European Championship Qualifying

June 4, 2011



2 - 2


Group G

15:45 +00:00, June 4, 2011

Wembley Stadium, London, England

Referee: Damir Skomina

  • 90'

    Credit to a Swiss side who had been written off as no hopers. They were the team that showed real fight and spirit.

  • 90'

    Another tepid England display with no clear plan or evidence that the players know what each other should be doing. It still goes on. And on.

  • 90'

    A massive dropped two points for England, which means the group is now in the hands of Montenegro - it is theirs to throw away.

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  • 90'

    So England did have one more chance, but it was wasted.

  • 90'

    The ball was put back in, it dropped for Downing, free, from the angle, in on goal.... sidenetting

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  • 90'

    Awful again. Onto the head of a defender.

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    Corner to England. 30 seconds.

  • 90'

    Into the last minute.

  • 90'

    Good chance for Mehmedi who fires a shot across the face of goal and just wide.

  • 90'

    Only one team winning this. And it's not England. England have done nothing in the last 10 minutes.

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    Three minutes added on.

  • 90'

    Just a slaught would have been a start.

  • 90'

    Where was the England onslaught?

  • 90'

    Barnetta is replaced by Emeghara

  • 90'

    Ashley Young gets the England Man of the Match award from the broadcast company here. Says it all.

  • 89'

    Shaqiri takes the free-kick but there's too much pace on it and no one can connect.

  • 88'

    Ferdinand is late on Mehmedi just outside the box on the right wing.

  • 87'

    Switzerland happy to play the ball around.

  • 86'

    Hopeless long ball played up to Bent. Ridiculous.

  • 85'

    Second corner in a row for Shaqiri to take, Hart claims the latest one.

  • 84'

    I think England might be spent here.

  • 83'

    Inler shoots from the edge of the box and it's deflected behind.

  • 82'

    Terry fells Xhaka but the free-kick is taken short. That seems like the Swiss will take the point.

  • 81'

    Milner takes advantage of a horror slip in the box by Djourou, he cuts it back for Young who again can only fire over. Another very good chance. Wasted.

  • 80'

    The atmosphere is very flat at Wembley.

  • 79'

    Barnetta trips Wilshere, free-kick just outside the England box.

  • 78'

    Can England muster one key chance. They don't look like creating a glut of them.

  • 77'

    Oh! Stewart Downing is on for Walcott.

  • 76'

    England still are not convincing. Is Theo Walcott still on the pitch?

  • 75'

    Opta Stats: England haven't won a competitive game in which they?ve conceded 2 or more goals since a 4-2 win over Croatia in Euro 2004.

  • 74'

    On comes Mehmedi in his place.

  • 73'

    The stretcher is out and Derdiyok, the Bayer Leverkusen player, is going to have to go off.

  • 72'

    Derdiyok is down and needing treatment. This could be the end of his evening.

  • 71'

    Just seen a replay of Bent's miss. Oh my word....

  • 70'

    Ashley Young did brilliantly, shot from outside the area which the keeper could only parry. The loose ball came to the unmarked Bent who sidefooted over the bar. Got to be taking those.

  • 69'


  • 68'

    Should be an interesting 20 minutes. A draw is not good enough for either side.

  • 67'

    Milner took the corner this time, and it was awful again. Nowhere near a white shirt and easily headed away. That was corner number six.

  • 66'

    Corner to England.

  • 65'

    Joe Hart couldn't keep out Tranquillo Barentta's first free-kick. Or his second for that matter

  • 64'

    Great chance for Darren Bent, superb ball from Wilshere. Bent was through but never really had his feet and Benaglio came out superbly to smoother the shot.

  • 63'

    Wilshere is booked for a reckless studs up challenge on Barnetta.

  • 62'

    Curling effort from Shaqiri again finds Hart with ease.

  • 61'

    Opta stats: Frank Lampard has now netted more penalties (7) for England than any other player, moving ahead of Alan Shearer and Ron Flowers.

  • 60'

    Great play, it results in Baines firing a ball across the face of goal and Bent almost gets a tap-in.

  • 59'

    A change for Switzerland as Dzemaili replaces Behrami.

  • 58'

    Young takes from the left and it goes over everyone. Rubbish.

  • 58'

    Corner to England

  • 57'

    England just have one sub left now, remember, with Baines coming on in the first half.

  • 56'

    Deflected shot from Shaqiri, loops into Hart's gloves.

  • 55'

    England needed to take the momentum on with the leveller. If anything they're reverted to the football of the first 36 minutes.

  • 54'

    Shaqiri takes left-footed this time, and Hart takes at the second attempt.

  • 54'

    Free-kick to Switzerland now. England will be worried.

  • 53'

    Ashley Young should have started. Lampard is yesterday's man and is surely out with a fit Gerrard.

  • 52'

    Game on now. England must be favourites.

  • 51'

    GOAL Ashley Young with one of his first contributions latches on to Baines chest down, and perfectly volleys in off the post. 2-2.

  • 50'

    Johan Djourou conceded a penalty after bringing down Arsenal team-mate Jack Wilshere

  • 49'

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  • 48'

    By the way, Ashley Young came on for Frank Lampard at the break. A wise decision. Frank was awful.

  • 47'

    Poor ball from Parker to Walcott, races through to the keeper. England look hungry.

  • 46'

    And straight away Djourou seems to fell Walcott outside the area but the ref says no foul.

  • 46'

    England kick-off in the second half.

  • 45'

    Russia are now 3-1 up against Armenia. A hat-trick for Roman Pavlyuchenko.

  • 45'

    If England lose this you have to think it is the end for Capello.

  • 45'

    Switzerland had not scored away in qualifying before today. And they have two. Uphill for England after the interval.

  • 45'

    Tranquillo Barnetta and Gokhan Inler celebrate after the former's first free-kick

  • 45'

    And that's half-time, and as suspected there are quite a few boos from the home fans. Not full-scale, but they are there.

  • 45'

    Lampard shoots and a pathetic effort spoons away to the corner flag. Pathetic.

  • 45'

    This is 25 yards out. Lampard over it.

  • 45'

    Foul by Behrami. He's a bit of an animal. Late on Milner and a yellow.

  • 44'

    Fabio Capello must consider changing to two up front. This is not really working. A well drilled Swiss team.

  • 43'

    Lichtsteiner looks to have felled Baines again but the ref is having none of it.

  • 42'

    England harrying Switzerland in their half. They know they have to improve on this.

  • 41'

    England have woken up, but that may not save them from the boos in four minutes.

  • 40'

    Bent almost put through on goal by Milner there, the flag went up for offside but it was a bad decision. He was level with Senderos.

  • 39'

    Milner crossed in, Benaglio was all over the place leaving Bent with a header at the far post. And he headed wide. That should have been 2-2.

  • 39'

    Lichtsteiner fouls Baines on the left. England have a chance to hit Switzerland again.

  • 38'

    How this game has changed in the space of five minutes. Three goals, and from despair that goal could give England life.

  • 37'

    GOAL Benaglio guessed the right way, but dived over the ball and Lampard gets lucky.

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  • 36'

    Djourou tripped Wilshere. Correct decision.

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  • 35'

    GOAL Barnetta just thumped it at goal from a tight angle as hard as he could. Hart was positioning himself for the cross and was left helpless.

  • 34'

    Now Ziegler goes down under Parker's challenge on the left flank. Danger again.

  • 33'

    Lost of work to do now for England, and Fabio's men have been poor, lethargic, short of ideas.

  • 32'

    GOAL Barnetta takes the free-kick, curled to find the head of a team-mate. It evades everyone and finds the back of the net inside the post.

  • 32'

    Switzerland win a soft free-kick just outside the area, Lampard on Barnetta, cynically played for.

  • 31'

    Ashley Cole cannot continue after that clash with Behrami a while ago, on comes Leighton Baines.

  • 30'

    Russia and Armenia are level at 1-1 in the other game on at the moment. Pavlyuchenko scored for Russia.

  • 29'

    Wilshere almost feeds in Bent, a defender just sticks a foot out to intercept.

  • 28'

    Jack Wilshere takes a knock to the head, he'll be fine.

  • 27'

    The ball comes back to Lampard to cross again, Ferdinand is still up there and he heads onto the top of the net. Better, but only just.

  • 26'

    Lampard's corner is headed away, it comes to Walcott with the perfect chance to cross, and he more or less passes it to a defender.

  • 25'

    But England do have a corner, won by Glen Johnson.

  • 24'

    England just don't seem to have a gameplan. No real ideas.

  • 23'

    If this goes on the natives will be restless at half-time.

  • 22'

    Parker stands one up to the back post, Milner is there but heads wide.

  • 21'

    The tabloid hacks with be sharpening the knives based on the first quarter of this match. Switzerland looking more likely.

  • 20'

    Barnetta has a shot blocked and it runs for Shaqiri on the right, his curling effort is palmed away by Hart.

  • 19'

    Just hearing that the turnstiles have broken down at Wembley and there are still 10,000 fans outside. One wonders why kick-off wasn't delayed.

  • 18'

    Carlton Cole played in Switzerland and looked good. Who'd have thought that was only in September.

  • 18'

    Cole took a knock to his ankle in making a strong challenge with Behrami.

  • 17'

    Cross from Milner ... over everyone's head. Poor.

  • 16'

    Leighton Baines warming up, Ashley Cole may have a problem here.

  • 15'

    Starting to look a little disjointed from England, and that is never a good sign with this team.

  • 14'

    Theo Walcott has a great chance to run at the defence and get them on the back foot and, as we have seen so many times, he does nothing and loses the ball.

  • 13'

    Bent tries to break forward, there's no support and there are four defenders to crowd him out.

  • 12'

    Swizterland look lively, but their defence looks suspect. England should be able to get in behind them with their pace.

  • 11'

    Lichtsteiner is fouled by Milner on the right flank. Great chance to put this into the danger area. Good curling ball from Shaqiri but it finds an England head.

  • 10'

    Lampard delivers from the left, but it's headed away easily.

  • 10'

    Corner to England

  • 9'

    He can only parry it though, and Derdiyok is there with a superb chance - but Hart gets back in position to save with his feet. Offside flag up anyway.

  • 8'

    Awful defending from John Terry gifts the ball to Inler who steps forward and hits a shot which takes a deflection, Hart has to be smart to save.

  • 7'

    So a bright start from England, but warning signs from the Swiss too. Lively start.

  • 6'

    The persistent Barnetta tries to force his way into the area, the ball runs for Derdiyok but he can only fire low at Hart.

  • 5'

    If Switzerland lose today their hopes of winning the group are over. They are slim as it is.

  • 4'

    Barnetta fouls the tracking back Walcott in the England area. Good work from the Arsenal man.

  • 3'

    England attack again with a corner, Johnson has two stabs at it at the far post and Switzerland just escape again.

  • 2'

    So close to an early England goal. Theo Walcott with the freedom of Wembley down the left, squared across goal and Senderos just gets there in front of Bent.

  • 1'

    Glorious sunshine in north London, half of the pitch in shadow.

  • 1'

    We're about ready for off. Switzerland will kick first.


    England fans hold up a banner saying "We won't be bribed". Well, other than that friendly against Thailand...


    Barnetta and Shaqiri are quality, but Switzerland have lost all their strikers now.


    The confirmed Switzerland team is Benaglio, Lichtsteiner, Senderos, Djourou, Ziegler, Behrami, Barnetta, Inler, Shaqiri, Derdiyok, Xhaka.


    England won 3-1 in Switzerland in September in what was supposed to be the toughest game of the campaign. But the home draw with Montenegro almost wiped out the good work.


    But with England still to go to Montenegro, they must beat Switzerland here.


    England, of course, may suspect that this Montenegro side, the bottom ranked team in the group, is not in the form of last year.


    England really need to win this game against a Switzerland side which is now very poor. Montenegro are at home to Bulgaria later this evening and will expect to win that.


    Wembley is filling up now, ten minutes to kick-off.


    Hart; Johnson, Ferdinand, Terry, Cole; Lampard, Parker, Wilshere; Walcott, Bent, Milner


    The England team is in and surprisingly it's James Milner who starts ahead of former Aston Villa team-mate Ashley Young. Darren Bent up front on his own.


    Join Dale Johnson at 16.45 BST for commentary as England aim for a crucial win to keep them on track for Euro 2012 against struggling Switzerland.


    Rare fit strikers for England: Peter Crouch and Darren Bent