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Saturday, 24 March 2001
World Cup 2002 UEFA Group Nine qualification match

England 2 Finland 1 [1-1]
 

Anfield Road, Anfield, Liverpool, Merseyside
Attendance: 44,262;
Kick-off: 3.00pm GMT
Live on Sky Sports (UK) -
Commentator: Martin Tyler

Finland - Aki Riihilahti (26)
England - Michael Owen (44), David Beckham (50).

Many match summaries appearing in the English media reported Finland's goal as an own goal by Gary Neville, but the referee's report and FIFA's official match summary recorded it as scored by Riihilahti.
Match Summary
England Squad
Finland Squad
Team Records
Finland - Mika Nurmela (18), Sami Hyypia (75), Jarko Wiss (78), Petri Pasanen (83).
England - Paul Scholes (64)
. Steve McManaman (70).
Results 2000-2005

England kicked-off. 93 minutes (45 & 48).

 

Match Summary

Officials from Russia

England

Type

Finland

Referee (yellow) - Valentin Ivanov
39 (4 July 1961), FIFA-listed 1997.

Assistant Referees - Alexey Monahov, 40 (8 March 1961) and Lev Antonov, 39 (10 November 1961)

Fourth Official -
Yuri Baskakov, 36 (10 May 1964), FIFA-listed 1998.
  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  
  Possession  

England Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (14 March 2001) 16th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 12th
Colours: The 1999 Umbro away uniform - Red shadow pinbanded jersey with navy collar/cuffs, white shorts, red socks.
Capt: David Beckham, third captaincy. Manager: Sven-Goran Eriksson, 53 (5 February 1948), appointed manager 30 October 2000, effective 12 January 2001.
2nd match, W 2 - D 0 - L 0 - F 5 - A 1.
England Lineup
1 Seaman, David A. 37 19 September 1963 G

Arsenal FC

63 36 GA
2 Neville, Gary A. 26 18 February 1975 RB Manchester United FC 43 0
3 Powell, Christopher G.R. 31 8 September 1969 LB Charlton Athletic FC 2 0
4 Gerrard, Steven G. 20 30 May 1980 CM Liverpool FC 3 0
5 Ferdinand, Rio G. 22 7 November 1978 CD Leeds United AFC 12 0
6 Campbell, Sulzeer J. 26 18 September 1974 CD Arsenal FC 39 0
7 Beckham, David R.J. 25 2 May 1975 RM

Manchester United FC

39 2
8 Scholes, Paul 26 16 November 1974 CM Manchester United FC 32 10
Scholes cautioned in the 64th min. for Unsporting Behaviour for a late challenge on Jarko Wiss.
9 Cole, Andrew A., off 83rd min. 29 15 October 1971 F

Manchester United FC

12 0
10 Owen, Michael J., off 90th min. 21 14 December 1979 F Liverpool FC 26 9
11 McManaman, Steve, off 72nd min. 29 11 February 1972 LM Real Madrid CF, Spain 32 3
England Substitutes
16 Heskey, Emile W.I., on 72nd min. for McManaman 23 11 January 1978 M Liverpool FC 13 2
17 Fowler, Robert B., on 83rd min. for Cole 25 9 April 1975 F Liverpool FC 16 3
15 Butt, Nicholas, on 90th min. for Owen 26 21 January 1975 M Manchester United FC 11 0

unused substitutes:

12- Phil Neville, 13-Nigel Martyn, 14-Wes Brown, 18-Teddy Sheringham.
 
4-4-2(1-1) Seaman -
G Neville, Campbell, Ferdinand, Powell -
Beckham, Gerrard, Scholes, McManaman
(Heskey) -
Owen
(Butt) -
Cole
(Fowler).

Averages:

Age 26.5 Appearances/Goals - -

 

Finland Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (14 March 2001) 57th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 57th
Colours: Made by Adidas - White v-neck collared jerseys with blue collars/cuffs/Adidas sleeve trim and side panel extending up to shoulders, blue shorts with white side panel and blue Adidas trim, white socks with blue Adidas trim.
Capt: Jari Litmanen Manager: Antti Muurinen, 47 (4 March 1954), appointed 20 August 1999, effective January 2000, 
18th match, W 8 - D 3 - L 7 - F 22 - A 23.
Finland Lineup
1 Niemi, Antti M. 28 31 May 1972 G

Heart of Midlothian FC, Scotland

42 GA
2 Pasanen, Petri 20 24 September 1980 RB Amsterdamsche FC Ajax, Netherlands 3 0
Pasanen cautioned in the 83rd min. for Unsporting Behaviour for dragging back Gerrard.
3 Ylonen, Harri, off 87th min. 29 21 December 1971 LB SK Brann, Norway 42 1
4 Hyypia, Sami T. 27 7 October 1973 CD Liverpool FC, England 38 1
Hyppia cautioned in the 75th min. for Unsporting Behaviour after bringing down his clubmate Heskey just outside the penalty box.
5 Tihinen, Hannu 24 1 July 1976 CD Viking FK, Norway 17 1
6 Riihilahti, Aki P. 24 9 September 1976 CM Crystal Palace FC, England 28 5
7 Nurmela, Mika, off 62nd min. 29 26 December 1971 RM

SC Heerenveen, Netherlands

22 0
Nurmela cautioned in the 18th min. for Unsporting Behaviour, after a clumsy tackle on Michael Owen,
8 Wiss, Jarkko 28 17 April 1972 CM Stockport County FC, England 34 2
9 Johansson, Jonatan L. 25 16 August 1975 F

Charlton Athletic FC, England

32 9
10 Litmanen, Jari O. 30 20 February 1971 F Liverpool FC, England 69 17
11 Kolkka, Joonas E., off 62nd min. 26 28 September 1974 LM Philips Sport Vereniging NV, Netherlands 32 6
Finland Substitutes
17 Forssell, Mikael K., on 62nd min. for Nurmela 20 15 March 1981 F Crystal Palace FC, England on loan from Chelsea FC, England 10 1
18 Kuqi, Shefki, on 62nd min. for Kolkka 23 10 November 1976 M Stockport County FC, England 16 2
16 Helin, Petri, on 87th min. for Ylonen 35 13 December 1969 F Luton Town FC, England 20 3

unused substitutes:

12-Teuvo Moilanen, 13-Ville Nyland, 14-Toni Kuivasto, 15-Tommi Gronlund.
 

4-4-1-1

Niemi -
Pasanen, Hyypia, Tihinen, Ylonen (Helin) -
Nurmela (Forssell), Riihilahti, Wiss, Kolkka (Kuqi) -
Litmanen -
Johansson.

Averages:

Age - Appearances/Goals - -

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

 

Source Notes

TheFA.com
Original newspaper reports
Rothman's Yearbooks
F.A. Yearbooks
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