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World Cup Qualifier: Ukraine v England - LIVE!

By Jack de Menezes

by Jack de Menezes on Sep 10, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of tonight's crucial World Cup qualifier between Ukraine and England from the Olympic Stadium in Kiev.

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  • Full-time: Ukraine 0 England 0
    • Little to separate the two sides, with England the more threatening in the first half but on the back-foot in the second
    • Frank Lampard nearly scores late winner on 100th appearance, while Yevhen Khachiridi has best chance of the game
    • Theo Walcott limps off after bad challenge from Olexandr Kucher
    9/10/2013 1:02:57 PM
  • 81 mins: Lampard finds Cole in behind the defence on the left, but Yarmolenko tracks back to put it out. The throw comes to Lambert, and again his poor touch allows Ukraine to clear.
    9/10/2013 8:23:45 PM
  • 82 mins: Gerrard's free-kick is knocked down by Lambert. Walker gets in on the right and his cross appears to be put out by Kucher, but the referee gives a goal kick as he feels it came off Walcott. A chance there though, as it flashed across the goal with Pyatov stranded.
    9/10/2013 8:25:40 PM
  • 84 mins: Bezus is looking very lively, and he takes aim on Hart's goal until Young charges him down. Yarmolenko gets away from Cole - the first time in the match, I think - but his looping shot is deflected high and Hart claims it unopposed.
    9/10/2013 8:26:57 PM
  • 85 mins: Yarmolenko again, and he cuts inside Cole before lashing a left-footed strike towards goal. Except it goes high and wide, and is rather wasteful as Ukraine search for a winner.
    9/10/2013 8:27:56 PM
  • 86 mins: England are running down the clock as they hold onto the ball at the back, with Gerrard deep. He sends a ball up-field into Young, but he's dispossessed and Ukraine break quickly, with Bezus and Yarmolenko combining until Cahill clears. Walcott is going off, and he's still limping after that challenge from Kucher, with Tom Cleverley coming on.
    9/10/2013 8:30:15 PM
  • 88 mins: Gerrard's clearance bounces up and hits Lambert on the arm, and Ukraine will continue their attack on the England goal.
    9/10/2013 8:30:52 PM
  • 89 mins: All sorts going on in the crowd, with flares lit and crackers going off. Zozulya is being replaced by YevhenSeleznyov as a last roll of the dice by Ukraine boss Fomenko. Three added minutes here.
    9/10/2013 8:32:47 PM
  • 90+1 mins: Milner gets to the by-line, but his low cross is mis-controlled by Young in the box. England at least playing around the Ukraine box, which is much better than where they have spent the majority of this half.
    9/10/2013 8:34:10 PM
  • 90+2 mins: CHANCE... but it's wide from Lampard. It was written in the script, as Walker's throw-in falls to the midfielder in the box, but he heads agonisingly wide. 
    9/10/2013 8:35:58 PM
  • 90+3 mins: And that's full-time! England top the group after a 0-0 draw in Kiev, but my wasn't it painful.
    9/10/2013 8:36:38 PM
  • Well it wasn't the goal-fest that the opening minutes promised, and in fact it was rather painful to watch from an English point of view. Ukraine were poor in the first half, but dominated the second and were unlucky not to score. However, Frank Lampard nearly stole the win with a late header, but it wasn't to be. Roy Hodgson will be happy to leave with a point, that sees them move to 16 points in Group C - 1 point ahead of both Montenegro and Ukraine with just two games each to play.
    9/10/2013 8:41:07 PM
  • Elsewhere, Poland have beaten San Marino 5-1, and England now face challenging ties at home against both Poland and Montenegro next month.
    9/10/2013 8:43:58 PM
  • As far as the Home Nations are concerned, Wales have gone down 3-0 at home to Serbia, who beat them 6-1 in the return fixture. 
    Austria ended any fading hopes the Republic of Ireland had of qualifying - and probably Giovanni Trapattoni's reign in charge - as they defeated the Irish 1-0.
    Northern Ireland have suffered a rather embarrassing defeat to Luxembourg, going down 3-2 at the Stade Josy Barthel.
    There's good news north of the border though, as Scotland overtake Wales in Group A after a 2-1 victory away from home.
    9/10/2013 8:48:46 PM
  • Usually, I'd round up how the night has gone for England, but I'm going to let 'Mike' have a go first... 
    9/10/2013 8:49:40 PM
  • Shocking England
    9/10/2013 8:49:44 PM
  • It wasn't the worst we've seen (Croatia 2008 springs to mind) but it was far from the best, or even the average. Nevertheless, England top Group C, but World Cup qualification will be a tough battle on the basis of that performance, let alone the actual World Cup next year.

    It's worth remembering that there is still Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge to come back into the side to give it a bit of bite, although Glen Johnson is likely to miss both remaining games, and Kyle Walker doesn't look the safest of options at the back. At least in Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka, England have a reliable partnership at the back that they can trust, but they now have to beat two qualification rivals - something they haven't managed in this campaign.
    9/10/2013 8:53:53 PM
  • Sam Wallace's take on tonight's action...
    To read his match report, CLICK HERE.
    9/10/2013 8:58:14 PM
  • The one thing many will take from this game is the talent of Yevhen Konoplianka. Every single Ukrainian attack came through the live-wire winger, and he gave Kyle Walker a lesson in international football. That performance may have just reminded a few Premier League clubs that he'd certainly do a job in England.
    9/10/2013 9:00:02 PM
  • Olexandr Kucher's late challenge on Theo Walcott that eventually forced the winger to limp off

    9/10/2013 9:00:32 PM
  • That's all from me tonight. I hope you've enjoyed our coverage as England inch closer to World Cup qualification, but the job is far from done. We'll bring you live coverage from pitchside from those final two games as England wrap up their qualification campaign in October.

    Don't forget, you can catch all of our reaction to tonight's match including player ratings and what Roy Hodgson had to say. CLICK HERE to get all the latest reaction.

    Thanks for joining me, and I'll see you again soon!
    9/10/2013 9:06:09 PM
  • Captain Steven Gerrard thanks the 2,000-strong England support

    9/10/2013 9:07:44 PM
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