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Frank Lampard and Ashley Young save
face for slapdash England
?div class=”track”??img alt=”” src=”http://hits.guardian.co.uk/b/ss/guardiangu-feeds/1/H.22.2/12721?ns=guardian&pageName=England+2-2+Switzerland+%7C+Euro+2012+match+report%3AArticle%3A1567646&ch=Football&c3=Obs&c4=Euro+2012+%28Football%29%2CEngland+football+team%2CSwitzerland+football+team%2CFootball%2CSport&c5=Euro+2008+Football%2CFootball+World+Cup&c6=Paul+Wilson&c7=11-Jun-04&c8=1567646&c9=Article&c10=Match+report&c11=Football&c13=&c25=&c30=content&h2=GU%2FFootball%2FEuro+2012” width=”1” height=”1” /??/div??p?England dropped two Group G points at home to unfancied Switzerland, though after starting the game with the wrong team and a much too cautious approach, rescuing a draw felt like a minor victory after going two goals down in the first half.?/p??p?Had Darren Bent finished more reliably in the absence of the suspended Wayne Rooney England could easily have had all three points, such was the extent of their recovery once Ashley Young and Stewart Downing were added to the attack.?/p??p?Barring any more nasty surprises like the manner of both Swiss goals and how close Admir Mehmedi came to snatching a winner right at the end, the key fixture in deciding who qualifies automatically from the group is still likely to be England’s visit to Montenegro in October. This disappointing result, and performance, just puts that bit more pressure on England ahead of their next competitive match, in Bulgaria a month earlier.?/p??p?Considering Switzerland are supposed to have problems in the goalscoring department they managed to give Joe Hart’s goal a peppering in the first half-hour. They did not manage a goal from open play, so perhaps that is the problem, yet Hart was required to make stops from Eren Derdiyok, Gökhan Inler and Xherdan Shaqiri in the opening 20 minutes, the middle one a particularly important save as the Swiss captain’s shot had taken a significant late deflection off Rio Ferdinand.?/p??p?Diego Benaglio in the visitors’ goal did have to make the first save of the game, when a Frank Lampard corner found Glen Johnson at the far post in the second minute, yet after that he was mostly a spectator as Hart did all the diving around.?/p??p?The trouble from England’s point of view seemed to be that Fabio Capello’s surprise choice of James Milner and Theo Walcott ahead of Young and Downing was not really working from either an attacking or defensive point of view. The amount of time both spent tracking back into their own half suggested they had been told to help out the back four, yet Switzerland were still doing most of the pressing.?/p??p?The England attack was ineffective because Bent was effectively playing up front on his own. Not only that, but a couple of poor touches and one wasted opportunity from a Scott Parker interception suggested he might not be having one of his better days.?/p??p?Things looked up for England when Ferdinand headed narrowly over from Lampard’s cross on the half-hour, yet withing a couple of minutes the Swiss took the lead. It was the sort of silly goal that should never be conceded at international level, yet all too often is by England. Tranquillo Barnetta swung in a free-kick, Ferdinand and Johan Djourou jumped for the ball and missed, and Hart realised too late that it was going to be up to him to cover the bottom corner.?/p??p?Never let it be said that England are a team who do things by halves, however. Almost unbelievably, they let the same thing happen again three minutes later. The aghast expression had hardly left Capello’s face from the first time when Parker brought down Reto Ziegler and Barnetta stepped up again to make Hart look even more foolish at his near post. The goalkeeper did not get much protection from a wall (Milner and Walcott) that obligingly parted to let the shot through, yet even so he was caught unprepared by the accuracy of Barnetta’s shot.?/p??p?Capello now looked as if he was going to explode in his seat, though at least England pulled back a goal before the interval, Lampard scoring confidently from the spot after Djourou had brought down Wilshere in the area.?/p??p?The Italian sent on Young for the second half, not for Walcott or Milner, but for Lampard. Young stationed himself ahead of Parker and Wilshere in a more central and more advanced position than Lampard had occupied, and though Capello would probably deny it, England were now set up 4-4-2. The coach deserves credit for correcting his earlier mistake and making the




switch, whatever the formational theory, because Young scored an excellent equaliser after five minutes on the pitch, sweeping a crisp, low shot past Benaglio after Leighton Baines had laid back Milner’s cross in what looked suspiciously like England’s first decent move of the afternoon.?/p??p?A superb, threaded pass from Wilshere put Bent one on one with the Swiss goalkeeper midway through the second half, but though the striker made exactly the right run Benaglio was alert to the situation and came to the edge of his area to snuff out the chance.?/p??p?At least England were doing most of the attacking now and when Walcott made a darting run into the area Young scooped a shot over the bar a little wastefully from the edge of the box. That was nothing, however, compared with the sitter Bent missed a few moments later, after Benaglio spilled Young’s shot in his direction to leave the striker a clear sight of an open goal.?/p??p?It was the moment for Bent to seize his fourth England goal, repay Capello’s faith in him and finally establish a reputation for clinical rather than erratic finishing, and Wembley groaned as one when he lofted the ball over the bar with his left foot.?/p??p?Young could not convert a more difficult chance off Milner before the end, but Bent’s miss will be remembered for costing England two points, especially if things go wrong from here.?/p??p?Let’s hope Rooney’s rug rethink is more convincing than his striking replacement, though if blame is ultimately to be apportioned, the unnecessary yellow card in Wales that allowed Rooney to book a hair appointment instead of helping ensure Euro 2012 qualification might be the best place to start.?/p??div class=”related” style=”float: left; margin-right: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;”??ul??li??a href=”http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/euro2012”?Euro 2012?/a??/li??li??a href=”http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/england”?England?/a??/li??li??a href=”http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/switzerland”?Switzerland?/a??/li??/ul??/div??div class=”author”??a href=”http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/paulwilson”?Paul Wilson?/a??/div??br/??div class=”terms”??a href=”http://www.guardian.co.uk”?guardian.co.uk?/a? © Guardian News & Media Limited 2011 | Use of this content is subject to our ?a href=”http://users.guardian.co.uk/help/article/0,,933909,00.html”?Terms & Conditions?/a? | ?a href=”http://www.guardian.co.uk/help/feeds”?More Feeds?/a??/div??p style=”clear:both” /?




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                                                                      goalkeeper did not get much protection from a wall (Milner and
                                                                      Walcott) that obligingly parted to let the shot through, yet even
Frank Lampard and Ashley Young save                                   so he was caught unprepared by the accuracy of Barnetta’s shot.
face for slapdash England                                                 Capello now looked as if he was going to explode in his seat,
                                                                      though at least England pulled back a goal before the interval,
Paul Wilson at Wembley                                                Lampard scoring confidently from the spot after Djourou had
                                                                      brought down Wilshere in the area.
England [http://tinyurl.com/4v7v9n] dropped two Group G
                                                                          The Italian sent on Young for the second half, not for Walcott
points at home to unfancied Switzerland [http://tinyurl.com/
                                                                      or Milner, but for Lampard. Young stationed himself ahead
d3vnhz], though after starting the game with the wrong team
                                                                      of Parker and Wilshere in a more central and more advanced
and a much too cautious approach, rescuing a draw felt like a
                                                                      position than Lampard had occupied, and though Capello
minor victory after going two goals down in the first half.
                                                                      would probably deny it, England were now set up 4-4-2. The
    Had Darren Bent finished more reliably in the absence of the
                                                                      coach deserves credit for correcting his earlier mistake and
suspended Wayne Rooney England could easily have had all
                                                                      making the switch, whatever the formational theory, because
three points, such was the extent of their recovery once Ashley
                                                                      Young scored an excellent equaliser after five minutes on the
Young and Stewart Downing were added to the attack.
                                                                      pitch, sweeping a crisp, low shot past Benaglio after Leighton
    Barring any more nasty surprises like the manner of both
                                                                      Baines had laid back Milner’s cross in what looked suspiciously
Swiss goals and how close Admir Mehmedi came to snatching
                                                                      like England’s first decent move of the afternoon.
a winner right at the end, the key fixture in deciding who
                                                                          A superb, threaded pass from Wilshere put Bent one on one
qualifies automatically from the group is still likely to be
                                                                      with the Swiss goalkeeper midway through the second half, but
England’s visit to Montenegro in October. This disappointing
                                                                      though the striker made exactly the right run Benaglio was alert
result, and performance, just puts that bit more pressure on
                                                                      to the situation and came to the edge of his area to snuff out the
England ahead of their next competitive match, in Bulgaria a
                                                                      chance.
month earlier.
                                                                          At least England were doing most of the attacking now and
    Considering Switzerland are supposed to have problems in
                                                                      when Walcott made a darting run into the area Young scooped
the goalscoring department they managed to give Joe Hart’s
                                                                      a shot over the bar a little wastefully from the edge of the box.
goal a peppering in the first half-hour. They did not manage a
                                                                      That was nothing, however, compared with the sitter Bent
goal from open play, so perhaps that is the problem, yet Hart
                                                                      missed a few moments later, after Benaglio spilled Young’s shot
was required to make stops from Eren Derdiyok, Gökhan Inler
                                                                      in his direction to leave the striker a clear sight of an open goal.
and Xherdan Shaqiri in the opening 20 minutes, the middle one
                                                                          It was the moment for Bent to seize his fourth England goal,
a particularly important save as the Swiss captain’s shot had
                                                                      repay Capello’s faith in him and finally establish a reputation for
taken a significant late deflection off Rio Ferdinand.
                                                                      clinical rather than erratic finishing, and Wembley groaned as
    Diego Benaglio in the visitors’ goal did have to make the first
                                                                      one when he lofted the ball over the bar with his left foot.
save of the game, when a Frank Lampard corner found Glen
                                                                          Young could not convert a more difficult chance off Milner
Johnson at the far post in the second minute, yet after that he
                                                                      before the end, but Bent’s miss will be remembered for costing
was mostly a spectator as Hart did all the diving around.
                                                                      England two points, especially if things go wrong from here.
    The trouble from England’s point of view seemed to be
                                                                          Let’s hope Rooney’s rug rethink is more convincing than
that Fabio Capello’s surprise choice of James Milner and Theo
                                                                      his striking replacement, though if blame is ultimately to be
Walcott ahead of Young and Downing was not really working
                                                                      apportioned, the unnecessary yellow card in Wales that allowed
from either an attacking or defensive point of view. The amount
                                                                      Rooney to book a hair appointment instead of helping ensure
of time both spent tracking back into their own half suggested
                                                                      Euro 2012 [http://tinyurl.com/3f2fqs] qualification might be the
they had been told to help out the back four, yet Switzerland
                                                                      best place to start.
were still doing most of the pressing.
    The England attack was ineffective because Bent was
effectively playing up front on his own. Not only that, but a
couple of poor touches and one wasted opportunity from a
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sort of silly goal that should never be conceded at international
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                                                                      68 min: Another fine save from Given, this time from
to him to cover the bottom corner.
                                                                      Sumulikoski’s curling effort which was destined for the top
    Never let it be said that England are a team who do things
                                                                      corner. Given got across to push behind and O’Shea did well to
by halves, however. Almost unbelievably, they let the same
                                                                      head clear from the resulting corner.
thing happen again three minutes later. The aghast expression
                                                                         66 min: A dangerous attack from Macedonia as Pandev
had hardly left Capello’s face from the first time when Parker
                                                                      spread it wide to Trickovski who cut inside on his right foot
brought down Reto Ziegler and Barnetta stepped up again
                                                                      and fired a low shot which Given did well to hold with several
to make Hart look even more foolish at his near post. The
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Macedonians ready to pounce.                                        writes Stephen Barrett. “In my folk’s bar in Mayo. He bought the
    64 min: Change for Ireland as Shane Long replaces Simon         whole place a drink, sat and had a coke and crisps himself while
Cox. Long’s blistering pace could be useful here especially         playing the pole position video game in the back. He ate alot of
if some of the Macedonia players go home early as I have            my ma’s Jaffa Cakes I seem to remember.”
predicted.                                                              Meeting Robbie Keane Part One: Fred Sullivan explains
    62 min: Macedonia are on the attack now but the Irish           his run-in. “Rather bizarrely, I met him in Chester’s premier
defence is holding firm. Meeting Robbie Keane Part Three: “I        (only, at the time) nightclub ‘Rosie’s’. He was there with a few
met Robbie Keane,” says Simon Bradwell. “It was 1999 and            other Spurs players, though none that I recognised. Despite
he was playing for Coventry City. We had seen him play — and        the presence of a dance floor mere centimetres from where he
score — that day and were in a bar in Leamington when he came       stood, he didn’t dance so he kept his cartwheels to himself.”
up to us, with Noel Whelan, and asked for a cigarette from              Cultural reference department ... Many people on
my mate. He obliged, and congratulated Robbie on his goal,          Twitter seem to comparing O’Shea’s tackle on Pandev to this
at which point Robbie did the double-finger-click-and-point         memorable moment [http://tinyurl.com/6b5e5gl].
thing and said, “Cheers”. Heady days...” Good story, although           “I would love to hear any reactions from West Ham fans who
I’m sure he would never have asked for a cigarette. He’s a          might be watching,” asks Michael Meagher. Anyone?
professional athlete for God’s sake.                                    Goal descriptions ... The first came when Macedonia backed
    62 min: “David Clarke makes a good point about Dixie            off. Keane’s shot from 25 yards took a deflection and looped
Dean,” writes Fred Sullivan, “but in international football only    over the keeper into the net. The second was a terrible backpass
26 players out of the thousands who’ve played internationally       but Keane was on to the ball in a flash and finished brilliantly,
have scored more than 51 goals. And what a list it is! Puskas,      sliding past the onrushing keeper. The Lampard point is valid.
Pele, Muller, Batistuta, Zico ... Stern John.” Legends, one and     Has anyone else ever met Robbie Keane? Did he cartwheel?
all.                                                                    Half time emails: “Could we have a description of the goal
    59 min: Like an old style messenger bringing news from the      please?” demands Fred Sullivan beating his hands off the desk
senators in Rome someone called Men of Distinction brings           while screaming ‘won’t somebody please think of the children’.
word of the RTE panel. “The RTE panel think Ireland are lucky...    “Some of us are at work... oh... you are too of course. Also,
(well Liam Brady) and leaky in defence (Eamonn Dunphy).             why is Robbie Keane getting such a hard time? He’s a bit of an
Pandev obviously met Henry on holidays... lucky escape              idiot and when i met him in real life he was arrogant and rude
for Ireland.” You’re right there, Men. There was no need to         but he IS a Premiership footballer so what do you expect? His
handball.                                                           achievement in reaching 50 international goals, something no
    58 min: The people are angry. “What have Dixie Dean’s           British player has ever done, should be applauded. Good on him
DOMESTIC goals got to do with anything?” screams Stephen            for celebrating every strike like it was his first. Scoring deflected
Barrett. “I scored 20 in one playtime in that case.” Don’t blame    goals never stopped Frank Lampard kissing his ring.”
me. I didn’t say it. Plus I scored 25 once so if anyone’s getting       Half time: Ireland have a two-goal lead which is probably
the plaudits ...                                                    two more than even they could have imagined. Had Macedonia
    56 min: Pandev has the ball in the back of the net but the      taken their chances it would be a different story with Pandev
whistle has gone for handball which is just as well as O’Dea        missing when clean through and then Trickovski hitting
and Kilbane made a mess of a straightforward cross. Pandev          the crossbar from the penalty spot. Keane’s 50th and 51st
controlled with his arm and slid past Given but the referee blew    international goals have put Ireland on the verge of a vital three
instantly. Gjurovski comes on for Despotovski.                      points.
    55 min: Andrews breaks up a Macedonian attack and feeds             45 + 1 min: Popov goes down the left and crosses but it
Mcgeady who counters but his pass to Keane is cut out.              evades everyone in the area, thankfully for Kilbane who had got
    54 min: I’ve just done some detective work and I think Mario    caught under the ball.
Gjurovski is about to come on for Macedonia. You can call me            45 min: Three minutes of stoppage time. Ireland desperately
Columbo if you like.                                                need to hold on to their two-goal lead to the break.
    For Robbie Keane celebration queries ... please see above.          43 min: In an email headed “Celebrations Pt2 Colin Ward
    51 min: The good news from an Ireland point of view is that     writes: “I’ll let Robbie away with it this time ... Still, I’m afraid
Macedonia seem to be losing interest by the minute. If they can     that you might well be right, that even after that second goal
keep a clean sheet for the next 20 minutes or so I reckon most of   Trapp’ll settle for 2-2.” He couldn’t, could he?
the crowd (and probably a few players) will have gone home.             41 min: Trickovski misses the penalty Shay Given went the
    48 min: “Not to but a damper on Keane’s 51 goals,” says         wrong way but Trickovski’s penalty crashes against the crossbar
David Clarke dampening things considerably, “but Dixie Dean         and away to safety. What a let-off for Ireland. It was a foolish
scored 60 goals in one season (39 matches, for Everton 1927-        challenge from O’Shea. who is supposedly one of Ireland’s most
28).” Yeah, but could he do it on a Wednesday night in Stoke?       experienced players, but they have somehow got away with it.
    47 min: Ireland’s biggest problem remains how cheaply               39 min: Penalty to Macedonia A terrible challenge from
they gave the ball away in midfield. Kilbane just made a vital      O’Shea who swung cluelessly at the ball but instead caught
interception, knocked the ball to Whelan who, under very little     Pandev in the chest.
pressure, knocked it straight back to Macedonia.                        39 min: “My heart fills with joy every time I see Kevin
    46 min: We’re underway in the second half. Steve Staunton       Kilbane,” writes Emma Bung. “He’s not the best footballer in
“can see Ireland getting three or four”. Make of that what you      the world by any stretch of the imagination, but he is hard-
will.                                                               working, honest, humble, and that’s all too rare a thing these
    Meeting Robbie Keane Part Two: “I’ve met Robbie Keane,”         days.” That’s Killer for you. He may be 147 years old but he’s

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still trying his best.                                                clipped off Noveski’s back and looped over Bogatinov into the
    Goal!!!! Macedonia 0-2 Republic of Ireland (Keane, 36) Out        net. What a start for Ireland.
of nothing Ireland have doubled their lead. It was a terrible             4 min: Now Naumoski is down getting treatment for a
backpass from Grncarov and Keane was on to it in a flash and          shoulder injury. There’s going to be a drop ball to restart but it’s
finished beautifully, sliding into the corner of the net from the     been a very disjointed opening to the game. Macedonia return
edge of the area. Great finish from Keane and this half couldn’t      the ball to Given and maybe now we can have some football.
have gone any better for Ireland.                                         2 min: Shay Given is complaining about a laser pen being
    33 min: Now Darren O’Dea is down after a collision with Shay      shined in his eye. Football has changed since he last played
Given who came and punched clear. O’Dea took the full force of        a competitive game. The referee Florian Meyer, makes him
Given’s weight in the face. I think he’ll be ok but Ireland can’t     retake a free kick on the edge of the area while they stadium
afford to lose another centre back.                                   announcer makes an announcement which presumably says
    31 min: The Macedonia left back twists and turns at the           ‘Oi, put away your laser pen you oaf.’
edge of the Irish area before firing a low shot across goal which         1 min: Inside one minute Glenn Whelan tries his luck from
is probably going wide but Given saves easily anyway. Ireland         distance but it’s well wide. Ireland scored after 85 seconds
have settled a bit in the last few minutes.                           in the ficture in Dublin, thank mainly to some suspect
    29 min: Andrews drives it low through the wall. It’s fairly       goalkeeping. Unsurprisingly they’ve made changes in that
straightforward but Bogatinov manages to spill the ball but no        department tonight.
Ireland forward is alert enough to pounce on the rebound.                 Peep!!!! We’re underway with Ireland playing from left to
    28 min: Aiden McGeady goes on his first run of the                right. As tradition dictates Macedonia will play the other way.
night cutting in from the left before he’s chopped down by                “Arise, Sir Bobby Keane,” writes Justin Kavanagh. “After
Sumulikoski and Ireland have a free kick in a decent position ...     reading so much in recent weeks about how Ireland’s
    26 min: Keith Andrews is now getting treatment after a clash      relationship with England has now matured onto an even
of heads with Demiri. I think he’ll be fine but he has to go to       playing field, I had to laugh at Ray Houghton saying that
the sideline to get some grease wiped on his head and now he’s        Robbie Keane will be eager to surpass Sir Bobby Charlton’s
back.                                                                 international goalscoring record today. He may surpass
    23 min: Big penalty shout for Macedonia and amazingly             his record, but will the Irish captain ever be known for his
Florian Meyer has waved play-on. The Inter forward turned             own hairstyle?” But was Bobby Charlton ever known for his
inside O’Dea and fell to the ground inside the area with O’Shea’s     cartwheel followed by cowboy salute? That’s the real question.
arms clearly wrapped round his shoulder. Somehow the referee              The teams come out onto the pitch. Macedonia all in red,
doesn’t see it that way. Ireland have started to sit back already.    Ireland in white which is a damn sight better than the orange
    22 min: It might be worth saying that as well as Ireland          they wore here in defeat in 97. The thousand or so Ireland fans
are playing Trapattoni’s era has been marked by taking early          who have travelled (or are still stuck there from the last visit)
leads and then sitting back and trying to hand on to a one goal       give the national anthem a decent stab. The Macedonians, in
adcantage, which is fine if you have Claudio Gentile in your          the newly revamped Philip II of Macedon stadium are a little
side. Less so if you have Darren O’Dea.                               more disjointed in their singing. They could be on Britain’s Got
    20 min: Justin Kavanagh is on fire: “Arise Sir Bobby ... the      Talent.
Tallaght-dega Knight. So how did he celebrated Evan? Was                  Ireland are unbeaten in their last 10 away games. Saying that
there a Honda 50 waiting to spin him around the pitch on a lap        they don’t win many. The smart money would be on a 1-1 draw
of honour shooting arrows into the crowd from his imaginary           tonight.
bow?” That’s pretty much exactly how it went. It was hard to              In the Sky studio Steve Staunton says of Shane Long that
see his face though with the Granny basket on the front of the        he’s another of those players ‘who looks like they want to play
moped.                                                                football’. How did it not work out for Stan in management?
    17 min: “I’m watching on the ropiest of web feeds here                “I sincerely hope Trapattoni will show us tonight that he can
in London,” writes Colin Ward. “Good to see Robbie’s usual            not just play defensive tactics and give us a good game,” writes
OTT-style celebrations were suitably tempered by the extreme          David Clarke. “Stranger things have happened, as we have seen
fortune of his goal... Oh.” It’s not every day he reaches 50 goals,   today Wayne Rooney has showed us that the saying “ hair today
Colin. I would say he does his cartwheel at least once a day          gone tomorrow “ isn’t always the case.” Some people would say
though. It’s important to stay sharp.                                 Trap is in need of a different kind of transplant.
    14 min: Cox, who has started really brightly (maybe                   Elsewhere in this group Russia came from behind to beat
Trapattoni know something after all) is flagged offside but           Armenia thanks to a Roman Pavlyuchenko hat-trick while
claims not to hear it and puts the ball away. The referee shows       Slovakia are currently being held by Andorra. That win moves
him the yellow card for ignoring the whistle. A few moments           Russia to 13 points while Slovakia and Ireland have 10 points
ago Naumoski succumbed to his shoulder problem and has                apiece before their games today. If Ireland fail to win tonight
been replaced by Feran Hesani.                                        they may well be looking to nick second spot.
    12 min: Great save from Shay Given. Pandev broke the offside          The teams selected to duke it out are below. As mentioned
trap and was in on goal but Given stayed big and blocked with         Simon Cox starts ahead of Shane Long while Robbie Keane
his legs.                                                             has shaken off an injury and will go in search of his 50th
    Goal!!!! Macedonia 0-1 Ireland (Keane, 7) The Ireland captain     international goal. Richard Dunne is suspended and Sean St
has his 50th international goal with the aid of a big deflection.     Leger injured so it’s a new central defensive partnership for
He picked the ball up 30 yards out. There was very little on but      Ireland, at least competitively. It doesn’t exactly fill you with
the Macedonia defence backed off so Keane tried his luck and it       confidence. FYR Macedonia: Bogatinov, Grncarov, Noveski,

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Sikov, Popov, Sumulikoski, Demiri, Despotovski, Pandev,
Trickovski, Naumoski. Subs: Nuredinovski, Mojsov, Savik,
Hasani, Todorovski, Ristevski, Gjurovski.
                                                                    Bernie Ecclestone acknowledges
   Rep of Ireland: Given; Kelly, O’Shea, O’Dea, Kilbane;            concerns about Bahrain Grand Prix
McGeady, Whelan, Andrews, Hunt; Keane, Cox. Subs: Forde,
McShane, Coleman, Fahey, Long, Keogh, Foley                         • Head of Formula One feels FIA made a
   Ah Macedonia. The scene of many an Irish disaster. Well,         fair decision • 21-race calendar for 2012 is
two so-called disasters to be precise but that qualifies as
                                                                    announced
carelessness at the very least. The 3-2 defeat in Skopje in
1997 [http://tinyurl.com/68e79oa] during qualifying for the         Giles Richards
following year’s World Cup may well have counted as Mick
                                                                    Bernie Ecclestone [http://tinyurl.com/c9vmqn] has
McCarthy’s lowest point as Irish manager, but the 1-1 draw in
                                                                    acknowledged the reticence of Formula One [http://tinyurl.
the same venue two years later was more damaging as Goran
                                                                    com/4xcwav] teams to take part in a rescheduled Bahrain
Stavrevski injury-time equaliser denied Ireland an automatic
                                                                    Grand Prix by stating: “Of course they’d rather not be racing
place in the European Championships. Instead the result meant
                                                                    in December, but these are unusual circumstances.” Although
Ireland had to face Turkey in a two-legged play-off (which they
                                                                    his comments reference the timing rather than any moral or
duly lost, heroically of course).
                                                                    logistical objections many teams are understood to have.
   It shows how the improvements Macedonia have made (or
                                                                        Ecclestone feels the decision made by the FIA has been
how far Ireland have fallen) that Giovanni Trapattoni would
                                                                    addressed fairly. “The FIA sent people out there to check on
probably settle for a 1-1 draw right now. The Italian’s methods
                                                                    the situation, they came back and reported everything is fine.
have come under scrutiny during the build-up to this game
                                                                    It’s obvious that everybody feels they need to be safe,” he said.
(who would have thought that the glory from lifting the Carling
                                                                    However, he did go on to accept that it would still be dependent
Nations Cup would fade so quickly?) with the selection of West
                                                                    on the situation in the country itself: “In the end we’ll have to
Brom’s Simon Cox ahead of Reading’s Shane Long particularly
                                                                    wait and see what happens in Bahrain. If there is peace and no
controversial.
                                                                    problems then I suppose the teams will be all right.”
   Macedonia are tough opponents, as Shane Long found out
                                                                        The FIA, meanwhile, released some of the report made by
when he was nearly decapitated by this tackle [http://tinyurl.
                                                                    one of the people sent to check Bahrain – Spanish Motorsport
com/6lddbkq] from Boban Grncharov during Ireland’s 2-1 win
                                                                    Federation president, Carlos Gracia. It references positive
in March, although given this Jason McAteer ‘tackle’ from 1997
                                                                    assessments from international businesses and banks, notes
[http://tinyurl.com/6b96x3b] you might say things are now
                                                                    the largest, mainly Shia, opposition group Al Wefaq supported
even. We’ll see if the Macedonians feel that way in about half an
                                                                    the event and that travel warnings have been lifted.
hour.
                                                                        As the teams debate the effects of finishing the season in
   Ah Macedonia. The scene of many an Irish disaster. Well,
                                                                    December, the FIA also announced a 21-race calendar for 2012,
two so-called disasters to be precise but that qualifies as
                                                                    with the anticipated mid-season meeting in Texas being added
carelessness at the very least. The 3-2 defeat in Skopje in
                                                                    to the current roster.
1997 [http://tinyurl.com/68e79oa] during qualifying for the
                                                                        Bahrain will hold the opener in March, with the final race in
following year’s World Cup may well have counted as Mick
                                                                    Brazil on 25 November. It will feature seven back-to-back race
McCarthy’s lowest point as Irish manager, but the 1-1 draw in
                                                                    weekends.
the same venue two years later was more damaging as Goran
                                                                        Away from Formula One, the FIA has also announced the
Stavrevski injury-time equaliser denied Ireland an automatic
                                                                    creation of a brand new World Championship. The World
place in the European Championships. Instead the result meant
                                                                    Endurance Championship will begin in 2012, using as its basis
Ireland had to face Turkey in a two-legged play-off (which they
                                                                    the current Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, of which the Le Mans
duly lost, heroically of course).
                                                                    24 Hours is the centrepiece.
   It shows how the improvements Macedonia have made (or
                                                                        This long-distance sports car racing, for between six and
how far Ireland have fallen) that Giovanni Trapattoni would
                                                                    24 hours, has become increasingly popular in recent years
probably settle for a 1-1 draw right now. The Italian’s methods
                                                                    and it is the first time the category has offered FIA driver and
have come under scrutiny during the build-up to this game
                                                                    constructor world championship titles since the demise of the
(who would have thought that the glory from lifting the Carling
                                                                    World Sportscar Championship in 1992.
Nations Cup would fade so quickly?) with the selection of West
                                                                        11 March Bahrain
Brom’s Simon Cox ahead of Reading’s Shane Long particularly
                                                                        18 March Australia
controversial.
                                                                        1 April Malaysia
   Macedonia are tough opponents, as Shane Long found out
                                                                        8 April China
when he was nearly decapitated by this tackle [http://tinyurl.
                                                                        22 AprilKorea
com/6lddbkq] from Boban Grncharov during Ireland’s 2-1 win
                                                                        6 May Turkey *
in March, although given this Jason McAteer ‘tackle’ from 1997
                                                                        20 May Spain
[http://tinyurl.com/6b96x3b] you might say things are now
                                                                        27 May Monaco
even. We’ll see if the Macedonians feel that way in about half an
                                                                        10 June Canada
hour.
                                                                        17 June United States
                                                                        1 July Valencia
                                                                        15 July Great Britain
                                                                        29 July Germany
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   5 August Hungary                                                  blemish came on 80 when he edged Swann thinly, only for Matt
   2 September Belgium                                               Prior, who earlier had enjoyed his own batting celebrations, to
   9 September Italy                                                 fumble the chance.
   30 September Singapore                                                The only downside for Sri Lanka was that Dilshan suffered a
   14 October Japan                                                  cracked bone in his thumb after being hit by Tremlett and had
   28 October India                                                  to go for an X-ray at the close.
   11 November Abu Dhabi                                                 Collectively, the England bowlers were off-colour, several
   25 November Brazil                                                notches below the standard set in the winter. The seamers
   * Subject to confirmation                                         were profligate with the new ball, between them a wasteful
                                                                     amalgam of length and line, although one early chance was
                                                                     missed when Alastair Cook at third slip made a mess of a chance
Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan makes                               offered by Paranavitana when he was on 13. Beyond that, he and
England toil at Lord’s                                               the Sri Lanka captain Dilshan, in their comparative styles – the
                                                                     former elegant left-handed diligence, the latter extravagant
                                                                     and carefree bordering on the reckless at times as he chanced
England 486 all out Sri Lanka 231-1                                  his arm with the spin of batting’s roulette wheel – made use of
Mike Selvey at Lord’s                                                the sort of pitch on which a batsman, once in, could play with
                                                                     confidence and freedom.
As with politics, a week, even a few days, can be a long time in
                                                                         England missed Jimmy Anderson, for despite the sunny
cricket. Triumph can be turned to disaster in a blink; the spectre
                                                                     skies, the ball has swung consistently and he is a master of the
of rain-washed defeat banished and replaced by glorious time in
                                                                     art now. That, though, is no excuse and David Saker, watching
the sun. Five days ago, England’s bowlers tore into the Sri Lanka
                                                                     pensively from the dressing-room balcony, knows there is
batting with such verve and good fortune that they collapsed
                                                                     more than a little fine-tuning to be done. From the Pavilion
ignominiously to lose by an innings a Test they should have
                                                                     end, Stuart Broad bowled too short with the new ball so that he
drawn in their sleep. How they responded in the second Test
                                                                     beat the bat frequently but by such a distance and height as to
would be the litmus test of their resilience.
                                                                     be inconsequential. Only when he changed ends, pushed the
    The answer was emphatic: in response to England’s 486,
                                                                     ball up further and found some swing, did he look threatening
the openers Tillakaratne Dilshan and Tharanga Paranavitana
                                                                     rather than merely spectacular.
passed, without loss and inside 22 overs, the 82 that they
                                                                         With Tremlett struggling for line at the other end, upset
collectively managed in Cardiff, en route to the highest opening
                                                                     perhaps by the combination of left and right handers opposing
partnership England have conceded anywhere since Herschelle
                                                                     him, it needed Finn to justify his selection. But he is having
Gibbs and Graeme Smith put on 338 at Edgbaston eight years
                                                                     problems of his own, falling away so early in his delivery stride
ago.
                                                                     that inevitably he pushes the ball too far across the left hander,
    In the end it was Steve Finn, enduring an uncomfortable day
                                                                     while simple Newtonian physics dictates that he loses pace
generally, who made a breakthrough, as Paranavitana, a model
                                                                     as well. Bowling at Lord’s can have this effect, where from
of calculated restraint to that point and an admirable straight
                                                                     the Pavilion end the slope throws a bowler into the line of
man to Dilshan’s uninhibited flamboyance, flung his bat at a
                                                                     the stumps, with a consequent desire to get off the pitch at a
wide delivery and edged to first slip where Andrew Strauss
                                                                     sharper angle than is ideal.
clung on gratefully. For the four hours the stand took, England
                                                                         The morning had seen England rattle along at almost a run a
had seemed predestined to suffer Sri Lanka’s humiliation in
                                                                     ball to complete an excellent recovery from 22 for three on the
reverse. That was it for England, though. Sri Lanka will resume
                                                                     first morning. No England side in history has recovered from
on 231 for one, with Dilshan on 127, his 12th Test hundred, and
                                                                     such a start to make more than 358, but thanks to Prior’s fifth
Kumar Sangakkara on 13.
                                                                     Test century (and his second at Lord’s), a breezy half century
    Dilshan was irresistible. This is the fellow who has nurtured
                                                                     from Broad – he and Prior adding 108 for the seventh wicket
his reputation in the hothouse of one-day cricket, most recently
                                                                     – and some tail-wagging they exceeded that by a distance. Quite
his Colombo hundred helping hoof England to their 10-wicket
                                                                     why the Sri Lanka bowlers allowed Prior the width he craves
World Cup exit. He is one of a breed of modern openers – others
                                                                     and from which he feeds so voraciously only they know, but
would be Virender Sehwag, Chris Gayle, and Tamim Iqbal, who
                                                                     his 126 came from only 131 deliveries with 19 fours, the vast
made a run-a-ball hundred for Bangladesh on this ground little
                                                                     majority of them belted unceremoniously through the offside.
more than a year ago – who believe the new ball is best seen
                                                                     He offered chances, all spurned, his progress through the
off not by entrenchment but by bouncing it off the boundary
                                                                     nineties both extremely brisk and bizarre: for a brief while he
boards.
                                                                     appeared to have more well-cultivated edges than a Chigwell
    An hour before the close, two shots, one a back foot punch
                                                                     side road.
through the covers that HotSpot pinpointed as exploding from
the dead centre of the blade’s sweetspot, the other a rippling
square cut off Finn, took him to his century, the sixth Sri
Lankan to be enshrined on the visitors’ dressing-room honours
board. It had taken three-and-a-half hours and 129 deliveries,
and there were 11 fours and two sixes, one a mistimed hook off
Chris Tremlett that still soared over long leg and the other a
wicked clump to the Allen Stand and wide long-on off Graeme
Swann’s offspin. For all his flirtation with fortune, his only
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                                                                         edge. But Li had beaten the former world No1 Maria Sharapova
                                                                         in the semi-finals and her confidence was high.
French Open 2011: Li Na makes history                                        The match was all about the Li forehand. Schiavone’s use
by beating Francesca Schiavone                                           of spin and command of the angles has made her the best pure
                                                                         clay-court player in the women’s game but Li, despite standing
• Chinese prevails 6-4, 7-6 (7-0) over                                   5ft 7¾in tall, had such power and accuracy in her groundstrokes
defending champion • Becomes first                                       that Schiavone was unable to dominate.
                                                                             Li held serve comfortably throughout the first set and one
Chinese player to win grand slam singles
                                                                         break, in the fifth game, was enough to give her the first set. A
title                                                                    second break, in the opening game of the second, strengthened
Simon Cambers at Roland Garros                                           her grip and it was all Schiavone could do to stay in touch. At 4-
                                                                         2, Li had a break point that would have allowed her to serve for
Let the revolution begin. Li Na made history at the French Open
                                                                         the match, only to send the backhand return long. As Schiavone
[http://tinyurl.com/5ud5xv] on Saturday when she became the
                                                                         held, the tension began to show in Li and a loose game allowed
first Chinese player to win a grand slam singles title. Her 6-4, 7-6
                                                                         the Italian to break back.
victory over last year’s champion, Francesca Schiavone of Italy,
                                                                             Suddenly the crowd was roaring and Li was visibly tense.
was a performance full of maturity, class and guts and when the
                                                                         But to her hugecredit, she held two tight service games to force
pressure came late in the second set, she held firm. If this does
                                                                         a tie-break and then marched through it for a victory that will
not spark a new wave of Chinese players in the years to come
                                                                         take her to No4 in the new rankings on Monday and surely
then probably nothing will.
                                                                         make her a threat come Wimbledon.
    An estimated audience of 65 million watched the final
                                                                             For Schiavone, it was a disappointing end to another
on television and online in China but the 29-year-old, who
                                                                         outstanding effort but the ever-expressive Italian said she
pocketed a cool ¤1.2m (£1m) for her troubles, will have to
                                                                         would learn from the experience. “The impact to win is a big
wait until after Wimbledon before she has time to fly home.
                                                                         difference than to lose,” she said. “But I’m happy to be here
“If I don’t do well at Wimbledon maybe people will forget me
                                                                         because now I can feel much more what I did last year. To arrive
already,” she said. “But if a Chinese player can win a grand slam
                                                                         close to win is different than to win. Very different. It is a lot of
maybe it proves a lot for Chinese tennis [http://tinyurl.com/
                                                                         emotions and sometimes you don’t control them. I’m happy
63kuyy]. I believe Chinese tennis will get bigger and bigger.”
                                                                         to be here. Doesn’t matter if I win or lose, I want to live every
    Having reached the final of the Australian Open in January, it
                                                                         moment.”
looked as if Li’s second opportunity for glory might be slipping
away when, leading by a set and 4-2, she became tight. Perhaps
it was the pressure of those watching at home, perhaps it was            Pour Moi storms home in Derby for
simply the occasion, but as she faltered, Schiavone moved to
within two points of forcing it into a decider.
                                                                         teenage sensation Mickaël Barzalona
    But as the crowd roared for the Italian, Li showed her mettle
and held firm. Twice she held serve to stay in the set and she           • Jockey’s last-to-first run brings first
then played a flawless tie-break to win it 7-0. As a Schiavone           French win since 1976 • Barzalona warned
backhand drifted over the baseline, a disbelieving Li fell to the
                                                                         by stewards after premature celebrations
clay and put her hands to her face.
    “At 6-0 in the tie-break, I was thinking ‘OK, don’t do               Greg Wood at Epsom
anything stupid’,” she said. “Because many times I have had              With effortless style and flamboyance, France swept back
match point and not won the match. When I was a young                    into the winner’s enclosure at Epsom on Saturday as André
player, I wanted to be a grand slam champion and now I am.               Fabre’s Pour Moi beat Treasure Beach and the Queen’s runner
Someone said the other day that I’m getting old, so the old              Carlton House to win the Investec Derby. Fabre, one of Europe’s
woman’s dream has come true.”                                            greatest trainers, was still a jockey when the last French-based
    Schiavone, whose victory last year was one of the most               runner took the race in 1976, which was 15 years before Mikaël
remarkable performances in Roland Garros history, embraced               Barzalona, this year’s winning rider, was born, yet Barzalona
her opponent at the net and was equally kind-hearted                     was so certain that he had the Classic nailed that he was already
afterwards. “Today was a really tough day but I have to                  celebrating three strides from the line.
congratulate Na Li because she’s really grown up this year                  There has never been a photo-finish like it in the Derby
and she played really well. Enjoy this moment because it’s               [http://tinyurl.com/2v8dr2t]’s long history. Barzalona will
fantastic.”                                                              not be 20 until August, and had experienced the devilment of
    There were no histrionics, no climbing through the stands            Epsom’s slopes and cambers at racing speed for the first time
to greet her family and friends. Instead, Li sat calmly on her           barely 24 hours beforehand. But his brief career has already
chair and let it all sink in. Though three Chinese pairs have            shown him to be a jockey blessed with both talent and immense
tasted grand slam doubles glory before, she is the first to do it in     confidence. Twenty yards out, he knew he was going to win,
singles. For a country of 1.3 billion, if only the tiniest fraction of   and could not contain himself a second longer. He was up in
the population pick up a racket rather than play another sport,          the irons, whip to the sky, as Colm O’Donoghue drove Treasure
the future will be bright.                                               Beach, a 25-1 chance, to within a head on the far rail with
    Going into the final, which was played in hot, humid                 Carlton House, the 5-2 favourite, another three-quarters of a
conditions, Schiavone was the perceived favourite, the                   length away in third.
experience of her title run last year seemingly giving her the              Had Barzalona started the party half a second earlier, he
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would have been beaten, and the freeze-frame of the finish               But while the Queen’s wait for a three-year-old champion
could have made a decent epitaph for his riding career. But           colt at Epsom goes on, racing’s search for a young jockey with as
he did not. He got it absolutely right, and did so in the style of    much talent, style and effervescence as Frankie Dettori may be
a jockey who will be timing his challenge to perfection, and          over. The finish print was Barzalona’s graduation photograph.
claiming major prizes, for many years to come. The Epsom              From now on, he is one of the big boys.
stewards decided to “warn” Barzalona about “the timing and
manner of his celebration”. Fabre, one of the sport’s sternest
disciplinarians, simply pointed out that “he is only 19”.             Wayne Rooney admits bald truth after
    The final moments of Barzalona’s winning ride inevitably          Harley Street visits
attracted all the attention, but it was a performance of great
assurance from start to finish. Pour Moi was last through
the early part of the race, by design rather than default, and
                                                                      Man Utd striker joins select club of
still trailing the field at the top of the straight, but Barzalona    sportsmen to have paid thousands for hair
resisted the temptation to rush off in hasty pursuit of Memphis       transplants
Tennessee as the frontrunner set sail for home with the benefit
                                                                      Paul Gallagher
of a strong following wind.
    Carlton House led the charge towards Memphis Tennessee            Wayne Rooney [http://tinyurl.com/5cvd2u] is set to become
and Treasure Beach with more than a quarter of a mile to run,         an unlikely role model after he admitted having had a hair
but still Barzalona was happy to wait and stalk. Pour Moi still       transplant.
had five horses to pass with a furlong to run, but it was now that        The Manchester United footballer gave the news to his
his jockey delivered the burst of finishing speed that he had         740,000 Twitter followers. “I was going bald at 25 why not.
been waiting to unleash all along.                                    I’m delighted with the result. It’s still a bit bruised and swollen
    Pour Moi cut them down so readily that, as Barzalona said         when it dies down u will be first to see it. Anyone recommend
afterwards, “I came so fast at the end that I knew I was going to     any good hair gel. Haha. I had it done in Harley street hair
win. During the whole race, I was comfortable and that is what        clinic London. Thanks to all the staff who looked after me.” A
won me the race. I didn’t really plan the celebrations. It just       few minutes later, Rooney made an appeal to get #hairwego
happened.”                                                            trending on Twitter.
    Very few trainers have ever matched Fabre’s long list of              Rooney’s secret was revealed when a photographer spotted
achievements, which includes seven wins in the Prix de l’Arc          the striker emerging from the Harley Street Hair Clinic, which
de Triomphe and a Breeders’ Cup Classic, but his nine previous        provides “follicular unit extraction”. The procedure, carried out
runners in the Derby, including two favourites in Visindar and        over several eight-hour sessions, involves taking thousands of
Pennekamp, had rarely threatened to trouble the judge.                hair follicles from the back of the head and “planting” them in a
    “Finally,” he said afterwards. “I think the bad luck we have      bald area.
had here before has been more because the horses were not                 Rooney’s wife, Coleen, seemed delighted with the results:
good enough but I thought here we had a proper horse for              “His own decision not me asking him, like a lot are saying!
Epsom. The reality is that you have to have the horse. This           Pleased for him and it will look great.”
is one of the races everyone wants to win and now it’s over.              About half of men aged 50 and above are affected by
Everyone knows about the Derby and I’ve tried a long time.            baldness. Losing hair is often cited as something that causes
    “This is the horse that I would like to win, because he is        men more concern than anything else. Genetic background is
such a good horse and it is not by hazard that he has won. What       the main cause of baldness but physical and emotional stress
surprised me was that he had two accelerations, the first one to      can also be factors.
catch up and then he hit another extra gear. This was the sign of         Rooney’s sessions are thought to cost a high five-figure sum
a champion and it was his first time at a mile and a half.”           in total, as one twitterer pointed out on the #hairwego hashtag:
    Pour Moi is now likely to be given a break ahead of an            “Seriously, get yourself down to Harley Street everyone. For
attempt to give Fabre his eighth Arc victory, while Treasure          just 37,500 pounds, you too can look this good.”
Beach, yet another runner-up in this race for Aidan O’Brien,              Teammate Ryan Giggs was photographed leaving a hair
seems likely to head to the Irish Derby at The Curragh later this     clinic with a grin on his face and a “progress report” clutched
month.                                                                in his hand last year. Other scalps claimed by the anti-hair
    There are no immediate plans for Carlton House, meanwhile,        loss industry include the former England rugby player Austin
now that the one race his owner was so eager to win has come          Healey, who in 2005 appeared in a television advert promoting
and gone. “Ryan [Moore, his jockey] is disappointed,” John            laser therapy. Ex-England cricket captain Graham Gooch and
Warren, the Queen’s bloodstock advisor, said, “but he said it         former Australian bowler Shane Warne also appeared in adverts
was a messy race and the horse marginally missed the kick. He         for laser treatment.
said a few horses came back to him and, as a consequence, he              All three still appear on the Advanced Hair Studio website, as
had to make his run from further back than he wanted. If he           do the former cricketers Michael Vaughan and Greg Matthews.
takes on the same horses again, who knows, the result might be        The company’s patented strand-by-strand hair replacement
different.”                                                           procedure did, however, fall foul of the Advertising Standards
    The bookmakers, though, beg to differ. Pour Moi is top-           Authority, which later ruled the therapy’s effectiveness had not
priced at 5-1 for the Arc at Longchamp in October, while Carlton      been proved.
House – a less certain runner, for sure, but a credible one all the
same – is 12-1 for the same race.

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                                                                    Darren Bent 5
England v Switzerland: how the players                                 Skied a gilded chance to score winner after 70 minutes that
                                                                    will revive questions about him at this level. He had also been
rated                                                               unable to convert earlier when in on goal.
                                                                    Substitutes
Ashley Young proved his worth, Joe Hart                                Leighton Baines 7 (for Cole, 30) Superb chest-down for
had nightmare in goal and Darren Bent                               Young’s equaliser. Will have pleased Fabio Capello.
missed England’s best chance                                           Ashley Young 7 (for Lampard, h-t) His strike stated case for
                                                                    international retirement of soon-to-be 33-year-old.
Jamie Jackson
                                                                       Stewart Downing 6 (for Walcott, 78) Should have won the
England player ratings                                              game with final kick of game. But glaring miss completed
                                                                    England’s frustration
Joe Hart 5
                                                                       Subs not used Green, Jagielka, Barry, Zamora.
Endured the keeper’s nightmare. Should he have come for
Switzerland’s first? Might he have saved second? Questions for
restless nights as he hits the beach. But did produce impressive
saves, too.
                                                                    Matt Prior seeks the positives after
Glen Johnson 6
                                                                    difficult day against Sri Lanka
   All menace in advanced positions but can be sloppy at back
as he was at close of contest. Forced Benaglio into a sharp save    • ‘The thing I know about this team is that
from Frank Lampard’s corner and made England’s best run in          we will come back’ • Wicketkeeper expects
opening half when foraging inside Switzerland .                     batting to be more difficult on Sunday
Rio Ferdinand 5
                                                                    Andy Bull at Lord’s
   An afternoon to forget. Misjudged flight of ball for
opposition’s opener, having previously nearly scored own goal       If England learnt anything in Cardiff it was that a day can be a
with unfortunate deflection. Goal-hung impressively to steer        long time in Test cricket. So they were not disheartened after
header from Lampard’s delivery on to roof.                          enduring two tough sessions in the field chasing Tillakaratne
John Terry 6                                                        Dilshan’s drives and glances to all parts of the outfield.
   Won early header then floated Beckenbaueresque pass into             “We’re honest enough to know that we didn’t bowl and
Bent’s path but will be disappointed at failure to marshal shaky    field as well as we can do and as well as we have done,” was the
looking rearguard. As he and Ferdinand age, more questions          post-play verdict of Matt Prior [http://tinyurl.com/2uv66h7],
will be asked.                                                      perhaps the one man who had done well enough to feel happy
                                                                    about talking to the press.
Ashley Cole 7
                                                                        “But it is only a session and a half of Test cricket and things
   Solid until forced out by injury on half-hour. Angled pass
                                                                    don’t always go perfectly to plan. The thing I know about this
played into Milner preceded the brave tackle that had him
                                                                    team is that we will come back tomorrow even harder and
hobbling on edge of England area and which took him off.
                                                                    even better prepared and hit them hard again. This team keeps
Scott Parker 5                                                      surprising itself, it keeps pulling things out when it is looking
   Did better spoiling than off-loading while his clumsy touch      ominous.”
will not have pleased him. One intervention released Bent, and          “We still have three days of Test cricket to go, it is a long
his presence means England no longer miss Owen Hargreaves’s         way,” Prior continued, “and the one thing I will reiterate is that
snap in the tackle.                                                 we are not in a bad position. We still have plenty of runs on the
Theo Walcott 6                                                      board and if we can put the ball in the right place we should still
   Flamed into life with run that forced corner but he and          end up with a first-innings lead.”
Milner went missing for Barnetta’s second. Started second               He reckons that the clouds will close in over Lord’s on
half by being denied penalty, then miscontrolled before being       Sunday, making the conditions a little trickier to bat in. If he
substituted.                                                        is right then they may only find they miss Jimmy Anderson
Frank Lampard 6                                                     even more than they already do. “You will always miss Jimmy,
   Was this his international end? The midfielder was at fault in   because he is the best swing bowler in the world. But you can’t
build-up to the Swiss opening goal and was replaced at half-        expect to bowl a side out in 25 overs every time.”
time by Ashley Young. Composed enough to slot home penalty.             England may need a little more luck too. It felt as though
                                                                    Prior used up all their allowance in the space of four balls when
Jack Wilshere 6
                                                                    he edged the ball to third man three times and was also dropped
   Radar was off before he was in right place to swerve round
                                                                    at second slip. “It was my day,” he said. “Mahela Jayawardene
Djourou and win penalty. Was unable to control a game that will
                                                                    is one of the best if not the best slip fielder I have ever seen and
have furthered the 19-year-old’s education.
                                                                    when he drops you know you’re on a good thing.”
James Milner 5
   Should not be proud of being part of two-man wall that
dissolved for Switzerland’s second goal to leave Hart stranded,
and he was more effective when switching to the right.


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                                                                    after the D’Oliveira affair,” says Nandakumar. “Tutu said that
                                                                    politics impinges on sport as much as on any other aspect of
Tamils protest at Lord’s over allegations                           life. 40,000 people have died in Sri Lanka. Morally it is not
of war crimes in Sri Lanka                                          right to be playing in Sri Lanka and it seems oxymoronic that
                                                                    a Sri Lanka player will now be giving that same lecture.” Tutu
• Some 50 protesters voice their                                    has also spoken out for the Tamils, describing the “ongoing
unhappiness outside ground • Tamil                                  persecution” as “truly terrifying”.
                                                                        Nandakumar points out that several English players refused
people hoped Muttiah Muralitharan would
                                                                    to play in Zimbabwe because of their objections to the human
help cause                                                          rights abuses committed there. The average English cricketer
Andy Bull at Lord’s                                                and fan knew far more about Zimbabwe, though. The situation
                                                                    in Sri Lanka is less well understood, though that may begin to
Around 2.45pm a yellow weather balloon bobbed up above
                                                                    change when Channel Four air a documentary called Sri Lanka’s
the Lord’s pavilion. It had “Boycott Sri Lanka [http://tinyurl.
                                                                    Killing Fields this month. There will be no boycott, but this was
com/4xs5vl]” scrawled on the side in thick black ink, and a
                                                                    another reminder that whether the players and fans like it or
Tamil flag tied around the rope that tethered it to the ground.
                                                                    not, cricket is the most politicised of sports
Cricket has often been portrayed as something that has helped
hold Sri Lankan society together in the last 30 years. Only
this week Kumar Sangakkara described it as the “heal-all of         Matt Stevens stakes claim for World Cup
Sri Lanka’s social evils”. But this series is being played out to
the sound of furious protests from London’s sizeable Tamil
                                                                    spot as Saxons cruise past USA
community, who are calling for the ECB to refuse to play against
Sri Lanka until an independent investigation has been launched      England Saxons 87-8 USA
into allegations of war crimes committed by the government
                                                                    Ian Malin at Franklin’s Gardens
at the end of civil war in 2009. The UN estimates that 40,000
Tamil civilians were killed.                                        With the crowd in shirtsleeves and sunglasses we could have
    The idea that the national team rises above the rifts that      been at Lord’s and the teams must have been mightily relieved
run so deep in Sri Lankan society looks a little less convincing    that this Churchill Cup game was played in the cool of the
since Muttiah Muralitharan has retired. Murali was one of the       evening. England ran up a cricket score for a convincing start to
few Tamils in the team, along with Angelo Mathews, who is           the defence of the title they won in New Jersey last year.
currently injured. “We hoped Murali would say something to              With Martin Johnson due to name a preliminary squad in
support the Tamil people but he ended up supporting President       a fortnight’s time this was also a chance for this second-string
Rajapaksa,” said Tamil spokesman Thusiyan Nandakumar.               side to stake a late claim for a World Cup spot. Matt Stevens,
“At the time when the Tamil people were down and out, many          a week after helping Saracens to their Premiership title, is
people looked up to Murali to say something. And those people       certainly one. The prop will have more difficult games. He was
were disappointed when he did not. He was the only Tamil face       facing Eric Fry, an Eagles debutant who plays for the exotically
out there who was recognised worldwide, but he has not even         named Las Vegas Blackjacks. Stevens, who returned from
joined us in asking for an independent investigation.” Several      his two-year drugs ban in February, played a major part in
English politicians have, including David Cameron.                  providing a platform for the Saxons to run in 13 tries with the
    There were 50 protesters outside Lord’s. The police were a      Worcester wing Miles Benjamin scoring a hat-trick and Rory
little underwhelmed by the turn-out. They had been expecting        Clegg landing 11 conversions.
300 to turn up. Either way, the MCC, unsurprisingly enough,             Stevens left the field just before the break with a cut over
had been a little unhappy about the idea of being picketed,         his eye but returned for the second half. The watching England
though as one policeman ruefully admitted, “there’s not much        scrum coach, Graham Rowntree, though, will have noticed the
they can do about it”. The closest the MCC like to get to any       prop who is adept on either side of the scrum. The only shadow
kind of political clash is the annual match against the Lords       over the evening was an injury to the Harlequins hooker Joe
and Commons. The club were assuaged by the police’s promise         Gray who was taken off on a stretcher in the second half with a
to put up barriers and provide protection. They need not have       neck injury.
worried too much. Between the burble of polite conversation,            The match was as good as over after 10 minutes. Jordan
the clinking of the champagne flutes and the brass bands            Crane, a replacement as captain for the injured Luke Narraway,
belting out swing tunes, the cries of “Fight the genocide!          combined with Henry Trinder and Tom Johnson to put
Boycott Sri Lanka!” coming from the other side of the large         Benjamin through a gap for the first try. Mike Brown then
red brick wall that runs along the St John’s Wood Road did not      pounced on a loose pass to run in unopposed and a little chip by
intrude too rudely on the members’ day out. They certainly did      the full-back Brown gave Benjamin another score.
not make as big an impact as the six hit by Tillakaratne Dilshan        The Newcastle scrum-half Micky Youngs took advantage
into the lower tier of the pavilion, which struck an elderly        of non-existent tackling to score a fourth try and the
spectator on the chest.                                             disappearance of Stevens hardly seemed to weaken the Saxons
    There will be more friction between the MCC and the             scrum. Kieran Brookes, the young prop who is also moving
Tamils later this summer, when Sangakkara gives the Colin           from Newcastle to Leicester, helped send the Eagles’ set piece
Cowdrey Memorial lecture. “When Desmond Tutu gave the               backwards and the Saxons were awarded a penalty try.
Cowdrey lecture in 2008 he said the finest demonstration                After the interval Brown cruised over for his second try
of the spirit of cricket was England’s boycott of South Africa      and Johnson showed a turn of pace to weave through before
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a scintillating counterattack ended with Benjamin slipping an
inside pass for Billy Twelvetrees to score beneath the posts.
Benjamin, Trinder and the replacements Charlie Sharples,
Graham Kitchener and Paul Hodgson completed the rout before
Scott Lavalla’s late try for the Eagles.
   Tonga, who face the Saxons in Gloucester next Sunday, will
provide a much sterner test.




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