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Saturday, 10 June 2006
2006 FIFA World Cup Finals First Phase Group B, Match One

England 1 Paraguay 0 [1-0]

Commerzbank-Arena, Sachsenhausen, Frankfurt am Main, Hessen, Germany
Attendance: 48,000;
Kick-off: 3.00pm CET, 2.00pm BST:
Live on BBC One (UK) -
Commentator: John Motson

England - Carlos Gamarra (six-yard headed own goal from Beckham free-kick 3 2:44). Match Summary
England Squad
Paraguay Squad
England - Steven Gerrard (19), Peter Crouch (63).
Paraguay -
Nelson Valdez (22).

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


Match Summary

Officials from Central America




Referee (red) - Marco Antonio Rodríguez Moreno
32 (10 November 1973), Ciudad de México, Mexico, FIFA-listed 1999;

Assistant Referees - José Luis Camargo, 33 (25 September 1972), Mexico and Leonel Leal, 29 (21 November 1976), Costa Rica

Fourth official - Coffi Codjia, 38 (9 December 1967), Benin, FIFA-listed 1994;

Fifth official - Celestin Ntagungira, 40 (11 May 1966), Rwanda.

13 Goal Attempts 7
5 Attempts on Target 2
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
6 Corner Kicks Won 1
4 Offside Calls Against 3
13 Fouls Conceded 13
53% Possession 47%

England Team



FIFA (17th May 2006) 10th
EFO ranking
Group 3

ELO rating 4th to 3rd
Colours: The 2005 home uniform - White collared jerseys with large red cross on right shoulder, navy blue shorts with thin white narrowing stripe on right thigh and red hem, white socks with navy blue half-striped tops.
Capt: David Beckham, 54th captaincy. Head Coach: Sven-Göran Eriksson, 58 (5 February 1948), appointed 30 October 2000, took post 12 January 2001, 
63rd match, W 38 - D 15 - L 10 - F 123 - A 59.
England Lineup
1 Robinson, Paul W. 26 15 October 1979 G Tottenham Hotspur FC 22 12 GA
2 Neville, Gary A. 31 18 February 1975 RB Manchester United FC 80 0
3 Cole, Ashley 25 20 December 1980 LB Arsenal FC 47 0
4 Gerrard, Steven G. 26 30 May 1980 CM Liverpool FC 43 7
Gerrard cautioned in the 19th min. for Unsporting Behaviour for a rash tackle on Cristian Riveros.
5 Ferdinand, Rio G. 27 7 November 1978 CD Manchester United FC 48 0
6 Terry, John G. 25 7 December 1980 CD Chelsea FC 25 1
Beckham, David R.J. 31 2 May 1975 RM Real Madrid CF, Spain 90 16
8 Lampard, Frank J. 27 20 June 1978 CM

Chelsea FC

41 10
21 Crouch, Peter J. 25 30 January 1981 F

Liverpool FC

8 5
Crouch cautioned in the 63rd min. for Dissent. Initially pulled up for using his arms in a challenge, he is cautioned for his arguing.
10 Owen, Michael J., off 56th min. 25 14 December 1979 F Newcastle United FC 78 37
11 Cole, Joseph J., off 83rd min. 24 8 November 1981 M Chelsea FC 33 5
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 1 Paraguay 0
20 Downing, Stewart, on 56th min. for Owen 21 22 July 1984 M Middlesbrough FC 3 0
16 Hargreaves, Owen L., on 83rd min. for J Cole 25 20 January 1981
born in Canada

FC Bayern München, Germany

31 0
result: England 1 Paraguay 0
unused substitutes: 9-Wayne Rooney (injured), 12-Sol Campbell, 13-David James, 14-Wayne Bridge, 15-Jamie Carragher, 17-Jermaine Jenas, 18-Michael Carrick, 19-Aaron Lennon, 22-Scott Carson, 23-Theo Walcott.
team notes:

This was the fifth time in twelve World Cup appearances that England won their opening match.
The game was decided by the 31st own goal in the history of the World Cup.
It was the third time England have been beneficiaries of an own goal. They beat Czechoslovakia 2-0 in 1982, courtesy of an own goal from Jozef Barmoš, and in 2002, Thomas Sørensen, slipped the ball into his own net.
Michael Owen became the first English player since the 1990 Finals to gain at least ten World Cup appearances.
David Beckham earned his 90th career cap, tying him for fifth place on the all-time English list with Bryan Robson.
Both Beckham and Owen have now played at three different World Cups, tying the English record held by seven other players.
Owen Hargreaves comes on as a substitute for a record 24th occasion.

4-4-2 Robinson -
Neville, Ferdinand, Terry,
A.Cole -
Beckham, Gerrard, Lampard,
J.Cole (Hargreaves) -
(Downing), Crouch.
When Stewart Downing replaced Michael Owen after 56 minutes, England went into a 4-4-1-1 formation, leaving Crouch up front with Joe Cole behind, Downing took up Cole's position on the left of midfield.  Owen Hargreaves went into midfield when he replaced Joe Cole, creating a new 4-5-1 formation.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 26.5 Appearances/Goals 46.8 7.5


Paraguay Team



FIFA (17th May 2006) 33rd
EFO ranking n/a
ELO rating 31st to 32nd
Colours: Made by Puma - Blue crew neck jerseys with white trimmed collar and cuffs, blue shorts, white and blue vertically striped socks.
Capt: Carlos Gamarra Manager: Aníbal Ruiz Leites, 63 (30 December 1942 in Uruguay), appointed 11 July 2002;
Paraguay Lineup
1 Villar Viveros, Justo W., injured off 8th min. 28 30 June 1977 G CA Newell's Old Boys, Argentina 40 0
21 Caniza Acuña, Denis R. 31 29 August 1974 RB


76 1
3 Toledo Rodas, Delio C., off 82nd min. 29 2 October 1976 LB Real Zaragoza, Spain 31 4
4 Gamarra Pavón, Carlos A. 35 17 February 1971 CD SE Palmeiras, Brazil 107 12
the 43rd own goal scored for England
5 Cáceres López, Julio César 26 5 October 1979 CD CA River Plate, Argentina 32 2
6 Bonet Cáceres, Carlos, off 68th min. 28 2 October 1977 RM

Club Libertad

29 0
13 Paredes Monges, Carlos H. 29 16 July 1976 CM Reggina Calcio, Italy 69 10
18 Heado Valdez, Nelson A. 22 28 November 1983 F SV Werder Bremen von 1899, Germany 12 4
22nd min. for a foul.
9 Santa Cruz Cantero, Roque L. 24 16 August 1981 F FC Bayern München, Germany 43 13
10 Acuña Cabello, Roberto M. 34 25 March 1972 CM RC Deportivo de La Coruña SAD, Spain 94 5
16 Riveros Núñez, Cristian M. 23 16 October 1982 LM Club Libertad 10 0
Paraguay Substitutes
scoreline: England 1 Paraguay 0
22 Bobadilla Ávalos, Aldo A., on 8th min. for Villar 30 20 April 1976 G

Club Libertad

6 0
23 Cuevas Amarilla, Nelson R., on 68th min. for Bonet 26 10 January 1980 F CF Pachuca, Mexico 36 5
2 Núñez Mendoza, Jorge M., on 82nd min. for Toledo 28 22 January 1978 D Estudiantes de La Plata, Argentina 16 1
result: England 1 Paraguay 0
unused substitutes: 7-Salvador Cabanas, 8-Édgar Barreto, 11-Diego Gavilan, 12-Derlis Gómez, 14-Paulo da Silva, 15-Julio Cesar Manzur, 17-José Montiel, 19-Julio Dos Santos, 20-Dante López.
team notes: Carlos Gamarra became the first player from Paraguay to concede an own goal in the tournament finals.
Roberto Acuna, Denis Caniza, Carlos Gamarra and Carlos Paredes set the Paraguayan record with an appearance at three different World Cups.
Justo Villar is injured after 5 minutes after rushing out from his area and hacking away a through-ball.


Villar (Bobadilla) -
Caniza, Cáceres, Gamarra, Toledo
(Núñez) -
(Cuevas), Paredes,
Acuña, Riveros -
Santa Cruz, Valdez.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 27.3 Appearances/Goals 49.4 4.6


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

England stuttered to victory in their Group B opener in Frankfurt thanks to a third-minute Paraguay own goal.  Carlos Gamarra put David Beckham's left-wing free-kick past his own keeper to set up a half dominated by England.  It was a different story in the second half as Paraguay threatened more as a cautious England put themselves under unnecessary pressure.  Frank Lampard came closest to extending the lead with two long-range efforts as the South Americans pressed for a draw.  England coach Sven-Göran Eriksson will be happier with the points than the performance.

But England will not complain, and rightly so with their history of making slow starts to major tournaments.  Steven Gerrard, as expected, was declared fit after a back injury to give England a full-strength side apart from Wayne Rooney.  And if they needed a lift in the searing heat, it came after only three minutes courtesy of Beckham's free-kick.

England's captain swung in the set-piece and it glanced off the head of Gamarra and beyond the despairing dive of keeper Justo Villar.  Villar's afternoon got worse two minutes later when he was injured making a clearance and limped off with what looked like an ankle injury.  His replacement, Aldo Bobadilla, did not fare much better, and was penalised for time-wasting, only for Lampard to fail to take advantage of the free-kick 15 yards out.

Nelson Valdes was a threat to England, and he shot wide after a slip by John Terry - with Gerrard shown a yellow card for a tackle as the Paraguayan shot.  England were in confident mood and Bobadilla saved from Lampard as they dominated proceedings, Beckham also shooting narrowly off target.  But Paraguay grew in confidence and goalkeeper Paul Robinson was glad to see another shot from Valdes fly narrowly wide on the stroke of half-time.

England were subdued after the break, and Eriksson decided to make a change after 55 minutes, sending on Stewart Downing for a subdued Michael Owen.  Paraguay were gaining heart from the fact that Eriksson's side had not killed them off, and Roberto Acuna gave England an anxious moment on the hour with another shot just off target.

England's response was a cross-shot from Beckham that flew across the face of goal, and an effort from the lively Joe Cole that was dragged wide.  Paraguay had possession without mounting a serious threat, and Lampard could have doubled England's advantage, only to be denied by two fine saves from Bobadilla.  England held on to deservedly pick up three points, but there will undoubtedly be tougher tests ahead. - BBC Sport

Source Notes

BBC Sport
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