. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

England Coasts to Victory in Tbilisi

TBILISI, Georgia -- England scored a decisive 2-0 win over Georgia with goals from Teddy Sheringham and Les Ferdinand to maintain their 100 per cent record in their World Cup qualifying campaign Saturday.

Georgia's second straight defeat looked likely as early as the 15th minute when Sheringham scored with a well-taken shot, from the right-hand side of the penalty area, that took a deflection off Georgian defender Kakhi Tskhadadze before looping over goalkeeper Irakli Zoidze.

England made it 2-0 after 36 minutes when Paul Gascoigne linked up with Sheringham who set Ferdinand away on a bustling run through the middle.

Ferdinand, partnered by Sheringham brushed past an ineffectual challenge from Tskhadadze before blasting the ball past Zoidze with a powerful left-foot shot from 12 meters.

Georgia, full of some excellent technical skills and sweet passing moves in midfield, seemed to lack the heart to really threaten England and ultimately frustrated the fervent home crowd of around 76,000.

Northern Ireland frustrated Germany's World Cup qualifying campaign when they held the European champions to a 1-1 draw.

Germany had to come back from behind after defender Gerry Taggart gave the visitors a shock lead in the 39th minute.

Midfielder Andy Moeller scored a wonderful individual goal two minutes later to equalize.

Northern Ireland keeper Tommy Wright, playing his first international for two years, had a superb game.

Before the England-Georgiamatch, former England international Trevor Brooking, now a television commentator, needed four stitches after being involved in a fight with a Georgian journalist.

While playing in a media match the former West Ham player, was on the receiving end of several crude tackles by Georgian players.

"One of them clouted me from behind," Brooking said. "There was what you might call a verbal exchange.

"Then, apparently, while this was going on, another fellow ran 20 yards. I just saw him at the last minute from the side. He thumped me with a real right hook and he must have caught me with a ring or something because he cut me wide open just above the right eye."

The match referee sent off two Georgians and the game ended 1-1.

(For other results, see Scorecard.)


Macedonia scored one of the biggest wins in World Cup history when they crushed the part-timers of Liechtenstein 11-1 in a group eight qualifier Saturday.

The result was the joint-fourth highest victory in the tournament's 66-year history following New Zealand's 13-0 win over Fiji in 1982, West Germany's 12-0 win over Cyprus in 1970 and Mexico's 11-0 win over St Vincent in 1993.

Dejvi Gavevski led the rout with a hat-trick after opening the scoring in the eighth minute and making it 2-0 after 13 minutes with a diving header. He scored his third after 60 minutes which put his team 9-0 up.dMMitko Stojkovski, Toni Micevski and Sasa Ciric all scored two while Georgi Hristov and Vanco Micevski added the others.


Chelsea player-manager Ruud Gullit signed international forward Gianfranco Zola for 4.5 million pounds from Parma on Friday.

The 30-year-old Zola, who has agreed a three-and-a-half-year deal, will join compatriots Gianluca Vialli and Roberto Di Matteo and French defender Frank Leboeuf at new-look Stamford Bridge.