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Monday, 15 June 1998
World Cup Finals 1998 First Phase Group G

England 2 Tunisia 0 [1-0]


Team line-up


Match Summary
England Squad

Tunisia Squad

Le Stade Vélodrome, Marseille - Attendance: 54,587
Kick-off 2.30 p.m. local time, 1.30 p.m. BST
  Live on xx (UK) - Commentator: xx

England - Alan Shearer (43), Paul Scholes (89).
Tunisia - Jose Clayton (48 foul), Imed Ben Younes (70 foul), Kaies Ghodhbane (87 foul);
England - Sol Campbell (88 foul).

? kicked-off. 9- minutes (-).


Match Summary





Referee (yellow) - Masayoshi Okada,
x (xx), Japan, FIFA listed 1993.

Assistant Referees - Jeon Young-Hyun, South Korea & Dramane Dante, 36 (9 December 1961), Mali.

Reserve Official - Kim Milton Nielsen, 37 (3 August 1960), Denmark, FIFA-listed 1988

14 Goal Attempts 8
7 Attempts on Target 1
1 Hit Bar/Post 0
10 Corner Kicks Won 3
0 Offside Calls Against 0
14 Fouls Conceded 26
? Possession ?

England Team



5th (20th May 1998)
ELO (6th to 4th)
Colours: The 1997 home uniform - White shirts with navy blue collar and red/navy blue side panels, navy blue shorts with white and red trim, white socks with navy blue tops. 
Capt: Alan Shearer, 11th captaincy Coach: Glenn Hoddle, 40, appointed 2 May 1996, effective 30 June 1996;
21st match, W 14 - D 4 - L 3 - F 31 - A 7.
England Lineup
1 Seaman, David A. 34 19 September 1963 G Arsenal FC 41 x GA
2 Campbell, Sulzeer J. 23 18 September 1974 D Tottenham Hotspur FC 17 0
3 Le Saux, Graeme P. 29 17 October 1968 D Chelsea FC 26 1
4 Ince, Paul E.C. 30 21 October 1967 M Liverpool FC 40 2
5 Adams, Tony A. 31 10 October 1966 D Arsenal FC 52 4
6 Southgate, Gareth 27 3 September 1970 D Aston Villa FC 26 0
14 Anderton, Darren R. 26 3 March 1972 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 19 5
8 Batty, David 29 2 December 1968 M Newcastle United FC 32 0
9 Shearer, Alan 27 13 August 1970 F Newcastle United FC 40 19
10 Sheringham, Edward P., off 85th min. 32 2 April 1966 F Manchester United FC 34 9
16 Scholes, Paul 23 16 November 1974 M Manchester United FC 8 4
England Substitutes
20 Owen, Michael J., on 85th min. for Sheringham. 18 14 December 1979 F Liverpool FC 6 1

unused substitutes:

7-David Beckham, 11-Steve McManaman, 12-Gary Neville, 13-Nigel Martyn, 15-Paul Merson, 17-Rob Lee, 18-Martin Keown, 19-Les Ferdinand, 21-Rio Ferdinand, 22-Tim Flowers.
3-5-2 Seaman -
Southgate, Adams, Campbell -
Anderton, Batty, Scholes, Ince, Le Saux -
(Owen), Shearer.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age tbc Appearances/Goals tbc tbc


Tunisia Team



21st (20th May 1998)
ELO (45th to 52nd)
Colours: Made by Lotto - Red shirts with white pinstripes (black shadows) and white trim on shoulders, white collar, red shorts with white pinstripes (black shadows) on right, red socks with white tops.
Capt: Sami Trabelsi Coach: Henryk Kasperczak, 51.
Tunisia Lineup
1 El Ouaer, Chokri 31 15 August 1966 G Espérance Sportive de Tunis 52 x GA
21 Badra, Khaled 25 8 April 1973 D Espérance Sportive de Tunis 27 -
3 Trabelsi, Sami 30 4 February 1968 D Club Sportif Sfaxien 46 -
4 Boukadida, Mounir 30 24 October 1967 D Étoile Sportive Du Sahel 31 -
5 Trabelsi, Hatem, off 79th min. 21 25 January 1977 D Club Sportif Sfaxien 3 -
17 Clayton, Jose 24 21 March 1974 D Étoile Sportive Du Sahel 5 -
14 Chihi, Sirajeddine 28 16 April 1970 M Espérance Sportive de Tunis 48 -
15 Souayah, Skander, off 46th min. 25 20 November 1972 M Club Sportif Sfaxien 32 -
18 Ben Slimane, Mehdi, off 65th min. 24 1 January 1974 F SC Freiburg, Germany 33 -
10 Ghodhbane, Kaies 22 7 March 1976 M Étoile Sportive Du Sahel 47 -
11 Sellimi, Adel 25 16 November 1972 F Real Jaén, Spain 58 -
Tunisia Substitutes
8 Baya, Zoubeir, on 46th min. for Souayah 27 15 May 1971 M SC Freiburg, Germany 45 -
2 Ben Younes, Imed, on 65th min. for Ben Slimane 23 16 June 1974 F Étoile Sportive Du Sahel 10 -
7 Thabet, Tarek, on 79th min. for Trabelsi, H. 26 16 August 1971 D Espérance Sportive de Tunis 44 -

unused substitutes:

6-Ferid Chouchane, 9-Riadh Jelassi, 12-Mourad Melki, 13-Riadh Bouazizi, 16-Radhouane Salhi, 19-Faycal Ben Ahmed, 20-Sabri Jaballah, 22-Ali Boumnijel.
3-5-2 El Ouaer -
Boukadida, Badra, S Trabelsi -
H Trabelsi
(Thabet), Ghodbane, Souayah (Beya), Chihi, Clayton -
Sellimi, Ben Slimane
(Ben Younes).

Averages (Starting XI):

Age tbc Appearances/Goals tbc tbc



    Match Report

England have beaten Tunisia 2-0 in their opening World Cup game in Marseille.  Alan Shearer headed England in front three minutes before half-time when he rose to meet Graeme Le Saux's free-kick, following a long period of England pressure.  Paul Scholes got the second moments before the end with a wonderful shot which curled inside the far post, after he had latched on to a ball from Paul Ince and made himself some space.

Shearer's goal capped a spell of concerted attacking by England after the lively Tunisians had shaded the first half-hour of the game. The North Africans had given England an early scare when Sol Campbell had to sprint back to clear from Skander Souayah after a mistake by Tony Adams.

The Tunisian goalkeeper, Chokri El-Ouaer, also kept his side in the game with three good saves.  First he pushed away Scholes' header from point-blank range on the half-hour mark as England finally managed to push forward. Scholes looked certain to score as Le Saux, set up by Ince, whipped in a perfect cross from the left.  Five minutes later the keeper again pulled off a great save, stretching to palm Teddy Sheringham's long-range shot onto the bar and away for a corner.  Sheringham then found room down the right and picked out Scholes in the area, but Scholes fluffed his shot and the keeper pushed it round his left-hand post. 

England resumed their pressure in the second half, with Scholes again central to much of the attacking play.  England had a great chance in the 61st minute when Sheringham, on the right, put the ball across a wide open Tunisian goalmouth. Adams tried to stab the ball home but El-Ouaer blocked it. Shearer and Darren Anderton were narrowly off target from long range.

Michael Owen became the third youngest player in World Cup history when he came on for Sheringham in the 85th minute.  The Tunisians also set up a number of attacks as the game opened up. Substitute Zubeir Beya fired a fierce shot over the England crossbar in the 63rd minute. But England Goalkeeper David Seaman and his defence stood firm.

England coach Glenn Hoddle paid tribute to Shearer and Scholes after the game.  He said: "Alan's reputation goes before him, today he had a limited amount of chances and this is what a world striker can do. He can take one chance out of nothing.  Young Paul Scholes is showing a lot of maturity, he's got good talent and today he felt at home out there. I looked at a young man playing his natural game under those circumstances and that's good to see."

The 60,000 fans in the Velodrome stadium seems to be well behaved following renewed clashes between England and Tunisian fans outside the venue in Marseille. - BBC Sport.

Source Notes

CNN/SI - Soccer World Cup 1998
WorldCup.Fr website
Official FIFA Match Report
BBC Sport