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Saturday, 3 September 2005
World Cup 2006 UEFA Group 6 qualification match

Wales 0 England 1 [0-0]

Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Arms Park, Westgate Street, Cardiff
Attendance: 70,715; Kick-off: 3.00pm BST;
Live on Sky Sports (UK) - Commentator: Martin Tyler

England - Joe Cole (twelve-yard shot deflecting off Gabbidon 54 53:10). Match Summary
England Squad
Wales Squad
Results 2005-2010 Wales - John Hartson (39).

England kicked-off. 94 minutes (46 & 48).

 

Match Summary

 

Officials from Russia

Wales

Type

England

Referee (yellow) - Valentin Valentinovich Ivanov
Валентин Валентинович Иванов, 44 (4 July 1961), Moscow, FIFA-listed 1997;

Assistant Referees - Nikolay Golubev, 34 (9 November 1970), and Tikhon Kalugin, 30 (3 December 1974).

Fourth official - Igor Vyacheslavovich Egorov, Игорь Вячеславович Егоров, 36 (4 November 1968), Nizhny Novgorod, FIFA-listed 2003;

7 Goal Attempts 13
1 Attempts on Target 7
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
2 Corner Kicks Won 4
2 Offside Calls Against 5
9 Fouls Conceded 6
35.2% Possession 64.8%

Wales Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (17th August 2005) 83rd
ELO rating =65th to 63rd
Colours: Made by Kappa - Red shirts, red shorts, red socks;
Capt: Ryan Giggs Coach: John Benjamin Toshack MBE, 55 (22 March 1949) appointed 12 November 2004,
5th match, W 1 - D 1 - L 3 - F 2 - A 4.
Wales Lineup
1 Coyne, Daniel 32 27 August 1973 G

Burnley FC, England

10 0
2 Duffy, R. Michael 20 30 August 1985 D Coventry City FC, England, on loan from Portsmouth FC, England 2 0
3 Ricketts, Samuel D. 23 11 October 1981 D Swansea City FC 5 0
4 Gabbidon, Daniel L. 26 8 August 1979 D West Ham United FC, England 21 0
5 Page, Robert J., off 64th min. 31 3 September 1974 D Coventry City FC, England 40 0
6 Partridge, David W. 26 26 November 1978 D Bristol City FC, England 4 0
7 Fletcher, Carl N. 25 7 April 1980 M West Ham United FC, England 9 0
8 Robinson, Carl P., off 55th min. 28 13 October 1976 M Sunderland AFC, England 24 0
9 Hartson, John 30 5 April 1975 F Glasgow Celtic FC, Scotland 48 14
Hartson cautioned in the 39th minute for Unsporting Behaviour for a late tackle. Suspended.
10 Davies, Simon, off 69th min. 31 23 April 1974 M Everton FC, England 26 4
11 Giggs, Ryan J. 31 29 November 1973 F Manchester United FC, England 52 8
Wales Substitutes
17 Koumas, Jason, on 55th min. for Robinson 25 25 September 1979 M

Cardiff City FC on loan from West Bromwich Albion FC, England

15 1
12 Collins, James M., on 64th min. for Page 22 23 August 1983 D West Ham United FC, England 7 0
18 Earnshaw, Robert, on 69th min. for Davies 24 6 April 1981 F West Bromwich Albion FC, England 21 9

unused substitutes:

14-Rob Edwards, 15-Gareth Roberts, 16-Joe Ledley, 21-Paul Jones.
   
5-3-2  

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 27.5 Appearances/Goals 21.8 2.4

 

England Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (17th August 2005) 7th
ELO rating 5th to 3rd
Colours: The 2005 home uniform - White collared shirts with large red cross on right shoulder, navy blue shorts with thin white narrowing stripe on right thigh and red hem, white socks with navy blue half-striped tops.
Capt: David Beckham, 47th captaincy. Coach: Sven-Göran Eriksson, 57, appointed 31 October 2000, took post 12 January 2001, 
55th match, W 31 - D 15 - L 9 - F 105 - A 53.
England Lineup
1 Robinson, Paul W. 25 15 October 1979 G Tottenham Hotspur FC 14 6 GA
2 Young, Luke P. 26 19 July 1979 RB Charlton Athletic FC 3 0
3 Cole, Ashley 24 20 December 1980 LB Arsenal FC 43 0
4 Gerrard, Steven G., off 84th min. 25 30 May 1980 M Liverpool FC 36 6
5 Ferdinand, Rio G. 26 7 November 1978 CD Manchester United FC 40 0
6 Carragher, James L.D. 27 28 January 1978 CD Liverpool FC 19 0
7 Beckham, David R.J. 30 2 May 1975 M Real Madrid CF, Spain 83 16
8 Lampard, Frank J. 27 20 June 1978 M Chelsea FC 34 8
9 Rooney, Wayne M. 19 24 October 1985 F Manchester United FC 25 10
10 Wright-Phillips, Shaun C., off 67th min. 23 25 October 1981 M/F Chelsea FC 5 1
11 Cole, Joseph J., off 76th min. 23 23 November 1981 M Chelsea FC 25 4
England Substitutes
17 Defoe, Jermain C., on 67th min. for Wright-Phillips 22 7 October 1982 F Tottenham Hotspur FC 14 1
15 Hargreaves, Owen L., on 76th min. for J Cole 24 20 January 1981 M FC Bayern München AG, Germany 28 0
16 Richardson, Kieran E., on 84th min. for Gerrard 20 21 October 1984 M Manchester United FC 3 2

unused substitutes:

12-Matthew Upson, 13-Chris Kirkland, 14-Phil Neville, 18-Darren Bent.
   
4-5-1 Robinson -
Young, Ferdinand, Carragher,
A.Cole -
Beckham -
Gerrard
(Richardson), Lampard -
Wright-Phillips
(Defoe), J.Cole (Hargreaves) -
Rooney.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.0 Appearances/Goals 29.7 4.2

 

    Match Report (Mike Payne's exclusive report coming shortly)

Joe Cole's second-half winner sank Wales and kept England on course for World Cup qualification.  Cole broke the deadlock after 53 minutes when his shot from Shaun Wright-Phillips' cross was deflected past Danny Coyne by Danny Gabbidon.  England dominated throughout, but goalkeeper Paul Robinson needed to produce a brilliant save from John Hartson to stop Wales taking the lead.  Goalscorer Cole and Wayne Rooney were both guilty of bad misses for England.  England, as expected, fielded a five-man midfield, with Charlton's Luke Young replacing the injured Gary Neville.  And Sven-Göran Eriksson's side exerted almost total domination in the opening stages, pinning Wales back in their own territory for long periods.

Rooney almost ended the stalemate after 20 minutes, exchanging passes with Steven Gerrard, but the youngster was foiled by Coyne's block.  Wales' main threat was coming from Hartson's aerial power, and twice he came close to making England pay for failing to take advantage of their supremacy.  Ashley Cole's brave headed clearance halted Hartson as he closed in on Giggs' cross - then it took a magnificent save from Robinson seven minutes before the interval to keep England on level terms.  Hartson rose to meet another Giggs cross, but Robinson somehow dived low to his left to turn the ball to safety.

Joe Cole missed a great chance to put England ahead on the stroke of half-time, but he headed David Beckham's cross wide from only six yards.  He made amends - and underlined the value of Robinson's save - when he put England ahead after 53 minutes.  Beckham found Wright-Phillips on the right and his cross was met by the incoming Cole, who scored via a big deflection from Gabbidon.

Rooney then almost added a second instantly with a clever chip that was tipped over by Coyne.  Wales were having no impact on England's defence in the second half, despite sending on Robert Earnshaw for Simon Davies.  England had made a change of their own, mystifyingly replacing the lively Wright-Phillips with Jermain Defoe.

Wales managed to exert some pressure in the closing minutes, forcing England into some scrambling defence, but John Toshack's side lacked a real cutting edge. - BBC Sport

Source Notes

Trivia - Owen Hargreaves was a substitute for the 21st time, equalling that of Teddy Sheringham and Keiron Dyer.

BBC Sport
TheFA.com
SkySports.com/football
UEFA.com
RateTheRef.com
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor

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