Waldstadion, Frankfurt, Germany

Referee: Marco Rodríguez | Attendance: 48000

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  • Carlos Gamarra 3' OG

1 - 0


Game 3

  • 92'

    That's it. England have opened their campaign with a win. It started so positively, but there was little to take from the second half, apart from the fact that, courtesy of the early goal from Beckham or Gamarra, England won.

  • 91'

    Cuevas goes on a solo run, England stop him, then Caniza crosses. Terry heads away to Hargreaves, who miskicks. Nervous times for England

  • 90'

    Just two minutes of stoppage time, which may be a relief to England right now.

  • 90'

    Beckham wins the ball from Valdez to a big cheer, which rather indicates that the England fans are a little nervous now.

  • 89'

    Beckham strolls over to take the corner. It comes to Gerrard at the edge of the box, Parades clears and Gerrard tries another cross. Nunez chests back to the keeper.

  • 88'

    Fine shot from Lampard, half-volley from 25 yards, the keeper parries it for a corner.

  • 88'

    Crouch is very much stranded alone up front now with Hargreaves looking the most defensive of the five midfielders behind him.

  • 87'

    Crouch reaches out a telescopic leg to bring the ball down, but Caceres gets the ball away.

  • 86'

    Paraguay, despite a better second half, haven't tested Robinson enough. But they still look more of a threat than England.

  • 85'

    Now Gerrard looks to release Downing. Caniza cuts it out well.

  • 84'

    Cuevas goes on a run, Gerrard clears, but England sit back and the ball comes back at them again.

  • 83'

    Lampard goes on a winding solo run, can't get a shot in, but it falls to Downing from long range, who wallops it over.

  • 82'

    Here comes the man all England fans worship - Owen Hargreaves. He replaces the excellent Joe Cole.

  • 82'

    Change for Paraguay, Toledo off for Nunez.

  • 81'

    Great news for England fans - Owen Hargreaves is warming up.

  • 80'

    And Cole, despite a yell, now seems ok. The magical powers of water...

  • 79'

    Joe Cole is rolling in agony after chasing a through ball with Toledo. He landed awkwardly.

  • 78'

    Parades over-hits a pass, but Paraguay continue to press.

  • 76'

    Valdez volleys some way over the bar on a Paraguay counter-attack.

  • 76'

    Cuevas trips over the ball, gets up and passes to Downing. Not his finest moment.

  • 75'

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    Paraguay to win, with bet365  

  • 75'

    Caniza gets forward to cross but Neville volleys it away. Then Valdez comes forward and Neville, again, gets a foot in.

  • 74'

    Crouch wins the header from Beckham's corner, but can't direct it.

  • 73'

    Fine save! Bobadilla palms over a well-struck shot from Lampard from 20 yards. Downing found him.

  • 72'

    Downing switches play to Beckham, but England are content to pass backwards. There's no real intent to get that second goal.

  • 72'

    Joe Cole drops deep to link up with Lampard and at times Crouch is alone up front.

  • 71'

    A nervous 20 minutes awaits for England with Paraguay looking the more attacking so far his half.

  • 70'

    Another run from Downing, who is quicker than Caniza. But the defender is dogged and slides in to win it.

  • 69'

    Cuevas, involved for the first time, cuts in and has a shot blocked.

  • 68'

    The referee penalises Neville now for stealing a few yards at a throw.

  • 68'

    Change for Paraguay - Cuevas is coming on and Bonet is going off. A forward for a midfielder as they look for an equaliser.

  • 67'

    Caniza's cross flicks off the head of Santa Cruz and goes off for a goal kick.

  • 66'

    Crouch slides in and wins the ball. Parades goes down and the Paraguayan gets the free kick. More poor refereeing.

  • 65'

    Parades goes for the shot on the turn. It balloons up in the air, but further proof that Paraguay are looking the more positive now.

  • 64'

    Paraguay counter-attack straight away with Valdez. He cuts in from the right and hits a left-foot shot that Robinson stops.

  • 64'

    Lampard finds the overlapping Neville. His low cross is half-stopped by Cacares, Crouch slides in and almost gets a touch

  • 63'

    Crouch makes a nuisance of himself in the box, but Paraguay clear. Then Crouch is penalised for putting his arm up - and he is booked. It looks as though it was for dissent.

  • 62'

    Downing gets his first run, but Caniza tracks him back and concedes the throw

  • 61'

    A promising attack, but Beckham's cross is deflected and cleared by Toledo at the near post.

  • 60'

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    Paraguay to win, with bet365  

  • 60'

    Robinson spills Bonet's cross and it falls to Parades whose first-time half-volley is hooked over the bar as Robinson challenges him. Another warning for England.

  • 60'

    Then Joe Cole drills a low shot from 30 yards - the keeper holds it at full stretch, but the Chelsea winger is England's danger man.

  • 59'

    Fine cover from Caceres as the lively Joe Cole tries to send Crouch in on goal.

  • 58'

    Santa Cruz cuts in to shoot on his left. Terry blocks his shot, but England are sitting back too far.

  • 58'

    Cole's lofted ball finds Beckham in space and he miscues his shot horribly - it rolls across goal and wide.

  • 57'

    Full-blooded challenge from Terry as Caniza was about to shoot from 25 yards.

  • 57'

    Hugely disappointing performance from Owen, who looked off the pace

  • 56'

    Off goes Michael Owen and on comes Stewart Downing. Something of a surprise change, and it looks as though Joe Cole will be the second striker now.

  • 55'

    Ashley Cole shepherds the ball out for a goal kick under pressure from Bonet

  • 55'

    Gerrard's attempt to spread play backfires as Beckham can't keep his long ball in.

  • 54'

    Terry comes out of defence, but loses the ball. Valdez and Parades comebine, but Paniza's cross is woeful.

  • 53'

    Acuna wastes a free kick by hitting it tamely at Robinson.

  • 52'

    Valdez thumps his shot into Gerrard. Most of Paraguay's best moments so far have involved Valdez.

  • 52'

    England's build-up is unhurried and, when Paraguay eventually get a sight of the ball, Riberos fouls Lampard.

  • 51'

    Beckham volleys forward, but Owen's touch lets him down and Paraguay scramble it away.

  • 50'

    Acuna takes, Crouch heads away at the near post. No alarms for England there.

  • 49'

    England's attack breaks down with a poor ball by Neville. Bonet tries a shot from a long way out, it's blocked, but when Paraguay cross the lively Valdez wins a corner.

  • 48'

    Valdez wins a throw from Terry and Paraguay have been the more positive this half. The throw comes to nothing, however.

  • 47'

    Joe Cole twists and turns to win the ball well, but Paraguay get it back, Bonet crosses and Valdez attempts an extravagant overhead kick. It doesn't come off.

  • 46'

    Parades and Santa Cruz can't quite link up in the first Paraguayan attack of the half.

  • 46'

    England kick off the second half on course to win their opening World Cup fixture. A second goal, however, would confirm it and on the evidence of the first half, they are well capable of getting that. No changes for either team at half time.

  • 45'

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    Paraguay to win, with bet365  

  • 45'

    That's half-time and a fine start for England, leading courtesy of that early goal which either goes down to Beckham or a Gamarra OG. Paraguay have shown little and England, comfortable as they are, perhaps should be further ahead.

  • 45'

    Parades chips forward and Terry comes across to colley away from Valdez.

  • 45'

    Then Valdez goes down - Gerrard challenged him - but no damage has been done.

  • 45'

    Ashley Cole slips and loses out to Bonet, Paraguay cross, Valdez twists and turns and half-volleys just wide from 12 yards.

  • 45'

    Caniza's cross is poor and straight at Robinson. Paraguay still don't threaten - and then Parades shoots miles over from about 35 yards.

  • 45'

    Four added minutes at the end of this half, largely due to the injury to Villar.

  • 44'

    Beckham's swift clearance sends Owen chasing it, but Gamarra covers well and Owen doesn't have the edge for pace.

  • 44'

    He goes for the curler from 25 yards and whips it just past the post. Not far off.

  • 43'

    Slightly scrappy passage of play from both teams. Joe Cole ends that by beating two, finding Ashley Cole, who picks out Beckham.

  • 43'

    Beckham's poor clearance goes to Acuna, but Paraguay can't capitalised and Ferdinand clears.

  • 42'

    Poor cross by Lampard, too far for his two strikers after Neville's clever header released the midfielder.

  • 41'

    Handball by Bonet as he tries to stop Crouch. England opt for possession football.

  • 40'

    Now Valdez needs treatment after a challenge from Ferdinand - he took a whack in the face.

  • 39'

    Beckham whips it in, Valdez heads away and Gerrard's follow-up shot is way over.

  • 39'

    Now Crouch does win a free kick, and in a promising position for England.

  • 38'

    Valdez is offside as he chases Caniza's pass

  • 38'

    Acuna takes but Crouch, back in defence, heads and then volleys clear.

  • 37'

    Ashley Cole fouls Valdez on England's left. Free kick in a decent position for Paraguay.

  • 36'

    Crouch drops deep to find Ashley Cole. Now it's Joe Cole, twisting, turning and crossing. Crouch is blocked off, but Beckham retrieves to cross, Crouch goes down but there's no real penalty appeal.

  • 35'

    Neville aims for Crouch, he chests it down but then Gamarra intercepts.

  • 34'

    Robinson does well to prevent a corner after Ferdinand chests the ball back rather inaccurately

  • 34'

    Parades belts his shot straight into Gerrard and Paraguay, though having a few long-range shots, aren't getting behind England.

  • 33'

    Ferdinand heads Bonet's cross away, but Beckham's long ball is just too far ahead of Crouch.

  • 32'

    Now Joe Cole requires treatment. He was tackled as he passed it there, but looks ok.

  • 31'

    Joe Cole cuts infield and passes to Crouch, who attempts to flick it to Owen. It doesn't work, but Gerrard can shoot from 30 yards - but it's way over.

  • 30'

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    Paraguay to win, with bet365  

  • 30'

    Beckham takes, but the corner is cleared. Neville chips it back, Terry wins a flick-on, but Owen is offside.

  • 30'

    Joe Cole sprints through the middle, lofts a pass for Owen whose cross is over-hit. Crouch, with a bit of trickery, does well to win a corner.

  • 29'

    Crouch is penalised again, and the Mexican referee isn't giving him much when he jumps for high balls.

  • 28'

    Valdez is robbed by Gerrard on the edge of the box to end a promising attack. Then Parades has a go from about 40 yards, it is deflected and Robinson prevents the corner.

  • 27'

    Joe Cole spreads the ball wide to Robinson in an odd pass, but there's no pressure from Paraguay.

  • 26'

    Beckham's left-foot cross is cleared at the near post. Lampard, meanwhile, manages the worst shot of the World Cup so far.

  • 25'

    Gerrard is in pain there after Parades somehow heads him in the knee - a tackle perfected by Boris Johnson.

  • 25'

    Paraguay seem content to operated on the counter attack at the moment but Valdez and Santa Cruz can't quite link up htere

  • 24'

    England are comfortable in possession now as Paraguay sit back

  • 23'

    Lampard picks out Joe Cole, whose cross is missed by Owen who really doesn't look sharp.

  • 22'

    Lampard, at full stretch, shoots from 30 yards. The keeper holds it at the second attempt. Crouch was the provider for Lampard there.

  • 22'

    Crouch is unhappy to be penalised as he competes for a goal kick.

  • 21'

    Valdez joins Gerrard in the book for scything down Beckham from behind.

  • 21'

    Toledo blocks off Lampard in the box, but England don't appeal for a penalty.

  • 20'

    Crouch gets round the back of Caceres to reach a long ball, but his cross is too fierce for Owen

  • 19'

    Joe Cole wins a free kick as Acuna clips his heels.

  • 18'

    Valdez tries to set up Santa Cruz, it falls for Riberos, whose low shot is held by a diving Robinson. Gerrard, for his tackle on Riberos as he shot, is booked.

  • 17'

    A long-range shot from Parades goes wrong - he claims a corner, but it isn't. The chance came from a poor header by Terry.

  • 15'

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    Paraguay to win, with bet365  

  • 15'

    Confusion in the Paraguayan defence as Crouch flicks on in the direction of Owen. They eventually scramble it clear.

  • 15'

    Bobadilla comes out of his box to clear from Crouch as Gerrard tries to find him with a through ball

  • 15'

    Valdez beats Ferdinand in the air, it goes to Santa Cruz, but he can't complete the one-two.

  • 14'

    Another England corner, conceded by Gamarra. Beckham goes short to Gerrard, whose cross is blocked. Beckham tries again, Ferdinand wins it and Acuna clears.

  • 13'

    Owen can't control a Terry clearance, but England win a throw and, so far, Paraguay aren't in this game.

  • 12'

    Lampard and Beckham are there. The Chelsea man takes it, it hits the wall and Lampard himself miscues the rebound wide.

  • 11'

    This is unusual. England have an indirect free kick within the box because the Paraguay keeper held on to the ball for too long.

  • 11'

    Lampard finds Gerrard, who in turn picks out Owen with a terrific pass, but his first touch lets him down and Owen, so far, is not looking sharp.

  • 10'

    Another corner for England, won by the advancing Ashley Cole. Beckham, of course, will take. He aims for Crouch, who wins the first header. It drops to Gerrard, who fires over from distance.

  • 9'

    More problems for Paraguay as Gamarra concedes a corner with a poor header. Paraguay get it half clear, and then England retreat.

  • 8'

    Villar is crying as he goes off. Bobadilla is the sub keeper. It's only his sixth cap.

  • 7'

    It looks as though Paraguay may have to take Villar off - and all he has done is pick the ball from the back of his net and make one clearance.

  • 6'

    A couple of physios have come on to treat Villar. A break, and Paraguay have to regroup

  • 5'

    Beckham robs Toledo but an attack breaks down when Gerrard's cross is cut out. The keeper, meanwhile, wants treatment

  • 5'

    Owen was in a sprint with the last defender, the keeper came out to clear and hobbles away.

  • 4'

    Carlos Gamarra got the final touch there, and that has been credited as an own goal - Owen also jumped for it, but a great start for England.

  • 3'

    Beckham has a free kick 45 yards out and it goes straight in - with perhaps a touch from a Paraguay defender

  • 2'

    Both teams are playing 4-4-2 and Gerrard, despite the injury doubt, is moving freely at this stage.

  • 1'

    England have the ball back until Ashley Cole launches a long ball in the direction of Owen. Then Gerrard tries to find Owen, and he is offside.

  • 1'

    Paraguay kick off with Santa Cruz, the German-based striker who was a doubt for this game. Paraguay, straight away, have to go back to the keeper


    The players are on the pitch in Frankfurt. England expects - can Eriksson's men deliver?


    Steven Gerrard is passed fit to play for England, as is Paraguay striker Roque Santa Cruz. England: Robinson, Neville, Ferdinand, Terry, Ashley Cole, Beckham, Lampard, Gerrard, Joe Cole, Owen, Crouch. Subs: Bridge, Campbell, Carragher, Carrick, Carson, Downing, Hargreaves, James, Jenas, Lennon, Rooney, Walcott. Paraguay: Villar, Caniza, Gamarra, Caceres, Toledo, Bonet, Acuna, Paredes, Riveros, Valdez, Santa Cruz. Subs: Barreto, Bobadilla, Cabanas, Cuevas, Da Silva, Dos Santos, Gavilan,

Goal Shot Video
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • England

  • 14(6)

  • -

  • 13

  • 56%


  • Paraguay

  • 16(4)

  • -

  • 11

Match Stats

  • England
  • Paraguay
14(6) Shots (on goal) 16(4)
13 Fouls 11
6 Corner kicks 1
5 Offsides 3
56% Time of Possession 44%
2 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
4 Saves 5

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