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Sunday, 14 June 1992
1992 UEFA European Championship Group one match three

France 0 England 0 [0-0]
 

Malmö Stadion, Solbacken, Malmö, Skåne, Sweden
Kick-off
(CEST): 5.15pm 4:15pm BST
Attendance: 26,535

92 minutes 46:33 & x:x Gary Lineker kicked off
   
     [0-0] Stuart Pearce 30yd freekick strikes post 81:58
Luis Fernández 31 30:57  
  David Batty 69 68:47

 
European Championship Football: Commentator: Brian Moore with Ron Atkinson
Live Soccer: European Championships: Commentator: Peter Brackley with David Platt
 

Match Summary

Officials (black) from Hungary

France Squad

Type

England Squad
Referee
Sándor Puhl
36 (14 July 1955), Miskolc, FIFA-listed 1988
5 Goal Attempts 6
2 Attempts on Target 1
Linesmen   Hit Bar/Post  
László Varga
Sándor Szilagyi
4 Corner Kicks Won 5
Reserve official
Sándor Varga
1 Offside Calls Against 1
12 Fouls Conceded 20
  Possession  
 

France Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 6th
Colours: Made by Adidas - Blue v-necked shadow striped jerseys with red/white broad shoulder stripes, white shadow striped shorts, red socks with white Adidas trim.
Capt: Manuel Amoros Manager: Michel François Platini, 36 (21 June 1955), appointed 1 November 1988,
28th match, W 15 - D 8 - L 5 - F 51 - A 27.
France Lineup
1 Martini, Bruno 30 25 January 1962 G AJ auxerroise 24 20ᵍᵃ
2 Amoros, Manuel 31 1 February 1961 RWB Olympique de Marseille 81 1
most apps 1992
13 Boli, Basile 25 2 January 1967
in Abidjan, Côte D'Ivoire
RCD Olympique de Marseille 37 1
5 Blanc, Laurent R. 26 19 November 1965 DS SSC Napoli SpA, Italy 24 4
6 Casoni, Bernard 30 4 September 1961 LCD Olympique de Marseille 26 0
14 Durand, Jean-Philippe 31 11 November 1960 LWB Olympique de Marseille 21 0
7 Deschamps, Didier C. 23 15 October 1968 RM Olympique de Marseille 23 0
10 Fernández Toledo, Luis M., off 75th min. 32 2 October 1959
in Tarifa, Spain
DM AS de Cannes Football

 
59

 
6

 
Fernández cautioned in the 31st min. for a two-footed lunge on David Batty in the middle of the France half.
8 Sauzée, Franck G.H., off 46th min. 26 28 October 1965 LM Olympique de Marseille 27 6
9 Papin, Jean-Pierre 28 5 November 1963 RF Olympique de Marseille 37 21
18 Cantona, Éric D.P. 26 24 May 1966 LF Leeds United AFC, England 26 12
France Substitutes
20 Angloma, Jocelyn, on 46th min. for Sauzée 26 7 August 1965
in Les Abymes, Guadelope
LB Olympique de Marseille 12 0
11 Perez, Christian, on 75th min. (74:43) for Fernández 29 13 May 1963 VM AS de Monaco FC 21 2

unused substitutes:

3-Frank Silvestre, 4-Emmanuel Petit, 12-Christophe Cocard, 15-Fabrice Divert, 16-Pascal Vahirua, 17-Remi Garde, 19-Gilles Rousset.
team notes: Basile Boli managed to headbutt Stuart Pearce (78:59), causing a cut cheek, as England cleared a France corner. It went unpunished.
 
5-3-2 Martini -
Amoros, Boli, Blanc, Casoni, Durand -
Deschamps, Fernández (Perez), Sauzée (Angloma) -
Papin, Cantona

Averages:

Age - Appearances/Goals - -

 

England Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 3rd
Colours: The 1990 Umbro home uniform - White collared jersey with shadowed diamonds and navy collar/cuff, navy shorts with white panel and red triangle, white socks with navy tops.
Capt: Gary Lineker, seventeenth captaincy Manager: Graham Taylor, 47 (15 September 1944), appointed 23 July 1990,
23rd match, W 13 - D 9 - L 1 - F 32 - A 14.
England Lineup
1 Woods, Christopher C.E. 32 14 November 1959 G Sheffield Wednesday FC 33 14ᵍᵃ
12 Palmer, Carlton L. 26 5 December 1965 DS Sheffield Wednesday FC 6 0
4 Keown, Martin R. 25 24 July 1966 RB Everton FC 8 1
5 Walker, Desmond S. 26 26 November 1965 CD UC Sampdoria SpA, Italy 46 0
3 Pearce, Stuart 30 24 April 1962 LB Nottingham Forest FC 49 2
11 Sinton, Andrew 26 19 March 1966 RM Queens Park Rangers FC 5 0
8 Steven, Trevor M. 28 21 September 1963 RCM Olympique Marseille, France 36 4
final app 1985-92
19
Batty, David 23 2 December 1968 LCM Leeds United AFC 9 0
Batty cautioned in the 70th minute for Unsporting Behaviour for a late tackle on Fernández after losing the ball in the middle of England's half.
7 Platt, David A. 26 10 June 1966 LM Juventus FC SpA, Italy 31 10
10 Lineker, Gary W. 31 30 November 1960 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC 79 48
20 Shearer, Alan 21 13 August 1970 CF Southampton FC 3 1

unused substitutes:

2-Keith Curle, 9-Nigel Clough, 13-Nigel Martyn, 14-Tony Dorigo, 15-Neil Webb, 16-Paul Merson (injured), 17-Alan Smith, 18-Tony Daley.

team notes:

After Basile Boli managed to headbutt Stuart Pearce (78:59), causing a cut cheek, Pearce himself was eventually ordered off the field (81:07) for treatment after Boli fouled Lineker for a free-kick. However, he was back on the field to take the free-kick (81:56).Hitting the post two seconds later.
 
4(1-3)-4-2 Woods -
Palmer -
Keown, Walker, Pearce -
Sinton, Steven, Batty, Platt -
Lineker, Shearer.

Averages:

Age - Appearances/Goals - -

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

 

    Match Report by Norman Giller

A game that was eagerly awaited fizzled out into a tame draw, with both sides too cautious and frightened of defeat. A Stuart Pearce free-kick from thirty yards shook the French crossbar, and David Platt was inches wide with a diving header. There were few other England scoring chances of note. One of the features of a disappointing game was the struggle for supremacy between deadly French striker Papin and England defender Des Walker. Papin was hardly allowed a kick, but managed one moment of magic when his sudden shot was magnificently saved by Chris Woods. England were struggling to find the back of the net, and searching questions were being asked about Graham Taylor's tactics, which for the purists were too much about the crude long-ball game.

    Match Report

Graham Taylor made several changes for the challenge of France, one of the strong favourites to win the Championship and considered to be the toughest opposition in England's group.  Alan Shearer was brought in to play alongside Gary Lineker, with David Batty of Leeds introduced to stiffen the midfield.  Andy Sinton was also introduced, with Keith Curle, Paul Merson and Alan Smith the men stepping down.  It was a selection carefully thought out by Graham Taylor to counter the anticipated French strengths: he was not to know that the French would adopt the playing philosophy they did.

Their status as favourites with Holland and Germany was the result of three magnificent seasons of flowing football under Michel Platini, with a side that expressed itself in the way he himself had played the game.  So it was to England's immense surprise that they decided to take a cowering, defensive stance, as if their policy was to move into the semi-final with a draw against England and by defeating Denmark in their final group match.

It does take two sides to make a match and it seemed that only England were going for the victory.  The consequence was that England were continually frustrated by France's refusal to open up the match.  Indeed, there was little threat from the twin French striking spearhead of Jean Pierre Papin and Eric Cantona.  They were kept in their place by the excellence of Des Walker and Martin Keown.  Once again the principle concern for England was a shortage of service into the penalty area, where Gary Lineker was not enjoying the easiest of contests with his marker, Basile Boli.  It was a barren match for goal chances, but in the 26th minute England were handed a great opening as a result of a mistake by Bernard Casoni.  The man to profit was Shearer, who cut in for goal from the left.  Lineker had made the perfect run to receive the ball, but sadly Shearer's cross lacked the quality needed to turn the chance into England's first goal of the Championship.

But the real frustration of the game came in the second half, when England won a free-kick 25 yards from goal for a foul by Boli on Lineker.  It was the perfect striking range for Stuart Pearce, whose face now was bloodied by an earlier head butt from Frenchman Boli.  However, it did not appear to affect Pearce's sighting.  He drove a superb free-kick against the underside of the French crossbar, but as it thudded on down the wrong side of the line, England's victory chance had gone, leaving them in need of a win in their final game against the hosts to qualify for the last four. - The F.A. England Year 1992-93, Stanley Paul & Co Ltd, London, 1992, pages 19 & 20.

Source Notes

TheFA.com
FFF.fr
Allezlesbleus.free.fr
Original newspaper reports
Original television broadcast
Official Teamsheet
Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record (Breedon Books Publishing Company, Derby, U.K., 1993)
Norman Giller
, Football Author

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