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Last Updated: Saturday, 24 March 2007, 21:12 GMT
Euro 2008 qualifying clockwatch

Liechtenstein 0-1 Northern Ireland

Israel 0-0 England Scotland 2-1 Georgia Republic of Ireland 1-0 Wales


By Andrew McKenzie


2106: Just a final thought. Da Silva Eduardo scores an 88th-minute winner for Croatia against Macedonia and Slaven Bilic's side are now four points clear of England in Group E. Russia are three points ahead, too. England are in big, big trouble. Steve McClaren for the chop, anyone?

2103: The final whistle goes at the Rheinpark Stadion and Lawrie Sanchez and his side can be well pleased with their night's work. No-one more so than David Healy, who scored a brilliant hat-trick to lead his side to victory. Roll on Sweden on Wednesday.

2102: Liechtenstein 1-4 Northern Ireland
Substitute Grant McCann makes sure it is just a consolation by notching his first goal for his country, powerfully heading home at the far post.

2101: Liechtenstein 1-3 Northern Ireland
Franz Burgmeier grabs a consolation for the hosts in Vaduz and it is some goal, cutting in from the left and rifling in a right-foot shot that clips the inside of the post and goes in.

2053: Liechtenstein 0-3 Northern Ireland
I did tell you. He's ablaze. Put him out. David Healy becomes the first person ever to score two hat-tricks for Northern Ireland. He beats the offside trap and never looks like missing, running through and slotting in again. He is withdrawn moments later and gets suitable thanks from manager Lawrie Sanchez.

2050: There's no stopping David Healy - the man's on fire. He crashes in a thunderous drive from the right-hand side of the host's penalty area and Peter Jehle stays strong to fist the ball away.

2047: Bad news for England. Macedonia have gone down to 10 men in Croatia with goalscorer Goce Sedloski going from hero to villain. They have 22 minutes to hold on to a draw and do Steve McClaren a favour. Well, someone needs to.

2045: Liechtenstein 0-2 Northern Ireland
Game over - fact. David Healy bags his second of the game and 26th for his country, racing on to a Keith Gillespie through ball, skipping past one defender and expertly slotting under the goalkeeper. Textbook goalscoring, from the Leeds man. Shame he doesn't play for England.

2041: Tell you what, this Mario Frick character can play football. He controls a ball in the Northern Ireland box and causes havoc before his left-foot shot is blocked.

2038: Martin Telser comes on for Liechtenstein and moments later Christof Ritter sees his on target 25-yard drive deflected away. This one's not over yet, by a long chalk.

2034: Best chance of the night for the hosts and they might not get a better one. Mario Frick bursts down the left and sprints clear into the box, but his outside-of-the-right-foot finish from eight yards is gathered low down by Maik Taylor.

2027: Liechtenstein search for a way back into the match, but Raphael Rohrer slices a shot wide from an improbable angle on the right.

2022: GOAL Liechtenstein 0-1 Northern Ireland
The visitors take a deserved lead through record goalscorer David Healy, who coolly slots into an empty net from 20 yards after Peter Jehle raced from his line to save impressively once again from Kyle Lafferty.

"I'm at a loss to describe it and I think Steve McClaren will be as well. The players walked off with their heads down - it lacked passion and the power and pace that we were promised."
BBC Five Live summariser Graham Taylor.

2023: FULL-TIME Israel 0-0 England
That's your lot Steve. Mrs McClaren cancel the Sunday papers because they will not make pleasant reading after another shockingly dreadful display. On this evidence Andorra will be confident of getting something on Wednesday.

2021: England have the ball in the net for the second time in four minutes but again that pesky offside flag is their undoing. This time it is Jermain Defoe that is denied.

2020: A corner for England but Israel look more like scoring from it as they break away, but eventually they run out of steam.

2019: No chance. John Terry's header across the face of the box is easily cleared. Two minutes of stoppage time to go but I wouldn't hold your breath - not even for two minutes.

2018: Steven Gerrard, who has been England's best player, is fouled 10 yards outside the box. A chance for England.

2017: With a few minutes left England will be below Macedonia this evening if results stay as they are. Macedonia I tell you. What next? Losing to Kenya at cricket?

2016: England have the ball in the net, but Micah Richards is about five yards offside as he gets the ball and takes three attempts to beat Dudu Aouate.

2016: Northern Ireland are back in action in Liechenstein.

2013: We are into the last five minutes and England are in total control of the ball, but the build-up is so slow and predictable that it is difficult to see where a goal will come from.

2012: Jermain Defoe has the chance to be the hero when Wayne Rooney heads into his path but after showing good strength he is denied by a brilliant smothering stop from Dudu Aouate.

2011: The last throw of the dice is Stewart Downing on for Aaron Lennon, who has done OK but is clearly not nearly as comfortable on the left side.

2010: England fans have started chanting "what a load of rubbish" at their team and who can argue?

2008: England make a second change. Andy Johnson is perhaps a bit unfortunate to go off, with Jermain Defoe coming on to try and answer Steve McClaren's prayers.

2008: Alexander Kerzhakov has grabbed a second for Russia, who are leading 2-0 in Estonia.

2005: We have less than 15 minutes to go in Tel Aviv and while England have stepped it up a notch from the first half it has been pretty dire.

2004: Micah Richards gets the chance to stretch his legs and earns England a corner. Israel make substitution number two, with a tiring Toto Tamuz replaced by defender Dani Bondarv.

2001: The half-time whistle goes in Vaduz and Northern Ireland have proved one thing at least - that there are no easy games in international football these days.

1800: England make a change as well, with Phil Neville going off for Micah Richards. Can't imagine it is going to change it much, but maybe Steve McClaren thinks Richards can offer a bit more of an attacking option down the right.

1959: Liechtenstein's Franz Burgmeier sends a diving header narrowly wide after great work down the right from Mario Frick.

1959: Israel make a change with Chelsea's 17-year-old striker Ben Sahar coming off the bench.

1958: Two decent chances for England, first Andy Johnson goes close with a header and then Jamie Carragher loops an effort against the crossbar.

1956: There is good and bad news from England's group. The good - and surprising - news is that Goce Sedloski has put MAcedonia ahead against group leaders Croatia, but Russia lead in Estonia thanks to Alexander Kerzhakov's 66th minute goal.

1955: England get their best chance of the game when Aaron Lennon whips in a cross that Frank Lampard heads just across the face of goal.

1953: After a bright start, Northern Ireland are struggling to raise the tempo as Liechtenstein begin to enjoy greater time on the ball. David Healy shows his frustration, lashing in a wild volley from 35 yards that flies miles off target.

1953: Andy Johnson, who has been one of England's best players so far, earns himself a bit of space on the left but Wayne Rooney cannot direct his header on target and Steven Gerrard takes one in the face.

1950: A decent volley from a Steven Gerrard cross is saved by Dudu Aouate. There is a bit of afters between Wayne Rooney and Tal Ben Haim and both of them go into the book.

1949: Wayne Rooney may have the better of Tal Ben Haim in Manchester United-Bolton games this season but the Israeli defender is well on top tonight. He blocks the striker's shot from the edge of the area.

1947: In a desperate attempt to find something positive to say about England, at least Rio Ferdinand looks to have woken up after a very subdued first half.

1945: Peter Jehle pulls off a fabulous save, arching his back to magnificently tip over Keith Gillespie's top corner-bound right-foot 20-yard chip. Terrific stuff all-round from the Rheinpark Stadion.

1944: England find themselves under pressure and it is largely their own doing. Owen Hargreaves cuts out a pass aimed for Toto Tamuz but then gives the ball away and Pini Balali is just wide with a decent effort.

1941: We have finally had word on events in Norway. Apparently the game was temporarily stopped after Bosnia fans threw fire crackers onto the field. The Ullevaal field was covered in smoke and the players were taken off but it is expected to resume after the field is cleared.

1939: England are looking slightly livelier and they nearly carve out an Everton-inspired goal when Phil Neville gets into the box and crosses for Andy Johnson but he is crowded out.

1938: Keith Gillespie barges into Michael Stocklasa and is booked for the aerial challenge, meaning the Sheffield United flier will miss Northern Ireland's meeting with Group F leaders Sweden on Wednesday.

1936: England's other group opponents in action today are Estonia and Russia. Going into the second half it is goalless in Estonia as well.

1934: Franz Burgmeier slams in a shot at the Northern Ireland goal from 25 yards, but his well-struck effort is straight at Maik Taylor.

1934: The second half is back under way in Tel Aviv. England are looking to end 188 minutes without a goal. That was a Wayne Rooney strike against Holland which ended a run of 261 minutes without scoring. Get the picture?

"This is the 15 minutes where Steve McClaren earns his corn. If England come out and have an improved second half then he has to be given credit, this is the only time when a manager can effect things and it will have been a very important 15 mminutes."
BBC Radio Five summariser Graham Taylor

1928: Peter Jehle comes a long way to try and collect a Keith Gillespie cross and just about manages it at the second attempt.

1927: It is looking all positive for Northern Ireland as David Healy takes on the Liechtenstein defence but just runs out of room down the right side.

1924: Steven davis has a pop at goal but he doesn't quite get a hold of his left-foot shot and it is straight at Liechtenstein keeper Peter Jehle.

1922: England's Group E rivals Croatia have also kicked off at home to Macedonia. The Croatians top the group and we'll keep you up-to-date with any goals in that game.

1919: It has been a low-key start to Northern Ireland's Group F game.

1916 HALF-TIME: The half-time whistle goes in Israel. Thank God. It's been turgid stuff, pretty much what we've come to expect from England of late. We were promised blood and guts sort of stuff, but it's just been bloody gutless so far against a pretty average Israel side.

1915: We're off and running in Liechtenstein.

1914: We are hearing that Norway's Group C game against Bosnia has been called off after seven minutes. No idea why but as soon as we know you'll know. The referee there is Mike Riley but that's all I'm saying for now.

1911: Israel are pulling all 11 men back into their own half when England get the ball. It is making it very hard for an uninspiring England to penetrate.

1909: Wayne Rooney gets in behind the Israel defence but he is closed down quickly and another uninspiring build-up comes to nothing.

1908: Jamie Carragher attempts to liven things up as he works his way into the box to earn a corner. He gets on the end of Frank Lampard's centre but it is straight at the keeper.

1906: This is hardly the England performance we were promised, but fortunately Israel do not seem to be up to much.

1903: Aaron Lennon moves up to fifth gear as he flies past three defenders down the left wing and puts in a dangerous cross that Dudu Aouate punches to the feet of Steven Gerrard, whose powerul shot is blocked. That's more like it England.

"England are so boring in their build-up,"
Alan Green, Five Live

1859: Aaron Lennon loses possession and Walid Badir has space to swing in a right-wing cross that the England defence watch as Toto Tamuz throws himself at and his header is just wide. Not promising.

1858: Chances at either end as Andy Johnson is close to getting on the end of a Frank Lampard pass before Toto Tamuz fires in a shot that Paul Robinson gets down well to save.

1856: The Northern Ireland team is in, with David Healy, Damien Johnson and Jonny Evans all returning and Keith Gillespie winning his 75th cap.

1853: A good move involving Andy Johnson and Steven Gerrard leads to a great chance for Frank Lampard but he hesitates too long and Dud Aouate comes out quickly to gather.

"I'm disappointed and surprised. Steve McClaren was saying this game would be different - he said we would play with pace and passion and commitment and we haven't seen any of that. This display is riddled with mistakes and the players seem unsure of themselves."
BBC Radio Five summariser Graham Taylor

1849: England muster up an effort on goal as Aaron Lennon gets a bit of room to take on Yuval Spungin and his left-foot cross finds Wayne Rooney, but he heads at Israel keeper Dudu Aouate.

1847: England get a corner but it is easily cleared, when it comes back in Wayne Rooney attempts to cross from the left with the outside of his right foot. On reflection he should have probably just used his left as his cross goes over everyone.

1846: Oh there he is, chasing down long balls down the channel from Steven Gerrard.

1845: Fifteen minutes in and I am not sure Wayne Rooney has had a touch yet. Where's the big man?

1843: England are enjoying a bit of possession, but doing something with it is another story. Israel look like they are braced for 90 minutes of backs-to-the-wall and then hit England on the break.

1841: Phil Neville looks like he has been given licence to pile forward down the right, with Steven Gerrard tucking in.

1838: Aaron Lennon gets his first sniff of the action and it doesn't look as if we'll see him dancing down the left wing. He cuts inside and finds himself down an Israeli cul-de-sac.

1836: England's first venture into Israel's box is a positive one. Andy Johnson is fouled and from the free-kick their height causes some trouble before Dudu Aouate gathers off the head of John Terry.

1835: Every England touch leads to jeers. Their answer seems to be to give the ball away whenever they get it. Andy Johnson loses possession and Yossi Benayoun asks some questions of England's backline.

1833: The atmosphere is red hot. England have not settled yet and a stray pass from Rio Ferdinand puts Phil Neville in trouble and Toto Tamuz is straight onto it only for his finishing to let him down.

1831: Toto Tamuz shows what he is about straight away as he takes on Phil Neville and earns a free-kick. He looks very lively.

1831: The first competitive fixture between Israel and England gets under way in Tel Aviv.

1825: It is national anthem time in Tel Aviv.

1822: Israel are have players missing, with the experienced pair of Idan Tal and Roberto Colautti suspended. West Ham's Yossi Benayoun is fit to start, while there was something of a surprise with Toto Tamuz handed a start up front.

1817: The second clash was in 1988 when the game ended goalless.

1814: England and Israel have met just twice before, both times in friendly games in Tel Aviv. The first meeting was in 1986 when they came from behind to win 2-1 thanks to two goals from Bryan Robson.

1810: Six of England's side have yet to score a goal at international level, including goalkeeper Paul Robinson who has been in good scoring form for his club.

1806: Goals have been the problem recently - they have failed to score in three of the last four games. Of the starting XI only Wayne Rooney (12), Frank Lampard (12) and Steven Gerrard (10) have managed more than two goals for their country.

1803: That is the good news. The bad news is that England go into the game without their regular full-backs because of injury and suspension. Jamie Carragher and Phil Neville are the experienced deputies - they are earning their 35th and 57th caps respectively.

1758: McClaren will be hoping Lennon and Hargreaves will bring him some good luck. The pair both featured in the coach's first three games in charge, which they won 4-0, 5-0 and 1-0. Since then they have been unavailable and England have failed to win in those four games.

1754: There were no surprises in Steve McClaren's most important game as England coach. Aaron Lennon is brought in for his full debut, with Owen Hargreaves joining Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard in midfield.


England were as expected, with Andy Johnson joining Wayne Rooney up front, Phil Neville and Jamie Carragher coming in to cover the full-back positions and Owen Hargreaves is brought into the midfield.

Israel: Aouate, Ben Haim, Gershon, Ziv, Benado, Spungin, Badir, Benayoun, Ben Shushan, Tamuz, Sahar. Subs: Davidovitch, Golan, Toama, Alberman, Antebi, Barda, Balili.

England: Robinson, Neville, Ferdinand, Terry, Carragher, Gerrard, Lampard, Hargreaves, Lennon, Rooney, Johnson. Subs: Foster, Richards, Barry, Carrick, Downing, Dyer, Defoe. Referee: Tom Ovrebo (Norway)

Northern Ireland's record scorer David Healy returnes to the side after missing the draw against Wales after breaking a bone in his elbow.

Liechtenstein: Jehle, Oehri, Martin Stocklasa, Ritter, Michael Stocklasa, Buechel, Ronny Buchel, Burgmeier, Beck, Mario Frick, Rohrer. Subs: Steuble, Telser, Hasler, Fischer, Daniel Frick, Biedermann, Stefan Buchel.

Northern Ireland: Taylor, Duff, Craigan, Hughes, Johnson, Brunt, Gillespie, Evans, Davis, Lafferty, Healy. Subs: Carroll, McCann, Sproule, Feeney, Quinn, Elliott, Jones. Referee: Oleh Oriekhov (Ukraine)

International photos
24 Mar 07 |  Football


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