LIVE: England 1 Ukraine 1 - the World Cup 2014 qualifier as it happened from Wembley

By Dan Ripley


Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the World Cup qualifiers as England host Ukraine at Wembley for their first match on home turf in the campaign. After winning 5-0 at Moldova to open with a perfect start, Roy Hodgson's side will be more wary of the threat posed by one of their closest rivals in Group H. Send me your thoughts on the action at or via Twitter @Ripinho.


England 1-1 Ukraine (8pm)

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England: Hart, Johnson, Jagielka, Lescott, Baines (Bertrand 73), Lampard, Gerrard, Milner, Cleverley (Welbeck 62), Oxlade-Chamberlain (Sturridge 70), Defoe.
Subs: Ruddy, Walker, Cahill, Carrick, Livermore, Lallana, Sterling, Butland.

Ukraine: Pyatov, Gusev, Khacheridi, Rakitskiy, Selin (Shevchuk 75), Tymoschuk, Rotan (Nazarenko 90+2), Yarmolenko, Garmash, Konoplianka, Zozulya (Devic 89).
Subs: Koval, Bezus, Mandzyuk, Stepanenko, Butko, Dykan.

Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey)

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22.00: But disaster is how you could describe the fellow home nations tonight.

Scotland's two home draws have put them on the back foot, Wales have been thumped 6-1 at Serbia while Northern Ireland conceded a late goal to draw at home to minnows Luxembourg.

Maybe we should all stick on a few repeat DVDs of the Olympics to try and pick up the mood again. That's all from me here, thanks for following.

21.56: So Hodgson's side escape with a draw which on the balance of play is a fair result.

A win was expected at the start of the night but a point is not the disastrous result that a defeat would have been.

Elsewhere in the group, Poland defeated Moldova 2-0 and San Marino crashed 6-0 at home to Montenegro.

Full-time: England 1-1 Ukraine

90+2min: Four minutes added on as Johnson is booked for a foul and Ukraine send on Serhiy Nazarenko for Rotan.

89min: RED CARD (Steven Gerrard, England)

The skipper cannot complain as his clumsy challenge on Garmash warrants a yellow card and therefore a second booking.

The visitors send on Marko Devic for Roman Zozulya.

Spot on: Frank Lampard rescued a point for England with his penalty

Spot on: Frank Lampard rescued a point for England with his penalty

Spot on: Frank Lampard rescued a point for England with his penalty

87min: GOAL! ENGLAND 1-1 Ukraine

Welbeck redeems himself after he forces Yevhen Khacheridi to handle the ball inside the box and give away a penalty.

It's a booking for the defender but Frank Lampard shows nerves of steel to bury home from 12 yards and possibly rescue the hosts.

86min: PENALTY (England)

82min: It's official now, it really isn't England's night.

A cross into the box falls kindly for Welbeck six yards out, but somehow he can only fire against the post.

Sorry Cleverley, but miss of the night now goes to your Manchester United team mate.

80min: Ukraine clear for a corner though before dealing with that too. Set-pieces not an England strong point this evening...

79min: Free-kick for England after Garmash is cautioned for pulling back Welbeck to the left of goal 25 yards out.

78min: Defoe manages to find space to run into 25 yards out but he slices his shot well wide. Starting to worry for England now though, they are fast running out of ideas.

75min: And as Milner picks up another soft booking for England, Selin is replaced by Vyacheslav Shevchuk for Ukraine.

Worrying times: Roy Hodgson (centre) listens to assistant Gary Neville's advice

Worrying times: Roy Hodgson (centre) listens to assistant Gary Neville's advice

73min: Pint-sized Defoe just lacks a couple of inches in height as he fails to make clean contact with his head from a cross. Ryan Bertrand replaces Leighton Baines at left back for England's final sub.

70min: Oxlade-Chamberlain's day is done as Daniel Sturridge replaces him.  Meanwhile, Joleon Lescott becomes the third England player booked following a foul 25 yards out.

69min: Just as the game falls flat, England create a chance out of nothing. Glen Johnson once again receives the ball on the right and after cutting inside fires a fantastic low effort across goal that is well tipped behind by Pyatov.

The referee though gives a goal kick...typical.

65min: England are getting no closer but the humiliation is complete for Wales who have gone down 6-1 at Serbia. It's going to be a long campaign for Chris Coleman's side.

62min: As Danny Welbeck replaces Cleverley, Wales fall 6-1 behind through a heavily deflected Miralem Sulejmani effort. It could be worse England fans.

61min: England just cannot find a way past this blue wall of Ukraine defenders. Getting the ball isn't the problem but the hosts are struggling for space with Oxlade-Chamberlain barely able to get a kick.

58min: Poor from Jagielka. The defender gives the ball straight to Konoplianka on the left, and he is left chasing the forward in vain before the goal scorer's cross is cleared over the bar. A let-off for England who are playing a bit too slow here.

55min: Another England booking as Gerrard's elbow catches Rotan as they challenge for a header. It draws blood and that looked more dangerous than Defoe's earlier foul.

52min: The hosts are trying. A 50-50 challenge involving Lampard loops into the path of Defoe, who chests the ball into the Chelsea midfielder's path where he volleys wide.

49min: More England promise. Gerrard chips the ball out to Johnson on the right, and the Liverpool full-back dashes past the full-back before firing in a low and dangerous ball across goal.

47min: Cuneyt Cakir isn't going to be on Defoe's Christmas card list, as the striker is cautioned for leading with the elbow challenging for a header. A foul maybe, but a card is very harsh.

Spare tickets: Wembley's upper tier was deserted

Spare tickets: Wembley's upper tier was deserted

Second half: As England fans cheer their side back on to the pitch, we are back underway at Wembley - no changes.

21.00: Meanwhile it's still going to plan at Windsor Park as Northern Ireland remain 1-0 ahead over Luxembourg as we approach the hour mark in that game.

20.56: And before you argue that the disallowed goal was karma for Ukraine's ruled out effort at Euro 2012, just remember that the latter was offside anyway...

20.53: From OptaJoe:

2 - England have won both matches in which they have gone behind under Roy Hodgson to date (Sweden and Italy). Character

20.50: England fans can be a fickle bunch at times but not even they have booed off their side after that first half.

And so they shouldn't. Hodgson's side have seen a goal wrongly chalked off and created three decent chances.

In fact they are only behind due to a wonder goal from Konoplianka, so as Bon Jovi would say, keep the faith.

It's also half-time at Hampden by the way where it's Scotland 1-1 Macedonia.

Half-time: England 0-1 Ukraine

45+1min: Cleverley isn't going to be releasing a shooting drills book anytime soon but he is getting closer to scoring.

The midfielder picks the ball up from Milner inside the box, before unleashing a powerful drive off the outside of the near post. He isn't shying away after those shocking misses and that is a good thing.

45min: And here is another chance! Frank Lampard is a little fortunate to see the ball fall for him on the byline, but his low cross is sublime, unlike Cleverley whose first time finish bobbles well wide across goal.

Meanwhile Kenny Miller has latched on to a through ball to equalise for Scotland against Macedonia.

42min: So what are England made of? In fairness they haven't been that bad but a deep Ukraine side are soaking everything Roy's boys throw at them very well so far.

Wonder strike: Yevhen Konoplianka's fabulous 23-yard effort fired Ukraine into the lead at Wembley

Wonder strike: Yevhen Konoplianka's fabulous 23-yard effort fired Ukraine into the lead at Wembley

Wonder strike: Yevhen Konoplianka's fabulous 23-yard effort fired Ukraine into the lead at Wembley

39min: GOAL! England 0-1 UKRAINE

Ah...It seems my warnings have gone unheard as Yevhen Konoplianka steps inside on to his right foot from 23 yards, before curling into the top corner past a stranded Joe Hart. I have to give the lad credit though, what a finish!

37min: It's half-time at Windsor Park where Northern Ireland lead Luxembourg 1-0, while Serbia and Wales restart with the former 3-1 ahead.

34min: One of those nights? A Gerrard cross into the box is nodded across goal by Defoe, but from four yards out, Tom Cleverley somehow manages to fire it straight at Andriy Pyatov. The Manchester United midfielder looks stunned...I am stunned.

31min: But the warning signs are still there. Selin's near post cross is met by Garmash, but the forward gets too much on it and it just clears the crossbar.

28min: Here's half of one anyway. Milner does well to escape the attention of Yevhen Selin, but the defender recovers to eventually block the Manchester City midfielder's shot.

From the corner, Phil Jagielka peels off his marker to win a header but it's blocked on the line.

25min: It's all England now but there is no end product so far. Neither though is there aimless punts forward from the back. The Three Lions are learning how to keep the ball it seems - now time to start creating chances, chaps.

22min: Decent play from England. After a session of keep-ball, Gerrard's through ball is cleverly flicked on by Defoe but James Milner just lacks the pace inside the box to beat a defender to the ball. Encouraging signs.

20min: Half-time in Serbia where Wales are 3-1 down, but at Wembley it's settled down after a frantic start. Ukraine seem content to allow the hosts to have possession.

Controversial: England's Jermain Defoe (right) was adjudged to have fouled Andriy Yarmolenko

Controversial: England's Jermain Defoe (right) was adjudged to have fouled Andriy Yarmolenko

17min: Ukraine look suspect at the back but so far going forward they have looked dangerous at nearly every attack.

This time from a counter, Konoplianka cuts inside but after the ball falls loose, Ruslan Rotan's far post shot is cleared behind by Steven Gerrard for a corner.

15min: More bad news fro the home nations. Djuricic has taken advantage of poor Wales defending to restore Serbia's two-goal lead at 3-1, while Nikolce Noveski has bundled home from inside the six-yard-box to give Macedonia the lead at Scotland.

12min: Huge controversy at Wembley! Defoe shrugs off Yarmolenko before thundering home a crashing drive from 20 yards. But the goal is disallowed after the Ukraine forward collapses in a pathetic heap, prompting the Tottenham striker to have a few choice words with the referee and Yarmolenko.

9min: One encouraging run from Glen Johnson which ended with a cut inside and a blocked shot is all England have had so far.

Ukraine threaten again when Konoplianka delivers a near post cross, but Joe Hart does well to eventually take from the feet of Andriy Yarmolenko.

6min: Very edgy start from England. No shots on goal yet but the visitors have sent in a couple of dangerous crosses into the box which the hosts have struggled to deal with.

3min: As England struggle to get the ball early on, Dean Shiels has fired Northern Ireland in front against Luxembourg while a Gareth Bale free-kick has pulled a goal back for the Welsh.

Face off: Ukraine's Denys Garmash fends off England's Steven Gerrard

Face off: Ukraine's Denys Garmash fends off England's Steven Gerrard

Kick-off: We are underway at a slightly empty Wembley and at Hampden Park.

19.59: Ah, it's now 2-0 to Serbia after Kolarov somehow squeezes through the Wales defence on the right flank before squaring for former Manchester United midfielder, Zoran Tosic to easily convert into an empty net. Big trouble for Chris Coleman's side now.

19.57: Full line-ups from Hampden Park:

Scotland v FYR Macedonia
Scotland: McGregor, Hutton, Webster, Berra, Dixon, Caldwell, Forrest, Maloney, Morrison, Mackie, Miller. Subs: Marshall, Hanley, Rhodes, Adam, Snodgrass, Naismith, Cowie, Dorrans, McCormack, Foster, Phillips, Samson.

Macedonia: Bogatinov, Georgievski, Sikov, Noveski, Popov, Ibraimi, Gligorov, Demiri, Trickovski, Pandev, Ivanovski. Subs: Pacovski, Mojsov, Grncarov, Ristic, Tasevski, Lazevski, Hasani, Georgiev, Sumulikoski, Kristijian Naumovski, Kristijian Naumovski.

Referee: Sergei Karasev (Russia)

19.54: Full line-ups from Wembley:

England v Ukraine
England: Hart, Johnson, Jagielka, Lescott, Baines, Lampard, Gerrard, Milner, Cleverley, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Defoe. Subs: Ruddy, Walker, Bertrand, Cahill, Carrick, Livermore, Lallana, Sturridge, Welbeck, Sterling, Butland.

Ukraine: Pyatov, Gusev, Khacheridi, Rakitskiy, Selin, Tymoschuk, Rotan, Yarmolenko, Garmash, Konoplianka, Zozulya. Subs: Koval, Shevchuk, Bezus, Mandzyuk, Nazarenko, Stepanenko, Butko, Devic, Dykan.

Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey)

19.51: England boss Roy Hodgson spoke to ITV before the game:

'We hope to carry on from where we left off. We play stronger opponents tonight, but the way we will approach the game will be the same and we are looking for a repeat performance.

'They are technically a good team, a lot of quality players and our main rivals for the top of the group. They have a slight advantage in that they've had a week to prepare.'

19.48: Bad news folks. Manchester City full-back, Aleksandar Kolarov has curled home a lovely 20-yard free-kick to put Serbia 1-0 up against Wales - up until that strike it was quite an even game.

19.45: Full line-ups from Windsor Park from a match which is due to get underway in about 17 seconds' time:

Northern Ireland v Luxembourg
Northern Ireland: Carroll, Hughes, McGivern, McAuley, Ferguson, Jonathan Evans, Baird, Davis, Brunt, Shiels, Lafferty. Subs: Mannus, Hodson, Ward, Clingan, Grigg, Norwood, Corry Evans, Cathcart, Josh Carson, Trevor Carson.

Luxembourg: Joubert, Blaise, Schnell, Janisch, Payal, Bukvic, Mutsch, Bettmer, Krogh Gerson, Da Mota Alves, Joachim. Subs: De Sousa, Hoffmann, Collette, Philipps, Jans, Deville.

Referee: Vlado Glodjovic (Serbia)

19.42: Just under 20 minutes until kick-off so why not check out Sportsmail's Martin Keown and his preview on tonight's game...and how the players should learn to love Wembley.

19.37: Scotland manager Craig Levein makes three changes from the side who were held to a goalless draw against Serbia for tonight's World Cup qualifier against Macedonia at Hampden.

Jamie Mackie and James Forrest, who both came off the bench on Saturday, are drafted into the starting line-up along with Shaun Maloney.

Charlie Adam, Steven Naismith and Robert Snodgrass are the players who drop out of the side following the stalemate at the weekend.

Adam was an injury doubt following the match against Serbia, although goalkeeper Allan McGregor was able to retain his place between the sticks for tonight's clash despite struggling with a recurrence of a groin problem.

19.34: The game is underway in Serbia, here are the full line-ups:

Serbia v Wales
Serbia: Stojkovic, Ivanovic, Bisevac, Nastasic, Kolarov, Ignjovski, Tadic, Fejsa, Djuricic, Tosic, Markovic. Subs: Kahriman, Petrovic, Maksimovic, Matic, Lekic, Mijailovic, Ninkovic, Subotic, Lazovic, Tomovic, Brkic.

Wales: Myhill, Gunter, Ashley Williams, Blake, Matthews, Edwards, Allen, Ramsey, Bale, Morison, Church. Subs: Brown, Davies, Ricketts, Richards, Vaughan, King, Earnshaw, Vokes, Jonathan Williams, Robson-Kanu, Price.

Referee: Duarte Gomes (Portugal)

19.31: Michael O'Neill restores Dean Shiels, Shane Ferguson and Ryan McGivern to the Northern Ireland side for the World Cup qualifying visit of Luxembourg to Windsor Park.

O'Neill sent out a defensive looking 4-5-1 formation in Friday's 2-0 defeat to Russia but responded to the greater expectations here by choosing Shiels to play off Kyle Lafferty up front.

McGivern and Ferguson, back after a groin problem, are also recalled as Craig Cathcart, Jamie Ward and Corry Evans drop to the bench.

Experience: Veteran, Anatoliy Tymoshchuk shakes off an injury to start for Ukraine

Experience: Veteran, Anatoliy Tymoshchuk shakes off an injury to start for Ukraine

19.28: So veteran midfielder, Anatoliy Tymoshscuk starts after recovering from a strain suffered yesterday evening.

Also, look out for Yevhen Konoplianka - he had a decent Euro 2012 and England struggled to keep him quiet in their group game.

19.25: Ukraine starting XI:

Piatov, Gusiev, Khacheridi, Rakitskyy, Selin, Tymoshchuk, Garmash, Yarmolenko, Rotan, Konoplianka, Zozulia.

19.22: Wales are boosted by the return of Joe Allen as they look to get their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign back on track against Serbia at the Karadjordje Stadium.

The Liverpool midfielder missed Friday's 2-0 defeat to Belgium through illness but he is back in the side as the only change to Chris Coleman's starting XI, replacing James Collins who misses out through suspension.

Serbia boss Sinisa Mihajlovic makes three changes from his team's draw with Scotland as Ljubomir Fejsa, Lazar Markovic and Dusan Tadic all start in a side including Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic and Manchester City's Matija Nastasic and Aleksandar Kolarov.

19.19: Phil Jagielka has replaced injured defender John Terry in the only change to England's starting line-up for tonight's World Cup qualifier with Ukraine at Wembley.

Terry was ruled out on Sunday with the ankle injury suffered 48 hours earlier in the 5-0 win over Moldova in Chisinau.

Jagielka has been preferred to Gary Cahill after scoring his first England goal in last month's 2-1 win over Italy in Berne.

It is the only change from the side which triumphed 5-0 against Moldova.

19.16: The form book goes with England in this fixture. Only once in five meetings have Ukraine beaten England and it came during qualification for the 2010 World Cup, where the Three Lions had already qualified.

The first encounter was a 2-0 home win for England at the old Wembley in 2000 that was full of landmarks.

The last of course that 1-0 victory in Kiev thanks to a Wayne Rooney strike.

Party poopers: Wayne Rooney's goal for England helped knock host nation, Ukraine out of Euro 2012

Party poopers: Wayne Rooney's goal for England helped knock host nation, Ukraine out of Euro 2012

19.13: From Sportsmail's Neil Moxley:

Serb journos expect Ivanovic to play right-back. Should be interesting up against Gareth Bale. Wales fans being let in...slowly...450 here.

19.11: As you may be aware, England have had a few problems with players pulling out of the squad in the last week due to injury and illness.

But Ukraine have a few issues of their own as Sportsmail's Matt Barlow explains in his big match dossier.

19.08: From Sportsmail's Neil Moxley:

Wales fans being kept outside the gates for ages due to security as Serbia have a few issues with Uefa at the moment. #takenochances

For those with short memories or just unaware why, it's not all that surprising.

19.05: Before we kick on with Roy's boys,  it's not just England in action tonight though.

In Group F, Northern Ireland will be hoping for a straight forward three points at home to Luxembourg at 7.45pm.

While in Group A, Scotland will look to record their first win when they host Macedonia (8pm), while Wales face a tricky trip to Serbia (7.45pm.)

Look no further for all the major events in those games too...

19.00: England starting XI:

Hart, Johnson, Jagielka, Lescott, Baines, Gerrard, Lampard, Milner, Cleverley, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Defoe.

18.55: As the saying goes, revenge is a dish best served cold.

Just as well it's been a relatively warm day in London then as England and Ukraine prepare to contest a rematch of their group stage encounter from Euro 2012.

Back in June it was Roy Hodgson's side that scraped through with a 1-0 victory, knocking out the host nation in the progress, but can we expect more of the same at Wembley? Team news on the way.

England v Ukraine

England v Ukraine



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I enjoyed the match, Ukraine were a well organised side with strong defenders and played as a team, giving England plenty of problems. England's 2 centre backs were too pedestrian, often passing sideways and backwards, which gave their opponents time to regroup, they needed to move the ball more quickly to the midfield players. England played well in patches but Cleverley was a bit out of his depth. Johnson is finally playing like an international full back. When the late subs came on they did well especially Welbeck and could have nicked it. A draw was a fair result. The ref. Penalised the England players for using their arms and elbows, something that doesn't happen often in the premiership, let's hope refs have got the message, players like Gerrard having been getting away with it for years, why did the ref. Not penalise the Ukraine team for the same offence? I thought that was a bit odd because he did well otherwise.

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Lacking in quality and unable to pass the ball properly the only time they showed any urgency was when the ball went long. Goes to show beating Moldova didn't really count for much except goal difference

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Don't worry Rooney will save the day!

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Lampard should write a textbook on, principles of scoring penalties consistently. It would be sad,if he does not pass down his knowledge to the next generation.

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carl, london is a paralympics hater. he thinks that the paralympics dont even scratch the surface of football and the olympics. does anyone actually agree with him?

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T.Carter i fully agree james milner is our best player by some distance as far as tom cleverley and alex oxade-chamberlin go they have a very long way to go.

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Ahh, the England fans commenting. If we win "the other team was rubbish and didn't really want to play!". If we lose "it's coz they get paid too much and hate the queen!". How do you people get through a day without killing yourselves? Do it.

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What a sorry state of affairs to not be able to beat ukraine at home or even string 3 or 4 creative passes together. Embarrassing.

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James Milner should have got the man of the match. Dangerous crosses, neat touches, commendable effort/involvement for whole 90 mins. Easily Englands best player on the night.

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Anthonio , Catalunya, Spain... People won't agree because it's Terry but you are right, the whole organisation of the defence had gone.

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