World Cup qualifiers: Round-up
- 07 September 2012 21:46
- Posted by Mark Booth
Edin Dzeko, Vincent Kompany and James Milner were all on the scoresheet as the Road to Brazil 2014 began on Friday evening.
All three of City’s Euro 2012 survivors played the full 90 minutes in England’s opening World Cup Qualifier against Moldova.
Milner was on hand to score his first full international goal on his 32nd appearance for England, the fourth strike in an emphatic 5-0 win.
It was a flowing team move that allowed Milner to break his scoring duck with Arsenal's Theo Walcott and United' Tom Cleverley heavily involved in the build-up.
In the first half Frank Lampard had scored twice, while Jermaine Defoe also netted on his 50th appearance for his country and Leighton Baines struck deep into the second half to give England the perfect start to qualification.
Elsewhere, Edin Dzeko hit a second-half hat-trick in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s staggering 8-1 win away at Liechtenstein.
A neat turn and drill just after half-time was the most eye-catching of the efforts, as he and strike partner Ibisevic helped themselves to hat-tricks.
City and Belgium captain Vincent Kompany led his outfit to a nervy 2-0 win over Wales in Cardiff. The skipper led by example, scoring the game’s first goal after 41 minutes with a trademark header from a Mertens corner.
Belgium are seen as one of the most promising international sides in Europe but this so-called “Golden Generation” struggled for long stretches, despite a starting XI which included Hazard, Felliani and Witsel.
David Silva made an impressive cameo in Spain's 5-0 friendly win over Saudi Arabia, coming off the bench in the 61st minute in place of Arsenal's Santi Carzola.
Silva didn't need long to ease his way into the game, setting up the fifth goal of the rout for Pedro after 73 minutes.
Gael Clichy was an unused substitute for France in their 1-0 win over Finland. Maicon also took no part in Brazil's 1-0 win over South Africa.