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Saturday, 15 June 2002
World Cup 2002 Finals Second Phase Round of Sixteen, match five/six

Denmark 0 England 3 [0-3]

Niigata Sutajiamu, Chou, Niigata-shi, Chubu-chiho, Honshu, Japan
Attendance: 40,582;
Kick-off: 8.30pm local, 12.30pm BST
Live on
BBC One (UK) - Commentator: John Motson and Trevor Brooking. Also live on ITV One (UK) - Commentator: Clive Tyldesley and Ron Atkinson

England - Thomas Sorensen (own goal from a Ferdinand header 5), Michael Owen (22), Emile Heskey (44). Match Summary
Denmark Squad
England Squad
Denmark - Stig Tofting (24).
England - Danny Mills (50).
Results 2000-2005

? kicked-off. 93 minutes (47 & 49).


Match Summary

Officials from Germany




Referee (yellow) - Markus Merk
40 (15 March 1962), Kaiserslautern, FIFA-listed 1992.

Assistant Referees - Heiner Muller, 41 (30 May 1961) and Evzen Amler, 44 (15 May 1958), Praha, Czech Republic.

Fourth Official -
Mourad Daami, 39 (15 August 1962), Monastir, Tunisia, FIFA-listed 1996.
13 Goal Attempts 15
10 Attempts on Target 8
  Hit Bar/Post  
8 Corner Kicks Won 3
2 Offside Calls Against 3
19 Fouls Conceded 14
63% Possession 37%

Denmark Team



FIFA (15 May 2002) 20th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 9th to 13th
Colours: Made by Hummel - Dark red crew-necked jerseys with white collar/cuffs/zip trim, white shorts with red zip trim, red socks.
Capt: Rene Henriksen. Manager: Morten Per Olsen, 52 (14 August 1949), appointed 16 August 2000, 
24th match,
W 15 - D 6 - L 3 - F 43 - A 20.
Denmark Lineup
1 Sorensen, Thomas L. 26 12 June 1976 G

Sunderland AFC, England

19 GA
OG originally given as an Rio Ferdinand goal. Sorensen diverted the ball, touching it more than once, into his own net from a Ferdinand sideways header, following a Beckham corner.
2 Tofting, Stig, off 58th min. 32 14 August 1969 CM Bolton Wanderers FC, England 41 2
Tofting cautioned in the 24th min. for Dissent.
3 Henriksen, Rene 32 27 August 1969 CD Panathinaikos AO, Greece 44 0
4 Laursen, Martin 24 26 July 1977 CD

AC Milan SpA, Italy

20 0
12 Jensen, Niclas C.M. 27 17 August 1974 LB Manchester City FC, England 11 0
6 Helveg, Thomas L., injured off 7th min. 31 24 June 1971 RB AC Milan SpA, Italy 72 2
7 Gravesen, Thomas 26 11 March 1976 CM

Everton FC, England

27 2
8 Gronkjaer, Jesper 24 12 August 1977
born in Greenland
F Chelsea FC, England 30 2
9 Tomasson, Jon Dahl 25 29 August 1976 LM

Feyenoord Rotterdam, Netherlands

43 19
19 Rommedahl, Dennis 23 22 July 1978 RM Philips Sport Vereniging NV, Netherlands 24 7
11 Sand, Ebbe 29 19 July 1972 F FC Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04 eV, Germany 48 18
Denmark Substitutes
20 Bogelund Nielsen, Kasper, on 7th min. for Helveg 21 8 October 1980 D

Philips Sport Vereniging NV, Netherlands

4 0
14 Jensen, Claus W., on 58th min. for Tofting 25 29 April 1977 M Charlton Athletic FC, England 15 1

unused substitutes:

5-Jan Heintze, 10-Martin Jorgensen, 13-Steven Lustu, 15-Jan Michaelsen, 16-Peter Kjaer, 17-Christian Poulsen, 18-Peter Lovenkrands, 21-Peter Madsen, 22-Jesper Christiansen, 23-Brian Steen Nielsen.

team notes:

Coach Morten Olsen won a couple of his 102 Danish appearances against England, in September 1979, and in September 1983, when he was the captain in the Wembley victory.
This was Denmark's thirteenth World Cup Finals match, and the first match they failed to score in.
Stig Tofting was jailed for four months after assaulting a Copenhagen cafe manager a few days following this match.
4-4-2 Sorensen -
(Bogelund), Laursen, Henriksen, N Jensen -
Rommedahl, Tofting
(C Jensen), Gravesen, Tomasson -
Sand, Gronkjaer.


Age - Appearances/Goals - -


England Team



FIFA (15 May 2002) 12th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 8th to 3rd
Colours: The 2001 Umbro home uniform - White shadow striped v-neck jersey with navy collar/cuffs/piping and single red vertical stripe down left side, navy shorts with red vertical stripe down right side, white socks with navy/white tops.
Capt: David Beckham, seventeenth captaincy. Manager: Sven-Goran Eriksson, 54 (5 February 1948), appointed manager 30 October 2000, effective 12 January 2001.
19th match, W 10 - D 7 - L 2 - F 38 - A 15.
England Lineup
1 Seaman, David A. 38 19 September 1963 G

Arsenal FC

72 GA
2 Mills, Daniel J. 25 18 May 1977 RB Leeds United AFC 11 0
Mills cautioned in the 50th min. for Dissent, for over-reacting to a clumsy challenge
3 Cole, Ashley 21 20 December 1980 LB Arsenal FC 12 0
4 Sinclair, Trevor L. 29 2 March 1973 LM West Ham United FC 8 0
5 Ferdinand, Rio G. 23 7 November 1978 CD Leeds United AFC 26 0
6 Campbell, Sulzeer J. 27 18 September 1974 CD Arsenal FC 50 1
7 Beckham, David R.J. 27 2 May 1975 RM

Manchester United FC

53 7
8 Scholes, Paul, off 49th min. 27 16 November 1974 CM Manchester United FC 48 13
21 Butt, Nicholas 27 21 January 1975 CM

Manchester United FC

21 0
10 Owen, Michael J., off 46th min. 22 14 December 1979 F Liverpool FC 40 17
11 Heskey, Emile W.I., off 69th min. 24 11 January 1978 F

Liverpool FC

28 4
England Substitutes
9 Fowler, Robert B., on 46th min. for Owen 27 9 April 1975 F

Leeds United AFC

26 7
23 Dyer, Kieran C., on 49th min. for Scholes 23 29 December 1978 M Newcastle United FC 11 0
17 Sheringham, Edward P., on 69th min. for Heskey 36 2 April 1966 F Tottenham Hotspur FC 50 11

unused substitutes:

12-Wes Brown, 13-Nigel Martyn, 14-Wayne Bridge, 15-Martin Keown, 16-Gareth Southgate, 19-Joe Cole, 20-Darius Vassell, 22-David James.

team notes:

Teddy Sheringham came on for a record twentieth substitution.
4-4-2 Seaman -
Mills, Ferdinand, Campbell,
A Cole -
Beckham, Butt, Scholes
(Dyer), Sinclair -
(Fowler), Heskey (Sheringham).


Age 26.4 Appearances/Goals - -


    Match Report by Mike Payne


Source Notes

England were given an easy passage into the World Cup quarter-finals after a three-goal blitz against Denmark in the first half.  Danish goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen bundled in under pressure from Rio Ferdinand before Michael Owen and Emile Heskey broke their tournament ducks with well-struck shots. Sven-Goran Eriksson's men lit up the Big Swan Stadium in front of 10,000 jubilant England fans and will next meet the winner of Monday's clash between Belgium and free-scoring Brazil.  They made a dream start on five minutes, capitalising on a lapse by the unusually disorganised Danish defence to win a corner.

Beckham whipped one of his best crosses towards a leaping Ferdinand, whose header was fumbled by Sorensen for an own goal.  Sven's men had chances to double their lead soon afterwards, Owen and Heskey squandering chances when put through on goal. But their second breakthrough was not long in coming.  The impressive Nicky Butt flicked on a Trevor Sinclair cross to find Owen, who made no mistake this time, slotting home from close range.  Denmark - who had lost experienced right-back Thomas Helveg to injury early on - were rattled, but showed promise coming forward, using the pace of Dennis Rommedahl and Jesper Gronkjaer down the flanks.  Freed in plenty of space left by a precise pass from Thomas Gravesen, Ebbe Sand should have pulled one back for Denmark but fired wide of David Seaman's goal.

He was made to rue his miss just before half-time, when Heskey put the game out of Denmark's reach.  The Liverpool striker, who has been widely criticised for a goal drought dating back to Munich, latched on to a great ball from Beckham and smashed past Sorensen.  The only blot on England's first-half copybook was some wasteful use of possession.   Sven-Goran Eriksson's team talk seemed to address that flaw and his men carved out good chances for Beckham and substitute Robbie Fowler after the break. But they were still guilty of allowing the Danes too much space at times and may well be punished for that crime in the latter rounds.  Sven's men look set for a clash with Brazil in Shizuoka next Friday (21 June) and will go into their quarter-final in confident but cautious mood.

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