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Monday, 12 June 2000
European Championships 2000 Finals Group A, match two

Portugal 3 England 2 [2-2]

Philips Stadion, Philipsdorp, Eindhoven
Attendance: 31,500/33,000;
Kick-off: 8.45pm local, tbc BST
Live on ITV (UK) -
Commentator: Clive Tyldesley and Ron Atkinson. Also live on Eurosport - Commentator: Dave Farrar and Joe Kinnear

England - Paul Scholes (3), Steve McManaman (18)
Portugal - Figo (22), João Pinto (37), Nuno Gomes (59)
Match Summary
Portugal Squad
England Squad
England - Paul Ince (44)
Portugal - Vitor Baia (89)
Results 1995-2000

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Match Summary

Officials from Sweden




Referee (charcoal) - Anders Frisk
37 (18 February 1963), Göteborg, FIFA-listed 1991.

Assistant Referees - Emanuel Zammit, Malta and Leif Lindberg

Fourth Official -
Urs Meier, 41 (22 January 1959), Wurenlos, Switzerland, FIFA-listed 1994.
10 Goal Attempts 15
4 Attempts on Target 5
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
6 Corner Kicks Won 12
0 Offside Calls Against 5
17 Fouls Conceded 10

Portugal Team



FIFA (7 June 2000) 15th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 11th to 8th
Colours: Made by Nike - Maroon v-neck jerseys with yellow collar/cuffs, green shorts with yellow side pintrim, green socks with yellow pintrim.
Capt: Vitor Baia Manager: Humberto Manuel de Jesus Coelho, 50 (20 April 1950), appointed late 1997,
20th match, W 13 - D 4 - L 3 - F 49 - A 14.
Portugal Lineup
1 Martins Baia, Vitor M. 30 15 October 1969 G FC Porto 71 GA
Vitor Baia cautioned in the 89th minute for Unsporting Behaviour for time wasting.
2 Costa Almeida, Jorge P. 28 4 October 1971 CM FC Porto 28 0
13 Marques Teixeira, Dimas M. 31 16 February 1969 LB Fenerbahce SK, Turkey 36 0
4 da Cruz Vidigal, Jose Luis 27 15 March 1973 CD Sporting Clube de Portugal 4 0
5 Silva Couto, Fernando M 30 2 August 1969 CD SS Lazio SpA, Italy 66 6
14 da Silva Costa Xavier, Abel L. 27 30 November 1972 RB Everton FC, England 14 2
7 Caeiro Figo, L.F.M. 27 4 November 1972 RM FC Barcelona, Spain 62 15
8 Vieira Pinto, Joao M., off 75th min. 28 19 August 1971 F Sport Lisboa e Benfica 60 19
21 Nuno Gomes, off 89th min. 23 5 July 1976 F Sport Lisboa e Benfica 13 1
10 Cesar Costa, Rui M., off 85th min. 28 29 March 1972 LM ACF Fiorentina SpA, Italy 53 18
17 Gomes Bento, Paulo J. 30 26 June 1969 CM Real Oviedo CF, Spain 23 0
Portugal Substitutes
11 Marceneiro Conceicao, Sergio P., on 75th min for Joao Pinto 25 15 November 1974 M SS Lazio SpA, Italy 25 2
16 Beto, on 85th min. for Rui Costa 24 3 May 1976 D Sporting Clube de Portugal 7 0
19 Capucho, on 89th min. for Nuno Gomes 28 21 February 1972 M FC Porto 15 2

unused substitutes:

3-Rui Jorge, 9-Ricardo Se Pinto, 12-Pedro Espinha, 15-Costinha, 20-Carlos Secretario, 22-Quim.

team notes:

Vitor Baia has become Portugal's record appearance holder.
Coach Humberto captained Portugal against England twice in April and November 1974.
4-4-2 Vitor Baia -
Abel Xavier, Vidigal, Fernando Couto, Dimas -
Figo, Jorge Costa, Paulo Bento, Rui Costa
(Beto) -
Joao Pinto
(Conceicao), Nuno Gomes (Capucho)


Age - Appearances/Goals - -


England Team



FIFA (7 June 2000) 12th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 10th to 12th
Colours: The 1999 Umbro home uniform - White shadow horizontal striped crew neck jersey with navy collar/cuffs, white Umbro sleeves trim, navy shorts with navy Umbro side trim, white socks with navy pintrim.
Capt: Alan Shearer, 32nd captaincy. Head Coach: Joseph Kevin Keegan OBE, 49 (14 February 1951), appointed as caretaker coach 17 February 1999, full-time 14 May 1999.
14th match, W 6 - D 6 - L 2 - F 22 - A 10.
England Lineup
1 Seaman, David A. 36 19 September 1963 G Arsenal FC 58 33 GA
2 Neville, Gary A. 25 18 February 1975 RB Manchester United FC 37 0
3 Neville, Phillip J. 23 21 January 1977 LB Manchester United FC 27 0
4 Campbell, Sulzeer J. 25 18 September 1974 CD Tottenham Hotspur FC 34 2
5 Adams, Tony A., off 82nd min. 33 10 October 1966 CD Arsenal FC 64 5
14 Ince, Paul E.C. 32 21 October 1967 CM Middlesbrough FC 51 2
Ince cautioned in the 44th minute for Unsporting Behaviour for a foul for a challenge on Joao Pinto after his frustration boils over.
7 Beckham, David R.J. 25 2 May 1975 RM Manchester United FC 32 1
8 Scholes, Paul 25 16 November 1974 CM Manchester United FC 25 10
9 Shearer, Alan 29 13 August 1970 F Newcastle United FC 61 28
10 Owen, Michael J., off 46th min. 20 14 December 1979 F Liverpool FC 20 6
11 McManaman, Steven, off 58th min. 28 11 February 1972 LM

Real Madrid CF, Spain

29 3
England Substitutes
19 Heskey, Emile W.I., on 46th min. for Owen 22 11 January 1978 F Liverpool FC 8 1
17 Wise, Dennis F., on 58th min. for McManaman 33 16 December 1966 LM Chelsea FC 17 1
6 Keown, Martin R., on 82nd min. for Adams 33 24 July 1966 CD Arsenal FC 31 2

unused substitutes:

12- Gareth Southgate, 13-Nigel Martyn, 15-Gareth Barry, 16-Steven Gerrard, 18-Nicky Barmby, 20-Kevin Phillips, 21-Robbie Fowler, 22-Richard Wright.
4-4-2 Seaman -
G Neville, Campbell, Adams (Keown), P Neville -
Beckham, Scholes, Ince, McManaman
(Wise) -
(Heskey), Shearer.


Age 27.4 Appearances/Goals - -


    Match Report by Mike Payne


Source Notes

England threw away a flying two-goal start in their opening match of Euro 2000 to go down to Portugal in Group A.  It was a blistering encounter from the outset, with Paul Scholes and Steve McManaman netting for England within 18 minutes of the kick-off.  Luis Figo and Joao Pinto restored equality going into half-time, and Nuno Gomes caught the England defence napping on the hour to snatch an unlikely victory.  There was yet more bad news for Kevin Keegan's side at the interval as Michael Owen, who was injured in a first-half tackle, was taken off and replaced with Emile Heskey.  And McManaman suffered a worrying knock to his knee after a seemingly-innocuous clash with Rui Costa after the break.

The much-touted battle between David Beckham and Figo went all the Manchester United midfielder's way in the opening minutes as he turned provider for both English goals.  Scholes scaled the heights to head home his 10th goal for his country after just two minutes and 40 seconds of the match, when Beckham, out on the right, found him with an inch-perfect cross.  The header skimmed off the underside of the bar and into the mouth of the goal, sparking wild celebrations on the pitch and in the terraces.  Portugal's attacking chances were limited to two consecutive corners as England passed fluidly and raided upfield once more.

The second goal came in copycat fashion when Beckham gathered a cheeky Owen back-heel and broke down the right, this time bringing the ball to the edge of the area before crossing to McManaman unmarked at the far post.  The Real Madrid star made no mistake with a side-footed volley into the roof of the net from eight yards to set the scores at 2-0.  Portugal immediately broke back and demonstrated the awesome ability of their attacking line-up in a move that ended in a disallowed goal for Gomes - adjudged marginally offside.  It made no difference as a piece of individual Figo magic restored hope for the favourites after 22 minutes.

The electrifying midfielder broke straight up the middle of the pitch and fired the ball between the legs of Tony Adams, gaining a fortunate deflection that rattled into the top right corner of David Seaman's goal.  The tempo of the match refused to lessen as Seaman was forced to pull off two outstanding saves.  But he could not keep out the Portuguese who showed devastating invention and skill to level the scores.  Costa's cross from the right of the England area on 37 minutes found Pinto, whose spectacular diving header, inches from the floor, sent the ball ricocheting in off the left upright.  The scintillating half ended 2-2, having already made the preceding matches of Euro 2000 look dull by comparison.

The second 45 minutes started in similarly breathless style, with Pinto sending the ball scraping off the top of the England crossbar from a corner.  But England struck back with Heskey earning a free-kick on the edge of the Portuguese area, then Shearer almost beat keeper Vitor Baia from a long, looping Neville cross.  There were more injury worries for Keegan on 57 minutes, when he was forced to replace McManaman - hobbling from a knee injury - with Dennis Wise.  And barely had the substitution been made when a low-level, skittering cross from Costa found Gomes in acres of space behind Adams, who failed to recover in time to stop the Portuguese striker's hammer blow.

England pressed up and sustained a good 10-minute period of pressure, producing a series of half-chances for Heskey, Scholes and Shearer that ultimately came to nothing.  But the danger of a lightning-quick Portuguese breakout was always there, and Gomes beat Seaman again with a neat header on 73 minutes, only for it to be disallowed for offside.  In a particularly cruel blow for England, Scholes' goal-bound rocket found the back of Shearer, who also failed to turn in the midfielder's header two minutes later.  The closing five minutes saw Portugal recede into their ever-tightening defensive shell and increasingly despondent England failed to produce the spark of magic that stood between them and defeat.

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