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Wednesday, 12 October 2005
World Cup 2006 UEFA Group 6 qualification match

England 2 Poland 1 [1-1]

Old Trafford, Sir Matt Busby Way, Stretford, Greater Manchester
Attendance: 65,467; Kick-off: 7.45pm BST:
Live on BBC One (UK) - Commentator: John Motson

England - Michael Owen (back flick from a Joe Cole volley, from a Lampard corner 43 42:33), Frank Lampard (twelve-yard volley 80 79:58).
Poland - Tomasz Frankowski (six-yard volley 45+1 45:25).
Match Summary
England Squad
Poland Squad
Results 2005-2010 Poland - Marcin Baszczyński (61), Radosław Sobolewski (73).

England kicked-off. 93 minutes (46 & 47).

 

Match Summary

 

Officials from Denmark

England

Type

Poland

Referee (black) - Kim Milton Nielsen
45 (3 August 1960),
København, FIFA-listed 1988;

Assistant Referees - Jorgen Jepsen, 44 (30 September 1961) and Torben Jensen, 40 (31 July 1965).

Fourth official - Knud Erik Fisker, 45 (17 September 1960), FIFA-listed 1994;

15 Goal Attempts 5
8 Attempts on Target 2
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
8 Corner Kicks Won 0
4 Offside Calls Against 0
12 Fouls Conceded 21
64% Possession 36%

England Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (14th Sept 2005) 11th
ELO rating 4th to 5th
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: Michael Owen, 8th captaincy, John Terry 84 mins. Coach: Sven-Göran Eriksson, 57, appointed 31 October 2000, took post 12 January 2001, 
58th match, W 33 - D 15 - L 10 - F 108 - A 55.
England Lineup
1 Robinson, Paul W. 25 15 October 1979 G Tottenham Hotspur FC 17 8 GA
2 Young, Luke P. 26 19 July 1979 RB Charlton Athletic FC 6 0
3 Carragher, James L.D. 27 28 January 1978 LB Liverpool FC 22 0
4 King, Ledley B. 25 12 October 1980 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 14 0
5 Ferdinand, Rio G. 26 7 November 1978 CD Manchester United FC 43 0
6 Terry, John G. 24 7 December 1980 CD Chelsea FC 20 0
7 Wright-Phillips, Shaun C., off 67th min. 23 25 October 1981 M Chelsea FC 7 1
8 Lampard, Frank J. 27 20 June 1978 M Chelsea FC 37 10
9 Rooney, Wayne M. 19 24 October 1985 F Manchester United FC 27 10
10 Owen, Michael J., off 84th min. 25 14 December 1979 F Newcastle United FC 74 33
11 Cole, Joseph J., off 87th min. 23 23 November 1981 M Chelsea FC 28 4
England Substitutes
16 Crouch, Peter J., on 67th min. for Wright-Phillips 24 30 January 1981 F Liverpool FC 3 0
14 Jenas, Jermaine A., on 84th min. for Owen 22 18 February 1983 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 14 0
15 Smith, Alan, on 87th min. for Cole 24 28 October 1980 M Manchester United FC 16 1

unused substitutes:

12-Phil Neville, 13-Chris Kirkland, 17-Darren Bent, 18-Jermain Defoe.
   
4-1-3-2 (4-4-2)

Robinson -
Young, Terry, Ferdinand, Carragher -
King -
Wright-Phillips
(Crouch), Lampard, Cole (Smith) -
Owen
(Jenas), Rooney

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 24.5 Appearances/Goals 26.8 5.5

 

Poland Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (14th Sept 2005) 17th
ELO rating 19th
Colours: Made by Puma - Red shirts with white trim/collar, white shorts with red side pinstripe, red socks with white pinhoop.
Capt: Jacek Bąk Coach: Paweł Janas, 51 (4 March 1953), appointed 20 December 2002, 
25th match, W 15 - D 4- L 7 - F 51 - A 29.
Poland Lineup
1 Boruc, Artur 25 20 February 1980 G Glasgow Celtic FC, Scotland, on loan from KP Legia Warszawa 12 0
2 Jop, Mariusz 27 3 August 1978 CD FK Moskva, Russia 7 0
14 Żewłakow, Michał  29 22 April 1976 LB RSC Anderlecht, Belgium 51 1
4 Baszczyński, Marcin 28 7 June 1977 RB Wisła Kraków SA 26 1
Baszczyński cautioned in the 61st minute for Unsporting Behaviour.
5 Kosowski, Kamil 28 30 August 1977 M Southampton FC, England on loan from 1. FC Kaiserlautern, Germany 39 4
6 Bąk, Jacek 32 24 March 1973 CD Al Rayan SC, Qatar 67 2
7 Sobolewski, Radosław, off 79th min. 28 13 December 1976 M Wisła Kraków SA 13 1
Sobolewski cautioned in the 73rd minute for Unsporting Behaviour.
8 Smolarek, Euzebiusz, off 46th min. 24 9 January 1981 M BV Borussia 1909 eV Dortmund, Germany 9 2
9 Żurawski, Maciej, off 39th min 29 12 September 1976 F Glasgow Celtic FC, Scotland 48 15
10 Lewandowski, Mariusz  26 18 May 1979 M Wisła Kraków SA 22 0
11 Rasiak, Grzegorz  26 12 January 1979 F Tottenham Hotspur FC, England 24 6
Poland Substitutes
17 Frankowski, Tomasz, on 39th min. for Żurawski 31 16 August 1974 F Elche CF SAD, Spain 16 10
18 Krzynówek, Jacek, on 46th min. for Smolarek 29 15 May 1976 M TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen eV, Germany 53 9
16 Radomski, Arkadiusz, on 79th min. for Sobolewski 28 27 June 1977 M FK Austria MAGNA Wien, Austria 16 0

unused substitutes:

3-Tomasz Rząsa, 12-Wojciech Kowalewski, 13-Sebastian Mila, 15-Tomasz Kłos.
   
4-4-2 Boruc -
Baszczyński, Bąk, Jop, Żewłakow -
Smolarek
(Krzynówek), Lewandowski, Sobolewski (Radomski), Kosowski -
Żurawski
(Frankowski), Rasiak

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 27.5 Appearances/Goals 28.9 2.8

 

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

England shrugged off recent criticisms and finished top of their World Cup qualifying group with a vibrant display to beat Poland at Old Trafford.  Michael Owen, captain in the absence of David Beckham, skilfully diverted in a Joe Cole shot to put England ahead.  Tomasz Frankowski's volleyed equaliser for Poland flattered the visitors and their keeper Artur Boruc twice saved from Owen to keep his side level.  But Owen set up Frank Lampard to volley in and give England a deserved win.

Sven-Göran Eriksson's side started the match with the freedom of knowing they had already qualified for the 2006 World Cup and caused some early moments of panic for Poland.  A Lampard free-kick, meant as a cross, was tipped over the bar by back-tracking Poland keeper Boruc and a forceful Wayne Rooney run epitomised a determined England team.  The home side dominated possession with quality passing and movement, which proved too difficult for Poland to handle.

Ledley King powered an 18-yard strike over, Lampard went close with a header while Rooney was agonisingly just high with a 25-yard shot.  Cole was similarly close with an effort from the edge of the Poland area as England showed little sign of the lack of confidence from recent games.

Eriksson's players were also making light of missing some of their star names with Shaun Wright-Phillips and King, in for Beckham and Steven Gerrard respectively, making their presence felt.  Owen deservedly put England in front with his 22nd goal in competitive matches - his 33rd overall - for the national team which equalled Gary Lineker's record.  But the home side made the mistake of relaxing momentarily and Poland levelled with their first noteworthy attack of the game when Frankowski volleyed in at the far post on the stroke of half-time.

England continued to attack after the break and Rooney skied a snapshot from close range after Rio Ferdinand headed back a Lampard corner.  Owen was denied a second when Boruc saved instinctively as England pressed for the victory to leapfrog Poland and finish top of Group Six.  They duly did so when Lampard clinically finished off an England counter-attack with his far post strike 10 minutes from time. - BBC Sport

Source Notes

Trivia - Euzebiusz Smolarek's father Wlodek, played against England for Poland in the 1986 World Cup Finals in Mexico.

BBC Sport/Match of the Day
Polish F.A. website
Sporting Life
Sky Sports
The Football Association
Official FIFA Match Report
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