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Poland v England: World Cup qualifier - as it happened

Text commentary and goals from this World Cup qualifier in Warsaw

  • 35 min: So incredibly England are ahead. They’ve been sluggish up until this point but thanks to some slack defending they lead in Warsaw.
    10/17/2012 3:34:13 PM
  • 36 min: Cleverley shoots well wide from range following a Polish clearance from Gerrard’s free-kick. Had some pace on it that effort but no direction.
    10/17/2012 3:35:05 PM
  • 38 min: Poland back on the front foot after the shock of going behind but England are defending well.
    10/17/2012 3:36:37 PM
  • England manager Roy Hodgson at the National Stadium.

    10/17/2012 3:37:00 PM
  • 40 min: Poor pass from Carrick gifts Poland possession in the middle of the park. It allows them to get forward and win a corner.
    10/17/2012 3:38:46 PM
  • 41 min: Rooney makes a mess of his headed clearance but thankfully for England it falls to a player in blue and is cleared away. England haven’t much improved since the goal.
    10/17/2012 3:39:47 PM
  • 43 min: England attack down the left and after winning a couple of throws a deep cross comes in. It ends up with Johnson coming on to his left foot to shoot but his effort from the edge of the box is over.
    10/17/2012 3:42:10 PM
  • 44 min: Poland than attack and Grosicki has a decent sight of goal but from an angle puts it into the side netting.
    10/17/2012 3:42:53 PM
  • 45 min: Big claims for a handball from England as Rooney’s flick on is stopped in the box. Referee not interested.
    10/17/2012 3:43:49 PM
  • HT: The half-time whistle goes. Poland 0 England 1.
    10/17/2012 3:44:36 PM
  • HT: So England are ahead going into the break – but quite how I’m not sure.
    10/17/2012 3:45:05 PM
  • HT: The away side have been sluggish from the outset. It could be blamed on the slow pitch – but that’d just be an excuse as Poland have looked sharp throughout (barring Rooney’s goal).
    10/17/2012 3:46:06 PM
  • HT: That goal for Rooney came after half-an-hour and England fans can thank Steven Gerrard. It was the Liverpool captain who bustled and harried his way through the midfield to win a corner. He then delivered the cross that Rooney was able to nod into the net from close range. It was a simple goal and one that owed more to poor defending from Poland rather than anything special from England’s No. 10.
    10/17/2012 3:47:51 PM
  • HT: The build-up to this re-arranged match has been dominated by last night’s farcical scenes. It’s been announced that the England players will part-fun a money-back scheme for fans left out of pocket. Read about it here… www.independent.co.uk
    10/17/2012 3:49:55 PM
  • The England fans in Warsaw Stadium. Spoke to a few outside who spent a lot to stay out an extra day t.co

  • HT: The second half will be underway shortly. Despite England leading, here’s hoping it provides a bit more entertainment than the first.
    10/17/2012 3:52:34 PM
  • The second half kicking off in just a minute.
    10/17/2012 3:57:53 PM
  • Rooney celebrates his first-half goal.

    10/17/2012 3:58:51 PM
  • 46 min: We’re off in the second half.
    10/17/2012 4:00:18 PM
  • 47 min: Awful clearance from Jagielka almost allows Wszołek in. Johnson gets it away for a corner, just.
    10/17/2012 4:01:55 PM
  • 48 min: England break from the corner and Gerrard shoots from the edge of the box. It’s blocked before Cleverley has a go but it’s dealt with.
    10/17/2012 4:02:48 PM
  • 50 min: Dangerous from Poland as England just manage to deal with a cross from the left. Hart then tips it over from Obraniak’s shot from range.
    10/17/2012 4:04:34 PM
  • 51 min: England clear and look to break through Defoe but he’s dispossessed and Poland come again.
    10/17/2012 4:05:32 PM
  • 53 min: Cross from Gerrard is cleared but only as far as Rooney. The United striker then crosses for Defoe who is ready to lash it in before a Polish boot just gets there first to clear it away again.
    10/17/2012 4:07:06 PM
  • 54 min: Poor clearance from Lescott but Poland fail to take advantage. A more even half this far as Hart saves from Wszołek’s weak shot.
    10/17/2012 4:08:26 PM
  • 56 min: Gerrard plays a long ball forward for Rooney but it’s over hit.
    10/17/2012 4:10:40 PM
  • 57 min: Another long ball comes forward for Defoe but Tytońleaves his box and heads it clear for Poland.
    10/17/2012 4:11:21 PM
  • 58 min: Good work from Cleverley to win the ball in midfield but the United midfielder gives it straight back. Poland getting on top now.
    10/17/2012 4:12:36 PM
  • 60 min: For some reason Rooney is defending at the back post and his clearance from a cross is awful. Poland get a couple of shots in but England throw men in front of them and get it away.
    10/17/2012 4:14:28 PM
  • 61 min: Lewandowski holds the ball superbly in the box before the ball falls to Piszczek. He zips a low shot at Hart’s near post but it’s just wide. Close.
    10/17/2012 4:15:39 PM
  • 62 min: Decent penalty shout from Johnson. He comes inside the box and is challenged from behind by Wszołek. The Liverpool defender went down a bit easily really.
    10/17/2012 4:16:50 PM
  • 64 min: Wszołek has come off for Mierzejewski as Poland look to change things here in Warsaw.
    10/17/2012 4:18:48 PM
  • 66 min: Glik is booked for a handball inches outside the Poland penalty box. Great position for a free-kick which Gerrard swings in from the right. It finds Defoe free at the back post but he volleys across goal. Excellent chance for the Spurs forward.
    10/17/2012 4:20:05 PM
  • 67 min: Defoe is coming off and is replaced by Welbeck.
    10/17/2012 4:21:54 PM
  • 68 min: Dangerous cross from Piszczek but neither of the two Poland players in the box can get on the end of it.
    10/17/2012 4:22:59 PM
  • 70 min: Milner breaks and puts the ball across to Welbeck with the defence nowhere. The keeper gets there before the United striker but spills it. Welbeck then pulls it back for club team-mate Rooney but from eight-yards out skies it over the bar. Poor finish.
    10/17/2012 4:24:19 PM
  • 71 min: GOAL! Poland 1 England 1.
    10/17/2012 4:25:01 PM
  • 71 min: Just moments after England should have been 2-0 up it’s all square. Just like England’s goal it’s a simple corner fired across goal and met by Glik. He heads it into the back of the net.
    10/17/2012 4:26:00 PM
  • 73 min: So it’s all square and it’s just what Poland deserve. They’ve been on top for the majority of this game. Lescott is booked.
    10/17/2012 4:27:30 PM
  • 73 min: Rooney is off. Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces him. Rooney, despite his goal, has been poor this afternoon.
    10/17/2012 4:28:08 PM
  • 75 min: Jagielka puts in a solid tackle as Lewandowski goes on the attack. Chamberlain is then able to squeeze a cross in for England and win his side a corner. It’s cleared.
    10/17/2012 4:29:59 PM
  • Ashley Cole, making his 99th appearance for England, on the attack.

    10/17/2012 4:30:51 PM
  • 77 min: Cleverley crosses it in but it’s away by Poland.
    10/17/2012 4:31:26 PM
  • 78 min: Poland appeal for a handball just moments before Hart has to tip the ball behind for a corner. This game looks to have another goal in it.
    10/17/2012 4:32:51 PM
  • 80 min: England win a corner after a strong run by Milner behind the defence. It’s taken short but Milner’s eventual cross sails over the bar. Disappointing.
    10/17/2012 4:34:11 PM
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