England v Portugal, 14 November 2009

Score1-0 to England
RefereeThorsten Kinhofer
CompetitionUEFA Under-21 Qualifying group 9
VenueWembley Stadium
Attendance33,833
Kick-Off: 12.30pm WWW.FA.COM MATCH REPORT Rose blooms as England beat Portugal Jamie Bradbury at Wembley Stadium Saturday, 14 November, 2009 Danny Rose scores to help the Under-21s win 1-0 at Wembley Danny Rose was England’s hero at Wembley as his first-half strike ensured a Three Lions win over Portugal in their Euro 2011 Qualifier. Collecting a knock-down from Andy Carroll, Rose finished well to seal the victory and leave England three points off the top with a game in hand over Group Nine leaders Greece. Heavy rain and howling winds greeted the teams onto the pitch - similar conditions to the Euro 2009 Qualifier between these two sides at Wembley 14 months earlier. England won that day 2-0, and today Rose’s goal made sure the spirits of just short of 34,000 fans weren’t dampened. Pearce made a few enforced changes to his starting eleven, with Fulham’s Chris Smalling making his first start in defence alongside Micah Richards, while Kieran Gibbs moved into midfield with Ryan Bertrand slotting in at left-back. Andy Carroll, operating as the lone centre forward, almost got on the end of Rose’s tenth-minute cross from the left, but the ball skidded away from the Newcastle United forward inside the six yard box. Rose also came close to putting England in front after great work from Tom Cleverley. Manchester United’s on-loan midfielder beat his marker, Fabio Faria, inside the box before clipping a cross to the far post. Rose climbed, but just couldn’t get over the ball and from a yard out it ricocheted off the bar and away. Moments later Portugal had a great chance themselves. As the heavens began to open yet again, Bruno Pereirinha, in his second appearance at Wembley for the Portuguese Under-21s, crossed from the right. Yazalde, in space between Richards and Smalling, diverted goalwards but couldn’t prevent it from going over the bar. Again the visitors threatened, this down the left, and it was Ukra, losing Gibbs and Mancienne, to cross low, but Scott Loach was down well to gather. For England, the strong presence of Carroll was the main outlet on attack. A ball hoisted toward him was headed on target, but without the necessary power. However, it was a similar high pass in from Mancienne in the 40th minute that paved the way for England’s opening goal. Carroll, with two defenders in close attendance, out-muscled his markers to nod down to the unmarked Rose ten yards out. The Peterborough loanee was cool and tucked the ball away past Hugo Ventura to put England in front. Rose was then switched into the centre of midfield by Pearce at the break, with Kieran Gibbs going to left as the rain stopped. Carroll was again picked out from a Cleverley corner six minutes later, but despite his leap, he couldn’t guide towards Ventura’s goal. Fabio Faria came close for Portugal, with a looping header from an out swinging corner, but Loach watched as it drifted safely over. The goalscorer and Man of the Match made way for Jack Cork with 14 minutes left, providing a more defensive cover, while Pearce also brought on Kyle Naughton in place of Mancienne at right-back. But Cork’s duties didn’t stop him joining up in attack and he had an attempt from just outside the box with five minute remaining, but it was easily collected by Ventura. Portuguese subsititute, Joao Aurelio, had a similar go at the other end, which was equally routine for Loach. Dan Gosling came on in added time for his debut, and second substitute appearance at Wembley following The FA Cup Final in May, as England ran down the clock to claim a valuable three points and edge themselves nearer their Euro 2011 aim. Portugal return home from Wembley disappointed again, but could really do England a favour when they take on Group Nine leaders Greece in midweek, while Pearce’s team head to Lithuania.

1  England

Manager: Stuart Pearce

0  Portugal

Manager: Oceano Andrade Cruz

Goals:

Danny Rose 40 G

Goals:

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Scott Loach
Defender Micah Richards (captain)
Defender Chris Smalling
Defender/Midfielder Ryan Bertrand
Defender/Midfielder Kieran Gibbs
Defender/Midfielder Michael Mancienne
Defender/Midfielder Danny Rose
Midfielder Tom Cleverley
Midfielder Fabian Delph
Midfielder Fabrice Muamba
Forward Andy Carroll

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Hugo Ventura
Defender Fabio Faria
Defender Miguel Vitor
Defender/Midfielder Daniel Carriço (captain)
Midfielder Adrien Silva
Midfielder Pedro Moreira
Midfielder Bruno Pereirinha
Midfielder/Forward Fredy
Forward Rui Pedro
Forward Ukra
Forward Yazalde

Substitutions:

Jack Cork for Danny Rose 76
Kyle Naughton for Michael Mancienne 76
Dan Gosling for Fabian Delph 90

Substitutions:

Tiago Cintra for Fredy 57
Andre Castro for Adrien Silva 64
Joao Aurelio for Rui Pedro 79

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Frank Fielding
Defender/Midfielder Jack Cork
Defender/Midfielder Dan Gosling
Defender/Midfielder Kyle Naughton
Midfielder Henri Lansbury
Midfielder/Forward Zavon Hines

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Diego Silva
Defender Andre Pinto
Midfielder Andre Castro
Midfielder Andre Santos
Midfielder Rabiola
Forward Joao Aurelio
Forward Tiago Cintra