Moldova 0-5 England: World Cup Qualifier As It Happened
World Cup Qualifier Final Score: Moldova 0-5 England
Goals: Lampard 4', 29', Defoe 32', Milner 74', Baines 83' (Eng)
Moldova: Namasco, Armas, Epureanu, Bulgaru, Golovatenco, Sergei Kovalchuk, Sergei Kovalchuk, Gatcan, Onica, Suvorov, Patras, Picusciac.
Subs: Serghei Pascenco, Racu, Ovseanicov, Cebotaru, Bordiyan, Doros, Sidorenco, Alexandru Pascenco, Dedov, Ivanov, Alexeev, Negai.
England: Hart, Johnson, Baines, Lescott, Terry, Milner, Gerrard (Carrick 46'), Lampard, Cleverley, Oxlade-Chamberlain (Walcott 59'), Defoe (Welbeck 68').
Subs: Ruddy, Walker, Bertrand, Cahill, Jagielka, Sturridge, Butland.
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90'+2- The final whistle blows and England have won an easy one 5-0.
Two early goals from Frank Lampard put paid to the hopes of Moldova, before Jermain Defoe, James Milner and Leighton Baines made the result academic.
A near-perfect start from Roy Hodgson's men, who will surely face tougher tasks later in their qualification group.
89'- Looks like John Terry is a bit banged up. He departs to leave England with 10 men for the closing minutes.
88'- England look to pass this one to death now.
The Moldovan fans are still in high voice. It would have perhaps taken England scoring 10 to silence them tonight.
On his showing today, I reckon Jermain Defoe may now be ahead of Danny Welbeck in the England pecking order. Welbeck has looked well off the pace so far.
This is the first time in 3 years England have scored five. Could've been more really. Still could.
83'- GOAL BAINES!
Really unfortunate that one for Moldova. A Baines free-kick takes a chunky deflection to catch Namasco off his guard and fall helplessly into the far corner.
5-0 England now.
82'- It's Moldova's turn to appeal for a penalty, as England start to look a little frail at the back. I think it was Milner with the 50-50 challenge there.
Would Lebron offer the England team a trip to Vegas if they won the World Cup? What goes for Liverpool surely goes for England?
80'- Lampard feeds Danny Welbeck in a good position, but the Man Utd striker just doesn't look like he wants to shoot today.
His pass for Johnson cutting inside is poor, and possession is lost.
78'- Moldova look seriously fatigued at the moment. They look absolutely terrified of the pace of Theo Walcott as a result.
James Milner repays Hodgson's faith in him with that goal there. He was arguably England's worst player at the Euros, but if he can keep playing like this, he could be in with a shot at making the Brazilian starting team.
74'- GOAL MILNER!
Commentator's curse! Cleverley, Welbeck and Walcott each refuse to shoot, toying with the helpless Moldovan defence.
Walcott finally pulls it back to Milner on the edge of the area though, and he buries it in the bottom corner.
73'- This one fizzled out long ago. I'd be surprised if England score again here.
Chelsea are the best represented EPL team with five players in the squad, including four defenders (Bertrand, Cole, Cahill & Terry).
Would've been interesting to have seen an entire Blues back-line today!
70'- Rather tame appeals for handball inside the Moldovan penalty area from Glen Johnson.
He hit that one point-blank against the opposition defender. A similar decision was given England's way in the third minute of the game though.
68'- Defoe makes way for Danny Welbeck in England's final change of the evening.
A goal for Defoe in a decent performance.
England's qualification group also consists of Montenegro, Poland, Ukraine and San Marino.
No doubt the latter will give Hodgson's men the opportunity to rack up double figures!
67'- Lampard puts a hard, low cross into Tom Cleverley on the opposite end of the area, but again the Man Utd man mis-hits his shot, pulling a difficult one wide.
66'- Not much to speak of here at the moment. England in control but not really putting Moldova under any pressure.
63'- Moldova finally manage to retain possession for more than a minute, but are still pushed back into their area by a well-disciplined England team.
When England last travelled to the eastern-European nation's capital, it was David Beckham making his debut in what was also Glenn Hoddle's first game in charge.
They won 3-0 that night, courtesy of goals from Nicky Barmby, Paul Gascoigne and Alan Shearer.
60'- Leighton Baines is tripped on the left wing. Milner's subsequent cross is poor, but the Moldovan defence struggle to clear and it's utter chaos, with Defoe going for a bicycle kick. The chance passes though,
59'- But it is Oxlade-Chamberlain who makes way. Very impressive game from him tonight.
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