England 2 Ukraine 1 (Wembley 1 April 2009)
England needed a late goal to derail Ukraine and make it five wins out of five in their World Cup qualifying group. The English were rewarded for their possession in the 29th minute when Terry headed on a corner for Peter Crouch to volley the ball into the net from inside the 6 yard box. A Ukrainian free-kick floated into the box, came off the chest of Johnson and fell to substitute Shevchenko who lashed in the equaliser, but with 5 minutes remaining Beckham delivered a free-kick which Gerrard nodded back across goal for John Terry to turn in and give England victory in front of their jubilant home crowd.
Terry gets winner against Ukraine
In other matches Trapattoni took the Republic of Ireland to his homeland where Robbie Keane scored a late goal to earn a 1-1 draw against the Italians. Slovakia crossed the border to shock the Czechs with a 2-1 win, but Northern Ireland lead the group after a 1-0 home win against Slovenia. A Ballack screamer and an own goal gave Germany a win in Wales while the Dutch put 4 past Macedonia without reply. A last gasp goal silenced the Turkish crowd as European champions Spain ran out 2-1 winners while in the same group Bosnia & Herzegovina did the double over Belgium as Edin Dzeko scored 2 goals in their 2-1 home win. Erwin Hoffer also scored twice as Romania returned from Austria with a 2-1 defeat and Franck Ribery saved French blushes with the only goal in Paris against Lithuania. Denmark and Hungary strengthened their positions at the top of group 1 with 3-0 home wins over Albania and Malta respectively. Belarus enjoyed a 5-1 win in Kazakhstan, and San Marino were taken apart 10-0 in Poland with Ebi Smolarek scoring 4 in the process.
The shock of the day came in South America where Bolivia demolished Argentina 6-1 with Botero Joaquin delighting the home crowd with a hat-trick. Ecuador were denied a home win when Edgar Benitez scored late in stoppage time to earn Paraguay a 1-1 draw and Colombia found the going too tough in Venezuela as they went down 2-0 while 2 goals from Luis Fabiano helped Brazil ease 3-0 past Peru and Uruguay returned with a goalless draw against 10-man Chile. In Asia Australia were on the verge of becoming the first team to qualify for South Africa 2010 after their 2-0 home victory over Uzbekistan, but were denied confirmation as Bahrain defeated Qatar 1-0 to keep their own hopes alive. A stoppage time goal for South Korea was the difference between them and North Korea in Seoul while Saudi Arabia came from behind to beat the UAE 3-2 in Riyadh. In North America Carlo Costly struck twice for Honduras to inflict a costly 3-1 loss on Mexico while Josmer Altidore scored a hat-trick as the Americans took another step towards the finals with a 3-0 triumph over Trinidad & Tobago.