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Saturday, 10th June 2006
Hot Own Goal Gives England Three Points

Group B Match

England vs Paraguay
Frankfurt

Previous Encounters:
England have played Paraguay twice, winning both games. The most recent game was a friendly in Liverpool (17th April, 2002), which England won (4:0); with goals from Michael Owen, Danny Murphy and Darius Vassell. Celso Ayala also put one in his own net; heading in Trevor Sinclair's cross.

The other game was in Mexico City (17th June, 1986); the Second Round of the Mexico 86 World Cup Finals. England won the game (3:0), with two goals from Gary Lineker (who went on to win the Golden Boot as the tournament's leading scorer, with six goals) and one from Peter Beardsley; before going on to lose to Argentina in the quarter-final.

The Match:
Prince William arrived in Frankfurt to meet the English players before they kicked-off their 2006 World Cup campaign. Forty years after his Mother, Queen Elizabeth II presented the World Cup to England captain, Bobby Moore the young Prince is probably hoping that David Beckham will bring the trophy back to Buckingham Palace next month.

Paraguay kicked-off from right to left and gave goalkeeper, Justo Villar an early touch of the ball.

He had another touch within three minutes, to pick the ball out of the net, as David Beckham's enticing free-kicked was flicked into his own goal by Paraguay captain, Carlos Gamarra (1:0).

Things went from bad to worse, a few minutes later, as the Paraguayan keeper was forced to leave the pitch after sliding out to make a challenge but not seeming to connect with anyone.

Cristian Riveros forced a save from Paul Robinson in the 18th minute as Steven Gerrard went into Marco Rodriguez' book for a late challenge; the Mexican likes his whistle.

Actions during the rest of the half almost silenced the crowd as both sides produced their fair share of physical challenges.

While England didn't allow Paraguay to get any playing rhythm going, the English didn't make the most of their own movement on the wings either; by over-hitting their crosses.

Then, with four minutes added on, Nelson Valdez came inches from sending Paraguay into the dressing room at half-time on level terms.

Half-time: (1:0).

England got the second-half under way and spent the first part of it sitting a little too deep; almost allowing Paraguay to play themselves back into the game.

And the longer the half wore on, the more stretched they looked.

The England fans, tiring of the lack of attacking threat England posed to Paraguay, started a small chant for "Rooney, Rooney."

Then Stewart Downing ran on to David Beckham's pass to line Frank Lampard up for a 'Teamgeister'.

Even a chorus of the National Anthem, in the last 10 minutes, failed to spark life into England's midfield engine room. The second-half totally controlled by Paraguay.

Any time added on here is like a prison sentence.

England get the three points but they won't have won many neutral fans over.

Final Score:
England 1 - Paraguay 0

Goalscorers Goalscorer:
1:0 Carlos Gamarra, own goal (3)

Our Man of The Match:
Carlos Gamarra, for breaking the deadlock with a sublime header into his own net and unwittingly giving England the three points they're so proud about.

Teams

England: (Captain David Beckham)
1 Paul Robinson; 2 Gary Neville, 3 Ashley Cole, 5 Rio Ferdinand, 6 John Terry; 4 Steven Gerrard, 7 David Beckham, 8 Frank Lampard, 11 Joe Cole; 10 Michael Owen, 21 Peter Crouch.

Paraguay: (Captain Carlos Gamarra)
1 Justo Villar; 3 Delio Toledo, 4 Carlos Gamarra, 5 Julio Cesar Caceres, 21 Denis Caniza; 6 Carlos Bonet, 10 Roberto Acuna, 13 Carlos Paredes, 16 Cristian Riveros; 9 Roque Santa Cruz, 18 Nelson Valdez.

Referee:
Marco Rodriguez (Mexico)

Substitutions Substitutions:
8 Mins (Paraguay) - 22 Aldo Bobadilla in for 1 Justo Villar
56 Mins (England) - 20 Stewart Downing in for 10 Michael Owen
68 Mins (Paraguay) - 23 Nelson Cuevas on for 6 Carlos Bonet
82 Mins (Paraguay) - 2 Jorge Nunez on for 3 Delio Toledo
82 Mins (England) - 16 Owen Hargreaves on for 11 Joe Cole

Yellow Cards 3 Yellow Cards:
19 Mins - Steven Gerrard (England)
22 Mins - Nelson Valdez (Paraguay)
63 Mins - Peter Crouch (England)

Red CardsNo Red Cards.

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Friday, 9th June
Germany vs Costa Rica
Poland vs Ecuador

Saturday 10th June
Argentina vs Ivory Coast
England vs Paraguay
Trinidad vs Sweden

Sunday 11th June
Angola vs Portugal
Mexico vs Iran
Serbia vs Holland

Monday 12th June
Australia vs Japan
Italy vs Ghana
USA vs Czech Republic

Tuesday 13th June
Brazil vs Croatia
France vs Switzerland
South Korea vs Togo

Wednesday 14th June
Germany vs Poland
Spain vs Ukraine
Tunisia vs Saudi Arabia

Thursday 15th June
Ecuador vs Costa Rica
England vs Trinidad
Sweden vs Paraguay

Friday 16th June
Argentina vs Serbia
Holland vs Ivory Coast
Mexico vs Angola

Saturday 17th June
Czech Republic vs Ghana
Italy vs USA
Portugal vs Iran

Sunday 18th June
Brazil vs Australia
France vs South Korea
Japan vs Croatia

Monday 19th June
Saudi Arabia vs Ukraine
Spain vs Tunisia
Togo vs Switzerland

Tuesday 20th June
Costa Rica vs Poland
Ecuador vs Germany
Paraguay vs Trinidad
Sweden vs England

Wednesday 21st June
Holland vs Argentina
Iran vs Angola
Ivory Coast vs Serbia
Portugal vs Mexico

Thursday 22nd June
Croatia vs Australia
Czech Republic vs Italy
Ghana vs USA
Japan vs Brazil

Friday 23rd June
Saudi Arabia vs Spain
Switzerland vs South Korea
Togo vs France
Ukraine vs Tunisia

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Teams by Group

Group A
Costa Rica
Ecuador
Germany
Poland

Group B
England
Paraguay
Sweden
Trinidad and Tobago

Group C
Argentina
Côte d'Ivoire
Holland
Serbia and Montenegro

Group D
Angola
Iran
Mexico
Portugal

Group E
Czech Republic
Ghana
Italy
USA

Group F
Australia
Brazil
Croatia
Japan

Group G
France
South Korea
Switzerland
Togo

Group H
Saudi Arabia
Spain
Tunisia
Ukraine

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