Welcome to Sportstar’s highlights of the FIFA World Cup Group B clash between England and Wales. This was Nihit Sachdeva taking you through the action as it unfolded at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Ar-Rayyan, Qatar.
2:34AM IST - USA holds on for a 1-0 win over Iran to finish second in Group B with five points. The Americans will face Netherlands, Group A topper, in the round of 16.
Meanwhile, last two minutes of stoppage time remain in the USA vs Iran match in which the Americans lead 1-0.
The full-time whistle has been blown. Wales ends its first World Cup campaign in 64 years with a last-place finish in the group stage. On the other hand, England is Group B topper with seven points and will face second-placed team of Group A - Senegal - in the round of 16 fixture.
Grealish does brilliantly well to take the ball through the middle into the Welsh box before passing it to Wilson who takes a shot and watches it being blocked. Foden goes for the rebound but it is blocked yet again.
Nine minutes of added time in the USA vs Iran game!
Corner for England. Foden with the kick, finds a couple of headers from his teammates before the ball comes down for Stones at the near post, who, astonishingly, skies it from point blank range.
Four minutes added time.
Final minute of regulation time. Both teams just going through the motions now.
Grealish goes down after a nudge from Ampadu.
Kieffer Moore chests the ball down on the edge of the England box after a lovely cross from the right from Ampadu. However, Moore’s curling effort misses the goal by some distance.
Colwill with a shot from the edge of the England box but the ball sails well over the bar.
Maguire brings down Moore close to the England box. Set piece for Wales. Wilson goes for it but hits it bang into the wall.
Grealish receives the ball on the left wing. The Manchester City midfielder takes the ball inside the Welsh box before passing it to Jude Bellingham but Bellingham loses possession shortly afterwards.
Joe Allen is off. Rubin Colwill comes on.
Update from the USA vs Iran match: It is still 1-0 in favour of the Americans. with 13 minutes plus added time remaining. If it stays like this, USA will go through to the round of 16. However, Iran is just one goal away from a draw which will be enough to send it through to the knockout round for the first-time ever.
Substitution for Wales. Harry Wilson replaces Daniel James. England launches another attack. Bellingham’s shot on target is kept out by Ward, Bellingham passes the ball to Foden who fails to keep his balance and hits the ball wide of the near post.
Marcus Rashford, who also scored a goal against Iran in England’s tournament opener, walks off the pitch while receiving a standing ovation from the English fans. Jack Grealish comes on.
WARD SAVES! Rashford wants that hat-trick. He hits another shot at target but unlike the last time, Ward keeps the effort aimed at his near post out. Corner for England.
The Manchester United forward is probably in the form of his life. Kalvin Phillips with a brilliant aerial pass for Rashford on the right wing. Rashford manages to not only control the ball but takes it into the Wales box before passing a barrage of Welsh defenders to hit at the near post. Daniel Ward closes his legs but the ball takes a deflection off his legs before finding the back of the net. IT IS THE 100TH WORLD CUP GOAL FOR ENGLAND.
Another substitution for England: Kieran Trippier comes on for Luke Shaw.
Head-to-head collision between Rodon and Wilson as both leap for the ball. Rodon probably felt the impact a bit more than the English player and stays down for a bit longer.
Foul by Ramsey on Henderson and the Welsh captain receives a yellow card.
Time for Wales to make a change: Joseff Morrell comes on for Ben Davies.
Gareth Southgate makes two more changes - Callum Wilson and Kalvin Phillips replace Harry Kane and Declan Rice.
England makes a substitution as Alexander-Arnold comes on for Walker.
PICKFORD SAVES!!! Long-ranger from Moore and Pickford is forced to dive to his right and palm the ball behind for a corner.
Wales has to go for the offense now. Dan James with a curler from the left edge of the England box beats Pickford but the ball goes wide of the far post.
Absolutely crazy scenes. Rashford steals the ball on the right wing from Ben Davies, Kane takes it and sends a beautiful cross for an easy tap-in at the far post from Phil Foden.
Marcus Rashford with a peach of a free-kick beats Ward. The right-footed strike had the perfect trajectory to beat Ward who went for a full-stretched dive to his left. This is the first free kick goal of this World Cup. It has taken 36 matches but finally, the moment has arrived.
Rodon brings down a charging Phil Foden close to the Welsh box. Set piece opportunity.
Aerial ball from Ramsey for Johnson who is making a run towards the England box. Johnson, however, brings Shaw down in the process and free-kick is given to England.
Second half is underway but for one man, the night is done: Gareth Bale has been subbed off. Young Brennan Johnson comes on while Ramsay takes the captain’s armband.
First half is over and Marcus Rashford has come the closest to breaking the deadlock. Meanwhile, in the other Group B fixture, USA has taken a 1-0 lead against Iran courtesy of a goal from Pulisic who seemed to be in pain as he collided with the Iranian goalkeeper while heading the ball in. As things stand, England and USA will qualify for the round of 16 with the Three Lions being the group topper by virtue of a better goal difference.
Final minute of the first half and Wales has a throw-in very close to the England box. Roberts passes it to Mepham outside the box who then passes it to Joe Allen on the edge of the box. Joe Allen goes for it and the ball goes over the England goal but wasn’t too far from being inside it.
Corner for England after Kane’s shot from the right edge of the Welsh box takes a deflection before going behind. Foden with the corner kick, Stones with the header from the far post and Ward does well to gather the ball which was on its way into the goal.
Daniel James is brought down at the center-line by a challenge from Kyle Walker.
Five minutes of added time.
Corner for England. Foden sends it in but the Welsh defence heads it out.
Foul by Aaron Ramsey.
Foden starts a counter attack, passes to Kane, Kane to Rashford, Rashford tries to send it in the middle for a Foden tap-in but Roberts blocks it out to concede a corner. Meanwhile, Christian Pulisic has given USA a 1-0 lead in its match against Iran. As things stand, England and USA are first and second in the group and qualifying for round of 16.
Rashford with an audacious scissor kick but does not make the right connection. Goal kick for Wales.
Excellent footwork from Jude Bellingham to control the ball and take it inside the Welsh box before setting it up for Foden who turns and takes a shot but it goes well over the bar.
Neco Williams receives a standing ovation from the Welsh supporters as he reluctantly walks off the pitch and what was probably the biggest game of his career. Connor Roberts comes on as a concussion substitute, which is an additional one from the five normal ones allowed.
Neco Williams is down again. Problem for Wales. A substitution seems on the cards.
Kyle Walker sends a cross from the right wing into the Wales box only to watch it being cleared by Mepham at the near post. Throw-in for England.
Harry Maguire charges with the ball all the way inside the Welsh half before overhitting a cross which goes out for a Wales throw-in.
Foul by Daniel James on John Stones and the Welsh player is the first one to be booked in this match.
England looked set to counter attack but Aaron Ramsey with a brilliant challenge stole the ball from Kane. Moments later, Ramsey is fouled by a frustrated Jordan Henderson.
Davies goes down near the corner flag inside the Welsh half after a brief tussle with Foden. Free kick to Wales.
Ouch! A shot on target from Rashford from the edge of the box hits Neco Williams in the face and Welsh defender is down. It was a pretty powerful strike. The play has been halted as he receives some treatment.
Lovely one-two between Rice and Shaw before the Manchester United defender puts in the cross from the left, Henderson at the far post is unmarked but the ball bounces over his head and the Liverpool midfielder just about manages to keep it in play and avoid a Welsh throw-in.
Foul by Kieffer Moore on Shaw inside the England half.
Stones with a powerful header in the midfield tries to send Rashford through but the Welsh defender clears the ball midway.
Rice with the first touch before Shaw sends the cross in. Maguire at the far post heads the ball out and it will be a Wales goal kick.
Foul by Mepham on Harry Kane on the edge of the Welsh box. Who will take this free kick for England? Some discussion going on.
Early possession stats are in: England - 72%, Wales - 21%, Neither team in control - 7%
Shaw sends the ball in from the free kick, Wales player clears it at the far post, Foden receives the clearance and goes for a long-ranger which misses Ward’s left post comfortably.
Handball by Neco Williams on the right side of the Welsh box. Set piece opportunity for England.
Harry Kane, with a brilliant through ball, sets up a one-on-one situation for Rashford against the Welsh goalkeeper but Daniel Ward comes forward, makes himself big and does now allow the Manchester United forward to chip. Remember, this is Ward’s first start in this World Cup since Wayne Hennessey was sent off in the second match.
Aerial pass from the Welsh midfield goes over Daniel James’ head and out for an England throw-in inside its own half.
Foul by Rice who came steaming in looking for the ball, only to collide with Aaron Ramsey near the center line.
Foul by Henderson on Joe Allen.
Aerial ball for Rashford on the left near the Welsh box but his first touch takes the ball out of play for a Welsh throw-in.
England with a string of passes in its own half. Just getting the feel of the ball. Rashford looks to take the ball inside the Welsh box from the left but loses possession on the edge of it.
KICK OFF!!! Wales, in red jerseys, to start the proceedings. It will play from left to right while England, in white and blue, to play from right to left.
12:27AM IST - It is now or never for Wales. Will Gareth Bale lead the Welsh to a miraculous win tonight? Live action beginning shortly.
12:23AM IST - The two teams step onto the pitch. Time for the national anthems.
12:15AM IST - After missing the first two fixtures due to fitness issues, Leicester City midfielder James Maddison is on the bench tonight.
12:10AM IST - Will tonight be Welsh talisman’s final World Cup appearance?
12:00AM IST - Just half an hour to go before live action begins.
11:50PM IST - Here’s what the two coaches said before the match (via fifa.com)
11:40PM IST - FORM GUIDE
- ⦿ Drew 0-0 with USA
- ⦿ Beat Iran 6-2
- ⦿ Drew 3-3 with Germany
- ⦿ Lost 0-1 to England
- ⦿ Lost 0-4 to Hungary
- ⦿ Lost 0-2 to IR Iran
- ⦿ Drew 1-1 with USA
- ⦿ Lost 0-1 to Poland
- ⦿ Lost 1-2 to Belgium
- ⦿ Lost 2-3 to Netherlands
11:30PM IST - With the final round of Group B fixtures beginning at 12:30AM IST, here are the various qualification scenarios for all four teams - How England, USA, Wales, Iran can qualify for round of 16
PREVIEW (via Reuters)
The odds are heavily stacked against Wales reaching the last 16 ahead of its so-called Battle of Britain against England on Tuesday but if it is to fly home early it will want to do so with pride restored.
Wales has waited 64 long years to qualify for a World Cup but after conceding two goals to Iran deep into stoppage on Friday it looks like being only a brief stay in Middle East.
That late defeat left Wales crestfallen and at the bottom of group B and needing to beat England for only the 14th time in 104 meetings, a rivalry dating back to 1879.
Even a victory might not be enough to save Wales as it would also need the other remaining group match between Iran and the United States to end in a draw.
There is one other scenario, one which has never happened before, in which Wales must beat England by four goals, in which case it would go through to the last 16, whatever the result of the other game, at the expense of England.
While the complexities of the maths are head-spinning, Wales will just want to land a blow on its old rival, snap a run of six consecutive defeats against it and claim a first win over England since 1984.
For that to happen, it will require some magic from its talisman Gareth Bale, who scored an equalising penalty in the opening game against the US but who was rather anonymous in the defeat by Iran.
The prospect of facing England may just spark something special from the 33-year-old former Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur player, who is most likely to be playing the last World Cup match of his career.
While England is in a far more comfortable position, leading the group, it went from being so-called world beaters to being booed by its own fans in the space of five days in Qatar -- thrashing Iran 6-2 before being largely outplayed by a youthful US side in a 0-0 draw.
Manager Gareth Southgate began those games with identical starting line-ups, but could well decide to make some tweaks against Wales with Manchester City’s Jack Grealish in line for a start and perhaps an opportunity for striker Callum Wilson.
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Only a four-goal defeat could send England crashing out, with bookmakers pricing that as a 400-1 shot, so there is an opportunity for Southgate to tinker with his line-up and perhaps even protect striker Harry Kane ahead of the last 16.
World Cup 2018 Golden Boot winner Kane is yet to score in the tournament and was subdued against the United States having recovered from an ankle injury sustained against Iran.
“It might be time to think about getting him right for the knockout stages, and I have a sneaky feeling Callum Wilson might come in to face Wales on Tuesday instead,” former England slipper Alan Shearer told the BBC.
“England need to freshen things up anyway, to get the feel-good factor back after the disappointment of the draw with the US, and restore a bit of confidence.”
WHEN AND WHERE TO WATCH
When will the England vs Wales match kick-off?
The England vs Wales match will kick-off at 12:30AM IST, November 30.
Where will the England vs Wales match kick-off?
The England vs Wales match will kick-off at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium.
Where can you watch the England vs Wales match in India?
The England vs Wales match will be telecast live on Sports18 and Sports18 HD. On Android and well as iOS, the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be live streamed on JioCinema.
Where can you watch the England vs Wales match outside India?
United States – TV: FOX, Telemundo; Live Stream: fuboTV, Fox Sports app, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo
Canada – TV: CTV, TSN; Live Stream: fuboTV, TSN app
United Kingdom – TV: BBC One; Live Stream: BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport Website
Australia – TV: SBS; Live Stream: SBS On Demand
New Zealand – TV: Sky Sports; Live Stream: Sky Sport
Malaysia – TV: RTM, Astro; Live Stream: Astro Go
Singapore – TV: Mediacorp Channel 5; Live Stream: StarHub TV+, IPTV, Singtel TV
Hong Kong – TV: BeIN Sports, ITV; Live Stream: Now TV, ViuTV
Nigeria – SuperSport and Showmax Pro.