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April 17, 2002

Full-time

England

4 - 0

Paraguay

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19:00 +00:00, April 17, 2002

Anfield, England

Referee: Cosimo Bolognino

  • 90'

    An offside flag halts Paraguay in their tracks, and that's the last action of the game - it's a fine 4-0 win for England

  • 90'

    Into time added on, and it's been an excellent night for England

  • 89'

    Arce crosses and Santa Cruz, given a free header, can only steer the ball wide. That should have been a consolation goal

  • 89'

    ...which is cleared. Time ticking away, and the Anfield crowd have enjoyed what they've been watching

  • 88'

    ...but they recover to come forward and win a late corner...

  • 87'

    More high-speed passing as England zoom forward again: Paraguay at full stretch to clear

  • 86'

    Murphy takes his turn to have a shot... it's a curler from the edge of the box, and it's fractionally wide

  • 85'

    Five minutes left, and England boss Eriksson will be delighted with all his players... the lively Cole nearly adds to that delight with a shot that skims just wide

  • 84'

    At the other end, Fowler is crowded out as England construct another promising moment

  • 83'

    A Mills foul gives the visitors a free-kick - Arce hammers it in, Seaman holds on

  • 82'

    And another change - Carlos Bonet off, Gustavo Morinigo on

  • 81'

    England are swarming around the Paraguay area again - Sheringham can't turn the ball goalwards this time. Gamarra goes off and Julio Cesar Caceres comes on for Paraguay

  • 80'

    Lampard's pass goes astray, but the home side won't really care about that now

  • 79'

    Sheringham's clever run paved the way for that goal, and this is a stroll for England

  • 78'

    Fowler crosses towards Sheringham, and the ball glances in off Celso Ayala. It's 4-0 to Sven's men!

  • 77'

    Sheringham takes the chance to cross - it goes right across but England keep it

  • 76'

    Carlos Paredes volleys goalwards from outside the area: Seaman deals with it well

  • 75'

    Cole hammers it back across, but it goes all the way through and the end result is a throw to Paraguay

  • 74'

    Tavarelli spills the ball after an England break...

  • 73'

    Cole again - England keeping the ball very well

  • 73'

    Neville crosses, but it's too far ahead of the waiting Teddy Sheringham

  • 72'

    Mills is on hand to deal with that one, and Cole takes the ball on with some more neat skills...

  • 71'

    ...another free-kick for the visitors after a late Phil Neville challenge

  • 70'

    It fizzes across goal with nobody able to get on the end of it

  • 69'

    Paraguay come forward and get in a muddle, but win a free-kick which can be crossed into the England box...

  • 68'

    Vassell is off, Sheringham on - Frank Lampard, Phil Neville and Jamie Carragher are also coming on...

  • 67'

    Great work from Fowler and then Cole paves the way for Vassell - the shot is wide, the move was excellent

  • 66'

    It deflects - but this time to safety for Paraguay

  • 65'

    ...Sinclair crosses after some neat passing...

  • 65'

    Murphy fouled midway inside the Paraguay half - more England pressure could arrive now...

  • 64'

    The visitors trying to build some attacks of their own... they look a little dazed after those two deflected goals

  • 63'

    Mills collects a clearance and crosses for Southgate, who volleys over the top. One-way traffic

  • 63'

    Hargreaves takes his turn to zip forward and wins another England corner

  • 62'

    ...in the end the ball hits the side netting but that could, and maybe should, have been 4-0

  • 61'

    Mad scramble - Vassell, Sinclair and Fowler all involved...

  • 60'

    Cardozo off, Richart Baez on as Paraguay make another change

  • 59'

    Santa Cruz gets into the area, but can't keep a through ball in play - goal kick

  • 58'

    Hargreaves crosses accurately - Paraguay at full stretch again, and this is good stuff from the home side

  • 57'

    A change for Paraguay: Gavilan, who deflected Vassell's shot in, is replaced by Pedro Sarabia

  • 56'

    Vassell again - the visitors rattled - but Tavarelli gets there this time with Fowler lurking

  • 55'

    ...he hits a shot from the edge of the area, and another big deflection leaves Tavarelli helpless. It's 3-0 to England!

  • 54'

    Sinclair gets a header in, but the keeper stops it... Vassell takes the ball on...

  • 53'

    Got all that?

  • 52'

    So the changes, in full ladies and gentlemen, are: Murphy for Keown, Hargreaves for Gerrard, Sinclair for Butt, Mills for Scholes and Cole for Butt

  • 52'

    Hargreaves crosses, Vassell can't quite get there under pressure from defenders

  • 51'

    Now Owen Hargreaves takes up the challenge - the personnel has changed, but the movement is still good...

  • 50'

    Neat passing, led by Joe Cole, looks for Sinclair - he's crowded out

  • 49'

    Cardozo tries to find Santa Cruz - it eludes him and England have the ball again

  • 48'

    Bridge looks to come forward again - Paraguay, this time, clear their lines convincingly

  • 47'

    His shot deflects over the keeper and loops in to give England a 2-0 lead - the ideal start to the second period!

  • 46'

    ...but England are coming forward again and the ball falls for Murphy on the edge of the area...

  • 45'

    Fowler's on the charge - he switches the ball towards Hargreaves but Paraguay, who don't seem to have made any changes, get it away...

  • 45'

    Plenty of substitutions for England... among them former Liverpool star Robbie Fowler, current Anfield midfielder Danny Murphy and Leeds' Danny Mills

  • 45'

    At the other end, Gavilan tries a volley from outside the box - it's over the top and the half-time whistle goes with England leading 1-0 thanks to stand-in skipper Owen.

  • 45'

    Into added time, and England come forward - not for long, as the ball is given away too easily

  • 45'

    Gerrard again heads clear before Keown finally guides the ball back to Seaman

  • 44'

    ...which Gerrard heads powerfully away, but only at the expense of another corner

  • 44'

    More good football from the visitors wins them a late first half corner

  • 43'

    ...then a superb cross into the England area is only a whisker away from the onrushing Santa Cruz. Very close to an equaliser

  • 42'

    Paraguay content to knock the ball around at the back - time running out in the first half

  • 41'

    ...that's cleared for another corner, which Tavarelli punches away

  • 40'

    Gerrard whips another dangerous cross in, Scholes chests it down and Paraguay scramble it away for a corner...

  • 39'

    Paraguay yet to muster much genuine threat - but, the first ten minutes apart, England haven't really managed much either

  • 38'

    Scholes is penalised for a foul in midfield, and Southgate heads clear from the resulting cross

  • 37'

    There's an appeal for handball against Caniza as he brings down a Bridge cross - nothing doing, says the referee

  • 36'

    ...the ball breaks to Dyer via a deflection, and keeper Roberto Tavarelli makes a good stop from eight yards. That chance has lifted the mood a bit

  • 35'

    ...but his cross towards Scholes is cleared before Dyer wins a corner with some good persistence

  • 34'

    Gerrard tries to change all that...

  • 33'

    Bridge and Dyer attempt to combine, but things are a little shapeless for England just now

  • 32'

    Neville looks for the waiting Vassell, and Gamarra is forced into an excellent clearance

  • 31'

    Gerrard runs the ball out of play down the right after skipper Owen had combined neatly with Gary Neville

  • 30'

    Vassell flicks, Dyer chases, Paraguay clear

  • 29'

    Santa Cruz breaks through for them, but Keown is there to snuff out the danger

  • 28'

    The Anfield atmosphere has become just a little subdued - Paraguay are settling to their task and have made it hard for Eriksson's side to maintain their early momentum

  • 27'

    Gamarra heads clear from another cross, and the rebound is scrambled away from Gerrard, who looked ready to unleash another effort on goal

  • 26'

    Vassell ends up on the turf under challenge as he chases another touch forward... no foul given

  • 25'

    ...and Paraguay look forward towards the breaking Francisco Arce, who is crowded out

  • 24'

    Butt plants a pass down the left - no-one can get there...

  • 23'

    ...great strike from Gavilan, who showed superb technique to slam that ball goalwards

  • 22'

    Then Gavilan fires in a fierce volley - it's not far over the England bar

  • 21'

    He chests the ball down, but can't control the shot - it's over the top, but that was the pass of the night by Gerrard

  • 20'

    Gerrard looks for a long ball to the racing Owen...

  • 20'

    There's a crispness to England's passing - Bridge gets in a deflected cross and Paraguay are forced to block another Gerrard thunderbolt

  • 19'

    Gerrard crosses, just a little too high for the waiting Scholes... then the ball eludes England and runs out for a goal-kick

  • 18'

    Neville intercepts the free-kick, and Bridge plays it forward - to nobody. A little lull in the tempo

  • 17'

    Dyer gives the ball away to Santa Cruz, and Keown brings him down midway inside the England half

  • 16'

    Francisco Arce whips it towards goal, and Seaman is there to gather well

  • 16'

    Butt's penalised for a foul on Santa Cruz - it's a 25-yard free-kick for the visitors...

  • 15'

    Scholes tries to find Dyer, and the ball only just eludes the Newcastle man. Could have been a great chance for 2-0

  • 14'

    Vassell has the ball again, and Keown comes forward...

  • 13'

    Paraguay finally put some touches together - but they're being forced back rather than making inroads

  • 12'

    ...and there's poise at the back, where Southgate is looking comfortable

  • 11'

    Scholes and Butt are doing an excellent harrying job on their opposite numbers - the visitors getting no time in which to find a pattern

  • 10'

    Paraguay's passing is ragged, and they're struggling to keep hold of the ball

  • 10'

    ...then Owen gets another header in, but this one is wide of the mark

  • 9'

    More England passing on the edge of the area comes to nothing - Scholes misplaces one...

  • 8'

    Gerrard belts a shot from long range - it whistles over the bar

  • 7'

    Gamarra gets a touch, but that's easy for Seaman

  • 7'

    Paraguay have a free-kick halfway inside the England half after a foul by Butt...

  • 6'

    Bright stuff by England, who are full of purpose at the moment

  • 5'

    Superb pace by Vassell gets him onto a Dyer pass down the left, but he can't find a colleague with his low cross

  • 5'

    Fired-up Vassell looks to race into the area soon afterwards, but Paraguay are able to get that one out of harm's way

  • 5'

    A magnificent start by England, and the most clinical of finishes by Owen

  • 4'

    It's floated in by Gerrard, and Michael Owen gets there to head powerfully into the corner. Dream stuff for the stand-in skipper

  • 4'

    Gary Neville looks for Gerrard - another player on home territory - who is crowded out. Vassell, though, is fouled again and another free-kick goes the way of England

  • 3'

    It comes to Butt, whose attempted shot is easily blocked

  • 2'

    At the other end, Vassell makes life difficult for himself to win a free-kick on the edge of the box...

  • 1'

    Roque Santa Cruz almost traps a long pass forward from Paraguay, who favour getting the ball forward early at times

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    An early ball forward looks for Kieron Dyer down the left, but he can't get on the end of it

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