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England made a change at the start of the second half by replacing goalscorer
Robbie Fowler with his Liverpool team-mate Emile Heskey.

The second half began much in way of the first with passes going astray. But
Shevchenko created the first chance of the half after just two minutes when, despite
poor control, he managed to get past Sol Campbell but his shot was too close to
Nigel Martyn who easily kept the ball out.

Steven Gerrad could have had his first chance of the game when Steve McManaman
played the ball into him in space on the right hand edge of the box. But, instead of
having a shot, Gerrard tried to play a through ball but no-one anticipated the pass.

Gerrard did have his first effort in the 52st minutes when he drove into the area on
the right but the angle for a shot was too tight and he fires the ball straight at the

England were finally looking more of a unit, playing the ball around well and creating

Ukraine came very close to levelling the score in the 55th minute. A fine ball from
the impressive Oleg Luzhny found Shevchenko - who had climbed above Tony
Adams - but Martyn made a fine save to push the ball around the post for a corner.
The resulting set piece was wasted.

England almost created another opportunity wneh Campbell came out with the ball
and accepted the return pass. Campbell just managed to get a cross in from the
goal-line on the left but it was straight at the keeper.

England thought they had won a penalty when Scholes broke into the area on the
right but the referee waved the appeals away.

Ukraine won straight up the other end and Gerrard brought Shevchenko down on the
edge of the box. Shevchenko took the free kick on the left hand edge of the box and
Mrtyn produced a fine save to palma powerful drive over the bar. The corner was then

Emile Heskey had his first chance of the game when a brilliant ball from Beckham
set him though on goal but a defender applied enough pressure to force him to a
tighter angle and in the end the shot was wide.

On 64 minutes Ukraine made their first change when Morov replaced Kandaurov.

England won a free kick on the right hand side after a foul by Dimitrulin. Beckham's
corner was towards Adams but he was beaten to th ball by Vaschuk and the move
came to an end.

England went two up in the 67th minute. Beckham played in a corner and the
goalkeeper palmed the ball out but it fell straight to Adams who managed to put
the ball into the corner of the net.

It was Adams' first international goal for 12 years.

England had looked much more dangerous in the second half and deserved the
second goal. Whatever Kevin Keegan said at half time worked as the defence was
working as a true unit, giving the Ukrainian strikeforce little joy.

Ukraine made their second change on 71 minutes when Popov was replaced with

Ukraine were now starting to look more adventurous to try and get back into the

England made a double change on 73 minutes when Nick Barmby replaced Paul
Scholes and Phil Neville was repaced by Gareth Barry - giving the 19-year-old from
Aston Villa his England debut.

Heskey should have added a third for England in the 75th minute. The Liverpool
striker was put through clean through on goal by Gareth Southgate but Heskey shot
straight at Kernozenko who came out well.

Ukraine should have brought a goal back on 80 minutes. A fine run from Shevchenko
ended with the Milan star getting into the area after the ball had clipped off
Campbell. But the striker failed to connect with the ball and it ran harmlessly into
the hands of Martyn.

England went straight up the other end and almost scored. Barry produced a fine
cross from the left which found Heskey and the keeper managed to tip his header
over the bar.

Kieron Dyer then came on for Gerrard before the corner was watsed.

Beckham had another crack at goal in the 83rd minuted from 30 yards out but he
dragged his effort wide.

Nick Barmby, impressive in his spell as substitute, created a fine chance for
McManaman in the 84th minute. He played a through ball and Macca was through
on goal on the left but instead of shooting with his left he decided to poke at the ball
with his right and it went weakly to the keeper.

Ukraine then changed keepers, with Levytsky coming on for Kernozenko.

Barry - a left-footed player finally impressing for England - almost created a chance
for Shearer when he played a low pass into the area. Shearer turned his defender
but just as he was about to shoot he was blocked and Ukraine cleared.

Ukraine won a corner in the 88th minute as they looked for a consolation. But the
ball from Dimitrulin on the left was easily headed clear by Adams.

The fourth official then indicated there would be three minutes of injury time to be

Rebrov then had a long range shot but it was way over.

Injury time passed without any incident of note and the England fans celebrated as
the squad head for Malta and Saturday's final warm-up game. But first, the squad
will be announced later in Wednesday night.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Oleg Luzhny (Ukraine)

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Didn't you think that Macca and Barmby linked well, it seems that Beckham is also looking for the 60 yard pass before laying it off to Macca.

IMO man of the match was Adams, he held the defence together when they were in danger of losing it all together.

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It was my personal opinion that Luhzny was man of the match.

I'm not sure what Sky sports viewers gave! :)

Yes, I thought Barmby and McManaman linked well together, I also think that Barmby could do the same for England as Beardsley used to.

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Beckham was named man of the match by Sky Sports viewers and this does not mean that much. the winner gets the players shirt and this means that people will vote for their favourate playera dn not the one that has performed best on the day.
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