England notched up a convincing five-nil win in their opening World Cup qualifying game against Finland at Wembley on October 17.
ENGLAND (RED SHIRTS AND WHITE SHORTS) v FINLAND
1. GV Hateley scores first goal for England. (2 SHOTS) 0.16
2. GVS Tony Woodcock scores England's second goal after defensive foul-up. (2 SHOTS) 0.27
3. SECOND HALF: GV Hateley scores England's third goal. (2 SHOTS) 0.45
4. GV Woodcock heads wide for England. 0.55
5. GV Bryan Robson scores England's fourth goal. 1.13
6. GV Gary Stevens shoots from outside penalty area, misses. 1.25
7. GV Kenny Sansom scores England's fifth goal. 1.47
8. GV Ray Wilkins puts ball in the net, but goal disallowed. 2.00
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England notched up a convincing five-nil win in their opening World Cup qualifying game against Finland at Wembley on October 17. The win gives England a good chance of making it to the finals in Mexico in 1986. After their recent lacklustre win over low-rated East Germany in a friendly match, England were clearly anxious to impress the 47,000 crowd. Twenty-two-year-old Mark Hateley, who has proved such a success in the Italian league since his transfer to AC Milan from Second Division Portsmouth, scored two goals. The first came in the 29th minutes after relentless pressure which the Finnish part-timers did well to contain. Steve Williams' free kick was charged out by Finnish goalkeeper Olli Huttenen to Terry Butcher, whose shot also hit the 'keeper. John Barnes then hit the crossbar before Hateley shot the ball high into the roof of the net. Five minutes before half-time England went two-nil up with another rather messy goal. Finnish full back Esa Pekonen's back pass was challenged by Tony Woodcock who took full advantage of the defensive confusion to put the ball away. Hateley added a third goal for the home side in the 50th minutes with the best goal of the night. He took a pass from Gary Stevens near the halfway line, and beat a defender and the goalkeeper before slotting home his shot. Captain Bryan Robson got England's fourth in the 69th minute after some neat work on the left wing by Kenny Sansom and John Barnes. Sansom, playing his 47th game for England, scored his first goal for his country after a cross from substitute Mark Chamberlain two minutes from the end. England went top of their qualifying group after the win, with Finland, who have already beaten Northern Ireland, in third place. Only the first two from each group go to Mexico. Matches continue through until November 1985.
Source: REUTERS - DIMITRI SABBAGH