Tag: International Games at The Vic

11th October 2011- Friendly, Ghana 0 Nigeria 0 (played at Vicarage Road)

BBC SportNigeria and Ghana failed to find a cutting edge as the African rivals fluffed a series of chances in a 0-0 draw in a friendly in London on Tuesday.

GhanaWeb: The fans took the plaudits as rivals Ghana and Nigeria battled out a rather uninspiring goalless draw in tonight’s international friendly at Vicarage Road, with an estimated live TV audience of 30 million watching on from across Africa and beyond.

Hornblogger: I went to the England-Ghana friendly in March and it was one of the most entertaining football crowds I’ve ever been part of.  The Ghanian supporters celebrated corners, free kicks, passes and even throw-ins with ever increasing enthusiasm.  Although I was supporting England I very much hoped Ghana would score just to experience their goal reaction and it lived up to all expectations when they equalised in the closing minutes.   So I wasn’t going to miss the chance to experience that kind of atmosphere at the ground I know and love the most.

1st September 2011- UEFA European Under 21 Championship Qualifier, England Under 21s 6 Azerbaijan Under 21s 0 (played at Vicarage Road)

BBC SportStuart Pearce’s England Under-21s thrashed Azerbaijan to start their Euro 2013 qualifying campaign in style.

skyStuart Pearce’s England U21 side made a bright start to their Euro Championship qualifying campaign with a 6-0 rout of Azerbaijan.

guardianSix goals, six debutants, three points and no sign of a sea change. England could not have wished for a more comfortable start to their attempt to qualify for a fourth successive European Under-21 Championship as they disposed of Azerbaijan with ease, but there was nothing here to suggest that they will fare any better in the 2013 finals in Israel, if they get there, than they did during June’s dispiriting performance in the 2011 tournament.

TelegraphA journey of 2,250 miles begins with a single step, and although England were scarcely bothered by their Caucasian visitors in their opening European Championship qualifier, it was an encouragingly cohesive display from the side that Stuart Pearce hopes will lead him to Israel in 2013.

Hornblogger: I remember fondly the last Under 21 international at Vicarage Road which took place 23 years ago.  My mate Laurence and I refer to it regularly because it was at the time, and probably remains, one of the most boring games we’d ever witnessed.  For years afterwards we ceased using words like boring, dull and grim and instead would use ‘Denmark Under 21’s’ to describe anything bad that happened.