Wayne Rooney shows the way again as England maintain perfect start

Estonia's best chance fell to S Zenjov in the first minute when his deflected shot hit Hart's side netting.

By: Reuters | Tallinn | Updated: October 13, 2014 12:01:31 pm
England's Wayne Rooney, left, makes a shot on goal blocked by Estonia's goalkeeper Sergei Pareiko during the Euro 2016 qualifying match. (Source: AP) England’s Wayne Rooney, left, makes a shot on goal blocked by Estonia’s goalkeeper Sergei Pareiko during the Euro 2016 qualifying match. (Source: AP)

Wayne Rooney struck with a 74th-minute free kick to give England a 1-0 win over Estonia in Euro 2016 Group E on Sunday and move to within six goals of Bobby Charlton’s record tally of 49. Rooney curled home a shot from the edge of the box after Raheem Sterling was fouled and although goalkeeper Sergei Parelko got his hands to the ball it went in off the post.

The England skipper, playing his 99th international, has now scored 43 times for his country, one behind Jimmy Greaves who is third on the all-time list.

Estonia were reduced to 10 men for the second successive qualifier when their captain Ragnar Klavan was sent off for a second yellow card after 49 minutes, but they frustrated England for long periods before the visitors scored to maintain their perfect start to the campaign with a third successive win.

Estonia’s best chance fell to Sergei Zenjov in the first minute when his deflected shot hit Joe Hart’s side netting, and apart from a few isolated raids, most of the match was played in the hosts’ half.

England, though, lacked accuracy in front of goal and pace in attack until Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sterling were introduced in the second half.

Russia held at home

Fabio Capello’s 100 percent record in home qualifying matches as Russia’s manager came to an end in Moscow as his side were surprisingly held to a 1-1 draw by Group G outsiders Moldova in their Euro 2016 clash on Sunday.

After six previous triumphs on home soil stretching back two years, Capello’s men looked on course for victory number seven as their dominance was rewarded with Artem Dzyuba’s 73rd minute penalty, which he both earned and converted. Yet only a minute later, Moldova equalised with captain Alexandru Epureanu heading home from Alexandru Dedov’s corner, leaving the visitors, ranked 82 places lower than Russia at 105 in FIFA world rankings, to treat escaping with a draw as if it were a victory.

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