Smalling strike gives England the edge

Published: Friday 8 October 2010, 22.30CET
England 2-1 Romania
A late goal from centre-back Chris Smalling ensured the 2009 finalists will take a narrow lead to Romania on Tuesday afternoon.
Smalling strike gives England the edge
England's Jack Wilshere (left) challenges Eric Bicfalvi of Romania ©Getty Images
 

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EnglandRomania

Goals scored2
 
1
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0
Attempts on target6
 
3
Attempts off target4
 
5
Corners9
 
3
Fouls committed8
 
6

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Published: Friday 8 October 2010, 22.30CET

Smalling strike gives England the edge

England 2-1 Romania
A late goal from centre-back Chris Smalling ensured the 2009 finalists will take a narrow lead to Romania on Tuesday afternoon.

Chris Smalling's late goal gave England a narrow but vital lead to take to Romania in their UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-off.

The visitors had marginally the better of an even first period, Gabriel Torje hitting the post on the stroke of half-time. England gained the upper hand after the interval, Jordan Henderson volleying them in front only for Romania to respond quickly through Ioan Hora's deflected effort. With seven minutes left, however, Smalling turned in from a corner to ensure England take an advantage into Tuesday's second leg in Botosani.

Finalists in 2009, Stuart Pearce's side did not book their play-off place until last month but were swiftly into their stride at Carrow Road. As early as the fourth minute Romania goalkeeper Silviu Lung had to react swiftly to turn over Henderson's fierce volley from the edge of the penalty area.

Thereafter Romania looked the more likely scorers, Phil Jones clearing Paul Papp's effort off the line before Frank Fielding saved from Eric Bicfalvi. The goalkeeper was beaten in the final minute of the opening period as the home defence afforded Torje time and space in the penalty area and were nearly made to pay, the Romania captain's shot striking the base of the post.

England turned the tables on their visitors in the second period, seizing control of midfield and breaking the deadlock just past the hour. Henderson connected perfectly with another volley from 20 metres and this time Lung was unable to keep it out.

The lead lasted only eight minutes; Hora's ball in from the right deflected off Ryan Bertrand to leave Fielding helpless and give Romania a valuable away goal. It was not enough to earn a draw, however, as substitute Daniel Sturridge – who later sent a free header wide – and Jack Wilshere each connected with a deep corner, Smalling eventually prodding the loose ball into the roof of the net from close range.

Last updated: 08/10/10 21.36CET

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Romania

Romania

1Frank Fielding (GK)1Silviu Lung (GK)
2Michael Mancienne (C)2Cornel Râpă
3Ryan Bertrand3Paul Papp
4Fabrice Muamba4Ştefan Bărboianu
Yellow Card3'
5Chris Smalling
Goal83'
5Valerică Găman
6Phil Jones6Eric Bicfalvi
7Thomas Cleverley
Substitution75'
7Ioan Hora
Goal71'
Yellow Card82'
8Jordan Henderson
Goal63'
8Florin Gardoş
9Daniel Welbeck
Substitution81'
9Marius Alexe
Substitution81'
10Jack Wilshere
Substitution90+3'
10Gabriel Torje (C)
11Danny Rose11Ionut Neagu
Substitution64'

Substitutes

13Scott Loach (GK)12Cezar Lungu (GK)
12Henri Lansbury13Alexandru Măţel
14Marc Albrighton
Substitution75'
14Raul Rusescu
15Jack Cork
Substitution90+3'
15Sabrin Sburlea
Substitution81'
16Kyle Walker16Andrei Ionescu
Substitution64'
17Daniel Sturridge
Substitution81'
17Vlad Chiricheş
18Nathan Delfouneso18Mihai Rădut

Coach

Stuart Pearce (ENG) Emil Sandoi (ROU)

Referee

Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)

Assistant referees

Gianluca Cariolato (ITA), Roberto Iannello (ITA)

Fourth official

Antonio Danilo Giannoccaro (ITA)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution

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