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England 2 Slovenia 1

By Carly Goodwill
September 7 2009

England beat Slovenia 2-1 on Saturday with goals from Frank Lampard and Jermaine Defoe securing a win for the Lions at Wembley Stadium. With just four days between this match and the Croatia Qualifier, England manager, Fabio Capello took the opportunity to field six substitutes with a view to keeping his players fresh and injury free for Wednesday.

Slovenia had a good start to the match, putting together some confident moves in England's half and they also had the first clear goal opportunity of the match. After just seven minutes, Milivoje Novakovic broke into the box and rounded Robert Green, before curling his shot narrowly over the bar from an angle.

England were attacking with good pace in the opening stages but were unable to get anything from it, they soon settled down and midway through the first half they had two great chances to take the lead.
On 22 minutes,  Emile Heskey’s  flick-on was found by Wayne Rooney on the left side of the box, Miso Brecko deflected the forward’s effort over the bar. The corner that followed due to a handball by Brecko saw John Terry hit the bar with a thumping header.

England were starting to increase the pressure on the Slovenian goal and they deservedly took the lead just after the 60 minute mark. Steven Gerrard’s ball led to a tangle between Bostjan Cesar and Rooney, resulting in the England penalty which Lampard smashed into the bottom right of the net.
England could have gone further in the lead when Gerrard’s corner was headed by Upson to Rooney, who was left unmarked at the back post, but his effort hit the back post, Gerrard made another attempt at goal but it went just wide.

The substitutes made for England saw Jermaine Defoe, Michael Carrick, James Milner and Aaron Lennon coming on after the interval. Defoe and Milner both came close at the start of the second half. Firstly, the Tottenham star arrived at the near post to meet  Glen Johnson’s cross, only for it to be deflected behind for a corner. Milner’s subsequent shot went just wide of the post.

England looked comfortable during the second half and Rob Green had had a quiet game so far, but he was  needed in the 58th minute to send away a Robert Koren free-kick from the left.
Five minutes later Defoe gave England another goal when he received a square ball from Lennon on the 18-yard line and hit a low, and also slightly deflected, shot into the corner of the net. This giving Defoe his fifth goal in three England games.

Lennon looked energetic as he sped down the right hand side to cross to Rooney, who managed to turn the ball goal wards, but Matej Mavricrozic was on the line to block. Shortly after this Rooney was taken off and replaced with Carlton Cole, while Matthew Upson was replaced by Joleon Lescott

   Slovenia pulled a goal back on 85 minutes. Some tidy footwork from Nejc Pecnik allowed him to get a cross in despite the attention from Johnson, and Ljubijankic beat Lescott to the ball at the near post to head it home.

In the final minutes Carlton Cole could have restored England’s two-goal lead as he stole into the box, but  Suler was on-hand to clear it away.

 Full time: England 2 Slovenia 1 Goalscorers- England: Wayne Rooney 31'Jermaine Defoe 63' Goalscorer- Slovenia:

Ljubijankic 85'
Official: Jonas Eriksson

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