England 4 - 0 Moldova

Match info: World Cup - Group H at Wembley Stadium

Date: 06/09/2013 KO: 20:00 Ref: Ivan Kruzliak Att: 61,607

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Steven Gerrard 12
Rickie Lambert 26
Danny Welbeck 45+1,50



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  • England 4 Moldova 0. All over at Wembley and the Three Lions collect three comfortable points. Attention now turns to Ukraine, which will have a much greater say on whether England reach Brazil 2014.

  • Gerrard delivers from the right. Milner left all alone at the back post. He almost has too much time as he somehow hits the ball into the pitch and sees it bounce onto the roof of the net. Terrible defending, terrible finishing.

  • Gerrard into Barkley. He turns and sees a pass break for Welbeck. He finds Walker in space, but he opts against a cross. He gets down the line and wins a free-kick after being bundled to the turf. Late chance for a fifth.

  • Two minutes of stoppage-time to be played.

  • Hodgson relaxed in his seat. Bigger challenges to come next week. He will know that. Plenty of positives to be taken from tonight, though.

  • Gerrard gives the ball away. Surprising given how he has played. Baines recovers, but has to concede a corner. Suvorov takes, and Gerrard glances clear. Ball returned to the box and Armas sends a first-time effort over the top.

  • Flag up against Baines. Very tight call. He was moving into a lot of space down the left and had white shirts joining him in the box. One final rendition of the national anthem from those in the stands.

  • Welbeck drops very deep. Walcott in a central striking berth now. England moving the ball well, pulling their opponents out of position. One pass too many as Milner can't collect 30 yards from goal.

  • Gerrard pings a pass into the path of Welbeck down the right. He goes back to Walker, who makes space. The ball breaks back his way and he flashes a half-volley narrowly over the top from a tight angle.

  • Final change of the evening for Moldova. Gheorghiev makes way for Pascenco. Both sides just playing out time now.

  • Welbeck runs into Epureanu as he watches the ball over his shoulder. No harm done. Moldova happy to see a bit of the ball in midfield, but they make nothing of it.

  • Milner happy to cross left-footed. Welbeck arriving again, but is beaten to the delivery. Space for Gerrard 35 yards from goal. No way through on this occasion. Moldova look to break, but Jagielka is there for England.

  • Gerrard sends over a flat cross which Welbeck can meet at the near post. He doesn't get enough on the ball to divert it goalwards. He got in front of his man and will feel that he should have done better.

  • Milner gets back well to break up a Moldova break, but then runs the ball out of play. The visitors get the ball wide, but fail to deliver into the box and Walker can run away for England.

  • Gerrard's corner is nodded clear by Armas. No-one in a red shirt inside the England half as Hart comes well outside of his box to gather. Antoniuc prevents Baines from sending a pass long down the left.

  • Onica clatters into Barkley. Free-kick given. Baines moves down the left again, but again he can't find the final ball. England remain on the front foot. A Walker cross is cleared, before Namasco gets lucky and sends a Lampard shot looping over the top off his boots.

  • Welbeck sees the ball break his way, and he can find Baines. Poor cross from a man normally so good in wide areas. Sidorenco still the only man making any effort for Moldova up top, and he is outnumbered again.

  • Barkley into Gerrard. He moves the ball quickly on to Welbeck. He takes one touch before striking with his left foot from the edge of the box. More unconvincing goalkeeping as Namasco gathers at the second attempt.

  • Cahill sees the ball back to Hart. Very quiet evening for the England keeper. He might not be so lucky on Tuesday. He will take an uneventful evening after some of the stick he has been taking of late.

  • Milner is operating down the left wing. He can't collect a pass from Baines on this occasion. Welbeck has gone down the middle for England. Barkley so close to a fifth. Great movement, better pass from Gerrard, and a shot from the edge of the box which skids inches wide.


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