England Uncategorized — 08 September 2012

England, Germany and Holland all gained opening game victories in their qualification games for World 2014. England won 5-0 in Moldova.

Frank Lampard opened the scoring for the visitors from the spot in the fourth minute.

The Chelsea midfielder headed home England’s second in the 29th minute, after Glen Johnson delivered a superb cross.

Jermain Defoe fired an effort past Moldova keeper Stanislav Namasco in the 32nd minute on his 50th appearance for the Three Lions. England didn’t extend their lead until the 74th minute, James Milner scoring, after good play from Tom Cleverley and substitutes Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott.

England completed the rout in the 83rd minute, full-back Leighton Baines scoring through a deflected free-kick. England faces the much tougher opponents of Ukraine on Tuesday night at Wembley in their next qualification game.

Germany beat minnows the Faroe Islands 3-0 at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. The Germans made hard work of this victory, mainly thanks to Faroes keeper Gunnar Neilsen, who produced a superb display to keep the score line down. Germany took the lead through an effort from Dortmund wunderkid Mario Gotze in the 28th minute.

Real Madrid playmaker Mesut Ozil scored a brace in the second half, with goals coming in the 54th and 71st minutes. Germany faces a trip to neighbours Austria on Tuesday in their next qualification game.

Holland recovered from their poor Euro 2012 campaign with a 2-0 victory over Turkey. Holland took the lead on 16 minutes, Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie heading home Wesley Sneijder’s cross.

Turkey pushed hard for an equaliser, but couldn’t find a breakthrough and Dutch youngster Luciano Narsingh scored three minutes into stoppage-time to confirm the victory for Louis Van Gaal’s side. Holland takes a trip to Hungary on Tuesday for their next qualifier.

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