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Tuesday, 30 June 1998
World Cup Finals 1998 Round of Sixteen, Match Eight

Argentina 2 England 2 [2-2]
2-2 after ninety minutes
Argentina won 4-3 on penalties

Team line-up




Match Summary
Argentina Squad
England Squad

Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Étienne, Loire - Attendance: 30,600
Kick-off 9.00 p.m. local time, 8.00 p.m. BST
Live on ITV (UK) - Commentator: Brian Moore

Argentina - Gabriel Batistuta (6 penalty), Javier Zanetti (45+1).
England - Alan Shearer (10 penalty), Michael Owen (16).
England - David Seaman (6), Paul Ince (10).
Argentina - Juan Sebastian Veron (44), Diego Simeone (47), Matias Almeyda (74), Carlos Roa (124).
Red Card: England - David Beckham (47).

Argentina - Sergio Berti, scores (1-0).
England - Alan Shearer, scores (1-1).
Argentina - Hernan Crespo, saved (1-1).
England - Paul Ince, saved (1-1).
Argentina - Juan Sebastian Veron, scores (2-1).
England - Paul Merson, scores (2-2).
Argentina - Marcello Gallardo, scores (3-2).
England - Michael Owen, scores (3-3).
Argentina - Roberto Ayala, scores (4-3).
England - David Batty, saved (4-3).

Argentina kicked-off. England kicked-off ET. 125 minutes (pens. took another 6˝ minutes to complete) (47 & 48)(15 & 15).


Match Summary






Referee (red) - Kim Milton Nielsen
37 (3 August 1960), Denmark, FIFA-listed 1988.

Assistant Referees - Hamil Abdul Hamid, Malaysia, & Mohamed Al Musawi, Oman;

Fourth official - Rune Pedersen, Norway.

Extra-time played under the Golden Goal rules.  That is, the first goal scored in extra-time period, wins the game.

28 Goal Attempts 19
5 Attempts on Target 4
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
7 Corner Kicks Won 7
6 Offside Calls Against 1
29 Fouls Conceded 16
nk Possession nk

Argentina Team



6th (20th May 1998)
ELO (-)
Colours: Made by Adidas - Navy blue shirts with sky blue/white striped side panels, navy blue shorts with white side panel, navy blue socks.
Capt: Diego Simeone, Robert Ayala took the armband for the Extra-Time period. Coach: Daniel Passarella
Argentina Lineup
1 Roa, Carlos x x x x x x GA
Roa was cautioned in the penalty shoot-out for dissent for protesting that Paul Merson's penalty-kick was not properly on the penalty spot. 
2 Ayala, Robert x x x x x x
Ayala conceded the 10th minute penalty after Michael Owen sprinted into the penalty area, and Ayala bodychecked him down to the ground.
3 Chamot, Jose x x x x x x
14 Vivas, Nelson x x x x x x
5 Almeyda, Matias x x x x x x
Almeyda was cautioned in the 74th minute for a foul for bringing down Darren Anderton as he was sprinting into the Argentine half of the pitch.
22 Zanetti, Javier x x x x x x
7 Lopez, Claudio, sub off 68th min x x x x x x
8 Simeone, Diego, sub off 92nd min x x x x x x
Simeone was cautioned in the 47th minute for a foul for barging into the back of David Beckham, pushing him to the ground.
9 Batistuta, Gabriel, sub off 68th min. x x x x x x
10 Ortega, Ariel x x x x x x
11 Veron, Juan Sebastion x x x x x x
Veron was cautioned in the 44th minute for a foul after kicking out at Michael Owen, in front of the referee.
Argentina Substitutes
19 Crespo, Hernan, on 68th min. for Batistuta x x x x x x
20 Gallardo, Marcelo, on 68th min. for Lopez x x x x x x
16 Berti, Sergio, on 92nd min. for Simeone x x x x x x

unused substitutes:

4-Hector Pineda, 6-Roberto Sensini, 12-German Burgos, 13-Pablo Paz, 15-Leonardo Astrada, 17-Pablo Cavellero, 18-Abel Balbo, 21-Marcelo Delgado.
3-3-2-2 Roa -
Vivas, Ayala, Chamot -
Zanetti, Almeyda, Simeone
(Berti) -
Ortega, Veron -
(Crespo), Lopez (Gallardo).

Averages (Starting XI):

Age tbc Appearances/Goals tbc tbc


England Team



5th (20th May 1998)
ELO (7th)
Colours: The 1997 home shirt - White shirts with navy blue collar and red/navy blue side panels, white shorts with red side panel, white socks with navy blue tops. 
Capt: Alan Shearer, 14th captaincy Coach: Glenn Hoddle, 40, appointed 2 May 1996, effective 30 June 1996;
24th match, W 15 - D 5 - L 4 - F 36 - A 11.
England Lineup
1 Seaman, David 34 19 September 1963 G Arsenal FC 44 0
Seaman was cautioned in the 6th minute for a foul after mis-timing his reach for the ball and Simeone left his foot in, allowing him to fall. Penalty awarded.
2 Campbell, Sulzeer J. 23 18 September 1974 D Tottenham Hotspur FC 20 0
3 Le Saux, Graeme P., off 71st min. 29 17 October 1968 D Chelsea FC 29 1
4 Ince, Paul E.C. 30 21 October 1967 M Liverpool FC 43 2
Ince was cautioned in the 10th minute for dissent after running towards the referee to complain about the Argentineans tact in delaying Shearer's penalty.
5 Adams, Tony A. 31 10 October 1966 D Arsenal FC 55 4
12 Neville, Gary A. 23 18 February 1975 D Manchester United FC 30 0
7 Beckham, David R.J. 23 2 May 1975 M Manchester United FC 18 1
Beckham was shown the red card in the 47th minute for violent conduct after Simeone barged into the back of him, pushing him to the ground.  The floored Beckham then kicked out at Simeone. Suspended.
16 Scholes, Paul, off 78th min. 23  16 November 1974 M Manchester United FC 11 4
9 Shearer, Alan 27 13 August 1970 F Newcastle United FC 43 20
20 Owen, Michael J. 18 14 December 1979 F Liverpool FC 9 3
14 Anderton, Darren R., off 97th min. 26 3 March 1972 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 22 6
England Substitutes
15 Southgate, Gareth, on 71st min. for Le Saux 27 3 September 1970 D Aston Villa FC 27 0
16 Merson, Paul, on 78th min. for Scholes 30 20 March 1968 M Middlesbrough FC 19 2
17 Batty, David, on 97th min. for Anderton 29 2 December 1968 M Newcastle United FC 35 0

unused substitutes:

10-Teddy Sheringham, 11-Steve McManaman, 13-Nigel Martyn, 17-Robert Lee, 18-Martin Keown, 19-Les Ferdinand, 21-Rio Ferdinand, 22-Tim Flowers.
first half: Seaman -
Neville, Adams, Campbell -
Anderton, Beckham, Ince, Le Saux -
Scholes -
Owen, Shearer.
second half: Seaman -
Neville, Adams, Campbell -
Anderton, Ince, Le Saux -
Scholes, Owen -
after the dismissal of Beckham
after the Southgate substitution
Seaman -
Neville, Adams, Campbell, Southgate -
Ince -
(Batty), Scholes (Merson), Owen -

Averages (Starting XI):

Age tbc Appearances/Goals tbc tbc


    Match Report

Goalkeeper Carlos Roa stopped the final penalty shot taken by substitute David Batty to send two-time champion Argentina into the quarterfinals with a 4-3 penalty shootout victory over England in Saint-Étienne, France.  Batty directed his shot to the left side and Roa guessed correct, stopping the ball with both hands. Defender Roberto Ayala converted what turned out to be the fourth and winning goal on Argentina's final kick of the shootout round.

Both teams missed their second shots. Argentina's Hernan Crespo was stopped by goalkeeper David Seaman, while Paul Ince missed for England.  Argentina has never lost a penalty shootout in the World Cup.  The last second-round match featured the first penalty shootout of the tournament. The match was tied 2-2 after regulation and at the end of two 15-minute overtime periods.

Gabriel Batistuta opened the scoring for Argentina in the sixth minute of the first half, also on a penalty shot. He tallied his fifth goal of the tournament, half of Argentina's total of 10 in regulation time.  

But just four minutes later, England's Alan Shearer equalized with a penalty shot of his own. Michael Owen helped a dive, fooling referee Milton Kim Nielsen of Denmark on a minimal contact with Ayala.  Playing more aggressive, England went up 2-1 in the 16th minute on an individual effort from Michael Owen, who was set on his way from around midfield by David Beckham and finished a great run past defender Jose Chamot with a precise shot high to the far left post from just inside the penalty area.

Two minutes later, Paul Ince took a one-time blast from well outside the penalty area which sailed just over the crossbar.  Forward Claudio Lopez eluded defender Sol Campbell in the 45th minute, but his weak shot from an angle on the right was easily covered by Seaman.

One minute into stoppage time of the half, Argentina's Javier Zanetti equalized with a brilliant goal off a set kick.  Batistuta appeared to be taking the 24-yard shot, but Juan Veron unexpectedly passed low to Zanetti in the area, who freed himself and set up for a left-footed finish that beat Seaman high to the far post.

Two minutes into the second half, the momentum changed when Beckham was red-carded for kicking Diego Simeone, who received a yellow card for the incident.  Shearer had a good 25-yard free kick in the 52nd minute, but Roa's save was better. Lopez had a shot in the 59th minute which Campbell deflected into a corner kick.

Despite a man down, the English defence held up well throughout the second half and overtime to push the match to a penalty shootout.  In addition to Beckham's red card, referee Nielsen issued yellow cards to Seaman for the foul on Simeone, and to Ince, Veron, Matias Almeyda and Roa, who received his for arguing before the third penalty of the shootout.  - CNN/SI - Soccer World Cup 1998.

Source Notes

Alan Shearer's 10th minute penalty was Argentina's first goal conceded in this World Cup tournament.

CNN/SI - Soccer World Cup 1998
Official FIFA Match report
News of the World Football Annual 1998-99
ITV Sport