An excellent result for some of us English fans this afternoon, as the England team put in an excellent defensive display to beat current World and European Champions Spain 1-0 at Wembley.
Frank Lampard heads home the winner on 49 minutes
And it was a bit of a fairy tale for England captain for the day, Frank Lampard, who headed in the winner on 49 minutes.
The was after a Darren Bent header had hit the post and beaten goalkeeper Pepe Reina. from a left wing free kick taken by former Newcastle winger James Milner.
The ball seemed to be drifting into the goal, but Frank Lampard was on hand to head the ball home, just to make absolutely sure for his 23rd goal in 82 appearances for England – not too bad at all.
But Spain had dominated much of this game, at least as far as possession was concerned, especially in the first half and after England had scored, but the Wold Champions couldn’t create too many clear cut chances, and the two good late chances they did create were both missed by former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas.
And England had the luck too, as David Villa hit the post after 73 minutes, before Chelsea striker Fernando Torres was introduced to some cat-calls from the England fans.
But it was the back four who did very well for England today, and especially the two center backs, Everton’s Phil Jagielka and Man City’s Joleon Lescott, who both had excellent games in the heart of the English defense.
Spain started the game in ominous form, as England hardly got a touch of the ball in the first ten minutes of the game.
And then when they did get the ball they tried to attack quickly on the break, but too many times, especially after England had scored in the second half, they put long balls forward and gave up possession too easily to Spain, who piled on the pressure in those last 20 minutes.
But for the two chances that Cesc Fabregas got very late in the game, after he had been introduced as a sub, and a David Villa shot that came back off the upright, Spain didn’t create too many open chances, and it was a brave rearguard effort from the England side today.
Darren Bent did very well to get his header in that led to Frank Lampard’s goal
And they looked almost as good as the Newcastle defense today, and that’s a huge compliment of course. 😀
And in truth England in this game were not unlike the way Newcastle have played in many of their games this season, as the win was based on a brave and solid performance from the the defense.
A very good display and even better result for England, and it was Spain’s only second loss in their last 46 games, the other being to the USA.
And of those 46 games they have won 42, so a really good result by England this afternoon.
Maybe we do have a chance in the European Championships next summer?
Nah, I’m getting carried away again.