Green sees red as England crash in Ukraine

October 10, 2009

The Rape of the Sabine Women, Poussin Nicolas
“Robert Green became the first England goalkeeper to be sent off as Fabio Capello saw his 100% World Cup record smashed to pieces by the Ukraine. Green was dismissed for a professional foul just 15 minutes into what turned out to be one of the worst defensive performances in Capello’s time in charge. Wayne Rooney is exempt from criticism after a towering display which he nearly capped with a last-minute equaliser. But at the back, it was a collective nightmare.” (ESPN)

Robert Green sees red as Ukraine catch England off guard
“England lost their unbeaten record, a goalkeeper and both their starting wingers in the Ukrainian city of rocket science, and though Fabio Capello will have been pleased enough by the spirit and determination shown by his 10 men in an inconsequential fixture, some old flaws were exposed that the Italian appeared to have corrected.” (Guardian- Paul Wilson)

Ukraine launch a late bid for second in space-race city
“The obvious pronunciation challenges are not the only reason why Dnipropetrovsk has failed to feature much on the map of world football. The city’s role in the former Soviet – now Ukrainian – space programme made it one of the Soviet Union’s most closed cities until the early 1990s. Correspondence was often via mail boxes located in other places.” (Independent)

Ukraine 1 England 0: match report
“Perhaps it was best this was not shown on television: some of this wasn’t fit for watching before the watershed. With flares thrown from the crowd, threats of abandoning the game, sporadic racist chanting directed at England’s black players, terrible defensive mistakes, a red card and Fabio Capello’s first defeat in a competitive game this was not a game for the faint-hearted England fan.” (Telegraph)

England’s perfect record goes up in smoke
“Ten-man England saw their 100 per cent record in their World Cup qualifying group disappear after Serhiy Nazarenko’s deflected shot gave Ukraine a vital win in Dnipro. Nazarenko’s shot hit Ashley Cole and flew past David James for the 30th-minute opener. James had come off the bench after Robert Green was sent off for bringing down Artem Milevskiy in the 13th minute, but Andriy Shevchenko’s spot-kick hit the post. The foul came after Rio Ferdinand had let a long ball go through and allowed Milevskiy on goal.” (TimesOnline)

World Cup 2010

October 10, 2009

UEFA – ESPN Soccernet – Oct. 10, Oct. 11, Oct. 14