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Sunday, 13 June 2004
2004 European Championship Finals First Phase Group B, Match One

France 2 England 1 [0-1]

Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Bairro Dona Leonor, Lisboa
Attendance: 62,487, maybe upto 64,000
; Kick-off: 7.45pm WEST and BST;
Live on ITV One (UK) - Commentator: Clive Tyldesley

England - Frank Lampard (seven-yard header following a Beckham free-kick 38),
England -  David Beckham (penalty saved 73)
France -
Zinedine Zidane (twenty-four yard free-kick 90+1, penalty 90+3).
Match Summary
France Squad
England Squad
Results 2000-2005 France - Robert Pires (49), Mikaël Silvestre (72),
England - Paul Scholes (54), Frank Lampard (71), David James (90
+2).

England kicked-off. 95 minutes (46 & 49).

 

Match Summary

Officials from Germany

France

Type

England

Referee (yellow) - Markus Merk
 
42 (15 March 1962), Kaiserslautern, FIFA-listed 1992.

Assistant Referees - Christian Schröer, 39 (29 January 1965), and Jan-Hendrik Salver, 35 (1 March 1969), Germany.

Fourth official - Ľuboš Micheľ, 36 (16 May 1968), Stropkov, Slovakia, FIFA-listed 1994;

UEFA Delegate - Gerhard Kapl, Austria
UEFA Referee observer - Nikolay Levnikov, Russia

16 Goal Attempts 11
6 Attempts on Target 4
  Hit Bar/Post  
5 Corner Kicks Won 2
3 Offside Calls Against 1
16 Fouls Conceded 17
54% Possession 46%

France Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (9th June 2004) 2nd
ELO rating 1st
Colours: Made by Adidas - Blue shirts with a red chest band and white Adidas trim down sleeves, white shorts with blue side Adidas trim, red socks with white/blue tops.
Capt: Zinédine Zidane Coach: Jacques Santini, 52, appointed 17 July 2002,
22nd match, W 19 - D 2 - L 1 - F 59 - A 9.
France Lineup
16 Barthez, Fabien A. 33 28 June 1971 G

Olympique de Marseille

67 0
13 Silvestre, Mikaël S., off 79th min. 26 9 August 1977 CD Manchester United FC, England 31 2
Silvestre cautioned in the 72nd min. for Unsporting Behaviour for a foul. He brought down Rooney, resulting in the penalty-kick.
3 Lizarazu, Bixente 34 9 December 1969 LB FC FC Bayern, München eV AG, Germany 95 2
4 Vieira, Patrick 27 23 June 1976 M Arsenal FC, England 70 4
5 Gallas, William E. 26 17 August 1977 RB Chelsea FC, England 17 0
6 Makélélé, Claude, off 90th+4 min. 31 18 February 1973 M Chelsea FC, England 32 0
7 Pires, Robert E., off 75th min. 31 29 January 1973 M Arsenal FC, England 71 14
Pires cautioned in the 49th min. for Unsporting Behaviour.
15 Thuram-Ulien, R. Lilian 32 1 January 1972 CD Juventus FC, Italy 100 2
12 Henry, Thierry D. 26 17 August 1977 F Arsenal FC, England 60 25
10
Zidane, Zinedine Y. 31 23 June 1972 M Real Madrid CF, Spain 90 25
20 Trezeguet, David S. 26 15 October 1977 F Juventus FC, Italy 52 28
France Substitutes
11 Wiltord, Sylvain, on 75th min. for Pires 30 10 May 1974 F unattached 63 22
19 Sagnol, Willy, on 79th min. for Silvestre 27 18 March 1977 D FC FC Bayern, München eV AG, Germany 24 0
17 Dacourt, Olivier N.A., on 90th+4 min. for Makélélé 29 25 September 1974 M AS Roma SpA, Italy 17 1

unused substitutes:

1-Mickaël Landreau, 2-Jean-Alain Boumsong, 9-Louis Saha, 14-Jérôme Rothen, 18-Benoît Pedretti, 21-Steve Marlet, 22-Sidney Govou, 23-Grégory Coupet.

team notes:

This is by far, the most experienced team to face England thus far.
Sylvain Wiltord was out of contract at Arsenal FC, and not yet signed for Olympique Lyonnaise.
   
4-4-2 Barthez -
Gallas*, Thuram, Silvestre
(Sagnol*), Lizarazu -
Pires
(Wiltord), Vieira, Makélélé (Dacourt), Zidane -
Henry, Trezeguet.

*When Sagnol came on for Silvestre after 78 minutes, he became the right-back and Gallas moved from right-back to central defender.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 29.2 Appearances/Goals 62.3 9.1

 

England Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (9th June 2004) 13th
ELO rating 8th
Colours: The 2003 home uniform - White shirts with white collar/red v-neck, red panel thinning down sleeves, navy blue shorts with red thinning side panel, white socks with red hoop.
Capt: David Beckham, 33rd captaincy. Coach: Sven-Göran Eriksson, 56, appointed 31 October 2000, took post 12 January 2001, 
39th match, W 20 - D 12 - L 7 - F 73 - A 38.
England Lineup
1 James, David B. 33 1 August 1970 G

Manchester City FC

25 19 GA
James cautioned in the 90th+2 min. for Unsporting Behaviour for a foul after bringing down Henry, resulting in the penalty. After a bad Gerrard backpass.
2 Neville, Gary A. 29 18 February 1975 RB Manchester United FC 64 0
3 Cole, Ashley 23 20 December 1980 LB Arsenal FC 27 0
4 Gerrard, Steven G. 24 30 May 1980 M Liverpool FC 25 3
15 King, Ledley B. 23 12 October 1980 CD Tottenham Hotspur FC 6 0
6 Campbell, Sulzeer J. 29 18 September 1974 CD Arsenal FC 59 1
7 Beckham, David R.J. 29 2 May 1975 M Real Madrid CF, Spain 69 13
8 Scholes, Paul, off 76th min. 29 16 November 1974 M Manchester United FC 63 13
Scholes cautioned in the 54th min. for Unsporting Behaviour for a foul on Vieira, after he lost possession.
9 Rooney, Wayne M., off 76th min. 18
233 days
24 October 1985 F Everton FC 14 5
10 Owen, Michael J., off 69th min. 24 14 December 1979 F Liverpool FC 57 25
11 Lampard, Frank J. 25 20 June 1978 M Chelsea FC 20 3
Lampard cautioned in the 71st min. for Unsporting Behaviour for a foul, after a clumsy challenge on Vieira on the halfway line.
England Substitutes
23 Vassell, Darius, on 69th min. for Owen 24 13 June 1980 F Aston Villa FC 19 6
18 Hargreaves, Owen L., on 76th min. for Scholes 23 20 January 1981 M FC FC Bayern, München eV AG, Germany 20 0
21 Heskey, Emile W.I., on 76th min. for Rooney 26 11 January 1978 F Liverpool FC 43 5

unused substitutes:

12-Wayne Bridge, 13-Paul Robinson, 14-Phil Neville, 16-Jamie Carragher, 17-Nicky Butt, 19-Joe Cole, 20-Kieron Dyer22-Ian Walker.

team notes:

Gary Neville and unused substitute, Phil, are brothers.
Wayne Rooney becomes the youngest England player in a UEFA European Championship finals match.
   
4-4-2 James -
Neville, Campbell, King, Cole -
Beckham, Lampard, Gerrard, Scholes
(Hargreaves) -
Rooney
(Heskey), Owen (Vassell).

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 26.0 Appearances/Goals 39.0 5.6

 

    Match Report (Mike Payne's exclusive report coming shortly)

Zinedine Zidane scored a majestic free-kick and a penalty in injury time to secure holders France a stunning victory over England in Group B.  Frank Lampard had given England a first-half lead when he rose to head home David Beckham's free-kick.  The brilliant Wayne Rooney won England a second-half penalty, but Beckham saw his spot-kick saved by Fabien Barthez. Zidane equalised with a free-kick and then converted from the spot after David James fouled Thierry Henry.  That late double blow left England's players inconsolable at the final whistle, whilst the French stayed on the pitch to celebrate their opening game win.  The atmosphere at the Estadio Da Luz was electric as both teams finally started their Euro 2004 campaigns.  And while England captain Beckham and France skipper Zidane, team-mates at Real Madrid, exchanged pleasantries in the tunnel before kick-off, there was no room for friendship on the field.

The pre-match hype - the game being England's biggest since their World Cup quarter-final defeat to Brazil in 2002 - added an extra edge to the encounter where duels between club team-mates were abundant.

Henry of Arsenal faced Sol Campbell in an England defence shorn of the services of John Terry, who was replaced by Ledley King.  England coach Sven-Göran Eriksson opted to stick with the 4-4-2 formation which had worked so well in the 6-1 Euro 2004 warm-up win over Iceland.  England's midfield quartet of Paul Scholes, Steven Gerrard, Lampard and Beckham settled quickly, allowing them to absorb some early France pressure.

Zidane, Patrick Vieira and Robert Pires produced the fluid football so typical of the French, to whom the first real goalscoring opportunity fell when David Trezeguet headed over from Vieira's precision cross.  For England, Scholes combined well with the outstanding Rooney before the Manchester United midfielder picked out Michael Owen going in on goal.  Only the close attention of William Gallas prevented Owen from testing Barthez as France cleared their lines. Gallas also had to be alert to deny Gerrard, who had surged into the area following an England counter-attack.  King, who was starting his first match for England, looked impressive and the anonymity of Henry in the first half owed much to the Spurs centre-half's concentration at the back.  The England defender made an important clearance to cut out Vieira's flick-on as France sought to test James.

Yet in truth, for all France's possession, England goalkeeper James had little to do in the first half.  And England's controlled approach - epitomised by the superb holding play of Rooney - paid dividends just before half time.  Lizarazu sent Beckham tumbling on the right-hand side of the France area and the England captain picked himself to deliver a teasing cross which Lampard headed past a stationary Barthez.  It was the first time the French defence had been breached in 11 games, but that record was of no interest to England's fans, who could not contain their glee.  The onus was very much on France to pick up the pace after the break and one lightning quick counter-attack saw Vieira surge forward before finding Henry, whose curled shot was gathered by James.

Henry started to become more influential as the game wore on, but it was the raw aggression of Rooney that stood out as he tormented France with his power and pace.

If England had anything to prove it was that they could produce a strong second-half display.  Eriksson replaced the ineffective Owen with Darius Vassell in an attempt to freshen things up and, just as signs of weariness were creeping into the play, Rooney stormed forward.  The Everton teenager was crudely hacked down by Mikael Silvestre, who was fortunate to receive only a caution, and England were duly awarded a penalty.   But Beckham saw his spot-kick brilliantly saved by Barthez to give France a lifeline.  And England were made to pay a heavy price for that miss in the dying minutes of the game.

Substitute Emile Heskey needlessly gave away a foul on the edge of the area and the imperious Zidane strode forward to send a curling free-kick past James.  And England then lost all sense of discipline when Gerrard attempted a dangerous back-pass to James, with Henry in close pursuit.  The France striker pounced on the loose ball and was hauled to the ground by a despairing James.  Referee Markus Merk pointed to the spot and Zidane showed no nerves as he converted the penalty with aplomb to hand France victory and control of Group B. 

Source Notes

TRIVIA

  • England have never won their opening European Championship Finals group match, on this, their seventh attempt.
  • Eighteen year-old Wayne Rooney became the second youngest player to play in a European Championship finals match. The record holder is Enzo Scifo who was only 18 years, three months and 25 days old, when he made his European Championship debut for Belgium exactly twenty years ago.
  • Lilian Thuram made his 100th international appearance for France. He is only the third Frenchman to collect a century of caps following Marcel Desailly (115 caps) and Didier Deschamps (103 caps). He becomes the seventh player at Euro 2004 with over a hundred caps. He is also the third player to reach his hundredth cap against England, following Streich in 1984 and Figo earlier this season,
  • Frank Lampard's opening goal put an end to France's clean sheet streak of eleven matches (one short of Italy's record of twelve). The last time France had conceded a goal was against Turkey in the Confederations Cup on 26 June 2003. They had gone 1,077 minutes without conceding a goal.
  • David Beckham's penalty is the second he has missed whilst playing for England, he joins Ernest Needham, Roger Byrne and Franny Lee.
  • David Beckham's missed penalty was the fourteenth missed spot kick in regulation time at the European Championships. It was also the first time England have failed to convert a regulation time penalty kick in a European Championship finals match.

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