Buragina and Rudolf Kappeli (Switzerland)
It had been six years since
England's last penalty shootout, following the classic World Cup encounter
with Argentina, and eight years since their only victory from the spot,
against Spain, in the 1996 European Championship. For Portugal, this was a
completely new experience for their full international team, though they had
won the World Youth Cup (under-20) in 1991 on penalties, against Brazil in
the same stadium, with Rui Costa converting the kick, which clinched the
David James (Manchester
City and England) aged 33.
Lisbon and Portugal)
James was winning his 28th
and had faced five previous penalties in England internationals, all of
which were scored, apart from the first, shot wide by Abundis, for Mexico at
Pride Park in 2001. The most recent was eleven nights earlier, in the same
stadium, at the same end where the shootout was to take place. It was
England's opening match of the tournament and France had just equalised in
added time, when James was forced to bring down Thierry Henry and concede a
penalty. Zinedine Zidane promptly secured the win for his countrymen by
side-footing it, with his right foot, from where it spun into the left inner
side-netting, as James dived the other way, though Henry (along with two
England players, Neville and Campbell) was well inside the area when the
kick was taken. Four years earlier, James had saved two penalties at
Wembley, as Aston Villa won a shootout in the F.A. Cup semi-finals. He had begun
2004 in the First Division, with West
Ham United, but returned to the Premiership in January, by joining
Manchester City as a replacement for the retiring David Seaman, just as he
had been the previous year at international level, during England's
qualifying campaign for the European Championship.
Ricardo had served notice of his
prowess as both a saver and converter of penalties in the previous year's
UEFA Cup, with his previous club, Boavista. Against Malaga, in the
quarter-finals, he had stepped up to take his team's first penalty and
promptly put them ahead in the shootout, before saving a kick himself,
whilst another was missed, as Boavista ran out 4-1 winners. Then, in the
semi-finals, he had prevented a first-leg victory for Celtic, by stopping
Henrik Larsson's late spot-kick at Parkhead, though Celtic went on to win
the second leg in Oporto. In the opening match of the tournament however,
Basinas of Greece sent Ricardo the other way from a penalty, by side-footing
it with his right foot, into the top right corner.
Both goalkeepers were appearing
in their first major tournament.
1) David Beckham (aged 29) -
Real Madrid (Spain)
72nd appearance, 13 goals, including 5
penalties, plus one in a shootout.
Converted England's third penalty
of the 1998 shootout against Belgium, but missed the World Cup shootout
against Argentina, because he had been sent off.
Scored the only goal from the
penalty spot, when England beat Argentina in the 2002 World Cup, but missed
his last two kicks for England, both in the European Championship (in Turkey
and against France in Lisbon).
In his first season since leaving
Manchester United, he scored 6 goals for Real Madrid in all competitions,
plus 2 penalties for England.
Put Real Madrid ahead in the Copa
del Rey Final in Barcelona, but Real Zaragoza beat them after extra time.
Captain and completed all four
games in the tournament.
2) Michael Owen (aged
24) - Liverpool
60th appearance, his third-minute opener
had been his 26th for England and his fourth of the season.
Scored in his fourth successive
major tournament and his second successive quarter-final.
Scored 23 goals for club and
country in the 2003-04 season, including 4 penalties for Liverpool in the
Premiership as he completed his 7th successive season as the club's top
Started all four games in the
tournament, but was substituted in the first two by Darius Vassell.
second penalty in the shootout against Belgium in 1998 and the fourth
against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup.
3) Frank Lampard (aged
23rd appearance, the equaliser, five
minutes from the end of extra time, was his 5th for England and his third of
Scored 20 goals for club and
country in the 2003-04 season, 2 of them penalties, as Chelsea finished as
Premiership runners-up to Arsenal.
Started all four games in the
tournament and completed all but the last six minutes against Croatia.
4) John Terry (aged
11th appearance, no goals.
Scored 3 goals in all
competitions, as captain of Chelsea, who finished the 2003-04 season as
Premiership runners-up to Arsenal.
Missed the opening game with a
damaged hamstring, but completed the remaining three matches.
Hargreaves (aged 23) - Bayern München (Germany)
appearance, no goals.
Scored twice in the
season as Bayern München finished as Bundesliga runners-up to Werder Bremen.
An 81st minute substitute for
Steven Gerrard, after replacing Paul Scholes in the latter stages of each of
the first two games.
6) Ashley Cole (aged 23) - Arsenal
appearance, no goals.
Scored one goal in the 2003-04
season, in the Champions League, as Arsenal won the Premiership without
losing a game.
Completed all four games in the
7) Darius Vassell (aged 24) -
6 goals, two of which came in the last warm-up game before the tournament.
Scored 12 goals for club and
country in the 2003-04 season, 2 of which were penalties.
A 27th minute replacement for
Wayne Rooney, his sixth successive substitute appearance for England, having
replaced Michael Owen in the first two games and Rooney in the last two.
His kick was his last touch of
the ball as an England international.
Beckham's first international
penalty, against Belgium, was side-footed into the bottom left corner. with
his right foot, as the Belgian goalkeeper dived the other way.
His first tournament penalty,
against Argentina in 2002, was hit hard and low, with his right foot,
slightly to the right of centre, just missing the Argentinian 'keeper's left
foot as he leaned slightly to the opposite side. Beckham's first European
Championship penalty was in added time at the Stadium of Light in 2003, when
the Turkish 'keeper jumped forward, off his line, before the kick was taken,
but then failed to move as Beckham side-footed it into the bottom left-hand
corner, with his right foot. This secured England's 2-0 victory. He then
began the 2003-4 season by scoring from the spot in each of England's first
two fixtures. At Portman Road, he gave England the lead, by again
side-footing it low to the left, with his right foot, and it went in off the
post, beyond the dive of the Croatian 'keeper. The following month, in the
European Championship in Skopje, he scored England's winner, sending the
Macedonian 'keeper the wrong way, despite once again, putting it into the
bottom left corner, with the side of his right foot. In England's final
qualifier, however, in İstanbul, Beckham missed an opportunity to put his
country ahead, as he fired over the bar with his right foot, when his left
foot appeared to slip, which caused him to lean too far to the left. Although
the Turkish 'keeper had taken three steps off his line and a defender had
also ventured into the box before the kick was taken, Beckham did not get
the chance to take it again. His last penalty was just eleven nights
earlier, in the opening match of the tournament, against France, at the
opposite end of the same stadium. By scoring he would have put England into
a two-goal lead, with 18 minutes left, against the reigning European
Champions, chasing their twelfth successive win in the competition, but although he hit it, as usual, with
the side of his right foot, whilst leaning heavily to the left, it only went
to the left of centre, at medium height and Barthez guessed correctly to
make a two-handed save. Then, in stoppage time, to rub salt in the wound, Zidane hit France's
winner with a perfect penalty in the Beckham style.
Owen's penalty against Belgium was side-footed
into the top left corner, with his right foot. The goalkeeper was
quick off his line but could not reach it, as it was too high for him.
in the 1998 World Cup it was
side-footed, with his right foot and it hit the left
post, just below the angle between post and bar, but then deflected into the
roof of the net, as the Argentinian goalkeeper dived the wrong way.
Deco (aged 26) - Porto
16th appearance, one goal, scored
the previous season.
Scored Porto's second goal against
Monaco in the Champions League Final in Gelsenkirchen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, as his club
became European Champions.
Scored 4 goals in the 2003-04
season in all competitions as Porto also retained the SuperLiga
Championship and reached the final of the Cup of Portugal.
Came on as a half-time
substitute for Rui Costa in the opening game, but completed all three
Simao (aged 24) - Benfica
31st appearance, 4 goals.
Captain of Benfica, and
scored their extra-time winner against Porto to win the Cup of Portugal
in Oeiras, with his 17th goal of the season for club and country.
Scored 12 league goals,
including 3 penalties, as Benfica finished as SuperLiga runners-up to
A 63rd minute substitute for Costinha,
in his home stadium, after starting the first two games and being substituted on
Rui Costa (aged 32) - Milan (Italy)
93rd appearance, 26 goals, scored
twice in the tournament.
His goal in the second half
of extra time was his fourth international goal of the 2003-04 season.
Scored 3 goals for Milan as
they won the Serie A Championship.
Replaced Miguel in the 79th
minute, after playing the first half of the opening game and coming on
as a substitute in the second against Russia, to score Portugal's second
goal in the 89th minute.
Cristiano Ronaldo (aged 19) -
11th appearance, one goal,
Portugal's consolation in added time against the eventual winners,
Greece in the opening match of the tournament in Oporto.
Scored 7 goals in all
competitions for club and country in the 2003-04 season, his first in
English football and his first as an international.
Opened the scoring in the F.A.
Cup Final at the Millennium Stadium as Manchester United went on to lift
Completed his first game of
the tournament, after appearing as a substitute in the first two games
and starting against Spain.
Maniche (aged 26) - Porto
12th appearance, one goal, the
opening goal against Russia, the previous week, in the same stadium.
Scored 11 goals in the
2003-04 season for club and country as Porto won the Champions
League, retained the SuperLiga Championship and reached the
final of the Cup of Portugal.
Completed all four games
in the tournament.
6) Helder Postiga
(aged 21) - Tottenham Hotspur
9th appearance, 4 goals.
Scored twice for
Tottenham Hotspur in all competitions in his first season in English
football, and twice for Portugal, including the headed equaliser,
which took the game into extra time.
Made his first appearance
in the tournament as a 75th minute substitute for captain, Figo and
took eight minutes to score.
7) Ricardo (aged 28)
- Sporting Lisbon
29th appearance, goalkeeper.
Completed all four games
in the tournament.
England had held on to their
third-minute lead, only for Portugal to equalise with six minutes remaining,
but England thought they'd snatched it at the death, until Sol Campbell's
header in the last minute, was ruled out for a foul on Ricardo by John Terry.
Campbell had also had a header disallowed because of a team-mate's foul on
the goalkeeper, before England's last penalty shootout. Against Argentina,
it had been Alan Shearer's elbow that had cost him a potential winner. These
were the contrasting emotions as extra time began with the new 'silver goal'
ruling, where one goal could shorten the extra period by half. However,
neither side showed enough invention until Rui Costa's shot in the second
extra period, but England fought back to level through Lampard with only
five minutes remaining.
Shootout (England first)
Beckham attempted to side-foot it,
with his right foot, but sliced it and it flew over the bar, to the right,
as Ricardo dived to the left. White dust flew up from the spot as he kicked it.
0-1 Deco side-footed, with his right
foot, at medium height, and found the corner of the net to his right, as
James dived the other way.
Owen shot, with his right foot, but did not connect with it cleanly and it
went straight down the middle, along the ground, just as Ricardo dived out
of the way, to the right, having stood in front of the line at the outset.
Simao stuttered in his run-up, causing
James to briefly lean towards the left, but the 'keeper then re-adjusted, before diving
the other way, as Simao firmly side-footed, with his right foot, at medium
height, just left of centre, curling into the top corner.
Lampard shot, with his right foot, but, like Owen, appeared to hit the ball
too high up and it went straight down the middle, slightly higher than
Owen's, again just missing Ricardo's feet, as he dived to the right, having
taken a couple of steps off his line and then leaning forward with his left
shoulder, before the kick was taken.
Rui Costa side-footed, with his
right foot, to the left of centre, but his shot went just over the bar, as
James dived full-length underneath it. The kicker then turned and looked
accusingly at the penalty spot.
3-2 Terry shot, with his right foot,
absolutely straight down the middle, rising into the roof of the net, as
Ricardo dived to the left, once again taking himself away from the ball.
3-3 Ronaldo stopped in his run-up,
causing James to take three steps off his line, but then side-
footed, with his right foot, high towards the top right corner, just beyond
the 'keeper's dive.
4-3 Hargreaves side-footed, with his
right foot, at medium height, to the right of the 'keeper, who was rooted to
the spot. Ricardo had complained before the kick that the ball was not
placed correctly on the spot, after Hargreaves had carefully positioned it
beyond the soft sandy area at the side of the mark, but the referee waved
away his protest.
4-4 Maniche side-footed, with his
right foot, into the bottom left corner, as James dived the other way.
5-4 Cole side-footed, with his left
foot, low to the left of centre, as Ricardo dived the wrong way.
5-5 Postiga gently chipped, with his
right foot, straight down the middle, as James took two steps off his line,
before diving to the left, and then stood up again, before the ball had
crossed the line.
Vassell shot, with his right
foot, low to the right of centre, where Ricardo pushed it around the post
with his left hand.
5-6 Ricardo shot, with his right foot,
into the bottom left corner, beyond James' dive.
had missed, who would have taken England's eighth penalty?
England only had three defenders
and a goalkeeper to choose from, whereas the Portuguese still had four
outfield players left, one of whom was a striker (Nuno Gomes). The Neville brothers occasionally chipped in with
goals for Manchester United, but neither had taken penalties. Sol Campbell
had scored for England in the 2002 World Cup and had a header disallowed in
the last minute. Both Campbell and Gary Neville had been on the field for
England's last shootout in 1998, but were not called into action.
The state of the penalty spot caused no
end of problems to both teams, but all seven of England's kicks were poor.
They were lucky to stay in contention as long as they did, although, at the
same time, their best kickers were undoubtedly more affected than their
opponents, by the crumbling ground beneath their feet. Only Rui Costa, of
the Portuguese side seemed to be put off by the spot, which, judging by the
way several of the kicks failed to find their intended lines, must have sunk
lower into the ground. Owen and Lampard, both competent dead-ball kickers,
seemed unable to lift the ball to a safer height, and both were extremely
fortunate that Ricardo dived out of the way. Beckham completely miscued his
effort, which was surely due to the ball sinking into the ground. His miss
in İstanbul, earlier in the season, had also been down to the pitch, but on
that occasion, it was the area to the side of the spot, which caused his
standing foot to slide. Beckham's normally immaculate kicking was entirely
dependent on the pitch beneath him retaining its firmness. Without that, it
became a spectacular failure, and a blow to an England team expecting to
start the shootout on a secure footing. Incredibly, England stayed in
contention. Their next three kicks were all straight down the middle and
Ricardo was visibly frustrated, because he knew he would have probably saved
them all, if he'd stood his ground. Ironically, the next two, from
Hargreaves and Cole, both defensive players, which appeared to be confident
kicks, were actually placed in saveable positions. Ricardo barely moved for
Hargreaves', possibly with the previous three kicks in mind, and then went
the wrong way for Cole's. Inevitably, he eventually got it right for
Vassell's, who, arguably, placed his kick in the best position of the seven.
It was certainly the nearest kick to the goalpost, but it was a little too
low and Ricardo made the save. Portugal's kicks, apart from Rui Costa's,
were all confidently placed and James was never in danger of saving any of
them. Postiga's impudent chip enforced the home team's confidence and their
goalkeeper, having been in the situation before, was determined to be the
star of the show, dispatching the winning kick with an executioner's clinical
Vassell never played again for England
and it took him another year to take another penalty. It was in a Carling
Cup tie for his new club, Manchester City, at Doncaster, but though he gave
them the lead from the spot, in extra time, it was to bring back some
horrible memories for Vassell, as he missed one of the kicks in the shootout
and City were dumped out of the competition by the League One side.
Two years later, England met Portugal
in another quarter-final. This time, it was the World Cup. The outcome was
the same and the nightmare continued...