals guaranteed.

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Goal Shot Video
  •  
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • San Marino

  • 2(0)

  • 16

  • 11

  • 17%

    83%

  • England

  • 27(12)

  • 6

  • 8

Match Stats

  • San Marino
  • England
2(0) Shots (on goal) 27(12)
11 Fouls 8
1 Corner kicks 15
2 Offsides 3
17% Time of Possession 83%
2 Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
5 Saves 0
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