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Thursday 9 February 2023 Dublin: 2°C
AS IT HAPPENED
As it happened: Wales v England, World Cup
Relive all the action as it happened at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium.

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of tonight’s World Cup Group B clash between Wales and England.

England can secure top spot with a win at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, and will advance as long as they avoid a four-goal defeat.

Wales on the other hand need to win, and hope tonight’s other Group B game between USA and Iran finishes in a draw. 

Kick-off is at 7pm.

England boss Gareth Southgate makes four changes to the side that drew with the USA on Friday. Kyle Walker, Jordan Henderson, Phil Foden and Marcus Rashford all start, with Kieran Tripper, Mason Mount, Raheem Sterling and Bukayo Sako dropping out of the starting team.

Three changes for Wales, as Danny Ward replaces the suspended Wayne Hennessey between the sticks, while Dan James and Joe Allen come in for Harry Wilson and Connor Roberts. 

Alright, just 10 minutes to kick-off, let us know your predictions in the comment section.

Stellar effort on the Welsh anthem, as always.

KICK-OFF

5mins: Wales 0 England 0

A quiet enough start to the game, with some poor touches from both sides. England enjoying most of the early possession.

10mins: Wales 0 England 0

Big chance for England after Wales lose possession inside their own half. Declan Rice finds Harry Kane, who slips in Marcus Rashford. The England striker is one-on-one but Wales ‘keeper Danny Ward pulls off a great save. 

14mins: Wales 0 England 0

England have a free kick in a good position out wide on the left. It’s whipped in towards Harry Maguire but cleared only as far as Phil Foden, who drags a shot wide from outside the box. Ward follows that up by belting a poor goalkick straight out of play. 

18mins: Wales 0 England 0

Another free kick for England, this time in a much more central position. Rice, Foden, Henderson and Shaw all stand over the ball. Shaw clips it towards the back post, where Maguire heads wide. Felt like a bit of a wasted opportunity, that one.

Meanwhile, it’s still 0-0 in tonight’s other game between Iran and USA.

24mins: Wales 0 England 0

Shaw plays a ball from deep which finds Henderson in space at the back post but he can’t control it. England continue to apply some pressure and win a free out wide. Henderson whips it in, but it sails over the head of Maguire. Rashford wins the ball back, shoots from deep, and it’s blocked by Neco Williams, the ball catching him right on the top of his head. Williams now down for a bit of treatment after that. 

29mins: Wales 0 England 0

Atmosphere-wise, there’s not a whole lot going on here. A chorus of God Save the King was met with some loud booing by the Welsh support a couple of minutes ago. Otherwise it’s all been a bit dead, with Jordan Henderson doing a lot of shouting in midfield. The game could really do with a spark. Dan James has just gone into the book for Wales.

32mins: Wales 0 England 0

Harry Maguire gets a rush of the blood to the head and barges his way into the box, where he fires a wild shot that goes out for a throw-in on the far side. 

36mins: Wales 0 England 0

Neco Williams, who took that heavy blow to the head earlier blocking Rashford’s shot, is struggling out there and won’t be able to continue. Connor Roberts comes on. 

37mins: Wales 0 England 0

Brilliant play down the right from Henderson and Bellingham, who flick and spin the ball into the box before Foden shots over. That would have been a lovely, lovely goal.

39mins: Wales 0 England 0

Another chance for England. This time it’s a Rashford bicycle kick which flies wide, the Man United striker catching the ball on his shin. England growing into the game now.

There’s been a development in the other Group B game. Christian Pulisic has just put the USA 1-0 up against Iran. As it stands, the USA and England are going through.

45mins: Wales 0 England 0

We’ll have 5 minutes added time. 

45+4mins: Wales 0 England 0

Rashford gives Roberts a little shove after Wales win a throw in the England half, and it’s one of the most exciting things that’s happened in this game so far. Wales then manage to get a shot on goal, but Joe Allen’s effort flies well off target.

It’s the last action of the half. Fair to say this has not been a classic. We’ll be back with all the second half action shortly.

HALFTIME: Wales 0 England 0

46mins: Wales 0 England 0

The second-half has just kicked off and there’s a been a notable change for Wales at the break. Brennan Johnson is on, Gareth Bale is off.

GOAL: Wales 0 England 1 (Rashford)

GOAL: Wales 0 England 2 (Foden)

52mins: Wales 0 England 2

Wow. England hit Wales for two goals in a minute and that is surely that for Wales at this World Cup. The first was a brilliant free-kick from Marcus Rashford, his 14th goal for England on his 49th cap.

Southgate’s side then quickly follow that up with a second, Phil Foden finding the net after an excellent ball into the box from Harry Kane. 

56mins: Wales 0 England 2

It’s getting lively now. Wales win their first corner of the game after Kieffer Moore’s shot from distance is deflected wide. Those two England goals might just spark this Wales team into life.

58mins: Wales 0 England 2

Triple-change for England. Harry Kane, Kyle Walker and Declan Rice off. Callum Wilson, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kalvin Phillips on.

And one change for Wales as Joe Morrell comes in for the injured Ben Davies.

61mins: Wales 0 England 2

Ramsey booked for a poor tackle on Henderson.

GOAL: Wales 0 England 3 (Rashford)

68mins: Wales 0 England 3

Marcus Rashford makes it three for England. The United man makes a good run on the right flank and Kalvin Phillips finds him with a long ball over the top. He cuts into the box and shoots low and hard, with his shot flying in off the boot of Danny Ward. That’s England’s 100th World Cup goal.

73mins: Wales 0 England 3

Wales just cannot live with England at the moment. They break forward at speed, Wilson plays in Rashford but his low shot is saved. From the resulting corner, Foden’s ball is easily collected by Ward.

76mins: Wales 0 England 3

Marcus Rashford won’t get his hat-trick anyway. He’s just been replaced by Jack Grealish.

78mins: Wales 0 England 3

It’s very nearly four for England as they cut through Wales with ease again. Bellingham’s shot is saved by Ward, and Foden can’t connect cleanly on the follow-up. Wales really have been very, very poor tonight.

84mins: Wales 0 England 3

Maguire drags Moore to the ground and Wales have a free-kick in shooting distance. Harry Wilson smacks his shot straight into the England wall.

85mins: Wales 0 England 3

Another shot for Wales as substitute Rubin Colwill sends a wild effort well over the bar.

87mins: Wales 0 England 3

Moore the latest Wales player to see a shot sail well over the bar. 

90mins+1: Wales 0 England 3

Four minutes of injury time added on as John Stones is off-target from close range.

FULLTIME: Wales 0 England 3

A comfortable night for England and a game that won’t live long in the memory. The win means England march on and Wales bow out. There’s still six minutes of injury time to be played in the Iran-USA game, where it’s 1-0 to the USA, so we’ll keep you updated on the final few minutes from that one now.

So Iran are desperately chasing an equaliser here but struggling to hold onto the ball. It’s all very direct and rather hopeful stuff.

Iran call for a penalty after Mehdi Taremi goes down in the box. The Iran players surround the referee but play is waved on. We’ve played the 9 minutes of added time but the game goes on,

Game over. It finishes Iran 0-1 USA, so England and the USA advance from Group B. The USA will play the Netherlands on Saturday in the round of 16, while England will take on Senegal on Sunday.

That’s all from us tonight, we’ll have reports and reaction from both games shortly. Thanks for following our live coverage tonight.

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