• FT

    England

    1

    Ecuador

    0

  • FT

    Portugal

    1

    Netherlands

    0

FIFA WORLD CUP

Gottlieb-Daimler Stadion, Stuttgart, Germany

Referee: Frank De Bleeckere | Attendance: 52000

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England

  • David Beckham 60'

1 - 0

FT

Game 51

  • 92'

    FULL-TIME: One of the worst matches, not only of this World Cup, but of any World Cup throughout history. Ever. England stumble through thanks to Beckham's second-half free-kick, the highlight of a thoroughly uninspiring performance.

  • 91'

    Carrick carelessly gives the ball away in midfield, but Ecuador don't appear particularly fussed about pressing for an equaliser.

  • 90'

    ENGLAND SUB: Downing replaces Gerrard; Gerrard has worked very hard, though he hasn't had his best game.

  • 89'

    England break through Rooney; he feeds Lennon with a ball in to space; the youngster gets in to the area, but his shot is blocked. England corner.

  • 88'

    ENGLAND SUB: Lennon comes on to replace Beckham; Eriksson asks the young winger to give England some energy in the final minutes. Beckham looks absolutely knackered.

  • 87'

    SHOCKING EFFORT! Valencia drags a low shot twenty yards wide from the edge of the area. He should be ashamed.

  • 86'

    GOOD DEFENDING! Beckham spots the danger as Kaviedes tries to feed Delgado on the edge of the area; he comes across and hoofs the ball out for a throw.

  • 85'

    Robinson has gone down injured after diving for that ball. He receives some treatment, and the England players take the chance to take on some water.

  • 84'

    DEFLECTED! SAVED! Castillo fires in a shot from distance; Terry gets a block on it, and Robinson dives full-length to prevent the ball from going out for a corner.

  • 83'

    Carragher is booked for time-wasting over a free-kick. This referee has been very harsh.

  • 82'

    ALMOST! Rooney's close control from a Robinson clearance is quite stunning; he gets round his man and rolls over a low cross, but Mora gets his hands to it moments before Lampard.

  • 81'

    The heat has certainly sapped the England players; they look dead on their feet. Thankfully, Ecuador don't look remotely capable of taking advantage.

  • 80'

    RUBBISH! Kaviedes is given a lot of time by the England midfielders, but his shot from distance is one of the worst I've seen at this tournament.

  • 79'

    Robinson is booked for time-wasting as he takes a goal-kick.

  • 78'

    WIDE! Mendez collects a half-clearance on the edge of the area, but he drags his left-foot shot well wide.

  • 77'

    Carragher has moved to right-back, with Hargreaves being shifted over to the left-midfield position.

  • 76'

    ENGLAND SUB: Carragher comes on to replace Joe Cole; Cole hasn't had a good game, but is warmly applauded by the England fans.

  • 75'

    Rooney is starting to look a little tired now; he has worked very hard up front on his own.

  • 74'

    ROONEY! Rooney collects a loose pass on the edge of the area, but his shot is easily saved by the sprawling Mora.

  • 74'

    England are passing the ball around well in midfield now; they are trying to make Ecuador work hard for possession.

  • 73'

    QUITE, QUITE DREADFUL! Rooney brilliantly beats his man to get to the by-line; he cuts the ball back to Lampard, but he spoons his shot over the bar from 10 yards.

  • 72'

    GOOD DEFENDING! Delgado gets around the back of Ferdinand, but the England defender does wonderfully to keep his head and nod back to Robinson.

  • 71'

    ECUADOR SUB: Carlos Tenorio is replaced by Kaviedes; Ecuador's main threat up front is replaced after failing to recover from an injury.

  • 70'

    England are content just to keep possession for a moment before breaking; Lampard gets free down the right channel, but his cross to Rooney is mis-directed.

  • 69'

    ECUADOR SUB: Edwin Tenorio is replaced by Lara; the smallest man at the World Cup scuttles on to the field to give Ecuador a little energe in midfield.

  • 67'

    NICE THOUGHT, DREADFUL PASS! Gerrard spots Rooney making a good run to the back post, but his cross his way over-hit and drifts out for a goal-kick.

  • 67'

    De la Cruz is booked for deliberate handball in midfield.

  • 67'

    GOOD SAVE! Robinson has had nothing to do in this second half, but he is alert enough to turn Delgado's shot around the near post.

  • 66'

    WHAT? RUBBISH! Lampard profits from an error from Hurtado; he is faced with just a single defender on the edge of the box, but instead of shooting, he tries to feed Rooney, who isn't alert to the pass.

  • 65'

    England look a little bit sharper now; they have started to work harder and make better runs and are finally beginning to click. It's only taken an hour...

  • 64'

    OOH! Gerrard chests a pass down to Lampard, but the midfielder sends a left-foot drive the wrong side of the post.

  • 63'

    England hadn't looked remotely like scoring until Beckham steered that free-kick inside the post; will that goal inspire them in the final half-hour.

  • 62'

    Beckham has become the first Englishman to score at three World Cups; that was a historic goal, and it has given England a massive boost.

  • 61'

    England had been preparing a substitution, but the goal has delayed the change.

  • 60'

    It was a wonderful free-kick from the England captain; he curled his effort just inside the post, beating Mora's dive.

  • 59'

    GOAL! Beckham curls the free-kick just inside the near post to put England in to the lead.

  • 59'

    England win a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area. Beckham looks very serious as he marks out his run-up...

  • 58'

    PENALTY! NO! Rooney tries to barge his way through two defenders to get on the end of a Lampard flick in to the penalty area; all three players crash to the ground, but the referee doesn't spot a foul.

  • 56'

    Ecuador win a corner as Hargreaves puts in a tackle on Mendez, but the delivery of the set-piece is dreadful.

  • 56'

    Neither team looks remotely capable of breaking the deadlock; the quality in the final third has been awful.

  • 55'

    I don't know whether England are tired or just lazy, but they just aren't putting any pressure on the Ecuador players at the moment.

  • 54'

    Gerrard and Lampard contrive to tackle each other and lose possession, just outside the penalty area. This is woeful stuff.

  • 53'

    It has been a low-key start to the second half; England just haven't got going.

  • 52'

    England seem to be preparing a substitution; McClaren and Eriksson are making some notes on a pad on the England bench.

  • 51'

    Rooney releases Gerrard down the left, but his low pass across the face of goal can't be turned in at the back post.

  • 50'

    The crowd have gone very quiet.

  • 50'

    England win a corner when Reasco has to come across and challenge Rooney on the by-line.

  • 49'

    Lampard is caught by Delgado after he had released a pass; free-kick...

  • 48'

    Ecuador have a good spell of possession; Mendez fires in a shot, but it is blocked by Ferdinand on the edge of the area.

  • 47'

    Gerrard is brought down by Reasco as he tried to break in to the area, but the referee doesn't spot the foul.

  • 46'

    Of course, we have extra-time and penalties should the two teams be level at 90 minutes.

  • 45'

    England kick off the second half. No changes at the break.

  • 47'

    HALF-TIME: England can't break down Ecuador, who have had the best chance of the half; Sven has got his work cut out to inspire his men during the break, because England look, well, dreadful.

  • 46'

    Ecuador finish the half with a couple of corners, which England don't defend with a lot of confidence or conviction.

  • 45'

    DODGY KEEPER! Robinson makes the wrong decision as he comes through a crowd of players but doesn't reach a long throw in to the penalty area.

  • 44'

    Hargreaves takes a knock as he blocks Delgado's attempted cross; it seems he has taken quite a blow to his thigh.

  • 43'

    Carrick clips a pass in to the area for Rooney to chase, but the pass is a little over-hit and the striker can't keep it in play.

  • 42'

    Rooney benefits from a slip by Hurtado; he sees Gerrard and tries to prod a pass through before the defender can recover, but Espinoza slides in and blocks.

  • 41'

    Beckham wastes another set-piece as his free-kick falls short of Rooney on the edge of the area.

  • 40'

    The game is rather limping towards half-time; neither side have been able to take this match by the scruff of the neck.

  • 39'

    Ecuador take their time over a throw-in, prompting jeers from the England fans.

  • 38'

    Rooney is looking a little isolated up front on his own; England aren't spending long enough in possession for Gerrard and Lampard to get forward to support him.

  • 37'

    After a good start, England are going through a bit of a sloppy spell at the moment.

  • 36'

    Tenorio is booked for bringing down Terry as the two chased down a poor pass from Carrick.

  • 35'

    CLOSE! Beckham curls a low shot through the crowd, but Mora is able to watch the ball skid a couple of yards wide.

  • 35'

    Beckham takes his time over the free-kick as the referee makes sure the wall is back the full ten yards...

  • 34'

    Lampard goes to ground very easily, but the referee awards England the free-kick.

  • 32'

    England have had their problems with set-pieces in this tournament, but they have dealt with Ecuador's corners and free-kicks very well.

  • 31'

    Terry has to come across and put the ball out for a corner as Delgado threatened to break in to the penalty area.

  • 30'

    POOR FREE-KICK! The ball is fired in to the near post, but Beckham heads clear.

  • 30'

    Reasco knocks the ball through the legs of Hargreaves as he tries to cut in from the left, but the England defender fouls him. Free-kick...

  • 29'

    Cole flicks a pass through to the run of Gerrard, but the ball strikes the back of the Liverpool skipper and runs to safety.

  • 28'

    SHOT! Lampard fires in a shot from distance; he doesn't catch it cleanly, but he forces Mora in to a low save.

  • 27'

    It is a very warm afternoon in Stuttgard; heat and tiredness may become a factor later in the game.

  • 26'

    After a bright start, the game has got a little scrappy; there have been a lot of breaks for niggling fouls.

  • 25'

    Delgado turns Ferdinand just inside the England half, but the defender brings the striker down; free-kick to Ecuador.

  • 24'

    Valencia is booked as England win yet another free-kick; Beckham aims for Ferdinand at the back post, but the ball is a little over his head and drifts out for a goal-kick.

  • 23'

    England win another corner; Beckham curls it to the near post, but it is a poor corner; Castillo clears.

  • 22'

    England win a corner as Espinoza deflects Gerrard's cross behind.

  • 21'

    GOOD MOVE! Beckham opts to chip the ball out to Hargreaves on the right-edge of the area; he crosses to the back post, but Ferdinand can't head goalwards.

  • 21'

    Beckham and Rooney stand over the ball; it looks like Beckham is lining up a shot on goal...

  • 20'

    Joe Cole is fouled to give England a free-kick, 35 yards out.

  • 19'

    SO, SO CLOSE! Mendez curls a shot on goal; Ferdinand sticks out a leg and flicks the ball, but it flies a yard wide of the near post.

  • 19'

    ...Mendez has placed the ball for an attempt at goal...

  • 18'

    ...Tenorio is stretchered from the field as the England wall is formed...

  • 18'

    Terry is booked for a high challenge on Tenorio; free-kick to Ecuador , 30 yards out...

  • 17'

    OOH! Gerrard curls a shot over the crossbar after patient play from England in the Ecuador half.

  • 16'

    England seem willing to be patient in their quest for an opening goal; they are having a lot of possession.

  • 15'

    Rooney's shot is deflected and Mora is able to make a comfortable save.

  • 14'

    Espinoza does well to hold off Rooney as the striker tries to round him on the edge of the penalty area.

  • 13'

    SO CLOSE! An Ecuador free-kick is whipped in to the England penalty area; Tenorio almost flicks it goalwards, but it flies over his head and Robinson collects.

  • 12'

    That was a real shock for England; Terry's poor header allowed Tenorio to go through, and it was only a superb piece of defending from Cole that saved England.

  • 11'

    OFF THE BAR! AMAZING BLOCK! Terry's back-header falls short of Robinson; Tenorio breaks free, he lines up his shot, but Cole gets back to defected his effort on to the top of the crossbar.

  • 10'

    Beckham launches a long ball over the top for Rooney to chase; the England striker tries to reach it, but Mora claims on the edge of his penalty area.

  • 9'

    Ecuador seem to have recovered a little after a shaky start to the match.

  • 8'

    Cole almost robs De la Cruz of the ball in a dangerous spot, but the defender recovers to put the ball out.

  • 7'

    Tonorio is caught off-side as he chases down a ball over the top of the defence.

  • 7'

    Carrick's position in front of the back four is allowing Gerrard and Lampard a lot of freedome to push forward and support Rooney.

  • 6'

    POOR PASS! Lampard has a chance to feed a pass in to the run of Rooney, but he over-hits it and Mora comes out to smother.

  • 5'

    Tonorio barges Terry from behind as they chase a ball down the line; free-kick to England.

  • 4'

    It has been all England in the opening minutes; they have started quite brightly.

  • 4'

    The winners of today's match will play the winners of tonight's match between Portugal and Holland; that's the prize.

  • 3'

    Beckham swings a free-kick in to the penalty area; Ecuador don't really deal with the set-piece very well, but the ball won't drop for an England player.

  • 2'

    There is a fantastic atmosphere inside the stadium; the England fans are making most of the noise - they far outnumber their Ecuador counterparts.

  • 1'

    England have slightly changed their formation for this game; Rooney is up on his own, with Carrick sitting in front of the defence in a holding role.

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    Ecuador kick off.

  •  

    Hi folks, welcome to England's second round match against Ecuador.

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Goal Shot Video
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  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • England

  • 10(4)

  • -

  • 13

  • 51%

    49%

  • Ecuador

  • 13(4)

  • -

  • 22

Match Stats

  • England
  • Ecuador
10(4) Shots (on goal) 13(4)
13 Fouls 22
5 Corner kicks 7
3 Offsides 6
51% Time of Possession 49%
3 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0
3 Saves 4