VIDEO: After Gibbs (Arsenal) scored at both ends, Hammer Hines saved England’s blushes against Macedonia


England 6 – Macedonia 3 (European U21 Championship qualifiers, October 9, 2009) England were cruising after headed goals from from Kieran Gibbs and captain Micah Richards inside the opening half-hour had given them a 2-0 lead. Macedonia pulled a goal back when Muarem’s free-kick deceived Scott Loach shortly before the break. Shortly after the restart it was all-square, Agim Ibraimi beating Mancienne to a hopeful punt forward and finishing expertly. Andy Carroll made it a hat-trick of England headers with a near-post finish, although a crazy five-minute spell was completed when Gibbs sliced an Ibraimi corner into his own net to make the score 3-3. West Ham’s 20-year-old forward Zavon Hines then came off the bench to make his debut, and his introduced produced instant success as he slotted in Cleverley’s pass in the 67th minute. Carroll (87) and Hines (90) then closed out a thrilling match with England’s fifth and sixth goals.

Latvia 5 – Romania 1 (European U21 Championship qualifiers, October 9, 2009) Edgars Gauracs scored his second hat-trick of Latvia’s qualifying campaign as the home side stunned Group 1 leaders Romania in Riga.

Serbia 2 – Cyprus 0 (European U21 Championship qualifiers, October 9, 2009) A goal in each half from Milan Milanovic and Danijel Aleksic (a volley from a corner from Manchester United’s Adem Ljalac) gave Serbia victory.

Greece 2 – Portugal 1 (European U21 Championship qualifiers, October 9, 2009) Greece lead after forward Vassilis Koutsianikoulis raced past Miguel Vítor then shot beyond Ventura in the third minute. Portugal levelled when the Greek defence failed to deal with Rabiola’s 83rd minute corner Miguel Vitor pounced to restore parity. But Greece hit back at the death as Kyriakos Papadopoulos rose high to head in Soiledis’s free-kick in the final minute to leave the home side undefeated after four matches.

Ukraine 1 – Belgium 1 (European U21 Championship qualifiers, October 9, 2009)