INTERNATIONALS: LAMPARD SPOT ON

Posted on: Tue 11 Sep 2012

Frank Lampard scored his third international goal in five days to rescue a home point for England and Branislav Ivanovic continued his prolific start to the season. He was on-target in a big win for Serbia.

Both Chelsea men were playing their second qualification matches for the next World Cup and Lampard was the only Chelsea player in the starting line-up against Ukraine, England looking to follow up a good win in Moldova.

Manager Roy Hodgson preferred Phil Jagielka to Gary Cahill as the replacement for injured John Terry. Daniel Sturridge had recovered from the stomach cramps two days earlier so was on the bench, as was Ryan Bertrand.

England had the ball in the Wembley net first through Jermain Defoe but the goal was ruled out for a minor infringement. Instead it was Ukraine who went in ahead at the interval thanks to a sweetly struck long-range goal.

The home side had chances but they were spurned and Sturridge was introduced with 69 minutes played, Bertrand coming on four minutes later for his second cap. When Sturridge centred the ball with nine minutes remaining, another sub, Danny Welbeck struck a post.

Time was running out fast when Bertrand did very well to volley the ball into the danger zone from a wide position and as Welbeck juggled it, Ukraine handled.

Lampard fired in his second penalty of this international break for his 26th England goal. There were four minutes left on the clock which was enough time for Steven Gerrard to be sent-off for a second yellow card before the match ended 1-1.

In contrast to their goalless draw against Scotland on Saturday, Serbia, captained by Ivanovic, had no trouble finding the net at home to Wales. They won 6-1 with the Chelsea defender scoring the fifth goal - a left-footer from the edge of the area. He has seven goals from 54 international appearances.

Ivanovic


Belgium followed up their win in Wales in their opening qualifier with a home draw against Croatia. Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois both started. Kevin De Bruyne was introduced with 72 minutes played.

Fernando Torres, who won his 100th cap for Spain on Friday, remained on the bench for their 1-0 win away in Geogia. Valencia's Roberto Soldado was selected instead and he scored a late winner in what was the world champion's opening qualifier.

Yossi Benayoun played in Israel's 4-0 home defeat at the hands of Russia. With Petr Cech rested, Czech Republic lost 1-0 in a friendly against Finland.