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Saturday, 12 November 2005
Credit Suisse/Ochsner Sport International Friendly Match

Argentina 2 England 3 [1-1]

Stade de Genève, Genève, Switzerland
29,000; Kickoff: 5.45pm CET, 4.45pm BST:
Live on BBC One (UK) - Commentator: John Motson and Graeme Le Saux

Argentina - Hernan Crespo (three-yard tap-in 35 34:02), Walter Samuel (six-yard header from Riquelme free-kick 54 53:21).
England - Wayne Rooney (thirteen-yard strike 39
38:00), Michael Owen (three-yard downward header 87 86:55, seven-yard header 90+2 91:01)
Match Summary
Argentina Squad
England Squad
Results 2005-2010 England - Luke Young (27), Frank Lampard (48), Joe Cole (67).
Argentina - Walter Samuel (33), Maximiliano Rodríguez (79).

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


Match Summary

Officials from Switzerland




Referee (red) - Philippe Leuba
39 (9 December 1965), Chexbres, FIFA-listed 1997;

Assistant Referees - Stéphane Cuhat, 42 (8 October 1963), and Armand Barraud, 43 (14 October 1962).

Fourth official - not known

10 Goal Attempts 19
7 Attempts on Target 8
0 Hit Bar/Post 1
7 Corner Kicks Won 5
4 Offside Calls Against 1
15 Fouls Conceded 14
50.5% Possession 49.5%

Argentina Team



FIFA (19th October 2005) 4th
EFO ranking Group 4
ELO rating 6th to 8th
Colours: Made by Adidas - Dark blue collared v-neck jerseys with sky blue panel on underarm sleeve/collar, white adidas sleeve trim, white shorts with dark blue adidas side trim, dark blue socks with white hoop.
Capt: Juan Pablo Sorín Manager: José Nestor Pekerman Krimen, 56 (3 September 1949), appointed coach 15 September 2004,
19th match, W 9 - D 5 - L 5 - F 32 - A 27.
Argentina Lineup
1 Abbondancieri, Roberto C. 33 19 August 1972 G

CA Boca Juniors

19 0
2 Ayala, Roberto F., off 75th min. 32 14 April 1973 CD Valencia CF SAD, Spain 98 4
3 Sorín, Juan Pablo 29 5 May 1976 LB Villarreal CF SAD, Spain 69 10
4 Zanetti, Javier A. 32 10 August 1973 RB FC Internazionale Milano, Italy 102 5
5 Demichelis, Martín G. 24 20 December 1980 CM FC Bayern München eV, Germany 1 0
6 Samuel, Walter A. 27 23 March 1978 CD FC Internazionale Milano, Italy 50 5
Samuel cautioned in the 33rd min. for Unsporting Behaviour for a poor challenge on Beckham.
15 Rodríguez, Maximiliano R. 24 2 January 1981 RM Club Atlético de Madrid SAD, Spain 11 1
Rodríguez cautioned in the 79th min. for Unsporting Behaviour for a late challenge on Rodríguez.
8 Riquelme, Juan R., off 85th min. 27 24 June 1978 CM Villarreal CF SAD, Spain 28 6
9 Crespo, Hernán J., off 71st min. 30 7 May 1975 F Chelsea FC, England 53 29
19 Cambiasso, Esteban M. 25 18 August 1980 LM FC Internazionale Milano, Italy 20 1
11 Tévez, Carlos A., off 81st min. 21 5 February 1984 F SC Corinthians Paulista, Brazil 18 2
Argentina Substitutes
scoreline: Argentina 2 England 1
7 Saviola Fernández, Javier P., on 71st min. for Crespo 23 11 December 1981 F Sevilla FC SAD, Spain on loan from FC Barcelona, Spain 29 9
22 Coloccini, Fabricio, on 75th min. for Ayala 23 22 January 1982 CD RC Deportivo La Coruña SAD, Spain 21 1
20 Cruz, Julio R., on 81st min. for Tévez 31 10 October 1974 F FC Internazionale Milano, Italy 10 2
16 González, Luis O., on 85th min. for Riquelme 24 19 January 1981 M FC Porto, Portugal 25 5
result: Argentina 2 England 3
unused substitutes: 12-Leonardo Franco, 13-Diego Placente, 14-Gabriel Milito, 23-Sebastian Battaglia.
4-4-2 Abbondancieri -
Zanetti, Samuel, Ayala (Coloccini), Sorín -
Rodríguez, Demichelis, Riquelme (González), Cambiasso -
(Saviola), Tévez (Cruz).

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 27.6 Appearances/Goals 42.6 5.2


England Team



FIFA (19th Oct. 2005) =9th
EFO ranking Group 3
ELO rating 5th
Colours: The 2005 home uniform - White collared jerseys 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, fiftieth captaincy Head Coach: Sven-Göran Eriksson, 57 (5 February 1948), appointed 30 October 2000, took post 12 January 2001, 
59th match, W 34 - D 15 - L 10 - F 111 - A 57.
England Lineup
1 Robinson, Paul W. 26 15 October 1979 G Tottenham Hotspur FC 18 10 GA
2 Young, Luke P., off 81 min. 26 19 July 1979 RB Charlton Athletic FC 7 0
Young cautioned in the 27th min. for Unsporting Behaviour for a foul on Sorín.
3 Bridge, Wayne M., off 46th min. 25 5 August 1980 LB Chelsea FC 21 1
4 Gerrard, Steven G. 25 30 May 1980 LM Liverpool FC 39 6
5 Ferdinand, Rio G. 27 7 November 1978 CD Manchester United FC 44 0
6 Terry, John G. 24 7 December 1980 CD Chelsea FC 21 0
7 Beckham, David R.J. 30 2 May 1975 RM Real Madrid CF, Spain 86 16
8 Lampard, Frank J. 27 20 June 1978 CM Chelsea FC 38 9
Lampard cautioned in the 48th min. for Unsporting Behaviour for a late challenge on Rodríguez.
9 Rooney, Wayne M. 20
19 days
24 October 1985 F Manchester United FC 28 10
youngest to 10 goals
10 Owen, Michael J. 25 14 December 1979 F Newcastle United FC 75 36
11 King, Ledley B., off 59th min. 25 12 October 1980 DM Tottenham Hotspur FC 15 0
England Substitutes
scoreline: Argentina 1 England 1
12 Konchesky, Paul M., on 46th min. for Bridge 24 15 May 1981 LB West Ham United FC 2 0
scoreline: Argentina 2 England 1
19 Cole, Joseph, J., on 59th min. for King 24 8 November 1981 CM Chelsea FC 29 4
Cole cautioned in the 67th min. for Unsporting Behaviour for a strong challenge on Riquelme.
20 Crouch, Peter J., on 81st min. for Young 24 30 January 1981 F Liverpool FC 4 0
result: Argentina 2 England 3
unused substitutes: 13-David James, 14-Sol Campbell, 15-Shaun Wright-Phillips, 16-Jermain Defoe, 17-Phil Neville, 18-Alan Smith, 21-Robert Green, 22-Michael Carrick, 23-Jermaine Jenas.
records: 19 days after his twentieth birthday, Wayne Rooney takes 100 days off Bill Dean's record in becoming the youngest England player to score ten goals.
4-1-3-2 (4-4-2) Robinson -
(Crouch), Terry, Ferdinand, Bridge (Konchesky) -
(Cole) -
Beckham, Lampard, Gerrard -
Owen, Rooney
When Cole appeared in the second half - England reverted to a traditional 4-4-2, until Crouch came on for Young - Gerrard went to right-back, and Rooney into midfield.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.5 Appearances/Goals 35.6 7.4


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

Michael Owen scored two dramatic late goals to earn England victory in a pulsating friendly against Argentina.  Owen nodded in an equaliser on 87 minutes from Steven Gerrard's pinpoint cross and headed the winner from Joe Cole's floated centre in injury time.  Hernan Crespo put Argentina ahead from Maxi Rodrigruez's pull-back but the outstanding Wayne Rooney fired England level from David Beckham's knock-down.  Walter Samuel's downward header made it 2-1 before Owen's late intervention.

Until then it looked set to be a disappointing day for England in Switzerland's packed Stade de Geneve.  Sven-Göran Eriksson's side impressed going forward but always struggled to cope with Argentina's inventive attack.  Rio Ferdinand, who kept his place in the starting line-up at the expense of Sol Campbell, and the England defence had to be on their mettle from the start.

Owen had a header ruled out for offside early on before Paul Robinson was out quickly to check Carlos Tevez's run and Terry had to block Juan Pablo Sorin's follow-up.  Crespo thought he had opened the scoring two minutes later when he tapped in Juan Roman Riquelme's free-kick, but the referee spotted some pushing.  There was just a brief lull in the action before it intensified again.

Rooney was unlucky when his shot hit the far post from Gerrard's exquisite pass but just as England appeared to be seizing control, Argentina went ahead.  Wayne Bridge, playing his first game for England in over a year, was beaten by Rodriguez, who crossed for Crespo to stab home from close-range.  Rooney, though, got the goal his dazzling first-half performance deserved when he latched on to Beckham's flick-on and poked the ball past Roberto Abbondanzieri.

The entertainment continued apace after the break, with Riquelme catching the eye in midfield.  The Villarreal midfielder floated in a dangerous free-kick and an unmarked Samuel lifted his header over Robinson and into the far corner.   Eriksson responded by bringing on Cole for Ledley King, allowing Gerrard to move into his preferred central midfield.  The move invigorated England and Lampard went close with a long-range shot.  Argentina keeper Abbondanzieri could only parry Beckham's free-kick and then did brilliantly to prevent Owen tapping in the follow-up.

With the clock ticking down, Eriksson introduced striker Peter Crouch and played him alongside Rooney and Owen up front.  England's attacking verve was finally rewarded when Gerrard, by now playing at right-back, crossed for Owen to head home.  The celebrations were predictably wild but they were nothing compared to the scenes minutes later when Cole set up the Newcastle striker to steal victory for England over their bitter rivals. - BBC Sport

Source Notes

BBC Sport
Official Teamsheet
Argentina FA website
The FA.com
Stade de Geneve website