WC 2014 qualifying: Ukraine vs England – Player Rating

Blog by: Anirudh

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Ukraine

Andriy Pyatov (6)

Did sometimes flap at crosses but was always quick to come off his line. Made brave early block to deny Walcott and a good save from Gerrard.

Artem Fedetski (6)

Given relatively few offensive problems by Milner and frequently pushed forward to offer width in attack before heading straight at Hart from a wonderful second-half chance.

Yavhen Khachiridi (7)

Lambert was effective in holding the ball up but Khachiridi ensured that he rarely got behind the Ukraine defence and his anticipation limited England’s chances.

Olexandr Kucher (6)

Selected as captain in the surprise absence from the team of Anatoliy Tymoshchuk and was sound defensively despite being erratic in possession.

Vyacheslav Shevchuk (6)

Had the difficult task of containing Walcott and was given several difficult moments early in the match but improved and also tried hard to get forward in support of Konoplianka.

Taras Stepanenko (7)

Asked to sit in front of the Ukraine defence and was successful both in dictating possession and breaking up the rhythm of England, notably Wilshere.

Edmar Halovskiy (6)

Technically competent and was particularly energetic in the first-half. It was his partnership with Stepanenko that ensured Ukraine controlled most of the game.

Andriy Yarmolenko (5)

One of the main dangermen for Ukraine. Began well, pulling Cole out of position with his crossfield runs but was ultimately beaten in his head-to-head with the Chelsea left-back.

Oleh Gusiev (5)

Asked to unlock England with his passing but wasted a succession of good positions. Generally was kept quiet by Gerrard’s patrolling of the space in front of England’s defence.

Yehven Konoplianka (7)

Ukraine’s most threatening and direct player. Seemed to target Walker at right-back for England and went only inches wide with a freekick that deflected off England’s wall.

Roman Zozulya (4)

A real weak link in an otherwise competent Ukraine team. Might have won an early penalty but his heavy touch meant wasting several very promising positions.

England

Joe Hart (6)

His confidence does seem bruised by recent mistakes. Might have conceded a penalty with early challenge on Zozulya and did not always look in command of his area.

Kyle Walker (5)

Given a big test against Konoplianka and found himself frequently dragged out of position, most notably when he almost conceded a second-half penalty. Also offered little help in attack.

Phil Jagielka (6)

Partnership with Cahill is developing but remains an area of relative weakness in the England team. Improved in the second-half but was least convincing of the two centre-backs.

Gary Cahill (7)

Vital to England’s rearguard action. Made a series of important interceptions and also went close to scoring himself with two first-half headers.

Ashley Cole (8)

Remains the man for the big occasion and still seems to retain that priceless ability to raise his game against better opponents. Yarmolenko was kept very quiet.

Steven Gerrard (6)

His discipline and workrate were admirable in front of England’s defence. Had an early shot well saved but, like the rest of his team, struggled to keep the ball.

Theo Walcott (6)

Began brightly, immediately getting behind Shevchuk to force a brave save from Pyatov but his influence faded as England endured considerable second-half pressure.

Frank Lampard (5)

A match to savour for winning his 100th cap rather than the performance. England struggled to get any control of the midfield and Lampard did not offer his usual attacking threat.

Jack Wilshere (4)

His worst game for England. Was slow on the ball and frequently caught in possession before being replaced midway through the second half by Ashley Young.

James Milner (6)

Did the job that Hodgson brought him into the team to do. Worked diligently down the right, helped break up Ukraine pressure and then moved infield when Wilshere came off.

Rickie Lambert (6)

Starved of possession but did offer an outlet, particularly in the first-half when he held the ball up effectively. Was less influential during the second-half.

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