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Euro 2012 qualifiers as it happened


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Sam Lyon
By Sam Lyon
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2215: An unconvincing England, Wales encouraging, Scotland back to winning ways, Northern Ireland on the slide and the Republic of Ireland making the 0-0 draw their own - just your standard international evening then. Good wasn't it? My thanks to Shamoon Hafez for his 'best of the rest' comments, while I doff my cap to Chris Bevan, who is back in the chair this weekend for your Premier League action. I'm Sam Lyon - and this is good night. Good night.

EURO 2012 QUALIFYING LATEST: "Spain now lead Liechtenstein 4-0 as Xavi and Sergio Ramos add to Alvaro Negredo's two goals. Barring a comeback of epic proportions, they will join Italy and Germany at Euro 2012. After their victories tonight, England and the Netherlands need just a point from their remaining games to qualify."

nedthomasisablu on Twitter: "So proud to be Welsh tonight! Speed looks to have us playing the right way, and what a second half performance. Wales!"

Anon via text: "Gone are the days that Northern Ireland can beat world champions Spain 3-2 and England 1-0. They didn't last long! We do need something to change in that squad, and fast."

Colin Moffat reports:
"Scotland keep alive their slim hopes of reaching the Euro 2012 play-offs - and all they need now is maximum points against minnows Liechtenstein and err… world champions Spain - away from home. Oh, and for the Czechs to drop points. Easy!"

Chief football writer Phil McNulty reports from Wembley:
"England win but in entirely unconvincing fashion. Do not expect the rest of Europe's elite to be breaking out in a cold sweat. Wales, however, can take a lot of credit from their obvious improvement."

Lyle Jackson reports:
"Northern Ireland end up playing like a team that know their Euro 2012 dream was over. Hard to imagine a more depressing night for Nigel Worthington's men."

John Haughey reports:
"The Republic of Ireland keep their Euro 2012 qualification hopes very much alive with a point - but they owe so much to the heroics of Richard Dunne and Shay Given."

2201: Let's hear from our match reporters shall we...?

scottmckaig16 on Twitter: "No such thing as an easy option when it comes to the scottish national team. Least we got the win."

Steve in Hayes via text: "Can anyone remember England having a shot on target other than the goal? Worrying lack of creativity."

2158: England boss Fabio Capello: "First half we started well and scored, and in the second half for 20-25 minutes we played well, but we suffered in the last 15 minutes and they had the chance to score the goal. I know the style that I like the players to play in the game, but today sometimes because the opponents pressed a lot only two players were alone - the two centre backs - and the ball moved really slowly but sometimes the result is more important than other things."

TateJones10 on Twitter: "Fourth in the World? 'Aving a laaaarff."

Former NI defender Alan McDonald on Radio Ulster: "It is a black night for Northern Irish football."

Sprage on Twitter: "Honestly the expectation of the national team drives me potty sometimes. I don't know what warrants it. England won! Rejoice!"

Gino Gallichio via text: "The flag was definitely up for "that Robert Earnshaw miss" as I was sitting behind it. Shocking all the same."

CraigyP83 on Twitter: "Nothing makes you feel faint like watching Scotland trying to defend a 1-0 lead!"

2153: So Scotland hang on - just about - and that means that the Tartan Army's slender hopes of second spot in the Group I table just about remain alive. Lithuania can no longer finish second, by the way, so it's a straight fight between the Scots and the Czech Republic, assuming Spain go on to beat Liechtenstein.

Full time
2151: FULL-TIME Scotland 1-0 Lithuania

2149: But here come Lithuania...

2149: A minute of the three added minutes in at Hampden Park and Scotland looking to keep the ball in the corner.

2147: Wales boss Gary Speed: "I'm very proud. We knew how the game was going to go and we knew we had to hang on in there and we knew it would open up in the last 15 minutes, and I think in the second half we took control and we were unfortunate not to get the result. The chance was unfortunate for Robbie [Earnshaw] but you can't get a better lad than him and if we had 25 of him we'd go a long way."

2146: And then Steven Naismith almost hooks one in at the other end from 12 yards out after good work Robert Snodgrass. These two teams are like two punch-drunk boxers throwing tired roundhouses at each other in the last rounds of a title fight. Is there a knockout blow to come?

2144: Oh and that's not far away either, Arvydas Novikovas's dipping effort from 20 yards ripping inches past Allan McGregor's crossbar with the Scotland keeper beaten.

2143: Lithuania smell an equaliser here and Allan McGregor has to have his wits about him to stop Arunas Klimavicius's looping header dipping under his bar with five minutes left.

2141: A standing ovation for Barry Bannan as he is replaced by Scotland in the 84th minute. He has been the hosts star performer bar none this evening.

EURO 2012 QUALIFYING LATEST: "Gianpaolo Pazzini's late strike gave Italy a 1-0 win in Florence over Slovenia, enabling the Azzurri to qualify for Euro 2012. In the evening's late kick off, World and European champions Spain are ahead against Liechtenstein after a double Alvaro Negredo strike. Spain are second in the rankings and their opponents are 117th, so this one could end up being double figures, but only 2-0 yet."

2138: Into the last 10 minutes at Hampden Park - the hosts sitting on a 1-0 lead about as comfortably as a barbed wire cushion.

2136: A first win at Wembley in more than a year for England, then, but I defy anyone to tell me Wales weren't good for a point but for some poor work in the final third - especially that Robert Earnshaw miss. Woah.

Full time
2134: FULL-TIME England 1-0 Wales

2132: Half chance for Lithuania now as Arvydas Novikovas's cross begs to be headed in by Tomas Denilevicius, only for the striker to head wide. Scotland's narrow lead maintained.

2131: Argh. I've just watched that Robert Earnshaw miss again. Oof.

EURO 2012 QUALIFYING LATEST: "In group D, Bosnia and Herzegovina defeat Belarus 1-0 which leaves them hot on the heels of France, who could only manage a draw against Romania. In the same group, Luxembourg pick up their first win of the campaign with a 2-1 victory over Albania and it goes from worse to terrible for San Marino in Group E, as they end up losing 5-0 against Sweden."

2130: Chance! The same combo as the goal almost strike again at Hampden Park, Steven Naismith picked out by Barry Bannan's cross but managing only to head over from six yards out. Still only 1-0 in the Scotland-Lithuania tie.

2129: Andy Carroll looks like he's coming on for England.

BBC Radio 5 live
Mark Lawrenson at Wembley on BBC Radio 5 live: "Fabio Capello is patrolling his technical area - he is just not happy. England are not convincing - they look nervous and Wales are the better side at the moment."

2128: Northern Ireland captain Aaron Hughes, following his side's 4-1 defeat in Estonia: "We knew what we had to do before the game but we didn't do it. We made too many errors."

2126: Approaching the final five minutes at Wembley and Wales are edging this match now, for sure. Work for England to do... hope yet for Wales in London.

Chief football writer Phil McNulty reports from Wembley: "The whole Wales bench was up in celebration and then down in despair with that miss [at 2118] from Robert Earnshaw. Really took some missing and would have punished a poor second half from England."

Full time
2122: FULL-TIME Estonia 4-1 N Ireland

2122: Over at Hampden Park, it's much more even in the Scotland-Lithuania tie. The hosts still lead 1-0 as it stands.

Estonia goal: It's basically the last kick of the game and the seal is set on an awful night for Northern Ireland, Kaimar Saag's rising drive making it 4-1 to Estonia and rubbing salt into Irish wounds. Their qualification hopes in ruins now.

2120: GOALFLASH Estonia 4-1 N Ireland (Saag)

2119: Oh dear - I've just watched it for a fourth time. It really was a terrible miss.

2118: What. A. Miss. Oh it gets worse every time you watch it. Darcy Blake's nod back from a cross falls to Robert Earnshaw at the back post, the keeper nowhere and the goal gaping, but the Cardiff striker manages to spoon over when it looked easier to score.

2117: We're into the final minute in Tallinn ahead of three minutes added time. Nothing doing for the boys in green.

2116: Half-chance for Scotland to double their lead against Lithuania, James Morrison earning himself a yard of space on the edge of the box but firing straight at the keeper.

2114: England substitution at Wembley now - Scott Parker on for Frank Lampard, who gets a nice ovation from the fans. This, by the way, is Parker's eight England cap, earned with five differenct clubs earned under four different England managers. Stat attack.

EURO 2012 QUALIFYING LATEST: "Great news for the Republic of Ireland in group B as Armenia thump Slovakia 4-0 in Zilina. Ireland's draw means they are still in second place, a point ahead of the two sides. Sweden lead 10-man San Marino 3-0, as the minnows' dismal qualifying campaign continues. This will be their ninth straight defeat, 47 goals conceded and none scored. Wonderkid Xherdan Shaqiri's double strike has turned the match around for Switzerland against Bulgaria in England's group, 2-1 in that one now."

2110: Less than 10 minutes left in Tallinn, Northern Ireland still trailing Estonia 3-1, and that match - and possibly Northern Ireland's qualifcation dream - looks done and dusted.

2109: First change of the night at Wembley - Robert Earnshaw on for Steve Morison.

Scotland goal: Beauty. And it's little surprise that Barry Bannan is the creator - he's been excellent all night - his chipped cross half-volleyed in off the post on the stretch brilliantly by Steven Naismith. Play-offs still on?

2107: GOALFLASH Scotland 1-0 Lithuania (Naismith)

2106: And that's not a million miles away, Lithuania's Arunas Klimavicius drilling a free-kick narrowly wide of the far post from 20 yards.

2105: Lively start from Lithuania in Scotland, the visitors looking more enterprising in the first two minutes of this half than in the whole of the first half.

2103: Frank Lampard - was that the moment to prove the critics wrong? He is found 18 yards out with a clear sight at goal, but the midfielder spoons his shot off target.

2102: Back under way at Hampden Park.

2101: An hour gone at Wembley and England just about good value for their lead. This match is far from over as it stands, though.

2058: Much better from Wales, who remind England this match is far from won just yet. Gareth Bale does well down the right - for once escaping the attentions of James Milner - and his pass finds Aaron Ramsey, but his effort is brilliantly blocked by Gareth Barry.

BBC Radio 5 live
Mark Lawrenson at Wembley on BBC Radio 5 live: "Wales just cannot get out of their own half and, when they do, they just give the ball away. The momentum is all with England."

2055: Oh so close to 4-1 to Estonia, Sergei Zenjov cutting inside two Irish players in the area and firing what for all the world looks a goal for the hosts, only for the effort to be deflected off-target by Aaron Hughes. Northern Ireland hanging in there. Just.

2053: Wales still sticking to their footballing principles at Wembley. It's not quite worked in the attacking half just yet but it's very nice on the eye at times, I tell you.

Half time
2052: HALF-TIME Scotland 0-0 Lithuania
Colin Moffat's HT snap-shot:
"What is it with Scotland and penalties? Craig Levein's men have been hammering away at the massed wall of defenders in yellow - but even after an act of madness gifts them a spot-kick, it is saved. Incredible."

Chief football writer Phil McNulty reports from Wembley: "Wonder when Gary Speed might think it would be a better idea for Gareth Bale to attack Chris Smalling?"

2049: It's been a bright start to the half for England at Wembley, meanwhile, Ashley Young looking a real genuine threat.

2048: The whistle brings a close to the first half in Hampden Park.

Estonia goal: Two-goal cushion restored, just as Northern Ireland looked to be dominating. And they only have themselves to blame, Gareth McAuley caught after Sander Puri's header had hit the post, Sergei Zenjov slamming home.

2046: GOALFLASH Estonia 3-1 N Ireland (Zenjov)

Someone has won a penalty
Missed penalty: Deary me. Is that the final nail in the coffin of Scotland's Euro 2012 qualifying campaign? Moments after Darvydas Sernas wastes a glorious Lithuania three-on-one attack, Scotland earn a penalty when Tadas Labukas inexplicably punches Barry Bannan's cross away. Darren Fletcher steps to take the spot-kick - but his effort is saved to his left by keeper Zydrunas Karcemarskas. Ouch.

2045: PENALTY MISSED, Darren Fletcher, SCOTLAND


2042: Northern Ireland still throwing punches against Estonia - not literally - and Nigel Worthington's boys are putting the pressure right on Estonia at the start of this half.

BBC Radio 5 live
Mark Lawrenson at Wembley on BBC Radio 5 live: "It took England a while to get going and Wales frustrated them for a long time but, once England sorted their formation and their shape out, they began looking more dangerous. Their goal was the outstanding piece of football in the first 45 minutes."

BBC Radio 5 live
Former Wales defender Kit Symons at Wembley on BBC Radio 5 live: "Wales have to be careful in the second half - if they try too hard to get the goal back it could be a capitulation. Full credit, though, they have stuck to their task since going behind and there have not been too many opportunities for England to get a second. Gary Speed will be quite pleased with the way his side have played but they need to stop going for a big diagonal pass to Gareth Bale when they get the ball, because it is not working.

EURO 2012 QUALFYING LATEST: "No red-nosed reindeers in sight just yet, but Gergely Rudolf netted the second for Hungary in their 2-0 victory over Moldova. Kolbeinn Sigthorsson is as cool as you like as he slots home the opener for Iceland against Cyprus, with both sides looking for their first win. Ansi Agolli is a gonner as he is dismissed for Albania against Luxembourg, that match 1-1."

2038: Huge penalty shout for Northern Ireland in Tallinn - and I can see why, it looks a nailed on spot-kick, David Healy felled by Sergei Pareiko in the Estonia goal but referee Daniel Stalhammar giving nothing. Hhmm.

2037: Steven Naismith goes close to lightening the mood with a diving header from Barry Bannan's cross - but it's straight at the keeper.

2036: Signs of frustration at Hampden Park? I'd be lying if I said the crowd was jumping. It remains Scotland 0-0 Lithuania.

2035: A good time to get in touch maybe? Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball, Tweet me @sampatricklyon or text in via 81111 (UK). You know you want to.

Half time
2034: HALF-TIME England 1-0 Wales
Chief football writer Phil McNulty's HT snap-shot from Wembley:
"England will hope the lead given to them by Ashley Young will force Wales to open up and create more space. Wales, meanwhile, simply have to find an attacking threat. Gary Speed's side look toothless without the suspended Craig Bellamy."

2032: ...just as Estonia 2-1 Northern Ireland restarts in Tallinn.

2032: The half-time whistle blows at Wembley...

2031: Penalty appeals from Scotland as Phil Bardsley looks to be have been tripped inside the Lithuania box - but nothing is given. Are the Scots going to rue refereeing decisions again?

Michael Owen on Twitter: "Great goal [from England]. Wingers that can beat players and cross balls are worth their weight in gold. Great finish by Ash."

2027: Massive chance for England. He was offside, but Wayne Rooney - ruled onside - really should nod Ashley Young's superb cross from a short corner routine in six yards out, instead managing to get out of the way of the ball and allowing Wales a sigh of relief.

2025: Scotland continue to knock on the door without answer against Lithuania, 25 minutes in at Hampden Park.

Chief football writer Phil McNulty reports from Wembley: "Wales will feel hard done by as Ashley Young gives England the lead. Gary Speed's side had hardly been troubled, even though they had created little in attack. Speed's touchline demeanour suggests he wants a lot more from Wales offensively."

EURO 2012 QUALIFYING LATEST: "Luka Modric and an Eduardo double have given Croatia a 3-1 lead against 10-man Israel, turning around a 1-0 deficit in the group F clash. Former Premier League players Milan Jovanovic and Zoran Tosic, who didn't have the best of times in England, have grabbed a goal each for Serbia against the Faroe Islands and Nicklas Bendtner has now bagged a brace for Denmark, who lead Norway 2-0."

England goal: Cracking wing-play down the right from Stewart Downing, getting the better of Joe Ledley and then cutting back to Ashley Young to slam in from 10 yards. Breakthrough.

2021: GOALFLASH England 1-0 Wales (Young)

Half time
2019: HALF-TIME Estonia 2-1 N Ireland
Lyle Jackson's HT snap-shot:
"Northern Ireland's Group 4 hopes looked to be dead and buried until Estonia threw them a 40th-minute lifeline. Still, Worthington's men simply must do better."

2018: And another chance for Scotland, Don Cowie firing over from 18 yards with the ball falling nicely. Decent effort.

2017: The half-time whistle blows in Estonia.

2015: Ooh great chance for Scotland - Phil Bardsley flicking a corner towards the back post and finding Christophe Berra unmarked, but the defender's instinctive shot flies high and wide with the goal gaping.

2014: Better from England, Ashley Young dancing past Chris Gunter down the left and crossing, Stewart Downing almost getting the scissors kick right to volley home, but instead firing skywards. Difficult chance.

BBC Radio 5 live
Mark Lawrenson at Wembley on BBC Radio 5 live: "England might need to change something here. There are times like this, when you are playing against a packed defence and midfield, when you have to just play two touch football - pass and move - because Wales are not letting England have even half a yard of space in which to engineer something."

2013: Back in the England-Wales match...

N Ireland goal: That will boost their spirits, though, surely, as Sammy Clingan's free-kick - flicked on by Gareth McAuley - is headed into his own net by Estonia skipper Raio Piiroja. That is game on, folks.

2010: GOALFLASH Estonia 2-1 N Ireland (Piiroja og)

2009: Northern Irish heads are down at present following that two-goal salvo earlier. And who can blame them? Their Euro 2012 qualifying dreams fading fast at present.

Yellow card
Chief football writer Phil McNulty reports from Wembley: "James Milner booked for foul on Gareth Bale. Fabio Capello's special plan?"

BBC Radio 5 live
Mark Lawrenson at Wembley on BBC Radio 5 live: "Apart from a couple of Stewart Downing crosses just now, England's main problem so far has been a lack of width - but they also cannot get Wayne Rooney free. Rooney is coming deep and moving into a mass of Welsh shirts. Andrew Crofts is operating very close to the two central defenders and there are a lot of men in the centre. Rooney just cannot get on the ball."

2006: Bit better by England in the last couple of minutes, Stewart Downing zipping in a couple of half-decent crosses, but hardly the David v Goliath clash some were expecting so far. Wales boss Gary Speed will be more than happy.

2005: Five minutes in at Hampden Park and Scotland are bossing it, Barry Bannan impressing down the right already and causing more than a few problems.

Estonia goal: Stop. Clanger time. Lee Camp hangs his head as Tarmo Vink's tame long-range effort fools the Northern Irish keeper and goes in through the stopper's gloves and legs. Nightmare for Camp, nightmare for Northern Ireland.

2003: GOALFLASH Estonia 2-0 N Ireland (Kink)

2001: We are up and running at Hampden Park, Scotland v Lithuania.

2001: A speculative effort from wide on the right by Steve Morison flies wide of the England goal - but more encouragement for Wales' fans at Wembley.

Estonia goal: The first shot on goal of the entire match and Estonia lead, Martin Vunk slamming low into the corner from Dimitri Kruglov's cut-back. Mountain to climb for Northern Ireland already.

2000: GOALFLASH Estonia 1-0 N Ireland (Vunk)

Chief football writer Phil McNulty reports from Wembley: "Lots of technical area tic-tac from Capello & Speed. The Wales coach is straying dangerously close to Fabio territory."

1959: And now only a fine tackle from John Terry halts the progress of Jack Collison bursting into the box. Wales holding their own here, for sure.

1958: Half a chance for Wales, now, as Ashley Williams gets his head on Gareth Bale's fine free-kick, the defender's effort flying wide, however.

BBC Radio 5 live
Mark Lawrenson at Wembley on BBC Radio 5 live: "It looks like Wales are just going to sit off and stay back - a 0-0 draw here is a really good result for them. Ashley Cole is by far and away England's best player going forward at the moment, he is the one getting in good positions all the time."

BBC 5 Live's senior football reporter Ian Dennis: "Ashley Cole now outright 6th place in England appearance list. Tonight over takes Bryan Robson with 91st cap - all of them are starts!"

1955: Big build-up in Estonia as Northern Ireland's Grant McCann lines up a 25-yard free-kick... but his effort is straight into the wall. Ho hum.

1954: Ooh, close. John Terry gets on the end of Ashley Young's corner but can only head wide of the Wales goal.

1953: Northern Ireland soaking up a bit of Estonian pressure now, but still fairly comfortable. Playing on the break right now, the boys in green.

EURO 2012 QUALIFYING LATEST: "On-loan Sunderland striker Nicklas Bendtner has given Denmark the lead in their Scandinavian derby against Norway. The Netherlands head group E with eight wins from as many games after a 2-0 win over Finland and in England's group, Ivan Ivanov has put Bulgaria 1-0 up in Switzerland."

1951: Half decent ball over the top of the Wales defence and Wayne Rooney almost muscles his way past to get on the end of it, the England striker just a yard short of it.

1949: We're about three minutes in at Wembley - and Wales have barely had a sniff of the ball. Pattern set?

1947: Under way at Wembley.

SHoare93 on Twitter: "Dissapointing to hear boos in the England v Wales match... Why cant people learn to respect each others national anthems?"

1944: It really is a bright opening from Northern Ireland over in Estonia and David Healy has just had a nice turn-and-shot in the box that didn't quite come to fruition. An early goal would be a right doozy for Nigel Worthington's boys.

McGregor, Whittaker, Caldwell, Berra, Bardsley, Bannan, Morrison, Cowie, Fletcher, Naismith, Goodwillie. Subs: Gilks, Crainey, Hutton, Hanley, Dorrans, Snodgrass, Forrest.
Lithuania: Karcemarskas, Deividas Cesnauskis, Kijanskas, Zaliukas, Klimavicius, Radavicius, Labukas, Semberas, Pilibaitis, Mikoliunas, Sernas. Subs: Setkus, Panka, Danilevicius, Papsys, Ivaskevicius, Novikovas, Beniusis.
Referee: Kristinn Jakobsson (Iceland)

1942: And a reminder that if England win tonight they're not quite yet through to Euro 2012 as group winners, a draw in Montenegro in their last match could possibly be needed. A defeat tonight wouldn't be a disaster either, as a score draw in Montenegro would still be enough for them to go through. Easy street. For Wales, it's simple. They need a win and they need it badly.

1940: Over at Wembley, the teams emerge to a buzzing atmosphere.

1937: Penalty appeal from Estonia as Sander Puri throws himself to the ground in the Northern Ireland box but nothing's given. Quite rightly too. If that was a penalty, my name is Penelope Snizlegruben.

1935: Fairly composed start from Nigel Worthington's boys in Tallinn, the ball certainly being dominated by the side in green. Encouraging.

1932: Northern Ireland kick us off.

1930: Over in Tallinn, Northern Ireland are about to kick off their bum-squeaker against Estonia. How valuable a win in that one it would be for Nigel Worthington's men.

1928: ENGLAND v WALES (1945)
Chief football writer Phil McNulty reports from Wembley:
"England coach Fabio Capello and captain John Terry said Frank Lampard would be back after being dropped in Bulgaria and he is. Instantly. He replaces Scott Parker in midfield, with Spurs' new signing being saved from the possibility of a yellow card that would rule him out of the final Euro 2012 qualifier in Montenegro. James Milner comes in for Theo Walcott, who has a slight hamstring injury. Wales are hit hard by suspensions with Craig Bellamy and David Vaughan ruled out. Jack Collison and Andrew Crofts come in."

Jon, Bolton via text: "Re 1856, smalling probably still has Bale in his pocket from when Man Utd beat Spurs recently."

1923: Here's an interesting tit-bit from our man in Scotland Colin Moffat, who reports: "Scotland and Lithuania must be fed up at the sight of each other, having met in the last four European Championship qualification campaigns. There is good news for Scotland, though, in that they have won all of the previous Hampden encounters. Omen?"

Pareiko, Jaager, Rahn, Piiroja, Klavan, Puri, Vunk, Vassiljev, Kink, Kruglov, Ahjupera. Subs: Kotenko, Zenjov, Purje, Palatu, Saag, Stepanov, Teniste.
Northern Ireland: Camp, Hughes, Cathcart, Baird, McAuley, Clingan, Davis, Brunt, McCann, McGinn, Healy. Subs: Taylor, McGivern, Feeney, Little, Carson, McQuoid, Gorman.
Referee: Daniel Stalhammar (Sweden)

Opta Sports on Twitter: "If they don't beat Wales, England will equal an all-time record of five consecutive home games without a win, last set in 1981."

WilliamOwain on Twitter: "Can't understand the Wales line up. We beat Montenegro due to the pace on the wings. Crofts and Collison are defensive choices."

Anon via text: "RE 1856 Smalling and Milner will double up on Bale."

Former England captain Alan Shearer at Wembley on England's prospects against Wales: "There's always an extra bit of spice when you play another home nation but this is still a game you would expect England to win," he told BBC Sport's Chris Bevan. "They just have to take the form they have produced away from home back to Wembley. I think they will, because they will have lots of confidence from Friday's win in Bulgaria and they also have a big incentive - they know they are likely to top the group and qualify if they beat Wales."

1913: And if you're wondering why Robbie Savage thinks Wales have a bright future under Gary Speed, even if he does think they will get beaten by two or three goals at Wembley tonight, look no further than our piece with the BBC pundit why don't you.

1911: ENGLAND v WALES (1945)
Hart, Smalling, Terry, Cahill, Cole, Milner, Lampard, Barry, Downing, Young, Rooney. Subs: Stockdale, Jagielka, Lescott, Parker, Carroll, Johnson, Defoe.
Wales: Hennessey, Gunter, Williams, Blake, Taylor, Bale, Crofts, Collison, Ramsey, Ledley, Morison. Subs: Myhill, Danny Collins, James Collins, King, Allen, Robson-Kanu, Earnshaw.
Referee: Robert Schorgenhofer (Austria)

EvertonJ17 on Twitter: "Five ex-Aston Villa players in the England team tonight shows how good Villa couldve been right now if they'd kept them and O'Neill."

Tom via text: "It is outrageous how people write off Frank Lampard, a player who has scored 171 goals for Chelsea from midfield and has over 100 assists. Absolutely ridiculous."

1905: ENGLAND v WALES (1945)
Chief football writer Phil McNulty reports from Wembley:
"England's path to Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine was made less hazardous by events on Friday. As Fabio Capello's side were winning impressively in Bulgaria, Wales were beating England's closest rivals Montenegro in Cardiff. England won comfortably in Cardiff against a timid Wales in March, but coach Gary Speed is promising a more closely-fought game tonight."

talhah_ on Twitter: "This England XI is the only team out of the world's best international sides that would struggle in its own domestic league."

A very realistic Wales fan via text: "Priviledged to watch some of the best players In the world tonight. England fans don't know the riches they possess. 0-0 would be magical."

tomtomhau on Twitter: "Interesting that Smalling is in charge of nullifying Bale. Hope he can do it for sure!"

Colin Moffat reports:
"We'll start with the arithmetic. If Scotland lose against Lithuania, hopes of reaching Euro 2012 are kaput. A draw would leave Craig Levein's men needing a major miracle, while the miracle level is reduced to *only* minor with a victory. David Goodwillie, who has just 14 minutes of international experience, leads the line in place of the suspended Kenny Miller, while midfield duo Barry Bannan and Don Cowie also make their first competitive starts. A sense of great injustice lingers after the cruel, late penalty drama against the Czechs on Saturday. Can Scotland channel that anger and produce the goods?"

Tandark on Twitter: "Parker will be key against Montenegro, best not to risk suspension if carded against Wales. Common sense from Don Fabio."

Mark, Bathgate, via text: "Well done to the players on Saturday - no end of quality and desire. Let's hope we only play aganist Lithuania and not the officials tonight. Positive result, 2-0."

1851: And a quick further word on the Republic of Ireland following their 0-0 draw in Russia - a result boss Giovanni Trapattoni described as a "golden point". "They were superior to us - physically as well," said the Ireland manager. "Russia had many chances. [But] Shay Given and Richard Dunne were outstanding and all our defenders played well."

Lyle Jackson reports: "Northern Ireland's
hopes of qualifying suffered a setback with Friday's defeat by Serbia, but they are not out of the hunt yet. Their next two matches are against Estonia, and victory tonight in Tallinn would go some way to reviving their chances. But Jonny and Corry Evans are suspended, and Pat McCourt and Kyle Lafferty injured. On the plus side, Sammy Clingan has recovered from illness and returns."

MikeVeasey94 on Twitter: "Wales definitely on for an upset today, a win - coupled with the one on Friday - will send us back up the rankings!"

EURO 2012 QUALIFYING LATEST: "Kevin Strootman's goal gives the Netherlands a 1-0 lead against Finland at half time and they look good value to keep up their 100% record in the qualifiers thus far. John Heitinga, Dirk Kuyt and Robin van Persie are all playing for L'Oranje, with their club managers hoping none suffer any injuries."

AceJoe90 on Twitter: "Any small chance Scotland had just got slimmer now the responsibility has been left to Don Cowie."

Matt P via text: "Parker has been dropped because he's one yellow card away from suspension."

EzaGeeza on Twitter: "I can't be the only one supporting Wales.....CYMRU AM BYTH."

team to face Wales: Hart, Smalling, Cole, Cahill, Terry, Barry, Downing, Lampard, Milner, Young, Rooney.

1840: A few things to check out as we wait for official teams... Capello's determined to stop Bale while Bale is sure Wales can shock England, Craig Levein insists he retains confidence in his Scotland squad, Northern Ireland striker Warren Feeney has spoken out in defence of manager Nigel Worthington... while if comment is more your thing, Phil McNulty has given his views about Fabio Capello's new relaxed outlook. Background reading.

Terry_Dickinson on Twitter: "Parker dropped? What did he do wrong? Lampard back in? backwards step again. WHY?"

Villarick via text: "Lampard starts Parker dropped! Oh dear!"

1832: Rumours abound, by the way, people that Frank Lampard has been restored to the England line-up tonight against Wales at the expense of Scott Parker, while Theo Walcott is rested because of a hamstring strain. Official news as soon as I get it.

1830: And on that note, a reminder of how to get in touch this evening. Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball, Tweet me @sampatricklyon or text in via 81111 (UK). Bootiful.

Colin in Kent via text: "It's my wedding anniversary today. I am English. Beautiful wife is Welsh. Big question is will the English score tonight using the same tired and predictable tactics or will the Welsh achieve a satisfying shutout? And what will happen in the football....?"

1827: And last but not least in our trio of focus matches tonight will be Scotland against Lithuania, with Craig Levein's team very much in the last chance saloon. All is not lost for the Scots, but a lot of it is missing, absent without leave. A victory tonight is a must.

1823: After that, it's the big England-Wales clash at Wembley at 1945 BST. One of the fiercest rivalries in football and both teams coming into the match on the back of a win. Yes it was Wales' first after a run of four straight defeats and yes England's took them to the brink of Euro 2012 qualification as Group G leaders... but still... anything can happen in derby games right?

1817: First up in our late games focus, of course, is that Northern Ireland trip to Estonia at 1930 BST - with Nigel Worthington's side bang in the hunt for a runners-up spot in Group C behind runaway leaders Italy. They currently lie two points off second-placed Slovenia with three matches left to play - and a positive result tonight against the team just above them in the table would go a long way to furthering Northern Ireland's efforts to qualify.

Sammy Clingan and Niall McGinn come into the Northern Ireland team for the game in Estonia, with brothers Jonny and Corry Evans suspended.

1807: A reminder of our focus this evening...
Grp C: Estonia v N Ireland (1930)
Grp G: England v Wales (1945)
Grp I: Scotland v Lithuania (2000)

And, of course, Shamoon Hafez remains in situ to bring you the biggest and best of the rest.

1805: A battling point for the Republic of Ireland, then, but what of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales later?

EURO 2012 QUALIFYING LATEST: "It turned out to be a goalfest in Baku, as Azerbaijan hit back in the second half to defeat Kazakhstan 3-2 in group A. If this game is anything to go by, we're in for a real treat for the rest of the night."

BradleyHarrold on Twitter: "Well that was a crazy game. Finished 0-0 - but could easily have been a cricket score."

Anon via text: "Re: Dunne's shirt - at least Ireland have one decent marker on the bench. I'll get me coat."

1800: How big a point might that prove for Ireland going forward? They remain two points of Group B leaders Russia on 15 points, a point ahead of Slovakia, who may have a game in hand on the Irish but who also have a match against the Russians to come. Tighter than a crop top on Geoff Capes, that group.

Infostrada Sports: "Ireland have now kept a record seven clean sheets in a row. They have not conceded a goal in their last 691 minutes (not counting extra time) since Uruguay scored their third in a 3-2 friendly win at Aviva Stadium on 29 March."

Full time
1754: FULL-TIME Russia 0-0 Rep of Ireland

1753: With one of the three added minutes left, it's more body-on-the-line defending from Ireland, Roman Pavlyuchenko and Igor Semshov the latest to be denied by one Irish body part of another. You absolutely cannot fault Ireland's spirit this evening. Not one bit.

1750: Yet. Another. Block. Keith Andrews - again - does well to deflect Diniyar Bilyaletdinov's effort behind.

1749: How is it still 0-0?!! Konstantin Zyryanov stoops six yards out to get his head on a deep cross but Shay Given somehow saves point-blank to prevent a certain winner - Keith Andrews then laying his body on the line to block the follow-up shot and preserve the 0-0 scoreline once more. On another day, Russia would have hit six, today Ireland look like scraping a draw.

1746: Andrey Arshavin whips in a free-kick, Vasili Berezutsky flicks the header on, just wide. Five minutes left.

1745: Russia still creating chances here... Ireland don't have a point in the bag just yet.

1743: Russia chance! Wasted! Again! Diniyar Bilyaletdinov is presented with a fine chance to make an immediate impression following his introduction off the bench, but his curler in acres of space from the left of the box is sent right-footed high, wide and ugly.

micsymmonds on Twitter: "so basically it's Russia 0 Aston Villa 0 right now...."

1741: Into the last 10 minutes, Ireland heading for a third 0-0 draw in a row.

NickPLittlewood on Twitter: "If it's bad puns you want, I am watching Ireland play in Paignton. Paignton isn't exactly ugly, but it's no oil Paignton."

1737: Erm, you might not believe this - Richard Dunne was ordered off because he did not have a number on his shirt. Ireland's solution? Grab the nearest black marker felt pen, draw on a number five, and send the defender back on. Rolf Harris would be proud.

1736: There is a Russian change, though, Everton star Diniyar Bilyaletdinov on.

1735: Well I say he's going to carry on - the referee is ordering Richard Dunne off, insisting the defender is substituted. Blimey.

1734: I tell you what, Richard Dunne's face looks a wreck - the skin of his cheek and lip badly grazed in that fall. Looks like Dunne's going to grease it up and carry on, though. Warrior.

1732: Owww... face graze. Richard Dunne slides in on Yuri Zhirkov at pace but pays the price as his head/face crashes against the turf in his follow through. Cue heaps of concern from the Ireland bench - and no surprise, he's been far and away their best player tonight.

caddycadogan on Twitter: "I've never seen us get so outplayed. We've played Spain, Brazil, Italy, France, Germany and held our own. What's changed?"

1729: An Ireland chance! Ish! Stephen Hunt's deep free-kick is flicked on by the head of Robbie Keane, harmlessly over.

1727: Another Ireland change - Stephen Hunt on for Damien Duff.

1726: Current goal attempts - Russia 16, Ireland 2. I know this because the graphic is currently plastered all over the live action by the Russian broadcaster. It's mildly more interesting than the match at present, to be fair.

1725: There are 25 minutes left here. Do either side want the win enough?

1722: Wow. That is not good. Ireland foray forward in a rare moment of attacking promise, but after good work by Aiden McGeady, Stephen Ward spoons his left-foot cross harmlessly behind for a goal kick. Waste.

1721: How many chances? Aleksandr Aniukov is set free on the right side of the box but, in acres of space, manages to cross to no-one and Ireland clear. If Russia had half a final ball or finish, they'd be cruising right now.

1719: Ireland change now, Kevin Doyle replaced by Simon Cox.

1717: Deary me - what a chance that is for Russia. Again. Igor Semshov is released clear on goal but, bizarrely, opts to pass instead of shoot with just the keeper to beat 12 yards out and Roman Pavlyuchenko is unable to get on the end of it. Another let-off.

1714: Tottenham forward Roman Pavlyuchenko will make his entrance now, Alexsandr Kerzhakov the man replaced, Russian sticking with one man up top.

1713: ...Andrey Arshavin is found with a short-corner routine, but his left-foot shot is flayed wide.

1713: Corner to Russia...

1709: Oh that's excellent again from Richard Dunne, the Irish stopper brilliantly blocking Roman Shirokov's effort after the Russian had found half a yard of space in the box. But for Dunne and Given, Russia might already be out of sight in this one.

Yellow card
1707: Bosh. Not nice. Aleksandr Aniukov nearly takes Kevin Doyle's... ankle off (ba dom boom boom) with an awful hack at the Ireland attacker out on the left flank. Rightly booked.

1705: Russia kick off the second half.

1704: Here come the players... will Ireland be able to halt Russia's flow this half?

bennosaurus on Twitter: "No puns, but Sergei Ignashevich is an anagram of "cheer Given as I sigh" ... AND he missed his shot. Omen?"

1700: Now seems as good a time as any to remind you to get involved - tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball, tweet me @sampatricklyon or text in via 81111 (UK). Easy life.

SubSeaSwan on Twitter: "The Russians will certainly be looking to Ward off the Irish threat... and will be hoping for some Duff finishing."

1657: Did you know, by the way, that it is now more than 10.5 hours of football since the Republic of Ireland conceded a goal? That's one to impress your mates with down the pub, that. If you're on an early mission that is, obviously.

EURO 2012 QUALIFYING LATEST: "Sergei Ostapenko is the man of the moment for Kazakhstan, giving his side the lead against Azerbaijan in the 'big game' in Group A. With plenty of games still to come tonight, I'll keep you updated with more glamorous fixtures than this one, I promise."

WDenners on Twitter: "I haven't the Hart to work either, I'll Cleverely make my way to the nearest pub then be Downing beers all day."

Rich, Newcastle via text: "O'Dea, these Irish puns are a bit Duff..."

Half time
1653: HALF-TIME Russia 0-0 Republic of Ireland
John Haughey's HT snap-shot:
"The Republic somehow get to half-time goalless, but Giovanni Trapattoni needs to deliver a fine team-talk at the break to turn the tide. Russia bang on top."

InfostradaLive on Twitter: "Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given has never conceded a goal in the Premier League from a Russian player."

1649: And that's basically the last action of the half as referee Felix Brych whistles for the break.

1647: Off the line again! Ireland really living dangerously here. Sergei Ignashevich is the man to test the Irish defences to the limit this time, his header from a corner forcing a desperate scramble off the line by post-marker Damien Duff.

1646: Robbie Keane takes it quickly but then overcooks his cross and another Ireland attack falters.

1646: Here we go, though... respite for Ireland as they earn themselves a corner...

Someone has struck the woodwork
1643: Post! Straight from a corner, Yuri Zhirkov whips an in-swinger left-footed against Shay Given's near post withn the Ireland keeper scrambling. The hosts continuing to threaten.

1642: Russia still the only team making any attacking noises of note out there - and Igor Semshov goes down under Glenn Whelan's challenge in the box, though it was never a penalty.

JBrld78 on Twitter: "Goals against Russia are never a Given though."

MD via text: "Barring a Russia blood to the head, Given looks comfortable today. I thank you."

1637: Konstantin Zyryanov has a pop from range now - and it's only inches away from Shay Given's far post. Russia now lead 10-1 on efforts on goal. Tells a story, that.

1636: Oh that's brilliant defending from Richard Dunne, stopping a certain goal. Igor Semshov is the man to have a snap shot at goal after good work from Yuri Zhirkov, but with Shay Given beaten Dunne gets back right on the line to get his foot on the shot and bundle it away from goal. Excellent.

1634: And then Aleksandr Aniukov is set clear in the box dashing in from right full back, his crossed effort forced behind for a corner that comes to nothing.

1633: They're playing some nice stuff at times, Russia, but - frustratingly for their supporters, I'm sure - only every now and then does it appear as if their ambition matches their talent. As a result, Ireland keeping them very much at arm's length.

1629: Ouch. Richard Dunne gives no quarter as he rises in an effort to meet a deep Ireland free-kick, succeeding not in getting the ball but certainly in letting Roman Shirokov know what to expect should he challenge the Irish defender for a header again. Shirokov left in a heap.

liamrockall on Twitter: "Given that I've Dunne enough at work, I'm quite Keane to watch Ireland go in the Hunt for goals."

1626: Another Russian corner as Shay Given spills a simple take, but he makes amends with a dominant collect from the resulting set piece.

1624: Save! And Shay Given rescues Ireland again - Alexsandr Kerzhakov's cut-back half-volleyed at goal by Igor Semshov, but across gets Given to push the effort around the post well. Russia's occasional threat surely a worry for Ireland.

1622: A rare - and brief - spell of Ireland pressure involving Robbie Keane, Aiden McGeady and Kevin Doyle, but it comes to nothing. Starting to settle, though, the visitors.

1618: It's all Russia in Moscow at the moment, but Ireland holding firm where they can. They're 15 minutes in and on level terms - and I suspect Giovanni Trapattoni will be happy enough with that.

1616: ...oof, close. Andrey Arshavin and Igor Semshov work a short corner and the latter gets free in the box on the right, his firm effort from the angle flying across goal and away. Another warning.

1616: Corner to Russia...

1614: There's no doubt that Russia carry plenty of threat in this side, when they decide to snap out of their lethargy. Plenty for Ireland to be wary of here.

1611: ...and then Andrey Arshavin forces a fabulous save from Ireland keeper Shay Given, the Arsenal man's low ripper from 20 yards tipped around the post on the stretch by the visiting keeper. Top stop.

1610: Until now as Stephen Ward and Kevin Doyle link well down the left only for the latter's dinked cross to drop too deep...

1609: Hardly a huge amount of ambition being shown by either side just yet...

1608: Plenty of talk, too, ahead of this match about the Luzhniki Stadium pitch - which is artificial. That didn't please the Irish. Plenty of zip and bounce off the surface today, therefore, but it is at least nice and green. Which is nice.

1606: Lot of talk about Ireland having to be patient this afternoon - and Russia are already testing and probing the visitors' defensive line with Andrey Arshavin and Alexsandr Kerzhakov pressing in attack. No great early rhythm on show from either side yet, mind.

1603: Here we go then... we're up and runnning...

1601: Not sure why, but there's a slight delay to kick off in the Luzhniki Stadium - neither team in any particular Russia (ahem) - but we're moments away from the start now...

1557: Right then - looks like a bit of a roaster in Moscow today as the players finalise their warm-ups - just the conditions for Ireland to fire (geddit?) their Euro 2012 qualifying dream into the final stages, having stumbled to a disappointing draw against close rivals Slovakia on Friday. You'd have to hope Giovanni Trapattoni's side's finishing will be better today - but where's ya money?

meganxpoison on Twitter: "Russia, NI, England and Lithuania is who I see emerging victorious tonight. Your predictions?"

B_Twitzgerald on Twitter: "Plenty of attacking options on our (Ireland's) bench. Russia missing Pavlyuchenko and Akinfeev, Arshavin on a poor run of form - no reason to fear the Russians."

John Haughey reports:
"The Republic of Ireland go into the Group B clash against Russia knowing that defeat would leave their Euro 2012 hopes hanging by a very thin thread. Russia lead the table by two points from the Irish, who are equal points with Slovakia, hosts to minnows Armenia later. The Republic are down to the bare bones in defence, too, with Darren O'Dea and Stephen Kelly replacing suspended Sean St Ledger and injured John O'Shea. Tough ask."

Malafeev, Aniukov, Vasili Berezutsky, Ignashevich, Alexei Berezutsky, Zhirkov, Semshov, Shirokov, Zyryanov, Kerzhakov, Arshavin. Subs: Shunin, Pogrebniak, Torbinsky, Pavlyuchenko, Bilyaletdinov, Glushakov, Shishkin.
Rep of Ireland: Given, Kelly, Dunne, O'Dea, Ward, McGeady, Whelan, Andrews, Duff, Doyle, Keane. Subs: Westwood, Foley, Delaney, Lawrence, Hunt, McCarthy, Cox.
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)

1548: PLENTY more on our later kick-offs to come, then, but for now our focus falls on the Luzhniki Stadium and Russia v Rep of Ireland...

Sergeio on Twitter: "Should I fancy my chances leaving work having just got here an hour ago to watch Russia vs Ireland?"

1546: And an early look, too, at what I'll be focusing on today...
Grp B: Russia v Rep of Ireland (1600)
Grp C: Estonia v N Ireland (1930)
Grp G: England v Wales (1945)
Grp I: Scotland v Lithuania (2000)

And as if that wasn't enough, our man Shamoon Hafez will also be collating the biggest and best action from all today's other Euro 2012 qualifiers as well. Happy days.

1543: So an early shout out about how you lot can get involved: Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball, Tweet me @sampatricklyon or text in via 81111 (UK).

1540: And as an added Tuesday treat, the big match from Group B is only an early kick-off. Cashback. Russia v Republic of Ireland - the very definition of a crunch match - gets going at 1600 BST and I'm here to talk you through all the team news, action and reaction as it happens from that, and all today's games. You lucky lot.

1538: Yep, it's early autumn in an odd-numbered year, so it can only mean one thing; qualification for a major international tournament is reaching its thrilling climax. Yes. Thrilling. England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales... it's in the next two or three games that their 2012 European Championship fate will be decided.

1535: The domestic season may still be very much in its infancy, but as far as the international game goes it's starting to heat up like a New York elevator in mid-summer. We are entering, ladies and gentlemen, what is widely known as The Business End. You having it?

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Euro 2012 qualifying results

6 Sep 2011 23:59 UK

  • Austria0-0Turkey
  • Azerbaijan3-2Kazakhstan
  • Bosnia-H1-0Belarus
  • Croatia3-1Israel
  • Denmark2-0Norway
  • England1-0Wales
  • Estonia4-1Northern Ireland
  • Finland0-2Netherlands
  • Iceland1-0Cyprus
  • Italy1-0Slovenia
  • Latvia1-1Greece
  • Luxembourg2-1Albania
  • Macedonia1-0Andorra
  • Malta1-1Georgia
  • Moldova0-2Hungary
  • Romania0-0France
  • Russia0-0Rep of Ireland
  • San Marino0-5Sweden
  • Scotland1-0Lithuania
  • Serbia3-1Faroe Islands
  • Slovakia0-4Armenia
  • Spain6-0Liechtenstein
  • Switzerland3-1Bulgaria

see also
Uninspired England see off Wales
07 Sep 11 |  Football
Scotland 1-0 Lithuania
07 Sep 11 |  Scotland
Estonia 4-1 Northern Ireland
06 Sep 11 |  Irish
Russia 0-0 Republic of Ireland
06 Sep 11 |  Irish
Football on the BBC
10 Aug 11 |  separator
Euro 2012 qualifying tables
07 Sep 11 |  Football

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