England comeback sinks FYR Macedonia

Published: Friday 4 September 2009, 21.45CET
FYR Macedonia 1-2 England
Lee Cattermole scored from the spot as the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship finalists came from behind to win late on.
by Mark Pettit
England comeback sinks FYR Macedonia
Lee Cattermole's penalty earned England their victory ©sportsfile
 

Match statistics

FYROMEngland

Goals scored1
 
2
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0
Goal attempts6
 
14
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners1
 
6
Fouls committed17
 
13

Matches

Published: Friday 4 September 2009, 21.45CET

England comeback sinks FYR Macedonia

FYR Macedonia 1-2 England
Lee Cattermole scored from the spot as the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship finalists came from behind to win late on.

England came from a goal down with 22 minutes remaining to win their first competitive match since the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship final, 2-1 away to FYR Macedonia.

Ibraimi opener
The home side sensed an upset when Agim Ibraimi put them in front with a wonderful long-range strike after 34 minutes, a lead they held until midway through the second half. But half-time substitute Freddie Sears drew England level and the turnaround was completed with seven minutes remaining thanks to Lee Cattermole's penalty.

Final experience
Cattermole was one of four players in Stuart Pearce's selection here who started England's 4-0 final defeat by Germany a little more than two months ago – Scott Loach, Fabrice Muamba and Kieran Gibbs were the others – while James Tomkins, Michael Mancienne, Jack Rodwell and Danny Rose were all substitutes for the Malmo showpiece. But there were signs of an England hangover when Ibraimi, whose deflected free-kick had forced Loach into an earlier save, unleashed a 30-metre drive past the England goalkeeper.

Substitute impacts
Sears replaced Muamba after the interval but there were few signs of an England revival until the 68th minute when the replacement finished neatly after Tomkins and Rodwell had headed a Junior Stanislas corner into a dangerous area. Pearce's second change, Jack Wilshere for Rose, also had the desired impact as the midfielder was felled by Daniel Georgievski and Cattermole dispatched the late penalty to inflict a second successive Group 9 defeat on the hosts and get England's campaign off to a winning start.

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Last updated: 04/09/09 22.37CET

Related information

Lineup

FYROM

FYROM

England

England

1Kristijan Naumovski (GK)1Scott Loach (GK)
2Betim Aliju2Kyle Naughton
3Aleksandar Lazevski3Kieran Gibbs
4Antonio Stankov4Fabrice Muamba
Substitution46'
5Vladimir Dimitrovski (C)5James Tomkins
6Daniel Georgievski6Michael Mancienne
7Mirko Ivanovski
Substitution80'
7Junior Stanislas
Substitution83'
8Muarem Muarem
Yellow Card36'
8Lee Cattermole (C)
Yellow Card31'
Goal83'
9Samir Fazli
Substitution59'
9Daniel Sturridge
10Agim Ibraimi
Goal34'
10Jack Rodwell
11Dragan Stojkov
Substitution77'
11Danny Rose
Substitution72'

Substitutes

12Marko Jovanovski (GK)13Frank Fielding (GK)
13Kirče Ristevski12Chris Smalling
14Darko Bozinov14Jack Cork
15Sevdail Selmani
Substitution77'
15Jack Wilshere
Substitution72'
16Filip Petrov16Thomas Cleverley
Substitution83'
17Muzafer Ejupi
Substitution59'
17Freddie Sears
Substitution46'
Goal68'
18Ilija Nestorovski
Substitution80'
Yellow Card81'
18Daniel Welbeck

Coach

Boban Babunski (MKD) Stuart Pearce (ENG)

Referee

Hubert Siejewicz (POL)

Assistant referees

Konrad Sapela (POL), Radoslaw Siejka (POL)

Fourth official

Tomasz Mikulski (POL)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution

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