FIFA WORLD CUP

Niigata Big Swan, Niigata, Japan

Referee: Dr. Markus Merk

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England

  • Rio Ferdinand 5'
  • Michael Owen 22'
  • Emile Heskey 44'
  • 90'

    The final whistle goes, and England - with three first-half goals - have made it through to the last eight at Denmark's expense

  • 90'

    England can look ahead to a quarter-final against the exciting, mercurial, enigmatic Brazil... or Belgium, who haven't often been described by any of those words

  • 90'

    Rommedahl shoots - it's over the top. Just one minute of added time will be played

  • 90'

    Sol Campbell gets it away, and we're moving into the final minute

  • 89'

    Gravesen crosses, Danny Mills heads it away - Denmark corner

  • 89'

    Not at the moment, anyway - it's cleared by Sinclair

  • 88'

    Late corner for Denmark - can they grab a consolation goal from it?

  • 87'

    Ferdinand heads clear as time ticks away... Gronkjaer shoots and it's well over the top

  • 86'

    He can't make anything of it... Denmark have possession back and Cole challenges Gronkjaer, who has been lively for them

  • 85'

    Gronkjaer crosses and there's a bit of a scramble before England finally get it away and Dyer finds Beckham on the right...

  • 84'

    Claus Jensen runs into the referee... Gravesen takes the ball on. England's fans having another little sing-song

  • 83'

    Seaman does very well, tipping it over, and England deal with the resulting corner

  • 82'

    Gravesen's attempted through ball is cut out... Claus Jensen takes it on and floats a delightful chip...

  • 81'

    Better passing from England, who have played well within themselves for much of this second half

  • 80'

    He cracks a shot which is too close to Sorensen, and the keeper holds on at the second attempt

  • 79'

    Ferdinand ushers the ball back to Seaman... England move forward and put together a slick move which releases Beckham on the right of the area...

  • 78'

    Denmark tidy up and move forward again... Gravesen, from considerable distance, shoots considerably wide

  • 77'

    England on the ball again... Beckham to Mills

  • 76'

    Gronkjaer crosses, Rommedahl collects... England win it back and then Mills plays a quirky ball forward to nobody in particular

  • 76'

    Rommedahl now, down the left - good interception from Danny Mills

  • 75'

    Ashley Cole is there as Bogelund tries to break - and he is there again as a follow-up cross comes in

  • 75'

    Denmark on the ball. Fifteen minutes remaining as Niclas Jensen plays it towards the area

  • 74'

    In the end it all gets a bit over-elaborate and Denmark win the ball back

  • 73'

    England fans singing the national anthem. Jubilee weekend's been and gone... here's Dyer down the left, and Beckham finds Mills...

  • 72'

    Sheringham tries to feed the ball out to the wing - handball against Gronkjaer, who the pass hit

  • 71'

    Just under 20 minutes remaining, and still England lead 3-0

  • 70'

    Gronkjaer is penalised for a foul on Cole, and looks utterly bemused by the decision. It was the correct one though, Jesper

  • 70'

    Fowler crosses and Sinclair gets his head to it - it's over the top but that was a good move and a good effort

  • 69'

    Gravesen threads the ball through to Tomasson, who is - rather harshly - ruled offside

  • 69'

    ...it is Sheringham, who replaces goalscorer Emile Heskey

  • 68'

    England's third change is coming up and it looks like Teddy Sheringham

  • 68'

    And Seaman comes out to collect the ball as Gravesen prods it forward

  • 67'

    Denmark having the better of things at the moment - England have gone off the boil

  • 67'

    Bogelund lashes in a shot and it hits Tomasson and flies over the bar for a goal-kick. Dozy defending from England for once

  • 66'

    Sand hits it and Heskey, back helping out, makes a fine block to concede another corner

  • 66'

    Gravesen carries the fight forward and hits a shot which deflects behind for a Denmark corner

  • 65'

    Beckham chases a forward ball from Butt, but it's too strong for him and Bogelund plays it to Rommedahl for the Danes

  • 64'

    Gronkjaer crosses, and guess who's there? Ferdinand again

  • 63'

    Claus Jensen lofts the ball forward - Ferdinand is in the right place once again

  • 62'

    Gravesen is penalised for another foul just inside the England half... a scrappy spell, this

  • 61'

    It's played forward but comes to nothing... Beckham floats another ball in and again Denmark clear

  • 61'

    Free-kick to England - Gravesen challenging Mills too heavily

  • 60'

    Niclas Jensen tries a shot - Seaman can't hold it and Campbell makes the clearance

  • 60'

    He can't keep it and Rommedahl comes forward to win a throw

  • 59'

    Gronkjaer is challenged superbly by Nicky Butt, and here comes Dyer...

  • 58'

    Claus Jensen is brought on and Stig Tofting of Bolton makes way

  • 58'

    Beckham to take the resulting corner... Campbell meets it but is penalised for a foul

  • 57'

    He fires in a brilliant shot from distance and Sorensen tips it over the crossbar

  • 56'

    And still Denmark's threat looks minimal... Beckham on the ball now for England

  • 55'

    England have a goal-kick - Sorensen comes out to claim as Heskey chases

  • 55'

    Owen was substituted with a groin injury, while Scholes suffered a knock on the knee, it has been confirmed

  • 54'

    Cole crosses towards Sinclair, but it's not a great ball and the West Ham man can make little of it

  • 53'

    Mills, calmer now, covers Gravesen's forward run and Fowler chases a Heskey flick...

  • 52'

    A bitty start to the second period - not that England will care about that with things the way they currently are

  • 51'

    Sinclair attempts to find Dyer, but the pass is loose and Rommedahl has possession for Denmark. Campbell, having a fine game here, ushers it behind for a goal-kick

  • 50'

    Mills then challenges Henriksen heavily - the Danes react angrily and Beckham is acting as peacemaker... Mills is booked

  • 49'

    The Danes flick the ball on down the left, and Danny Mills clears well

  • 49'

    Another England change - off goes Scholes and Kieron Dyer will replace him

  • 48'

    Denmark get that one away, and Ferdinand is there to clear as they play the ball forward

  • 48'

    At the other end, Heskey - with renewed confidence - fires the ball in towards Fowler and the Danes concede a corner

  • 47'

    ...Gronkjaer is lurking on the edge of the box, but skews his shot high over the crossbar

  • 46'

    The Danes win a free-kick, and Rommedahl crosses low...

  • 45'

    And it's under way - the ball breaks back to Sorensen, who plays it upfield

  • 45'

    Robbie Fowler has come on for Owen as England prepare to get the second half under way

  • 45'

    That's the last action of the first period - the England fans are delirious, with their team leading 3-0

  • 45'

    It's cleared to Gravesen, a long way out. He hits it well and Seaman tips it over the bar

  • 45'

    A dream scoreline for England fans... a stunning scoreline. Late corner for Denmark...

  • 44'

    Beckham squares the ball after Denmark lose it - Heskey is lurking just outside the area and hammers it home. England lead 3-0!

  • 44'

    Sinclair looks for Heskey who, not for the first time in this half, is caught offside

  • 43'

    Scholes slides along the rainy turf to cut out a through ball... not long left until the break now

  • 42'

    Decent finale to the first half by the Danes, who are currently keeping the ball much more effectively than England

  • 42'

    ...and Trevor Sinclair is in the right place to clear England's lines

  • 41'

    Rommedahl then does very well to hook a cross in from the right - England get it away, but here come Denmark again. Tomasson pulls the ball back...

  • 40'

    Rommedahl now... Tofting tries to flick the ball through and only succeeds in directing it straight to Ashley Cole

  • 40'

    The referee spots an infringement inside the penalty area, and the free-kick goes to England

  • 39'

    Gronkjaer crosses, and it deflects behind for a corner from the left

  • 38'

    Sinclair looks for Owen and doesn't find him - Rommedahl breaks and Ferdinand covers well

  • 37'

    Scholes, Beckham and Ferdinand link to release Mills down the right. He's crowded out. It's really bucketing down now

  • 36'

    Sinclair overruns the ball as the rain begins pouring down now. Campbell denies Gravesen space, and wins a free-kick for the Everton man's challenge

  • 35'

    Denmark just float the ball out of play... careless stuff. Can England capitalise?

  • 34'

    Campbell gets a good header in as Jensen tries to release Tomasson inside the area

  • 33'

    Ferdinand plays a cracking ball down the right, Beckham whips the cross in and Heskey can't quite make the right connection. Crisp football

  • 32'

    Sinclair looks for Heskey down the middle, but his pass has too much pace for the Liverpool striker

  • 31'

    But a lot of this is happening in midfield, and all too often lacks a final ball of any real quality

  • 31'

    Rommedahl for the Danes now... Gravesen and Rommedahl link again

  • 30'

    ...lots of space with nobody in it. Still, it was the thought that counted

  • 29'

    Beckham finds Mills, and then Mills finds...

  • 29'

    Scholes chips it forward, looking for Owen... Laursen heads it back to his keeper

  • 28'

    ...and it probably should have brought them a route back into this game

  • 27'

    ...Gravesen wins it back and sends Sand running in on goal. He twists, turns and shoots - wide. Denmark's first great chance of the game

  • 26'

    Heskey drops deeper to win the ball and ferry it back to Ferdinand...

  • 25'

    Tomasson looks for Sand, but Campbell is there for England. There's a real assurance about Sven's men at the moment - calmness and organisation

  • 25'

    Gronkjaer crosses, and England get it clear. The Danes will build again...

  • 24'

    Tofting is booked for dissent, throwing the ball away in frustration. Tough times for Denmark, these

  • 23'

    Sinclair made it with a good low ball in - England's build-up play was good, and Owen produced a trademark finish

  • 22'

    ...it breaks to Owen, who ends his World Cup goal drought with a cool little side-foot to Sorensen's left. England lead 2-0!

  • 22'

    And still Denmark have yet to really threaten Seaman's goal... Sinclair will cross for England...

  • 21'

    From it, they earn a free-kick... Rommedahl crosses, but that's much too long and goes out for a throw on the far side. A waste of a good situation

  • 20'

    Gronkjaer is challenged well by Mills... throw to the Danes on halfway

  • 19'

    Heskey's caught offside again, and Sorensen will launch the ball downfield

  • 19'

    Ferdinand hooks it clear as Rommedahl challenges - and he's there again to deal with the follow-up low cross from the right

  • 18'

    ...and now Scholes has it in midfield. He looks for Sinclair, who is penalised for fouling Bogelund as he tries to get clear on the left

  • 17'

    Denmark have possession again... Tomasson can't make anything of it and Cole is there. He ushers the ball back to keeper Seaman

  • 16'

    He outpaced Laursen, and just couldn't lift the ball over the advancing keeper

  • 16'

    ...but suddenly Heskey is inside the area again - Sorensen comes off his line to make a brave block. Could have been 2-0...

  • 15'

    Ashley Cole makes a good interception and then Sinclair plays an early ball, looking for Heskey - he's offside. England squandering possession...

  • 14'

    That comes to nothing, but the Danes are looking happier on the ball than they were in the opening ten minutes

  • 13'

    ...and Gronkjaer will move forward for Denmark, who look as though they're beginning to settle

  • 13'

    Owen and Sinclair link, but Heskey can't take that ball on

  • 12'

    Another cross is aimed in towards Tomasson, but it's too speedy and eludes him. A better couple of minutes from Denmark

  • 12'

    Forward comes Tomasson, earmarked as the dangerman - Danny Mills, though, intercepts. Did you know he used to play for Norwich?

  • 11'

    Heskey jumps, but is penalised for fouling his defender. Free-kick to the Danes, deep inside their own half

  • 10'

    It's cleared with Rommedahl lurking, and then the Czech linesman on the far side says the ball's out. It's Dobry Den to him

  • 10'

    The Danes are looking shaky in these early stages, but Sand comes forward to cross...

  • 10'

    Beckham dinks a superb pass into the area, looking for Owen - he can't connect properly and Sorensen grabs the ball

  • 9'

    Ferdinand tidies up after Owen gives the ball away in midfield. A pretty assured first few minutes for England

  • 9'

    Rommedahl and Tomasson link, and the ball deflects back to Seaman. Some good passing from the Danes there, though

  • 8'

    Denmark try to hit back with Rommedahl, but he's forced to lay the ball back to Gravesen in midfield

  • 7'

    Cole crosses from the left for buoyant England - too long, though, and it comes to nothing

  • 6'

    ...and Kasper Bogelund is brought on to replace him

  • 6'

    Pretty definitely a Sorensen own goal... in the meantime, Helveg is in trouble for Denmark - he's taken a knock

  • 6'

    That could well be an own goal: whoever it's credited to - probably Ferdinand - it doesn't matter: Sven's men have the breakthrough

  • 5'

    Ferdinand meets it, it looks as though the ball goes in off Sorensen and Heskey hammers it into the roof of the net to make sure. It's 1-0 England - what a dream start!

  • 4'

    Campbell heads upfield and Laursen concedes an early corner with Owen chasing. What can England make of this?

  • 3'

    Denmark passing the ball around at the back, and Gravesen is there...

  • 2'

    Heskey chases the ball forward and tumbles under challenge from Henriksen. Nothing doing, says the referee

  • 1'

    ...and loses it - Tofting crosses but Seaman is there to claim that one

  •  

    Helveg goes back to his keeper... Ferdinand jumps well to clear the ball forward and now Scholes takes it on...

  •  

    And now Ashley Cole for England... Campbell plays it long, but that eludes both Owen and Heskey and runs through to Sorensen in the Denmark goal

  •  

    And we're off - Denmark launch it forward straight away, but to no avail

  •  

    The Danes will get us under way - they're full of confidence after an excellent group campaign

  •  

    The two teams have shaken hands, and the coin is being tossed for kick-off. Just a couple of minutes to go now...

  •  

    ...not a spare seat in the house on this massive night

  •  

    The atmosphere is building wonderfully with kick-off just a few minutes away... the national anthems are being sung

  •  

    England: Seaman, Mills, Ferdinand, Campbell, Ashley Cole, Beckham, Scholes, Butt, Sinclair, Heskey, Owen.

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    Denmark: Sorensen, Helveg, Niclas Jensen, Henriksen, Laursen, Rommedahl, Gravesen, Tofting, Gronkjaer, Sand, Tomasson.

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Goal Shot Video
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  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Denmark

  • 12(4)

  • -

  • 15

  • 0%

    0%

  • England

  • 8(7)

  • -

  • 13

Match Stats

  • Denmark
  • England
12(4) Shots (on goal) 8(7)
15 Fouls 13
8 Corner kicks 3
2 Offsides 3
0% Time of Possession 0%
1 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
4 Saves 3
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