Late rally finally sees England home

Published: Friday 9 October 2009, 22.45CET
England 6-3 FYR Macedonia
Zavon Hines and Andy Carroll scored twice as England ended the resistance of visitors who had fought back from 2-0 and 3-2 down.
by Kevin Ashby
from Ricoh Arena
Late rally finally sees England home
England scored six times in Coventry ©Getty Images
 

Match statistics

EnglandFYROM

Goals scored6
 
3
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0
Goal attempts15
 
8
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners5
 
3
Fouls committed21
 
10

Matches

Published: Friday 9 October 2009, 22.45CET

Late rally finally sees England home

England 6-3 FYR Macedonia
Zavon Hines and Andy Carroll scored twice as England ended the resistance of visitors who had fought back from 2-0 and 3-2 down.

Zavon Hines came off the bench to score twice as England earned a 6-3 victory against FYR Macedonia to keep in touch with leaders Greece in qualifying Group 9.

Intelligent pass
The 20-year-old debutant chose the perfect time to open his account at Under-21 level as he slotted in Tom Cleverley's intelligent pass in the 67th minute to finally end the resistance of the visitors after they had fought back from 2-0 and 3-2 down. Andy Carroll and Hines both subsequently scored their second goals to give the final result a lopsided look.

Cruising
England were cruising after headed goals from from Kieran Gibbs and captain Micah Richards inside the opening half-hour had given them a 2-0 lead. Arsenal FC's Gibbs nodded in a precise chipped cross from club-mate Theo Walcott before his captain powered in from close range after Michael Mancienne had flicked on Jack Wilshere's corner.

Equaliser
F.Y.R. Macedonia had played some enterprising football up to that point and were rewarded when Muarem's free-kick from close to the left flank deceived Scott Loach shortly before the break. Shortly after it was 2-2, Agim Ibraimi beating Mancienne to a hopeful punt forward and then the England No1 with a left-footed finish.

Goal drama
Parity was to last just a minute, Carroll making it a hat-trick of England headers with a near-post finish, although a crazy five-minute spell was completed when Gibbs sliced an Ibraimi corner into his own net to make the score 3-3. That was as good as it got for the spirited visitors, however, as England squandered a number of chances to restore their lead before Hines – a half-time replacement for Walcott – did just that.

Wembley date
Carroll (87) and Hines (90) then had the 20,074 crowd on their feet with England's fifth and sixth goals, though manager Stuart Pearce will be looking for defensive improvement when his side – three points behind Greece with a game in hand – return to action against Portugal at Wembley on 14 November.

SSI Err
Last updated: 17/11/09 8.52CET

Related information

Lineup

England

England

FYROM

FYROM

1Scott Loach (GK)1Kristijan Naumovski (GK)
2Micah Richards (C)
Goal30'
2Daniel Georgievski
3Kieran Gibbs
Goal22'
Goal58'
3Aleksandar Lazevski
Substitution72'
4Jack Rodwell4Dragan Stojkov
5James Tomkins5Vladimir Dimitrovski (C)
6Michael Mancienne6Goran Bogdanovic
7Thomas Cleverley7Betim Aliju
Yellow Card28'
8Jack Wilshere
Yellow Card52'
8Muarem Muarem
Goal42'
9Andy Carroll
Goal54'
Goal87'
Substitution90+1'
9Mirko Ivanovski
Substitution90+3'
10Theo Walcott
Substitution46'
10Agim Ibraimi
Goal53'
11Danny Rose
Substitution69'
11Goran Siljanovski
Substitution64'

Substitutes

13Frank Fielding (GK)12Marko Jovanovski (GK)
12Chris Smalling13Yani Urdinov
14Fabrice Muamba
Substitution69'
14Aleksandar Stankov
Substitution90+3'
15Junior Stanislas15Stefan Spirovski
16Zavon Hines
Substitution46'
Goal67'
Goal90'
16Marko Kostencovski
Substitution64'
17Daniel Sturridge17Sedat Berisa
18Daniel Welbeck
Substitution90+1'
18Ilija Nestorovski
Substitution72'

Coach

Stuart Pearce (ENG) Boban Babunski (MKD)

Referee

Fredy Fautrel (FRA)

Assistant referees

Fredji Harchay (FRA), Cyril Gringore (FRA)

Fourth official

Ruddy Buquet (FRA)

Legend:

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution

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