England tried to secure their place to the next round and their victim was Slovenia, what happened in this match, what players took the field today? Keep reading to know the results and highlights on this exciting game plus check out the photos and video below.
The British fans were bigger in number at the Nelson Mandela Stadium this evening and England desperately needed to win this match against their Group C leader Slovenia with 4 points (1 Win, 1 draw) while Fabio Capello’s team was not going to risk their chances with another draw, they will go for the three points.
In the first half Slovenia played against England and was persistent on not giving any free spaces from where Slovenia could reach James, but at some point England would have to open up to find their first goal. England has Rooney who was since the beginning of the match was heavily blocked, Steven Gerrard and Lampard were another danger for the Slovenians who were sending Birsa on the attack, but on the 23rd minute it was Defoe who score England’s first goal.
Slovenia tried to score on the 28th minute with Handsnovic, but it was blocked by Defoe and Lampard. The Brits tried for their second goal again and almost got it from Rooney and Gerrard. The kick was caught by the goalkeeper that let the ball go and almost did what Robert Green did on their match vs. USA, but reached it on time and the ball was safe in the hands of Handanovic. On the 48th minute Johnson got a yellow card for simulation.
John Terry surprised us all after his constant attempts to score, but like Messi (Argentina) he kept finding the right pole. I have to add that Terry gave the best of him, he was fearless, too bad he is no longer captain.
Slovenia was not about to quit and tried a dangerous attempt to score, 1, 2, 3 kicks, but all of the three men missed and England could keep on breathing and on with their singing at port Elizabeth. Wayne Rooney was then sent off and replaced by Joe Cole and also Jermaine Defoe by Heskey.
Here are the players of both teams at the Nelson Mandela Stadium.
|1 Handanovic||1 James|
|2 Brecko||2 Johnson|
|4 Suler||3 Ashley Cole|
|5 Cesar||4 Gerrard|
|8 Koren||6 Terry|
|9 Ljubijankic||8 Lampard|
|10 Birsa||10 Rooney|
|11 Novakovic||14 Barry|
|13 Jokic||15 Upson|
|17 Kirm||16 Milner|
|18 Radosavljevic||19 Defoe|
|Coach: Matjaz Kek||Coach: Fabio Capello|
The match ended after three minutes in the injury time, England won 1-0 over Slovenia. Their next match will come on Saturday while Slovenia will be going home. Take a look at the photos and video below.
World Cup Pictures
England vs. Slovenia Video
Photos: www.wenn.com, News Pictures, Joe Plimmer