Ukraine 0-0 England
England secured a precious point from a mediocre World Cup qualifier in Ukraine to edge towards next summer's showpiece in Brazil.
Manager Roy Hodgson will be delighted England have their fate in their own hands as they know victory in their final two Wembley qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland in October will guarantee automatic qualification.
There was little else to enthuse about from a performance that did the job but could also be used as a prime exhibit to support new Football Association chairman Greg Dyke's claim that England are not realistic contenders to win the World Cup in 2014.
England's draw was built on the solid foundations set by a magnificent performance from Chelsea defender Gary Cahill, particularly in the early stages when they were riddled with uncertainty as Ukraine applied pressure.
Ukraine, however, suffered from a familiar failing of running out of steam following a bright start and, ultimately, England survived in relative comfort.
England's performances in the group stage have been undistinguished with their only victories coming against the minnows of Moldova and San Marino.
And this simple fact should serve as a warning against any complacency about those final two games that hold the key to their qualification.
England's travelling fans stayed behind in Kiev's vast Olympic Stadium to celebrate the result as almost 70,000 Ukraine fans trooped away fearing they will now be consigned to the play-offs.
As expected, James Milner replaced the suspended Danny Welbeck and it was a landmark night for Frank Lampard as he won his 100th England cap.
In a predictably hostile atmosphere, England displayed early nerves and goalkeeper Joe Hart, in particular, came under stern examination from the hosts.
Hart, who has suffered criticism for his recent form for club and country, survived an early penalty appeal when he slid out to meet Roman Zozulya, who fell under the challenge but referee Pedro Proenca showed no interest.
Hodgson's side gave Ukraine anxious moments of their own as they forced a succession of early corners with Cahill seeing one header deflected over and another swept off the line by Artem Fedetskiy.
Hart caused more concern for England's defence, which relied so heavily on Cahill early on, when he juggled a loose ball unconvincingly but was finally able to clear.
The visitors were struggling to impose any authority in midfield, with Jack Wilshere a particular disappointment as too often he was shrugged off the ball and conceded possession easily.
Hodgson's side had, however, resisted Ukraine's early pressure and captain Steven Gerrard was not far away with a long-range effort that landed on top of the net with goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov scrambling.
The second half was descending into a desperate affair and both managers made changes after 68 minutes in an attempt to inject some quality into proceedings.
Ashley Young replaced Wilshere, while Ukraine sent on Roman Bezus for Oleh Gusiev.
England had restricted Ukraine in the second half but Kyle Walker's ill-advised foul on Zozulya, for which he was shown a yellow card, gave Yevgeni Konoplienka an opportunity 20 yards out. The free-kick was on target but took a crucial glance off Phil Jagielka and went inches wide.
Konoplianka then headed straight at Hart from a corner, a clear opportunity that left the Ukrainian holding his head in despair as play swept to the other end.
Lampard had a late chance to give England a win only to steer his header wide - but Hodgson will have been satisfied with a point that will be crucial if his side can now complete the task at Wembley next month.
- 12 Pyatov
- 03 Khacheridi
- 05 Kucher Booked
- 13 Shevchuk
- 17 Fedetskiy
- 06 Stepanenko
- 07 Yarmolenko (Khomchenovskiy - 90' )
- 09 Gusev (Bezus - 68' )
- 10 Konoplienka
- 21 Edmar
- 08 Zozulya (Seleznyov - 90' )
- 01 Koval
- 23 Khudzamov
- 16 Mandziuk
- 20 Rakitskiy
- 02 Dedechko
- 04 Tymoschuk
- 14 Khomchenovskiy
- 15 Bezus
- 18 Grechyshkin
- 19 Morozyuk
- 11 Seleznyov
- 22 Devic
- 01 Hart
- 02 Walker Booked
- 03 Cole
- 05 Cahill
- 06 Jagielka
- 04 Gerrard
- 07 Walcott (Cleverley - 87' )
- 08 Lampard
- 10 Wilshere (Young - 67' )
- 11 Milner
- 09 Lambert
- 13 Ruddy
- 23 Forster
- 12 Smalling
- 14 Baines
- 15 Caulker
- 16 Carrick
- 17 Cleverley
- 18 Barkley
- 20 Young
- 21 Sterling
- 22 Townsend
- 19 Defoe
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.90:00 +2:10 Substitution
Substitution Dmytro Khomchenovskiy on for Andriy Yarmolenko.90:00 +1:30
Header at goal by Frank Lampard to the left of the net.89:17 Substitution
Substitution Yevhen Seleznyov on for Roman Zozulya.87:43
Rickie Lambert is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Olexander Kucher takes the free kick.86:51 Substitution
Substitution Tom Cleverley joins the action as a substitute, replacing Theo Walcott.84:35
Andriy Yarmolenko takes a shot and cleared the net.82:16
Shot by Theo Walcott went wide left of the goal.81:05
Foul by De Lacerda Edmar on Steven Gerrard, free kick awarded. Joe Hart takes the free kick.79:20
Ashley Cole fouled by Andriy Yarmolenko, the ref awards a free kick. Ashley Cole restarts play with the free kick.77:43
Corner from the left by-line taken by Ashley Young. Clearance by Yevhen Khacheridi.76:03
Corner taken by Yevgen Konoplianka. De Lacerda Edmar challenges Joe Hart unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joe Hart takes the free kick.75:22
Gary Cahill challenges Yevgen Konoplianka unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Vyacheslav Shevchuk.73:12
Corner taken by Yevgen Konoplianka from the right by-line. Artem Fedetskiy takes a shot. Joe Hart catches the ball.70:02 Booking
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Roman Zozulya by Kyle Walker. Booking for Kyle Walker for unsporting behaviour. Yevgen Konoplianka shoots direct from the free kick against the wall. Corner taken by Yevgen Konoplianka.68:24
Unfair challenge on Rickie Lambert by Artem Fedetskiy results in a free kick. Ashley Young takes the free kick.66:30
Joe Hart takes the free kick.66:30 Substitution
Substitution Roman Bezus is brought on as a substitute for Oleg Gusev.66:30 Substitution
Substitution Ashley Young is brought on as a substitute for Jack Wilshere.
Foul by Roman Zozulya on Gary Cahill, free kick awarded.64:53
Jack Wilshere concedes a free kick for a foul on Oleg Gusev. De Lacerda Edmar restarts play with the free kick.63:56
Roman Zozulya is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.61:07 Booking
Theo Walcott fouled by Olexander Kucher, the ref awards a free kick. Olexander Kucher receives a yellow card. Free kick taken by Steven Gerrard. Yevhen Khacheridi fouled by Rickie Lambert, the ref awards a free kick. Andrei Pyatov takes the free kick.58:32
Foul by Jack Wilshere on Olexander Kucher, free kick awarded. Yevhen Khacheridi restarts play with the free kick.57:40
Unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere by Taras Stepanenko results in a free kick. Gary Cahill takes the free kick.55:27
James Milner challenges Artem Fedetskiy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Artem Fedetskiy.53:01
Gary Cahill concedes a free kick for a foul on Roman Zozulya. Vyacheslav Shevchuk takes the free kick.51:39
Unfair challenge on Artem Fedetskiy by Rickie Lambert results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Yevhen Khacheridi.49:03
Corner from the left by-line taken by Yevgen Konoplianka.47:43
Corner taken by Yevgen Konoplianka from the right by-line. Corner taken by Yevgen Konoplianka. Ashley Cole manages to make a clearance.45:01
The referee blows the whistle to start the second half.45:00 +1:12 Half time
Half Time The match has reached half-time.43:31
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere by Oleg Gusev. Frank Lampard has a shot from the free kick which hits the wall. Corner from the left by-line taken by Steven Gerrard. Clearance made by Olexander Kucher.37:58
Free kick awarded for a foul by De Lacerda Edmar on Theo Walcott. Free kick taken by Gary Cahill.36:43
Steven Gerrard challenges Yevgen Konoplianka unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Vyacheslav Shevchuk.34:55
Andriy Yarmolenko gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ashley Cole. Joe Hart takes the free kick.32:37
Steven Gerrard takes a shot and cleared the bar.30:08
James Milner produces a cross. Andrei Pyatov catches the ball.29:39
Handball by Kyle Walker. Free kick taken by Oleg Gusev.23:46
The assistant referee signals for offside against Rickie Lambert. Olexander Kucher takes the free kick.22:38
Kyle Walker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Vyacheslav Shevchuk. Olexander Kucher restarts play with the free kick.18:10
Yevgen Konoplianka takes a shot. Gary Cahill gets a block in. Corner taken by Yevgen Konoplianka. Gary Cahill manages to make a clearance.17:01
Corner from the left by-line taken by Steven Gerrard. Andrei Pyatov catches the ball.16:04
Yevgen Konoplianka concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Wilshere. Free kick crossed by Steven Gerrard. Taras Stepanenko manages to make a clearance.14:58
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rickie Lambert by Yevhen Khacheridi. Steven Gerrard crosses the ball in from the free kick. Andrei Pyatov punches the ball.12:19
Corner from the right by-line taken by Yevgen Konoplianka.10:45
Corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line.8:41
Free kick awarded for a foul by Rickie Lambert on Olexander Kucher. Olexander Kucher takes the free kick.7:34
The assistant referee flags for offside against Roman Zozulya. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.6:40
Yevgen Konoplianka sends in a cross. Ashley Cole manages to make a clearance.4:48
Corner taken by Steven Gerrard. Corner from the left by-line taken by Steven Gerrard. Andrei Pyatov gets a fist to the ball to punch .4:11
Corner from the right by-line taken by Steven Gerrard. Gary Cahill takes a shot. De Lacerda Edmar gets a block in.3:07
Theo Walcott takes a shot. Andrei Pyatov makes a block.2:04
Shot by Steven Gerrard. Andrei Pyatov catches the ball.0:55
Corner from the left by-line taken by Yevgen Konoplianka. Joe Hart punches the ball.0:00
The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.
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