Saturday 02 June 2012

Welbeck earns England win over Belgium

Man Utd striker makes it two wins from two matches for manager Roy Hodgson

Manchester United's Danny Welbeck scored the only goal with a well-judged chip

England 1-0 Belgium

Roy Hodgson maintained his unbeaten start as England manager following a 1-0 win against Belgium at Wembley Stadium in his final friendly match before Euro 2012.

Striker Danny Welbeck scored the only goal of the game nine minutes before half-time as England were fully tested by a skilful and adept Belgian side, who dominated possession for large periods of the match.

England lost Gary Cahill in the 19th minute when the Chelsea centre-back was forced to withdraw with a facial injury, with Everton's Joleon Lescott coming off the substitutes' bench to slot alongside Chelsea captain John Terry.

The hosts took the lead against the run of play in the 36th minute when they capitalised on a mistake by Moussa Dembele in midfield, allowing forward Ashley Young to play the ball through for Manchester United team-mate Welbeck to finish precisely past Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

The visitors continued to play flowing football after the interval and full-back Guillaume Gillet clattered the outside of Joe Hart's post with a fine long-range effort 12 minutes from full-time as Belgium pushed forward in search of an equaliser.

Substitute Jermain Defoe also hit the woodwork for England minutes later as England held on for their second 1-0 victory in a week.

They play their first Euro 2012 group match against France in Donetsk on 11 June.

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Key Points

  • England beat Belgium 1-0 in friendly at Wembley Stadium
  • Danny Welbeck scores only goal in first half of match
  • Manager Roy Hodgson has two wins from two matches going into Euro 2012