Ukraine 0-0 England recap: All the action from the World Cup qualifier as it happened – PLUS goal updates from other games

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5:22 pm

Good evening everyone and welcome to our live blog of Ukraine vs England.

As if you didn’t already know, this is a Big Match© for Roy Hodgson and his players as they strive to qualify for World Cup 2014.

put England top of Group H but just one point separates the Three Lions, Montenegro and Ukraine coming into tonight’s game.

A victory in Kiev would boost hopes of reaching Brazil, while a draw or a loss would make things a little awkward with two matches remaining.

What’s it to be then?

5:46 pm

While England are our main focus this evening, we will be providing goal updates from:

Austria vs IrelandLuxembourg vs Northern IrelandWales vs SerbiaMacedonia vs Scotland

Don’t touch that dial.

5:57 pm

There have been some rather ugly scenes in Kiev in the last couple of days, with

Let’s hope that the evening passes without violence and we can concentrate on the sporting spectacle taking place at the Olympic Stadium

6:02 pm

One of the Mirror team is in position:

6:12 pm

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All customers that shop online using the WELOVEFOOTBALL code will also be added into a draw to win a £250 shopping voucher. Don’t say we never give you anything, eh?

6:17 pm

Remember when England travelled to play Italy in 1997? Or the surprise 5-1 shellacking of Germany in 2001?

Pretty good memories, right? Well

Is Olly onto something or should we be a bit more circumspect about the state of the national side? Let us know your thoughts.

6:20 pm

Some team news from Kiev.

Whispers emerging from the Olympic Stadium suggest that Roy Hodgson has, as expected, turned to James Milner to replace the suspended Danny Welbeck.

Stand by for the full line-ups when they are confirmed.

Michael Regan – The FA 

6:28 pm

World Cup qualification may be drawing to a close but plenty remains to be decided – both in Europe and around the globe.

, which should remove any lingering doubts you have over whether Uzbekistan are going to Brazil (maybe), whether South Africa have made it (they haven’t) and how South American qualifying is shaping up (it’s a free-for-all).

You’re very welcome.

6:47 pm

The teams are in!

James Milner does indeed start for England, and that is the only change to the XI that beat Moldova on Friday.

Frank Lampard makes his 100th cap for his country alongside Steven Gerrard and Jack Wilshere in midfield

Here are the line-ups in full:

Ukraine: Pyatov, Fedetskiy, Khacheridi, Kucher, Shevchuk, Edmar, Stepanenko, Yarmolenko, Gusev, Konoplyanka, Zozulya.

England: Hart, Walker, Jagielka, Cahill, Cole, Gerrard, Lampard, Wilshere, Milner, Walcott, Lambert.

Subs: Ruddy, Fraser, Smalling, Baines, Caulker, Carrick, Cleverley, Barkley, Young, Sterling, Townsend, Defoe.

Michael Regan – The FA

6:49 pm

How much do you know about the Ukraine side?

If your answer includes Andriy Shevchenko or Oleg Blokhin, chances are you could do with a refresher course.

Handily,

We’re good to you, we really are.

6:53 pm

A bit of team news from Cardiff:

6:57 pmEd Malyon

Ed Malyon is on Euro watch:

"Arsenal fans will be delighted (or gutted, depending on whether he gets injured) to see Olivier Giroud starting for France tonight.

"Rather deliciously, he is starting ahead of the man that Arsenal failed to sign this summer – Karim Benzema.

"The Real Madrid man is ditched after 1217 goalless minutes for Les Bleus."

6:59 pm

"Tonight it is all about nerve, courage, strength of purpose," says the Mirror’s chief football writer.

"Hodgson will look into the eyes of his players, hoping not to see weakness, not to see doubt."

Time will tell whether those hopes are borne out.

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7:07 pm

John Cross is looking forward to the game in Kiev:

7:09 pm

, admitting that this is a "big game" for his side.

He also stressed the importance of keeping 11 men on the pitch, having himself been sent off when the sides met in September.

Will the pressure get to any of his colleagues this evening?

7:12 pm

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7:19 pm

There can be little doubt that Roy Hodgson faces a moment of truth in Kiev tonight. This is the kind of match by which his England stewardship will eventually be assessed.

Ahead of the game,.

Will Hodgson sink like Don Revie in Rome or take a leaf out of Bobby Robson’s book and thrive under pressure?

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7:22 pmEd Malyon

Ed Malyon has this on Spain vs Chile:

"Spain have been rubbish so far in Geneva. Although it’s only a friendly, Vicente del Bosque will be furious with this sloppy display.

"Chile lead them 1-0 after 20 minutes, Eduardo Vargas nipping behind the Spanish defence to prod past Victor Valdes. There are some very tired legs in this Roja squad, which is reason for concern as June and the World Cup draw closer."

7:26 pm

All eyes tonight will be on Frank Lampard, who earns his 100th cap for England. He joins a select group of players to have reached three figures for the Three Lions.

We have taken a look at the other centurions – two of whom are playing alongside Lampard tonight -.

One thing is clear: the 100 club operates a strict entrance policy.

Michael Regan – The FA

7:34 pm

Goal!

Northern Ireland have taken the lead against Luxembourg – Martin Paterson with the strike.

Kick-off is just ten minutes away in Kiev, meanwhile. The Ukraine fans are in good voice in the Olympic Stadium.

Excited yet?

7:36 pm

7:40 pm

The teams are on the pitch.

Steven Gerrard mumbles something into a microphone. Not sure what; fair to say he’s a better footballer than he is a public speaker.

Anyway, kick-off is imminent.

7:43 pmEd Malyon

Spain vs Chile latest from Ed "Ed Maylon" Malyon, 24:

"They’ve not been in it, but Spain steal an equaliser against Chile in Switzerland.  It’s Spurs forward Roberto Soldado who nods home at the far post from a wonderful Pedro cross.

"Former Manchester City man David Pizarro was probably to blame there, giving it away sloppily just as he did against Bolivia in the June qualifiers. 1-1 now, 40 minutes gone."

7:44 pm

7:49 pm

We’re underway in Kiev.

Joe Hart has his heart in his mouth within a minute, diving at the feet of Roman Zozulya, who tumbles in the area. The referee awards a corner.

Steven Gerrard then brings a save from Andriy Pyatov.

A lively start to the game.

7:50 pmEd Malyon

More from Ed Malyon:

"Another goal for Eduardo Vargas and Chile lead Spain again!

"The Napoli man is currently on loan in Brazil and dribbled through the world champions’ defence before dispatching a precise, left-footed finish."

7:54 pm

Goal!

Wales trail Serbia with just a eight minutes on the clock.

In Kiev there is another worrying moment for Joe Hart, who juggles the ball dangerously under pressure from Zozulya.

Ukraine are looking good after weathering some early English pressure.

8:00 pmAndy Dawson

Twitter’s @profanityswan, Andy Dawson, is watching the match on a train(!). He’ll be offering comments on whatever the 3G network allows him to see:

"Is Joe Hart DEFINITELY dandruff-free? Seems as though something has been getting in his eyes and obscuring his vision early on.

"Always nice to see some cars parked behind the goal too. Are they for sale? Do they belong to the officials? Is one of them a taxi for Hart?"

8:04 pm

8:06 pm

Goals!

Luxembourg have equalised against Northern Ireland.

In England’s group, Poland have gone ahead against San Marino. That could make things very interesting if things stay the same in Kiev.

8:13 pm

It’s all gone a bit quiet at the Olympic Stadium.

The game opened with end-to-end action but has already become something of a chess match, with neither side able to fashion any clear chances of note.

There’s much more happening in the other game in Group H: San Marino equalised against Poland but have gone behind again in Serravalle.

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8:20 pm

Close!

No sooner do I bemoan the lack of action than something happens. Steven Gerrard finds a little space 25 yards from goal and looks to catch Andriy Pyatov out with a curling effort. The ball goes just over the bar.

Must tempt fate more often.

8:22 pmAndy Dawson

Andy Dawson on TV watch:

"Good to see Ricky Lambert being lightly patronised by the commentary team as usual, all because he used to play in the lower leagues.

"Anyone would think he was playing with a false leg, had won his England place in a raffle or was turning out this evening in the aftermath of his entire family having fallen down a well.

"Come the full-time whistle, you can expect to see the rest of the players eschewing the traditional handshake, opting instead to ruffle Lambert’s hair affectionately."

8:24 pm

8:28 pm

Ukraine threaten for the first time in 20 minutes or so.

Yevhen Konoplyanka motors past Steven Gerrard on the flank and puts in a low cross for Roman Zozulya. The striker steals a march on his marker but miscontrols slightly, allowing Joe Hart to smother.

In the other game in the Group, Poland have extended their lead against San Marino.

8:35 pm

Half-time in Kiev: Ukraine 0-0 England.

There were chances at both ends in the first few minutes but the two defences have gradually established superiority at the Olympic Stadium.

Other latest scores:

Luxembourg 1-1 Northern IrelandWales 0-2 SerbiaMacedonia 0-0 ScotlandAustria 0-0 Republic of Ireland

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8:38 pm

We may well be seeing plenty more of Ukraine winger Yehven Konoplayanka in the coming months.

in the next transfer window and will doubtless be keen to impress in the second half.

Just don’t say he’s the new Sergei Rebrov. He won’t like that.

8:39 pmAndy Dawson

Andy Dawson returns with this:

"When you realise they’re making pies over on BBC2, you might conclude that there isn’t much point in watching any more of this bilge.

"BUT… a 0-0 would be a damn fine result and would put England right on course for Brazil 2014.

"So stick with it, squint a bit and pretend that it’s Italy v England in 1997. Enjoy the crappiness!"

8:41 pm

Did you know?

This the first time Rickie Lambert has started a competitive match outside the British Isles.

The Southampton striker’s stock has risen astronomically in recent years, taking a man who used to watch England games with his mates into Roy Hodgson’s starting XI.

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8:50 pm

The second half begins in Kiev.

Will Roy Hodgson be happy with a draw here or will he have encouraged his side to play a little more expansively?

Ikechi Anya has put Scotland ahead against Macedonia, by the way.

8:55 pm

Goal!

Bad news for Northern Ireland: they are now 2-1 down to Luxembourg.

In Kiev, Rickie Lambert gets told off by the referee following for a high foot… despite the fact that Artem Fedetskiy’s was even higher. Hmmm.

8:56 pm

Update from Cardiff:

9:03 pm

Close!

Yevhen Konoplyanka outruns Kyle Walker down the England right and cuts the ball across for Andriy Yarmolenko. The Dynamo Kiev winger turns a clever ball into the path of Oleg Gusev but cannot quite reach the return pass.

The hosts are beginning to take charge of this game now.

Goal updates: Serbia now lead Wales 3-0; Northern Ireland briefly drew level against Luxembourg but now trail 3-2.

9:06 pm

Ouch!

Oleksandr Kucher is booked after a fairly industrial challenge on Theo Walcott. Kucher treads on the winger’s foot before scraping his studs down his calf for good measure.

In Cardiff, Gareth Bale comes on for the last half an hour with Wales trailing Serbia 3-0. Cometh the hour?

9:07 pm

More from Andy Dawson, who, lest we forget, is on a train:

"Clive Tyldesely is at it again with, ‘he’s not overawed by international football, Rickie Lambert, is he?’

"No Clive, he isn’t. This is because Lambert is a highly-rated Premier League player who scored 15 league goals last season – more than Wayne Rooney, Sergio Aguero or Daniel Sturridge.

"He is NOT someone who has snuck on to the pitch as part of some kind of hidden camera prank TV show. Nor is he someone who has been picked due to a administrative mix-up.

"Nor is he suffering from a glucose deficiency, colour-blindness, trench foot or hallucinations. He is there on merit. Imagine how good he’d be if he’d been tooting some kind of legal high!"

9:10 pmEd Malyon

Ed Malyon on Spain 2-2 Chile:

"Spain nabbed a stoppage-time equaliser to rob Chile of a deserved win in Geneva.

"An enthralling game was wide open throughout the first half with the energetic South Americans taking a 2-1 lead into the break, but a more fractured second half allowed Spain to dominate more.

"Manchester City pair Alvaro Negredo and Jesus Navas were the saviours for the world champs, coming off the bench and combining so that Navas could equalise from close range."

Mike Hewitt – FIFA 

9:12 pm

Roy Hodgson makes his first change, withdrawing Jack Wilshere for Ashley Young.

Not sure that move will delight the England fans but the Arsenal man hasn’t been anywhere near his best this evening.

Goal update: Macedonia equalise against Scotland.

9:18 pm

A lucky escape for England.

Kyle Walker commits a foul right on the edge of the area. The Ukraine players want a penalty but the referee awards a free-kick.

From the set piece, Konoplyanka hits a low shot that Phil Jagielka deflects just wide.

Goal update: Scotland retake the lead late on against Macedonia.

9:20 pm

Gary Lineker has clearly never watched England before. Keeping the ball is for those foreign types, don’t you know:

9:21 pmAndy Dawson

At least Andy Dawson is enjoying this (kind of):

"Still watching this on a train but enduring a dodgy spell of 3G coverage with lots of breaking up.

"As a result, Clive Tyldesley is beginning to sound like the backwards-speaking dwarf from the red dream room in Twin Peaks.

"It’s a vast improvement."

9:33 pm

We’re into stoppage time at the Olympic Stadium.

Will there be some late drama in Kiev?

9:35 pm

Close!

Frank Lampard almost celebrates his 100th cap in perfect fashion, arriving late in the box to meet a throw-in. He can only direct his header wide, however.

9:43 pm

Full-time: Ukraine 0-0 England.

A match so exciting that my computer decided to go kaput with joy at the final whistle. But while it was hardly a great spectacle, one senses Roy Hodgson will be delighted with a result that helps England edge towards the World Cup.

Other final scores:

Macedonia 1-2 ScotlandAustria 1-0 Republic of IrelandLuxembourg 3-2 Northern IrelandWales 0-3 Serbia9:56 pm

Three Lions dig deep in Kiev to ensure World Cup qualification remains in their own hands –

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10:16 pm

That’s your lot for this evening, guys and gals.

But because we love you, here are some match reports to read before you hit the hay:

. Make sure you let us know what you think, and stay with Mirror Football to all the reaction to tonight’s games.

Stay tuned!

 

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