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Wednesday, 6 September 1995
A Green Flag International Friendly Match

England 0 Colombia 0 [0-0]

Wembley Stadium, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Attendance: 20,038;
Kick-off: 8.00pm BST
Live on Sky Sports (UK) - Commentator: Martin Tyler

  Match Summary
England Squad
Colombia Squad
Colombia - Leonal Alvarez, Freddy Rincon, Ivan Valenciano, Faustino Asprilla
Results 1995-2000

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Match Summary

Officials from France




Referee (black) - Marc Batta
x (-).

Linesmen - Rene Schneider and Patric Denis.

Reserve Official - Patric Anton.

Teams presented to Geoff Hurst, ex-England forward
  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  

England Team



FIFA (22 August 1995) 22nd
EFO ranking

ELO rating 13th to =14th
Colours: The 1995 Umbro home uniform - White v-neck collared shadow striped jersey with navy overlapping collar, navy shorts with white/turquoise side triangle, white socks with two turquoise hoops.
Capt: Tony Adams, second captaincy Head coach: Terence Frederick Venables, 52 (6 January 1943), appointed 28 January 1994,
12th match, W 5 - D 6 - L 1 - F 16 - A 8, incl. one abandoned.
England Lineup
1 Seaman, David     G   18 11 GA
2 Neville, Gary            
3 Le Saux, Graeme P. 26 17 October 1968 LB Blackburn Rovers FC 11 1
4 Redknapp, Jamie, off 75th min.            
5 Adams, Tony            
6 Howey, Stephen N. 23 26 October 1971 CD Newcastle United FC 2 0
7 Barmby, Nick            
8 Gascoigne, Paul J., off 75th min. 28 27 May 1967 M Rangers FC, Scotland 33 6
9 Shearer, Alan, off 75th min.            
10 McManaman, Steven            
11 Wise, Dennis            
England Substitutes
16 Lee, Robert M., on 75th min. for Redknapp 29 1 February 1966 M Newcastle United FC 3 1
15 Barnes, John, on 75th min. for Gascoigne            
17 Sheringham, Edward, on 75th min. for Shearer            

unused substitutes:

12-Neil Ruddock, 13-Tim Flowers, 14-Matthew Le Tissier.
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Age - Appearances/Goals - -


Colombia Team



FIFA (22 August 1995) 13th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 17th to =14th
Colours: Made by Marathon - Yellow collared v-neck jerseys with blue overlapping collars, blue shorts, red socks.
Capt: Carlos Valderrama Head coach: Hernan Dario Gomez Jaramillo, 39 (3 February 1956), appointed 1995.
Colombia Lineup
1 Higuita Zapata, J. Rene 29 27 August 1966 G Club Atletico Nacional SA   GA
2 Santa Robledo, Jose Fernando 24 12 September 1970 RB Club Atletico Nacional SA    
3 Mendoza Barrina, Alexis A. 33 8 November 1961 CD CD Popular Junior FC SA    
18 Perez Munoz, J. Wilmer 25 21 February 1970 LB Deportivo Independiente Medellin    
5 Bermudez Morales, Jorge H. 24 18 June 1971 CD SAD America de Cali SA    
19 Rincon Valencia, Freddy E. 29 14 August 1966 M Real Madrid CF, Spain    
14 Alvarez Zuleta, Leonel J. 30 30 July 1965 M SAD America de Cali SA    
8 Lozano Prado, J. Harold, off 46th min. 23 30 March 1972 DM CF America SA de CV, Mexico    
9 Valenciano Perez, Ivan R. 23 18 March 1972 CF CD Popular Junior FC SA    
10 Valderrama Palacio, Carlos A. 34 2 September 1961 M CD Popular Junior FC SA    
11 Asprilla Hinestroza, Faustino H. 25 10 November 1969 M Parma FC SpA, Italy    
Colombia Substitutes
16 Quinonez Castillo, Luis M., on 46th min. for Lozano 26 5 October 1968 CD CD Once Caldas    

unused substitutes:

4-Foad Mazziri, 6-Herman Gaviria, 12-Calixto Chiquillo, 17-Freddy Leon.

teamsheet notes:

The original teamsheet has slight differences to the above list. Wilson De Cali wore 18 and in the line-up instead of Perez, and Luis Quinonez was wearing 20.
4-1-4-1 Higuita -
Bermudez, Mendoza, Perez -
Lozano -
Asprilla, Valderrama,
Rincon, Alvarez -


Age - Appearances/Goals - -


    Match Report by Mike Payne

    Match Report by Norman Giller

This goalless and otherwise uneventful game will always be remembered for one of the most fantastic saves ever witnessed at Wembley. Jamie Redknapp fired in a snap shot, and everybody in the stadium looked on open mouthed as Colombian goalkeeper Rene Higuta performed a double overhead kick clearance. It became known as the Scorpion Save, and has featured in just about every video of off-beat football moments that have been produced since the game. England were the better team but could not translate their territorial advantage into goals.

Source Notes

Original newspaper reports
Official teamsheet
Rothman's Yearbooks
F.A. Yearbook
Norman Giller
, Football Author