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Friday, 26 June 1998
World Cup Finals 1998 First Phase Group G

Colombia 0 England 2 [0-2]

Team line-up




Match Summary
Colombia Squad

England Squad

Stade Félix-Bollaert, Lens - Attendance: 38,100
Kick-off 9.00 p.m. local time, 8.00 p.m. BST.
  Live on xx (UK) - Commentator: xx

England - Darren Anderton (20), David Beckham (29).
Colombia - Mauricio Serna (20 foul), Victor Aristizabal (86 foul), Jorge Bermudez (89 foul).
England - Paul Scholes (22 unsporting behaviour), Alan Shearer (89 unsporting behaviour);

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


Match Summary






Referee (black) - Arturo Brizio Carter,
x (x), Mexico, FIFA listed x.

Assistant Referees - Laurent Rausus, Switzerland & Elias Santinas Rostran, Honduras.

Fourth official - Ryszard Wojcik, Poland.


23 Goal Attempts 12
13 Attempts on Target 4
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
5 Corner Kicks Won 1
4 Offside Calls Against 2
18 Fouls Conceded 13
? Possession ?

Colombia Team



10th (20th May 1998)
ELO (24th to 27th)
Colours: Made by Reebok - Yellow shirts with blue collar and trim, blue shorts with yellow trim, red socks.
Capt: Carlos Valderrama Coach: Dario Hernan Gomez
Colombia Lineup
22 Mondragron, Faryd x x x x x x GA
21 Preciado, Leider, off 46th min. x x x x x x
3 Palacious, Ever x x x x x x
19 Rincon, Freddy x x x x x x
5 Bermudez, Jorge x x x x x x
6 Serna, Mauricio, off 46th min. x x x x x x
7 De Avila, Anthony, off 46th min. x x x x x x
8 Lozano, Harold x x x x x x
13 Cabrera, Wilmer x x x x x x
10 Valderrama, Carlos x x x x x x
16 Moreno, Antonio x x x x x x
Colombia Substitutes
9 Valencia, Adolfo, on 46th min. for Serna x x x x x x
15 Aristizabal, Viktor, on 46th min. for De Avila x x x x x x
20 Ricard, Hamilton, on 46th min. for Preciado x x x x x x

unused substitutes:

1-Oscar Cordoba, 2-Ivan Cordoba, 4-Jose Santa, 11-Faustino Asprilla, 12-Miguel Calero, 14-Jorge Bolano, 17-Andres Estrada, 18-John Perez.
formation formation

Averages (Starting XI):

Age tbc Appearances/Goals tbc tbc


England Team



5th (20th May 1998)
ELO (8th to 7th)
Colours: The 1997 away uniform - Red shadowed striped shirts with navy collar, white shorts with red trim, red socks.
Capt: Alan Shearer, 13th captaincy Coach: Glenn Hoddle, 40, appointed 2 May 1996, effective 30 June 1996;
23rd match, W 15 - D 4 - L 4 - F 34 - A 9.
England Lineup
1 Seaman, David A. 34 19 September 1963 G Arsenal FC 43 x GA
2 Campbell, Sulzeer J. 23 18 September 1974 D Tottenham Hotspur FC 19 0
3 Le Saux, Graeme P. 29 17 October 1968 D Chelsea FC 28 1
4 Ince, Paul E.C., off 83rd min. 30 21 October 1967 M Liverpool FC 42 2
5 Adams, Tony A. 31 10 October 1966 D Arsenal FC 54 4
12 Neville, Gary A. 23 18 February 1975 D Manchester United FC 29 0
7 Beckham, David R.J. 23 2 May 1975 M Manchester United FC 17 1
14 Anderton, Darren R., off 79th min. 26 3 March 1972 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 21 6
9 Shearer, Alan 27 13 August 1970 F Newcastle United FC 41 19
20 Owen, Michael J. 18 14 December 1979 F Liverpool FC 18 2
16 Scholes, Paul, off 73rd min. 23 16 November 1974 M Manchester United FC 9 4
England Substitutes
11 McManaman, Steven, on 73rd min. for Scholes 26 11 February 1972 M Liverpool FC 22 0
17 Lee, Robert M., on 79th min. for Anderton 32 1 February 1966 M Newcastle United FC 18 2
8 Batty, David, on 83rd min. for Ince 29 2 December 1968 M Newcastle United FC 34 0

unused substitutes:

6-Gareth Southgate, 10-Teddy Sheringham, 13-Nigel Martyn, 15-Paul Merson, 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

Shooting stars Darren Anderton and David Beckham put England into the second round of the World Cup in a one-sided 2-0 victory over Colombia that left the South Americans as first-round losers again.  Although England needed only a draw to guarantee a place in the final 16, Anderton drove home a fiercely-struck angled drive in the 20th minute.  Beckham curled in a 30-yard free kick nine minutes later to the delight of Prince Charles, Prince Harry and a huge following of English fans at the Felix Bollaert stadium.

The result meant that England finished second behind Romania in the Group G standings and will meet old foe Argentina in Saint-Étienne for a place in the last eight.  The Colombians go home early for the second time in a row. Their disastrous 1994 performance led to the shooting death of Andres Escobar, who scored an own goal in a loss to the United States, and was gunned down in his home town of Medellin.

Glenn Hoddle's players, beaten by a late goal by Romania in the previous game, looked impressive against a low-quality Colombian team whose goalkeeper, Farid Mondragon, prevented a crushing loss with seven second-half saves. 

England's first shot on goal was less than two minutes into the match when the power of Alan Shearer in the air, even when challenged by two Colombian defenders, set up the opportunity for Paul Scholes.  Allowed room 25 yards from goal, the Manchester United forward hit the ball with plenty of power and keeper Mondragon saved awkwardly, moving slightly the wrong way.

England put together a slick four-man move that ended with a tame side-footed shot from Graeme Le Saux in the 19th minute before taking the lead with a far more impressive finish.  The Colombian defence struggled to clear a right wing cross and the ball dropped to the unmarked Anderton, just inside the right side of the penalty box.  The Tottenham winger, who has barely played during the last two seasons because of a series of injuries, hammered the ball first time into the roof of the net from an acute angle with Mondragon powerless.

It should have been 2-0 four minutes later when another well-constructed move involving Beckham and Anderton saw Scholes go close and the ball fell to the unmarked Michael Owen who settled and fired over the top from 12 yards. 

But the second goal came in the 29th minute in spectacular style.  Paul Ince was brought down 30 yards from goal and Beckham produced one of his specialty free kicks, curling the ball round the wall past the dive of Mondragon and inside his left-hand post.

Jorge Bermudez rescued Colombia with an deft tackle on Owen as the 18-year-old striker headed for goal after being released by Shearer's pass. Then Colombia came up with its first on-target shot four minutes before half time, Leider Preciado forcing David Seaman to make a difficult save at the foot of the near post. 

The Colombians made three substitutions at half time, including bringing on a replacement strikeforce of Hamilton Ricard and Adolfo Valencia with Victor Aristizabal going to operate behind them. But it was still England making the running and Mondragon did well to make four good saves in the first eight minutes of the second half. 

The Colombian keeper arched his back to palm over a shot from Scholes, keep out a header and shot from Shearer and then block another close-range effort from Owen after defender Sol Campbell had run through the defense on a 30-yard run.

The Colombians had plenty of possession in deep positions but did little to worry the English defence. They clearly missed star striker Faustino Asprilla, who was dropped from the squad after criticizing coach Hernan Gomez in a radio interview.  Freddy Rincon moved into a good shooting position 30 yards from goal but the alert Campbell moved in quickly with a block that took the sting out of the shot long before it reached Seaman.

Then Owen burrowed through the Colombian defence again only for Everth Palacios to get back with a well-timed tackle just as the youngster was primed to shoot.

Ricard, who plays in England for Middlesbrough, curled a speculative 20-yard volley just wide of the post as Colombia made a rare threat with 11 minutes to go. But Owen should have made it 3-0 with seven minutes to go when he shot straight at Mondragon after Shearer had put him clear. In the final few minutes, the keeper threw himself to his left and right to keep out more shots from Le Saux and Shearer.  - CNN/SI - Soccer World Cup 1998.

Source Notes

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