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Old 12th October 2008, 02:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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England 5 Kazakhstan 1: It's a game of two halves as Capello's men produce a late, late show

Final score: England 5 Kazakhstan 1.

Full-time: England 5 Kazakhstan 1.
The old cliche 'it's a game of two halves' has never been more true. After a frustrating opening 45 minutes, the switch to the old faithful 4-4-2 finally opened things up for England, although Kazakhstan's tiring legs and minds certainly played a big part. In the end, Capello's men strolled to the full-time whistle and now sit top of World Cup Qualifying Group Six with maximum points from their opening three games.

Job done: England celebrate their victory.

90 mins
Suddenly the Wembley atmosphere is very different. Ashley Cole is being cheered, the National Anthem is being sung - what a difference a few goals make.

90 mins GOAL! England 5 Kazakhstan 1.
And this time it is five, as a Heskey flick releases Defoe, who proves what a predatory finisher he is with a cool strike just five minutes after entering the action.

88 mins

Almost a fifth, as Beckham gets to the byline and clips the ball back for Heskey, who can't quite manage to bundle it over the line.

86 mins

Rooney is off to a standing ovation, replaced by Jermain Defoe.

85 mins GOAL! England 4 Kazakhstan 1.
Number two for Rooney, as he takes advantage of more confusion in the Kazakhstan defence following a Beckham free-kick to slot home from close range.

Goal hero: Wayne Rooney's powerful header puts England 3-1 up and on their way to victory.

79 mins

David Beckham enters the fray as a replacement for Walcott. Cap number 106 for Goldenballs, who equals Sir Bobby Charlton's tally and is just two short of Bobby Moore's record for an outfield player.

76 mins GOAL! England 3 Kazakhstan 1.

The two-goal advantage is restored, and this time it definitely is Rooney's goal, as he rises to meet Brown's cross from the right with a firm header into the far corner of the net.

71 mins

Cole is getting booed every time he touches the ball. They really are merciless, this Wembley lot.

Shock: Zhambyi Kukeyev (far left) celebrates his goal against England

67 mins GOAL! England Kazakhstan 1.

Wembley is stunned as the part-time minnows pull one back, although it's a gift from Ashley Cole that lets them back into the game. The England defender rushes his pass under pressure and sends it straight into the path of Kukeyev, who beats James with a low shot on the half-volley.

63 mins GOAL! England 2 Kazakhstan 0.

The killer second arrives for England, as Lampard's free-kick is flicked into the net at the near post. At first glance, it appears to be Rooney's goal, but replays - and Rooney's muted celebrations - show that it's an own goal from Kuchma.

59 mins

Nusserbayev is looking fairly dangerous and almost gains a penalty as he skips past Brown in the box. Surprisingly, though, he stays on his feet and Gerrard gets across to clear.

53 mins
The visitors produce a spirited response and almost hit back immediately with a rasping drive fromNusserbayev that squirms through the fingers of James but thankfully bounces wide for a corner.

1-0: Rio Ferdinand heads the opening goal.

51 mins GOAL! England 1 Kazakhstan 0.

The breakthrough finally arrives, and Kazakhstan finally display their limitations, as keeper Mokin flaps horribly at a Lampard corner, leaving captain Ferdinand with the simple task of nodding into an empty net.

46 mins

We're back underway, and Capello has made a change. Shaun Wright-Phillips is on for Gareth Barry, and it's good old 4-4-2 again for England.

England 0 Kazakhstan 0. England trudge off after a frustrating opening 45 minutes, and what's that I hear? A smattering of boos ring round the stadium. Oh dear, here we go again...

43 mins

The first half is ending in something of a damp squib. So far, the crowd are obeying Capello's request for them to stay patient, but it may not remain that way for much longer.

Shall we go back to two in midfield? England manager Fabio Capello signals to his players.

38 mins
Lampard almost finds an opening but is denied by an offside flag.

34 mins

You'd have to say that Capello's three-man midfield hasn't produced the desired effect so far. Some may say it's psychological, some may say it's the negative approach of Kazakhstan. I'd just say they're not playing very well.

30 mins

Ashley Cole's reward for a neat turn near the corner flag is an accidental whack in the unmentionables from his opponent. Ouch.

27 mins

Lampard's 25-yarder hits the stanchion behind the goal and rolls along the back of the net. Half of the stadium think a goal has been scored - the other half give a knowing little chuckle.

24 mins

Upson is getting closer - this time he plants a firm header just wide of the target from 15 yards out.

Early exchanges: Theo Walcott battles for the ball with Kazakhstan's Alexandr Kirov.

19 mins

The Wembley ball-boys are wasting no time in doing their job whenever the ball goes out of play - they've obviously been told to play their part in keeping the tempo high.

16 mins

Walcott again cuts in from the right and skips past a couple of challenges before sending a left-foot shot just wide of the far post. The youngster is clearly in a confident mood.

11 mins

If that was a scare, then this was almost a horror movie. Upson's unexpected back-pass along the byline catches James by surprise, and the England keeper is forced to slide in with his feet to ensure Baltiyev doesn't get to the ball first.

9 mins

Something of an early scare for England, as Kazakhstan striker Nusserbayev finds a yard of space on the edge of the box and fires a right-foot strike wide of the target.

7 mins
Gerrard's free-kick from the right is met by Upson, who can only direct his header high and wide.

5 mins

Walcott is already looking very dangerous, and another surging run is only stopped by Baltiyev's cynical foul. Surely that should have been the first booking of the game for the Kazakhstan skipper.

2 mins

Theo Walcott is on the ball early and creates the first opening of the game, bursting down the right before sending an inviting low cross into the box, where Heskey slides in with a defender but handles the ball and is penalised.


And we're off. England are in all-white. Kazakhstan are in all-blue.

The England players line up before kick-off.


Oops, I almost forget, here is the Kazakhstan team:
Mokin, Kirov, Kuchma, Kislitsyn, Nusserbayev, Skorykh, Ostapenko, Baltiyev, Ibrayev, Kukeyev, Logvinenko. Subs: Morev, Nurdauletov, Maltsev, Vorotnikov, Sabalakov, Maxim Azovskiy, Beissenov.

It's almost like a balmy summer's evening at Wembley - marvellous football weather for mid-October. The teams are out on the pitch, and FA chief Lord Triesman is being introduced to the players by captain Rio Ferdinand. You'd think he'd have known their names by now.


Just to make one thing clear, there will be no Borat-speak or related jokes in this text commentary. You may call me a kill-joy, but I think we've had more than enough of the 'Borat's guide to English football' this week. I declare this web-page a Borat-free zone.

Kazakhstan are a massive 33/1 to produce a stunning upset at Wembley today, and it's not hard to see why. The Eastern Europeans are 131st in the FIFA World Rankings, sandwiched between Hong Kong and Singapore and below such footballing luminaries as New Caledonia, Botswana, and the Cape Verde Islands.


The teams are in, and it's pretty much as expected, with Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard backed up by Gareth Barry in a central midfield three, while Theo Walcott and Wayne Rooney support Emile Heskey in attack. West Ham defender Matthew Upson gets the nod as the replacement for injured captain John Terry, while Wes Brown is selected in the right-back berth.

England: James; Brown, Ferdinand, Upson, A Cole; Gerrard, Lampard, Barry; Walcott, Heskey, Rooney. Subs: Carson, G Johnson, Bridge, Beckham, Wright-Phillips, Defoe, Crouch.


Good afternoon and welcome to Wembley, where a sell-out crowd are taking their seats ahead of England's World Cup qualifying clash against Kazakhstan, buoyed by the claim of Fabio Capello that we on the verge of a brave new era. The England manager is full of optimism following last month's 4-1 victory in Croatia and believes his team are ready to shrug off the fear factor of playing in front of a full house at the national stadium.

Capello has already confirmed that Theo Walcott will be considered only for the senior side following his stunning hat-trick in Zagreb and also revealed that Steven Gerrard will be played in his favoured central midfield position this evening. England are expected to change from the system that worked so well in Zagreb, adopting a 4-3-3 formation with Gerrard and Frank Lampard playing in front of Gareth Barry. Emile Heskey is likely to spearhead England's attack, with Wayne Rooney and Walcott playing as support strikers in an adventurous formation.

Source: Daily Mail UK., October 11, 2008

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Re: England 5 Kazakhstan 1: It's a game of two halves as Capello's men produce a late, late show

at least Capello dares to make the tough decision by leaving out Owen.
and when they did not scored during the first half,he introduced some changes immediately for the second half.
unlike the previous few managers,who will wait till at least 15 minutes or later into the games and then make the subsitutions and change the formation. this is always too late as the team will need time to re-organise.
glad to see some improvement.

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