Wales 0 - 2 England
Lampard (pen) 7
England breezed past Wales to return to the top of Euro 2012 qualifying Group G with two goals in a blistering opening spell.
They were in total control before Wales had strung a pass together, thanks to Frank Lampard’s seventh-minute penalty and Darren Bent’s 15th-minute close range finish.
The opener arrived when Welsh defender James Collins slipped just outside the penalty area, to allow Ashley Young past him, and clumsily upended his Aston Villa colleague in trying to recover. Lampard sent Welsh keeper Wayne Hennessy the wrong way from the spot.
England doubled their advantage when Glen Johnson’s raking pass down the right found Young and his cross from the by-line was side-footed into the roof of the net by Villa colleague Bent from six yards.
Wales improved after half-time as England lost intensity. But long-range shots from captain Aaron Ramsey and Craig Bellamy, neither of which troubled England keeper Joe Hart, were all they had to offer.
And England sub Stuart Downing came closest with a left-foot 20-yard drive which flew inches wide of Hennessy’s right-hand post.
A perfect day for England, bar Wayne Rooney’s booking for two petulant first-half challenges which sees him suspended for their next qualifier.
Tags: England, Euro 2012 qualifying, Darren Bent, Wayne Hennessy, Glen Johnson, Wales