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Friday, 7 June 2002
World Cup 2002 Finals First Phase Group F, match four

Argentina 0 England 1 [0-1]

Sapporo Domu, Toyohira-ku, Sapporo, Ishikar-shinko-kyoku, Hokkaido, Japan
Attendance: 35,927 (closed roof);
Kick-off: 8.31pm local time, 12:31pm BST
Live on BBC One (UK) -
Commentator: John Motson and Trevor Brooking

England - David Beckham (penalty 44 43:18). Match Summary
Argentina Squad

England Squad
Team Records
Argentina - Gabriel Batistuta (13).
England - Ashley Cole (29), Emile Heskey (50 49:10).
Results 2000-2005

England kicked-off. 94 minutes (47:00 & 46:40).


Match Summary



Ar gent ina  



Referee (yellow) - Pierluigi Collini
42 (13 February 1960), Bologna, Italy, FIFA-listed 1995.

Assistant Referees - Hector Osvaldo Vergara, 35 (15 December 1966), San Javier de Loncomilla, Chile and Mohamed Saeed, 40 (14 January 1962), Maldives.

Fourth Official -
Brian Hall, 41 (5 June 1961), California, USA, FIFA-listed 1992.
12 Goal Attempts 15
7 Attempts on Target 7
0 Hit Bar/Post 1
9 Corner Kicks Won 3
5 Offside Calls Against 2
21 Fouls Conceded 20
65% Possession 35%

Argentina Team



FIFA (15 May 2002) =2nd
EFO ranking

ELO rating 1st to 5th
Colours: Made by Adidas - Sky blue and white broad striped v-necked jerseys with sky blue collar/cuffs and black Adidas shoulder trim, black shorts with white Adidas trim, white socks with sky blue Adidas trim.
Capt: Juan Sebastián Verón Manager: Marcelo Alberto Bielsa Caldera, 46 (21 July 1955), appointed December 1998.
Argentina Lineup
12 Cavallero, Pablo O. 28 13 April 1974 G RC Celta de Vigo SAD, Spain 10 GA
13 Placente, Diego R. 25 24 April 1977 LB Bayer 04 Leverkusen eV, Germany 8 0
3 Sorín, Juan Pablo 26 5 May 1976 CM Cruzeiro EC, Brazil 37 6
4 Pochettino, Mauricio R. 30 2 March 1972 RB Paris Saint Germain FC, France 40 0
14 Simeone, Diego P. 32 28 April 1970 CM SS Lazio SpA, Italy 106 11
6 Samuel, Walter A. 24 23 March 1978 CD

AS Roma SpA, Italy

32 3
18 González, Cristian A., off 64th min. 27 4 August 1974 LM Valencia CF SAD, Spain 32 4
8 Zanetti, Javier A. 28 10 August 1973 RM FC Internazionale Milano, Italy 68 3
9 Batistuta, Gabriel O., off 60th min. 33 1 February 1969 F AS Roma SpA, Italy 77 56
Batistuta cautioned in the 13th minute for Unsporting Behaviour, after a foul on Cole, who had cleared the ball away, only to have his right leg kicked.
10 Ortega, Ariel A. 28 4 March 1974 F CA River Plate 83 17
11 Verón, Juan Sebastián, off 46th min. 27 9 March 1975 AM Manchester United FC, England 49 8
Argentina Substitutes
 16 Aimar, Pablo C., on 46th min. for Verón 22  3 November 1979 M

Valencia CF SAD, Spain

20 2
 19 Crespo, Hernan J., on 60th min. (59:11) for Batistuta 26  5 July 1975 F SS Lazio SpA, Italy 35 17
 7 López, Claudio J., on 64th min. for González 27 17 July 1974 F SS Lazio SpA, Italy 51 10

unused substitutes:

1-Germán Burgos, 5-Matías Almeyda, 15-Claudio Husaín, 17-Gustavo López, 20-Marcelo Gallardo, 21-Claudio Caniggia, 22-José Chamot, 23-Roberto Bonano.

3-4-1-2 Cavellaro -
Pochettino, Samuel, Placente -
Zanetti, Simeone,
Sorín, González (López) -
Verón (Aimar) -
Ortega, Batistuta


Age 28.0 Appearances/Goals 49.3 9.8


England Team



FIFA (15 May 2002) 12th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 7th to 6th
Colours: The 2002 Umbro away uniform - Dark red v-neck jersey with navy rear collar/cuffs trimmed with England flag, navy shoulder seams, white shorts with red side panel and navy seams, red socks with navy band, trimmed with England flag.
Capt: David Beckham, fifteenth captaincy. Manager: Sven-Goran Eriksson, 54 (5 February 1948), appointed manager 30 October 2000, effective 12 January 2001.
17th match, W 9 - D 6 - L 2 - F 35 - A 15.
England Lineup
1 Seaman, David A. 38 19 September 1963 G

Arsenal FC

70 GA
2 Mills, Daniel J. 25 18 May 1977 RB Leeds United AFC 9 0
3 Cole, Ashley 21 20 December 1980 LB Arsenal FC 10 0
Cole cautioned in the 29th minute for a Unsporting Behaviour, for a foul after a late challenge on Ariel Ortega.
21 Butt, Nicholas 27 21 January 1975 CM

Manchester United FC

19 0
5 Ferdinand, Rio G. 23 7 November 1978 CD Leeds United AFC 24 0
6 Campbell, Sulzeer J. 27 18 September 1974 CD Arsenal FC 48 1
7 Beckham, David R.J. 27 2 May 1975 RM

Manchester United FC

51 7
England are awarded a penalty when Michael Owen is felled inside (42:15) the area by Mauricio Pochettino.
8 Scholes, Paul 27 16 November 1974 LM Manchester United FC 46 13
18 Hargreaves, Owen L., injured off 19th min. 21 20 January 1981 CM FC Bayern München AG, Germany 8 0
10 Owen, Michael J., off 80th min. 22 14 December 1979 F Liverpool FC 38 16
11 Heskey, Emile W.I., off 56th min. 24 11 January 1978 F

Liverpool FC

26 3
Heskey cautioned in the 50th minute for unsporting behaviour. After a free-kick was awarded against him in the Argentine penalty area, he refused to hand the ball back to Pablo Cavellaro.
England Substitutes
4 Sinclair, Trevor L., on 19th min. for Hargreaves 29 2 March 1973 M West Ham United FC 6 0
17  Sheringham, Edward P., on 56th min (55:32). for Heskey 36 2 April 1966 F Tottenham Hotspur FC 48 11
14  Bridge, Wayne M., on 80th min. for Owen 21 5 August 1980 D Southampton FC 6 0

unused substitutes:

9-Robbie Fowler, 12-Wes Brown, 13-Nigel Martyn, 15-Martin Keown, 16-Gareth Southgate, 19-Joe Cole, 20-Darius Vassell, 22-David James, 23-Kieron Dyer.

team notes:

Teddy Sheringham came on for a record 18th substitution.
4-4-2 Seaman -
Mills, Ferdinand, Campbell,
A Cole -
Beckham, Butt, Hargreaves
(Sinclair), Scholes -
(Bridge), Heskey (Sheringham).


Age 25.6 Appearances/Goals 31.7 3.6


    Match Report by Mike Payne


Source Notes

England recorded a famous win over old foes Argentina to take a giant step towards World Cup qualification from Group F.  Once again captain David Beckham was the hero, stroking home a penalty after great work from Michael Owen seconds before half-time. And in the second half England's defence stepped to the fore, standing firm to claim a memorable win as Argentina mounted wave upon wave of attack. Coach Sven-Goran Eriksson got his tactics just right in front of a passionate crowd at the Sapporo Dome in northern Japan.

The 1-0 score line lifted England to second place in their group and went a long way towards avenging painful defeats to Argentina at Mexico 86 and France 98.  Having lost Owen Hargreaves to injury during a cagey opening 20 minutes, he threw on Trevor Sinclair and watched his men dominate possession.  Beckham was inspirational as playmaker and Owen made darting runs to stretch the Argentine defence across the field.  With increased possession came their first good chance of the game, created by Nicky Butt and almost converted by attacking ace Owen.

The Liverpool man latched on to an immaculate through ball and slotted though Pablo Cavallero's legs only to watch his shot rebound off the Argentine post.  England surged forward and were rewarded for their aggression in the 44th minute when Owen won a penalty after being tripped by Mauricio Pochettino. Beckham stepped up and scored emphatically to secure a half-time lead.

Clearly pumped up by Eriksson's words of encouragement, England stepped further into the ascendancy after the restart and should have been rewarded with a second goal.

Owen stole half a yard and should have done better with the goal at his mercy. Then, Beckham wriggled free in the Argentine box, shooting wide with only Cavallero to beat.  Teddy Sheringham - on as a substitute for the excellent Heskey - had the next chance.  Paul Scholes - who had just fired in a spectacular shot of his own - floated a pin-point cross over and the Tottenham striker volleyed fiercely at Cavallero from 15 yards.  After Sheringham had spurned a second opportunity, Argentina upped the pressure only to be denied by spirited defending.

Rio Ferdinand and Sol Campbell stood particularly tall and David Seaman pulled off a couple of spectacular saves.  Waves of South American pressure paid no dividends.  There may yet be life for England after the World Cup's "Group of Death". 

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