Andorra v England Live Commentary & Result, 09/10/2021, WC Qualification Europe | OkeGoal

England now prepare to face Hungary at Wembley in a few days’ time. Win that and a draw between Albania and Poland will all but guarantee their qualification. Whatever happens now, they surely won’t have to wait for long to book their flight to Qatar. That’s all for now. Goodbye!

The win keeps England four points clear at the top of Group I with three games left to play. Regardless of results elsewhere, two more wins will secure their place at the World Cup, a place which has long felt like a foregone conclusion. Andorra stay fifth in the group.

England have put Andorra to the sword, putting in a professional display to win this match comfortably. Southgate’s men were always going to be the favourites for this match and will be pleased with the shift they put in, ending with five different names on the scoresheet. Andorra will face gentler opponents than this.

90′ + 3′ FULL-TIME: ANDORRA 0-5 ENGLAND

90′ + 1′ The England fans start singing God Save The Queen as the game begins to wind down. It’s been an absolute breeze for the visitors.

90′ Mount receives a pass from the excellent Foden and has his shot from outside the box blocked. Watkins has an effort similarly denied from the left of the box shortly after. There’ll be three more minutes of this.

88′ Vales brings down Watkins in Andorra’s half. Grealish dances inside from the left and crashes an attempted pass against a defender. This has been a good little cameo by the Brummie.

87′ Johnstone hasn’t really had a save to make in this game but he has got an assist to his name. The England keeper will undoubtedly be pleased.

86′ GOAL! ANDORRA 0-5 ENGLAND! Grealish gets in on the act for England, weaving his way through Andorra’s defence to enter the box and calmly find the bottom left corner. The goal comes from a lightning counter-attack initiated by Johnstone who caught Andorra’s free-kick.

85′ Coady picks up a late yellow card for bringing down Alaez down Andorra’s right.

83′ Johnstone finally finds himself with something to do as he saves Fernandez’s shot from inside the box. The striker’s offside from Rebes’ throughball though.

82′ Andorra also make a change. Joan Cervos replaces Jordi Rubio.

80′ England substitution. Abraham makes way having got his goal. Watkins is on for him.

79′ GOAL! ANDORRA 0-4 ENGLAND! Ward-Prowse makes amends for his dodgy penalty, arriving first to the rebound from Gomes’ save to slot the ball into the bottom left corner. Job done for England.

Josep Gómes

Penalty Save

79′ Gomes was well-positioned and made himself big to keep out what was an uncharacteristically poor penalty by Ward-Prowse. It really doesn’t matter though…

J. Ward-Prowse

Penalty Miss

79′ Ward-Prowse takes the penalty with Kane on the bench. It’s a nice height for Gomes who makes a decent stop!

77′ PENALTY FOR ENGLAND! Grealish skips inside and plays a one-two with his Manchester City colleague Foden to drift across Jesus Rubio in the box. Rubio clumsily brings Grealish down and the referee points straight to the spot.

75′ Mount cuts back from the byline and Grealish’s effort hits a defender. It turns out Grealish is offside anyway.

73′ Lingard also heads off. Mount takes his place in midfield.

73′ England decide to bring a few more players on. Sancho trots off after a good game. Grealish takes his place on England’s left.

72′ There’s not very much to write home about currently. There’s a distinct lack of tension with England surely guaranteed the victory now.

70′ Andorra get another corner in what is a good spell for them. Again they don’t particularly trouble the England defence, but it’s progress.

68′ Andorra win their first corner of the game which Jordi Rubio takes. England defend it easily enough.

66′ Sancho strays offside as Ward-Prowse tries to find him. Coady catches an elbow from Rebes, who’s already been booked. The referee is lenient with the Andorra man.

Jordi Aláez

Cristian Martínez

64′ Martinez is next to go off. Alaez is his replacement.

64′ The ineffectual Sanchez is last to go. Fernandez takes his place up front for Andorra, a thankless task.

Emili García

Ildefons Lima

63′ Andorra make a few substitutions. Lima, who came on earlier, goes off again. Emili Garcia comes on.

62′ Chilwell’s caught offside from Sancho’s cross. This is all too easy for England. 

60′ With the win pretty much sewn up at this point, England make their first change. Stones is replaced by Tomori, another player whose reputation has improved since moving to Italy. It’s the AC Milan defender’s first cap for two years.

59′ Sancho’s ball in there was delicious and eluded all of Andorra’s defenders. England have got the comfortable lead they deserve.

59′ GOAL! ANDORRA 0-3 ENGLAND! Abraham gets his goal, stabbing in Sancho’s sweeping cross from the left. Lima totally lost the striker and Gomes could do nothing about it. He’s been rejuvenated since joining Roma. 

57′ Chance for England! Foden sends another fantastic diagonal ball to Sancho who rolls it back across goal first-time. Abraham is unable to convert it from inside the six-yard box. The flag is up regardless.

55′ Rebes is booked for a sly nudge on Chilwell.

54′ Ward-Prowse slips Abraham into the box. He aims for the far post but shanks the ball behind. His blushes are spared by the offside flag. England are ticking over nicely.

53′ Foden is off-target, firing wide from long range with an effort that’s unrealistic even for a player of his high standards.

52′ Chilwell has been taking up advanced positions all game. Once more Andorra are beaten in the air as the left-back nods Stones’ crossfield pass wide.

50′ Coady spots Lingard’s run into the box and fires an inside-to-out pass over the top for the Manchester United man. Lingard is unable to keep the pass in play.

49′ Sancho shifts the ball onto his right foot and fires a routine shot straight at Gomes from the left of the box.

47′ Foden catches the foot of Jordi Rubio near the halfway line and immediately holds his hands up in apology. Andorra use the free-kick to fire a cross towards the near post area. Xavier Vieira heads the ball straight into the arms of Johnstone via a deflection.

45′ England get the second half going. No further changes at half-time.

England had 89 per cent possession and nine shots to Andorra’s zero in that first half. Few people would have expected a contest from this game and so it is proving at the moment. Southgate will be keen for his men to stay focused and finish the job here without incident.

So far, so good for England. As expected, Southgate’s men are far too good for Andorra who have been chasing shadows for most of the first half. Foden has been especially untouchable. The visitors will be keen to add to Chilwell and Saka’s goals in the second half.

45′ + 4′ HALF-TIME: ANDORRA 0-2 ENGLAND

45′ + 3′ Jesus Rubio dribbles down the right and has his run halted by Sancho who he subsequently fouls. That’ll be that for now as Foden gets a disappointed talking-to from the referee for booting the ball into the stands. 

45′ + 1′ Sancho receives another unnecessary booking for kicking the ball away after tripping Martinez near Andorra’s corner flag. There’s a whiff of insouciance to England at the moment, understandably so.

45′ There’ll be three additional minutes at the end of this first half.

44′ England are cruising as we approach the half-time whistle. Foden skips past the challenge of Xavier Vieira to keep the visitors moving.

Cristian Martínez

Yellow Card

42′ Martinez also receives a yellow card for the original foul.

42′ Stones is booked for pushing Martinez after taking exception to the Andorra player’s unfair challenge.

40′ Foden has been running the show here and now he has an assist to his name. It’s been a classy performance so far by the 21-year-old, albeit against limited opposition.

40′ GOAL! ANDORRA 0-2 ENGLAND! It’s been coming. The influential Foden dinks an exquisite ball over the top for Saka. Saka times his run perfectly to take a touch and lash it past Gomes into the top right corner.

38′ England race up the other end and force another corner as Trippier’s shot is blocked. Ward-Prowse’s delivery worries Gomes into punching it clear again.

36′ Marc Garcia’s delivery is cleared by Stones. Llovera and Ward-Prowse race towards the corner flag for the ball and Llovera naively pushes the England man to concede an unnecessary free-kick.

35′ Chilwell hauls down Martinez down Andorra’s right. Andorra will get the chance to test Johnstone in the England goal. No doubt he’ll be glad for something to do.

33′ England are passing the ball around without a care in the world. Andorra can’t get near them.

31′ Coady gets on the end of Ward-Prowse’s ball in but his header is blocked. Stones nods high and wide from very close range.

Ildefons Lima

Christian García

31′ Here’s that Andorra change. The 41-year-old Lima replaces Christian Garcia at centre-back.

29′ Rebes trips Chilwell and England will get another set-piece. They’ll have to wait to take it though as Christian Garcia has injured himself after stretching for the ball earlier.

28′ Andorra survive England’s latest corner, blocking Saka’s shot from the centre of the box, but the pressure on the hosts is building again. 

27′ England want another corner and they’ve got it. Abraham’s flicked header is blocked and the visitors force yet another corner. This has been one-way traffic so far.

25′ England have a corner down their right. Their captain for the game Trippier sends it into the box. Vales hooks it away before Coady can reach it.

23′ Chance for England! Sancho finds Abraham with a lovely cross and the Roma striker heads towards goal to force Gomes into making an instinctive save. Abraham’s follow-up shot is blocked. England look in the mood to rack up some goals.

21′ Abraham hands Andorra a free-kick in England’s half as he fouls Xavier Vieira. The hosts float it into England’s box without creating a chance of note.

19′ England will be glad to get the early lead. They’ve had a whopping 91 per cent possession of the ball so far.

17′ Andorra are giving Foden far too much time on the ball so far and he picked out Sancho perfectly there. It was an easy layoff for Sancho and a simple goal for England.

17′ GOAL! ANDORRA 0-1 ENGLAND! After a prolonged check Chilwell and England are awarded the goal. The point of contention had been whether Sancho was offside. He wasn’t, so the goal stands.

17′ England earn another corner down their left. Andorra clear it. The visitors keep pushing though. Sancho takes down Foden’s pass into the box and lays off for Chilwell who smashes into the net. The referee rules the goal out for offside but VAR is taking a look.

15′ Sancho cuts inside on his right foot and sends in a cross which goes out for an England corner. Ward-Prowse goes for the deep delivery this time and Gomes makes sure it doesn’t drop into the net at the far post.

13′ England get their first decent chance of the game. Foden pings an angled ball to Chilwell whose header across goal bounces just wide of the right-hand post.

11′ England are staying patient, waiting for gaps to open in the Andorran defence. Sancho fires in a cross from the left that Abraham doesn’t entirely expect. The ball lands to Marc Garcia who puts his foot through it.

9′ Contrary to pre-match reports Andorra have lined up in a 5-4-1 formation. The hosts are trying their best to make life difficult for England.

7′ Saka pops a pass inside to Lingard and attempts to dart onto the return pass but Lingard’s pass is too heavy and rolls straight through to Gomes.

6′ Gomes gets to his feet to take the goal-kick, handing the ball straight back to England. The away supporters are well-represented behind the Andorran goal.

5′ Foden sends the ball over the top for Chilwell who tries to find Abraham inside the six-hard box. Gomes comes off his line to block the cross, taking a knock in the process. Chilwell is offside anyway.

4′ England get another free-kick down their left. Andorra see it out but the visitors are already putting their stamp on the game.

3′ The set-piece specialist Ward-Prowse again takes the corner. Andorra head it clear.

2′ Marc Garcia steams in on Saka to hand England an early free-kick. Ward-Prowse swings it in and Coady’s header deflects out for an England corner.

1′ Andorra get this game underway! Both they and England are in their preferred colours: Andorra in all-red, England in white shirts and navy blue shorts.

The Ukrainian referee Kateryna Monzul takes the match ball at the Estadi Nacional d’Andorra. She becomes the first woman to referee an England senior men’s match. The two nations line up for their national anthems.

Even with a weakened team, England should have more than enough about them to see off Andorra comfortably. The visitors have met the microstate five times in their history and won all five games, scoring 20 goals and conceding none. Southgate can call on his big guns from the bench should England need them. Let’s face it: they probably won’t.

Andorra name a much-changed team from the one that lost 2-1 away to Hungary in their last international match. There are 10 changes to England from their draw with Poland as Southgate picks an 11 with a second string feel about it. Stones is the only starter from that game to do so again here. Trippier captains the side.

SUBS: Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, Declan Rice, Harry Kane, Jordan Pickford, Mason Mount, Aaron Ramsdale, Fikayo Tomori, Kyle Walker, Jack Grealish, Ollie Watkins, Tyrone Mings.

ENGLAND (4-3-3): Sam Johnstone; Kieran Trippier (c), John Stones, Conor Coady, Ben Chilwell; Phil Foden, James Ward-Prowse, Jesse Lingard; Bukayo Saka, Tammy Abraham, Jadon Sancho.

SUBS: Jordi Alaez, Ildefons Lima, Emili Garcia, Sergio Moreno, Eric Sola, Marc Pujol, Francisco Pires, Ricard Fernandez, Joan Cervos, Ike.

ANDORRA (4-4-2): Josep Gomes; Jesus Rubio, Christian Garcia, Max Llovera, Marc Garcia; Jordi Rubio, Marc Rebes, Marc Vales (c), Xavier Vieira; Cristian Martinez, Aaron Sanchez Alburquerque.

Despite their hosts’ improved form at home, Gareth Southgate’s England side should still be confident of getting back to winning ways after drawing 1-1 in Poland last time out. England haven’t gone two consecutive major tournament qualifiers without winning since November 2007 and are unlikely to get back into that habit now.

After facing off at Wembley in September, Andorra and England now meet again in the reverse fixture. Following a run in which they conceded 14 goals in four home games, all defeats, Andorra are unbeaten in their last two home games, a goalless draw against Gibraltar and a 2-0 win over San Marino.

Hello! Welcome to our live text commentary of this 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification UEFA Group I match between Andorra and England at Estadi Nacional d’Andorra.

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