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Thursday, 17 June 2004
2004 European Championship Finals First Phase Group B, Match Three

England 3 Switzerland 0 [1-0]

Estádio Municipal de Coimbra, Fonteda Cheira, Coimbra
Attendance: 28,214; Kick-off: 5.00pm WEST and BST:
Live on ITV One (UK) - Commentator: Clive Tyldesley

England - Wayne Rooney (four-yard header 23, fifteen-yard shot his the post, then rebounds into the net of Stiel's head 75), Steven Gerrard (forced in from a Neville cross 82). Match Summary
England Squad
Switzerland Squad
Results 2000-2005 England - Wayne Rooney (18).
Switzerland - Fabio Celestini (23), Bernt Haas (49 & 60)
Red Card: Switzerland - Bernt Haas (60)

England kicked-off. 91 minutes (46 & 45).

 

Match Summary

Officials from Eastern Europe

England

Type

Switzerland

Referee (black) - Valentin Valentinovich Ivanov
Валентин Валентинович Иванов, 42 (4 July 1961), Moscow, Russia, FIFA-listed 1997;

Assistant Referees - Yury Dupanau, 42 (7 June 1962), Belarus and Vladimir Eniutin, 43 (5 November 1960), Russia.

Fourth Official - Kyros Vasseras, 38 (1 February 1966), Thessaloniki, Greece, FIFA-Listed 1998;

UEFA Delegate - Dane Jost, Slovenia
UEFA Referee observer - Jozef Marko, Slovakia

9 Goal Attempts 11
7 Attempts on Target 1
  Hit Bar/Post  
0 Corner Kicks Won 5
4 Offside Calls Against 2
16 Fouls Conceded 19
45% Possession 55%

England Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (9th June 2004) 13th
ELO rating 8th to 7th
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, 34th captaincy. Coach: Sven-Göran Eriksson, 56, appointed 31 October 2000, took post 12 January 2001, 
40th match, W 21 - D 12 - L 7 - F 76 - A 38.
England Lineup
1 James, David B. 33 1 August 1970 G

Manchester City FC

26 19 GA
2 Neville, Gary A. 29 18 February 1975 RB Manchester United FC 65 0
3 Cole, Ashley 23 20 December 1980 LB Arsenal FC 28 0
4 Gerrard, Steven G. 24 30 May 1980 M Liverpool FC 26 4
5 Terry, John G. 23 7 December 1980 CD Chelsea FC 9 0
6 Campbell, Sulzeer J. 29 18 September 1974 CD Arsenal FC 60 1
7 Beckham, David R.J. 29 2 May 1975 M Real Madrid CF, Spain 70 13
8 Scholes, Paul, off 70th min. 29 16 November 1974 M Manchester United FC 64 13
9
Rooney, Wayne M., off 83rd min. 18
237 days
24 October 1985 F Everton FC 15 7
Rooney was cautioned in the 18th min. for Unsporting Behaviour, for a foul, for leaving his boot in on a challenge on the goalkeeper Stiel.
10 Owen, Michael J., off 72nd min. 24 14 December 1979 F Liverpool FC 58 25
11 Lampard, Frank J. 25 20 June 1978 M Chelsea FC 21 3
England Substitutes
18 Hargreaves, Owen L., on 70th min. for Scholes 23 20 January 1981 M FC Bayern München AG, Germany 21 0
23 Vassell, Darius, on 72nd min. for Owen 24 13 June 1980 F Aston Villa FC 20 6
20 Dyer, Kieron C., on 83rd min. for Rooney 25 29 December 1978 M Newcastle United FC 23 0

unused substitutes:

12-Wayne Bridge, 13-Paul Robinson, 14-Phil Neville, 15-Ledley King, 16-Jamie Carragher, 19-Joe Cole, 21-Emile Heskey, 22-Ian Walker.

team notes:

Gary Neville and unused substitute, Phil, are brothers.
At aged 18 years, seven months & twenty-four days old, Wayne Rooney became the youngest scorer in a UEFA European Championship finals match, surpassing the record of Yugoslavia's Dragan Stojkovic, who was eight months older when he scored against France in 1984.
   
4-4-2 James -
Neville, Campbell, Terry, Cole -
Beckham, Lampard, Gerrard*, Scholes
(Hargreaves*) -
Rooney
(Dyer), Owen (Vassell)
*When Hargreaves came on for Scholes at 70 minutes, he took a central midfield position and Gerrard moved to left midfield.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 24.2 Appearances/Goals 40.2 6.0

 

Switzerland Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (9th June 2004) 47th
ELO rating 37th to 44th
Colours: Made by Puma - Red shirts with white side piping/underside panels on sleeves, white shorts with red side trim, red socks with white trim/calf band;
Capt: Jörg Stiel Coach: Jakob Kuhn, 61 (12 October 1963), appointed June 2001.
Switzerland Lineup
1 Stiel, Jörg 36 3 March 1968 G

Borussia VfL 1900 Mönchengladbach eV, Germany

20 0
2
Haas, Bernt 26 8 April 1978 RB West Bromwich Albion FC, England 31 3
Haas was cautioned in the 49th min. for Unsporting Behaviour, for a dangerous foul, a two-footed challenge, on Gerrard. Cautioned again in the 60th min., for Unsporting Behaviour, for upending Ashley Cole. Dismissed for two cautionable offences.
20 Müller, Patrick  27 17 December 1976 CD Olympique Lyonnais, France 47 2
17 Spycher, Christoph 26 30 March 1978 LB Grasshopper Club Zürich 9 0
5 Yakin, Murat 29 15 September 1974 CD FC Basel 1893 45 4
16 Celestini, Fabio, off 53rd min. 28 31 October 1975 M Olympique de Marseille, France 31 2
Celestini was cautioned in the 23rd minute.
18 Huggel, Benjamin 26 7 July 1977 M FC Basel 1893 9 0
8 Wicky, Raphaél 27 26 April 1977 M Hamburger SV eV, Germany 55 0
9 Frei, Alexander 24 15 July 1979 F Stade Rennais FC, France 29 15
10 Yakιn, Hakan, off 83rd min. 27 22 February 1977 F VfB Stuttgart 1893 eV, Germany 34 13
11 Chapuisat, Stéphane, off 46th min. 34 28 June 1969 F Berner Sport Club Young Boys 1898 103 12
Switzerland Substitutes
15 Gygax, Daniel, on 46th min. for Chapuisat 22 28 August 1981 F FC Zürich 6 1
7 Cabanas-Rey, Ricardo, on 53rd min. for Celestini 25 17 January 1979 M Grasshopper Club Zürich 19 3
22 Vonlanthen Benavídez, Johann J., on 83rd min. for H Yakιn 18 1 February 1986 F Philips Sport Vereniging NV, Netherlands 2 0

unused substitutes:

3-Bruno Berner, 4-Stéphane Henchov, 12-Pascal Zuberbühler, 13-Marco Zwyssig, 14-Ludovic Magnin, 19-Trangillo Barnetta, 21-Milajim Rama, 23-Sébastien Roth.

team notes:

Stephane Chapuisat's father, Pierre-Albert, also played for the Swiss against England, twice in 1971 and again in 1977.
Hakan and Murat Yak
ιn are brothers, with Turkish parents.
   
4-3-1-2 Stiel -
Haas,
M.Yakιn, Müller, Spycher -
Huggel, Celestini
(Cabanas), Wicky -
H.Yakιn (Vonlanthen) -
Chapuista
(Gygax), Frei.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 28.2 Appearances/Goals 37.4 4.6

 

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

Wayne Rooney inspired England to victory over a dogged Switzerland.  Rooney, 18, became the youngest player to score in a European Championship after he guided a header past Jörg Stiel from a Michael Owen cross. On the hour Bernt Haas was red-carded and soon after Rooney's rifled shot hit the post and richocheted off keeper Stiel's head into the net.  Late on Steven Gerrard arrived to score a third when he popped up to scoop home Gary Neville's cross from the right.  The early signs for England were distinctly unpromising as the players struggled to adapt to playing in temperatures above 30 degrees.

Sven-Göran Eriksson's side struggled to retain possession, while Switzerland looked dangerous probing England's left flank.  Even more worringly, a series of set-pieces taken by the left-footed Hakan Yakin gave England's defence all sorts of problems.  In that edgy opening phase, England's best attacking chance was Rooney's futile chase for a Frank Lampard pass, which ended up with the Everton youngster picking up a yellow card for his lunge at Swiss goalkeeper Stiel.

Completely against the run of the play, England took the lead.  Gerrard burst forward and, as he was tackled, he released the ball to David Beckham. The England captain quickly flighted a diagonal pass to Owen, who picked out Rooney with his cross and the youngster wrote himself into the history books with a powerful header. The goal served to sharpen England's passing and movement and just past the half-hour Ashley Cole's low cross from the left just eluded both Owen and Rooney.

Even so, the Swiss - prompted by Hakan Yakin's passing and vision - continued to probe a nervous English defence and just before the break the Stuttgart midfielder went close from another free-kick.  The introduction of youngster Daniel Gygax further pepped up Switzerland's attack.  However, just before the hour Koebi Kuhn's side suffered a blow when Haas was dismissed after he picked up two yellow cards in the space of 10 minutes.  Switzerland's hopes evaporated with Haas' sending off.

More good work from Rooney led to the Everton striker rattling the post with a rifled shot - an effort that landed up in the net after ricocheting off the unfortunate Stiel.  And in the closing stages Gerrard made it three when he forced Neville's cross past Stiel.

Source Notes

TRIVIA

  • Wayne Rooney has become the youngest ever goal scorer in the history of the competition by netting England's opening goal against Switzerland.
  • With his second goal of the match, Rooney became the third Englishman to have scored twice in a European Championship match. He joins Teddy Sheringham and Alan Shearer who both scored twice against Netherlands in 1996. No English player has netted more than twice in a European Championship match.
  • With the dismissal of Bernt Haas, Switzerland became the seventh nation to have had more than one player sent off in the history of the European Championship finals. Four days previous, teammate Johann Vogel was red-carded.

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