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Monday, 22 June 1998
World Cup Finals 1998 First Phase Group G

Romania 2 England 1 [0-0]

Team line-up



Match Summary
Romania Squad

England Squad

Stade Municipal, Toulouse - Attendance: 33,500
Kick-off 9.00 p.m. local time, 8.00 p.m. BST.
  Live on xx (UK) - Commentator: xx

Romania - Viorel Moldovan (47), Dan Petrescu (90).
England - Michael Owen (79).
Romania - Gheorghe Hagi (4 foul), Gheorghe Popescu (45+1 foul), Liviu Ciobotariu (78 foul), Iulian Filipescu (88 foul).

? kicked-off. 9- minutes (-).


Match Summary






Referee (red) - Marc Batta,
x (x), France, FIFA listed 1991.

Assistant Referees - Jacques Poudevigne, France & Aristidis Chris Soldatos, South Africa.

Fourth official - Said Belqola, Morocco.


14 Goal Attempts 22
4 Attempts on Target 5
1 Hit Bar/Post 1
3 Corner Kicks Won 3
1 Offside Calls Against 3
13 Fouls Conceded 13
? Possession ?

Romania Team



22nd (20th May 1998)
ELO (14th to 10th)
Colours: Made by Adidas - Yellow shirts with red collar/cuffs, blue Adidas trim and red/yellow side panels, yellow shorts with red side panels below blue Adidas trim and a red hem, yellow socks with red band and three blue vertical stripes.
Capt: Gheorghe Hagi Coach: Anghel Iordănescu, 48, appointed 1993,
54th match.
Romania Lineup
12 Stelea, Bogdan G. x x x x 49 x GA
2 Petrescu, Dan V. x x x x 71 12
13 Ciobotariu, Liviu, off 81st min. x x x x 6 0
16 Popescu, Gabriel x x x x 13 1
5 Galca, Constantin x x x x 36 4
6 Popescu, Gheorghe x x x x 80 14
18 Filipescu, Iulian S. x x x x 19 0
8 Munteanu, Dorinel x x x x 65 7
9 Moldovan, Viorel D., off 86th min. x x x x 27 13
10 Hagi, Gheorghe, off 72nd min. x x x x 112 33
11 Illie, Adrian B. x x x x 22 5
Romania Substitutes
19 Stanga, Ovidiu, on 72nd min. for Hagi x x x x 22 0
15 Marinescu, Lucian, on 81st min. for Ciobotariu x x x x 6 0
7 Lacatus, Marius M., on 86th min. for Moldovan x x x x 83 13

unused substitutes:

1-Dumitru Stingaciu, 3-Christian Dulca, 4-Anton Dobos, 14-Radu Niculescu, 17-Ilie Dumitrescu, 20-Tibor Selymes, 21-Gheorghe Craioveanu, 22-Florin Prunea.
formation formation

Averages (Starting XI):

Age tbc Appearances/Goals tbc tbc


England Team



5th (20th May 1998)
ELO (5th to 8th)
Colours: The 1997 home uniform - White shirts with navy blue collar and red/navy blue side panels, navy blue shorts with white and red trim, white socks with navy blue tops. 
Capt: Alan Shearer, 12th captaincy Coach: Glenn Hoddle, 40, appointed 2 May 1996, effective 30 June 1996;
22nd match, W 14 - D 4 - L 4 - F 32 - A 9.
England Lineup
1 Seaman, David A. 34 19 September 1963 G Arsenal FC 42 x GA
2 Campbell, Sulzeer J. 23 18 September 1974 D Tottenham Hotspur FC 18 0
3 Le Saux, Graeme P. 29 17 October 1968 D Chelsea FC 27 1
4 Ince, Paul E.C., off 32nd min. 30 21 October 1967 M Liverpool FC 41 2
5 Adams, Tony A. 31 10 October 1966 D Arsenal FC 53 4
12 Neville, Gary A. 23 18 February 1975 D Manchester United FC 28 0
14 Anderton, Darren R. 26 3 March 1972 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 20 5
8 Batty, David 29 2 December 1968 M Newcastle United FC 33 0
9 Shearer, Alan 27 13 August 1970 F Newcastle United FC 41 19
10 Sheringham, Edward P., off 72nd min. 32 2 April 1966 F Manchester United FC 35 9
16 Scholes, Paul 23 16 November 1974 M Manchester United FC 9 4
England Substitutes
7 Beckham, David R.J., on 32nd min. for Ince 23 2 May 1975 M Manchester United FC 16 0
20 Owen, Michael J., on 72nd min. for Sheringham. 18 14 December 1979 F Liverpool FC 17 2

unused substitutes:

11-Steve McManaman, 12-Gary Neville, 13-Nigel Martyn, 15-Paul Merson, 17-Rob Lee, 18-Martin Keown, 19-Les Ferdinand, 21-Rio Ferdinand, 22-Tim Flowers.
formation formation -

Averages (Starting XI):

Age tbc Appearances/Goals tbc tbc



    Match Report

Romania's Dan Petrescu clinched a 90th minute winning goal to deliver a 2-1 victory over England in the World Cup group G clash on Monday.  Petrescu, who plays for Chelsea in the English Premiership, shrugged off a tackle by his London team mate Graeme Le Saux to push the ball past England goalkeeper David Seaman.

Earlier teenager Michael Owen had given England hope when he came off the substitutes' bench to score an equaliser for in the 83rd minute.

After the game, coach Glenn Hoddle held a relatively brief news conference at which he said his side should have "punished" Romania more.  He told journalists the team was disappointed by the defeat, but not the performance.

The 18-year-old Owen, in only his seventh appearance for England, rifled in his second goal when he shot home from close range after a scramble following a cross from Alan Shearer.  Romania had looked certain of going through when they took the lead with a 47th minute goal created by the quick-thinking of veteran midfielder Gheorghe Hagi and converted by striker Viorel Moldovan.  The goal left England floundering after an evenly-balanced first half.  It was Moldovan's 13th goal for his country.

A throw-in on the right flank was taken quickly and delivered to Hagi.  The 33-year-old, in his 112th international match for Romania, barely glanced over his shoulder as he flicked it over his marker Sol Campbell.  Moldovan, reacting faster than Tony Adams, chested the ball into space and then hit a rising right-foot shot wide of goalkeeper David Seaman's right hand.

The goal caught England cold immediately after the interval and left Romania with the relatively comfortable task of resisting their increasingly-desperate attacks.  England played well in the opening period when Hagi, after two early fouls, was cautioned. One effort by Paul Scholes, tightly marked by Constantin Galca, was cleared off the line by Gheorghe Popescu.  A hooked shot by Teddy Sheringham also went close, but Romania were more dangerous with Hagi pulling the strings deftly in midfield.  - BBC Sport.

Source Notes

CNN/SI - Soccer World Cup 1998
Official FIFA Match report
BBC Sport