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    Nigeria

    0

    England

    0

  • FT

    Sweden

    1

    Argentina

    1

  • FT

    Slovenia

    1

    Paraguay

    3

  • FT

    South Africa

    2

    Spain

    3

FIFA WORLD CUP

Nagai Stadium, Osaka, Japan

Referee: Brian Hall

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  • 91'

    And Argentina are out! It's ended Sweden 1 Argentina 1. Sweden top the group, England are second and Argentina go home early.

  • 91'

    A solid and calm performance with a few chances - Scholes hit the post, Sheringham blasted over and Owen came close - but notable more for Rio Ferdinand's superb defending and, of course, the result.

  • 91'

    ... but England are through! It's finished England 0 Nigeria 0 and England are definitely through. They play Denmark in the last 16 on Saturday

  • 91'

    Nigeria will go out with a point and some respectability

  • 90'

    Only one minute of injury time here - surely this wil be just the second 0-0 of this World Cup

  • 90'

    Trevor Sinclair tracks back well to get the ball off Ikedia

  • 89'

    Nigerian possession and that Argentina goal doesn't seem to have changed Sven-Goran Eriksson's gameplan

  • 88'

    Nigeria look for Agahowa with the long pass but once again Rio Ferdinand intercepts - he has been absolutely immense today

  • 86'

    And Crespo has equalised for Argentina - but they need to score again to qualify

  • 86'

    Beckham curls it in , Yobo almost gets a touch and the diving Darius Vassell comes close, but it goes through to Enyeama

  • 86'

    But first there's a Nigeria change - Opabumni off, Ikedia on

  • 85'

    England free kick 30 yards out - it's wide but it could be in shooting range for Beckham

  • 85'

    And England make their final substitution. Off comes Ashley Cole and Wayne Bridge replaces him. A Southampton player has made a big impact in the Sweden - Argentina game - can another do likewise here?

  • 84'

    But Okocha picks out Agahowa in the box. Mills tracks him across and the striker falls down.

  • 83'

    Both sides are defending deep now and the pace of the game has really slowed

  • 82'

    But Ashley Cole's still going forward and he wins a throw. He finds Sinclair, who curls in a cross looking for Vassell at the back post - but the Villa man did not move into the space quickly enough

  • 81'

    Teddy Sheringham is playing as a lone striker for England with Vassell slotting in on the right flank

  • 80'

    Will both sides be content to play out a draw here? Argentina are still losing to Sweden

  • 79'

    Brilliant ball from Sheringham to find Cole by the corner flag... but he goes for the shot. he really blasted that and it just went over the bar, nearly dipping in.

  • 78'

    Scholes finds Beckham who could shoot from 35 yards... but Okoronkwo blocks

  • 78'

    Vassell goes on a run immediately but Obiorah wins the ball

  • 77'

    And that was Owen's final contribution. He is off as Darius Vassell replaces him

  • 76'

    ... but he swings the left boot at it and blasts over the bar.

  • 75'

    Cole bursts down the left, crosses to Owen. It bounces off him to Sheringham...

  • 74'

    Great little run from Sinclair - he goes past three and then he's blocked off and a free kick has been given. In Beckham range, but Scholes takes it quickly and Nigeria clear

  • 73'

    ... in fact Yobo does and he thumps it well over

  • 73'

    Campbell slides in on Akwegbu and concedes a free kick 40 yards out. Okocha could take...

  • 73'

    We're heading for 0-0 here, which would see England through in second place

  • 72'

    Scholes bursts forward from the halfway line - he's past three and could shoot here, but that's a superb sliding challenge to stop him

  • 71'

    Seaman is again off his line well to claim

  • 70'

    Clever play from Sheringham and Beckham but the veteran's flick just goes over the England skipper

  • 70'

    Scholes robs Okocha and England are content to take their time as they knock the ball around

  • 69'

    Mills looks for Sheringham straight away but only succeeds in finding the excellent Yobo

  • 69'

    And Heskey does make way as Sheringham comes on. Can the supersub break the deadlock?

  • 68'

    Udeze swings in a deep cross. Seaman goes a long way out to catch and claims it well

  • 68'

    And England are warming up Teddy Sheringham. Will Heskey be the man to make way?

  • 67'

    ... and Sinclair leads the counter attack. He chips in a cross towards Heskey. It's headed away towards Butt, who drills his shot but Enyeama guards it past the post

  • 66'

    Nigeria possession as Okocha plays a one-two with Akwegbu. The low shot is easy for Seaman

  • 65'

    Opabumni himself takes but it's too high for everyone

  • 64'

    Opabumni breaks down the left and wins a corner off Mills

  • 64'

    ... but the England captain puts that some way over the bar

  • 63'

    Beckham bends it in and Butt has a chance to shoot - it's blocked but England have another free kick in Beckham's range...

  • 63'

    Owen is free on the left. Beckham finds him and Sodje's shove earns England a free kick

  • 62'

    Okocha looks for Obiorah, who is tracked well by Sinclair and Ferdinand makes yet another fine tackle

  • 62'

    Poor cross from Danny Mills - it goes behind for a goal kick.

  • 61'

    The Swedes are likely to top the group now - but it's within England's grasp if they score twice

  • 60'

    Sinclair fires a long-range effort over, as Butt had just before.

  • 60'

    And Southampton's Anders Svensson has given Sweden the lead against Argentina - are the favourites on their way out?

  • 59'

    Heskey crosses, Owen gets away from Okoronkwo and stretches to reach it - but he can't quite get there. A matter of inches away

  • 58'

    Brilliant ball from Okocha to Agahowa. he could shoot here.... but Ferdinand defends superbly yet again

  • 58'

    Beckham spreads play well to Ashley Cole, who finds Scholes... another shot is blocked

  • 57'

    Poor back header and Owen could reach this... but Sodje beats him to it

  • 55'

    Nearly. His bending, curling shot is aimed at Enyeama's near post and just flicks the roof of the net on its way out

  • 55'

    Sodje is in late on Sinclair. Free kick from 35 yards - can Beckham deliver?

  • 54'

    Okocha finds Obiorah who looks for Agahowa... but more calm defending from Ferdinand, who gets there first

  • 54'

    Beckham goes down on the edge of the box - no free kick.

  • 53'

    A break from Owen - he goes past three before Yobo, once again, stops him

  • 53'

    Beckham is in space on the right, he has room to cross, but tries to turn inside Udeze, who dispossesses him

  • 52'

    ... as is Sodje's at the other end.

  • 52'

    Ashley Cole on the burst now. Owen's in the middle... but the cross is too high.

  • 51'

    Beckham looks for Ferdinand. He wins another header at the back post, but the ball didn't break for Heskey

  • 51'

    Yobo, under pressure from Owen, concedes another corner

  • 50'

    ... and Justice Christopher has a go, but he can't find the target. Seaman had it covered

  • 50'

    Owen runs at Sodje but the Nigeria man is very calm and Yobo can clear

  • 49'

    Beckham takes and finds Ferdinand, but he's unable to finds a team-mate with his header

  • 49'

    ... and they break and Scholes wins a corner

  • 48'

    ... but Mills and Campbell are both back quickly to challenge. That came partly from Campbell's poor pass but England defended well

  • 48'

    ... but the previously immaculate Ferdinand is dispossessed. Agahowa intercepts and sprints on, he turns Ferdinand...

  • 48'

    Mills swings in a deep cross but Sinclair misjudges it and it goes over his head

  • 47'

    Nigeria on the ball but England defended in numbers and Okocha was unable to thread his pass through to a team mate

  • 46'

    Engalnd kick off, but Butt overhits his pass - Nigeria's throw

  • 46'

    Can England keep up the pressure after the last few minutes of the first half or will Nigeria spring a shock?

  • 45'

    ... but he didn't and at half time, it's England 0 Nigeria 0.

  • 45'

    We're in the last minute of the half and after a tame first half hour, England stepped up their game in the last 15 minutes and Scholes came so close to opening the scoring.

  • 45'

    Beckham takes, Heskey rises to win the header... but he heads over the bar

  • 44'

    Great shot from Scholes, and excellent goalkeeping. This is England's best spell and Sinclair wins a corner

  • 44'

    ... but they can't stop that Scholes effort. He shoots from 30 yards, the diving Enyeama just gets a touch and Scholes is denied by the post.

  • 43'

    ... and Nigieria block more England shots to deny Butt twice

  • 42'

    Sinclair lays it back to Mills on the edge of the box. He shoots... but he pulled it wide

  • 42'

    Sinclair goes for goal now from 30 yards - blocked by Okoronkwo

  • 41'

    ... he sidesteps one and shoots... but it's blocked. Butt has a go but it's a really high shot from him

  • 41'

    Beckham crosses, Heskey rises and the keeper's in no man's land. Great header by Sodje but will Scholes win the next header? No but here's Owen...

  • 40'

    Udeze lays it back to Okocha... he fires a shot from 25 yards with real power but little direction. As with so many of his efforts in this World Cup, it's not even close

  • 39'

    First Butt and then Heskey try to loft the ball over the Nigerian defence for Owen. Okoronkwo shepherds it out for the goal kick

  • 38'

    Mills crosses. Sinclair and Owen attack it and Owen wins the header - but he can't get over the ball or direct his effort on target

  • 37'

    Corner, and Seaman himself ends the danger by claiming well. There's a chance of a counter attack but Owen can't find Beckham

  • 36'

    Akwegbu breaks through the inside right channel, plays a one-two with Okocha and shoots from an acute angle - Seaman saves well

  • 35'

    ... but it's not. The referee missed that. Excellent block from Okoronkwo - Owen was shooting across the keeper, aiming for the far corner

  • 35'

    ... and Owen picks it up 40 yards out. Yobo slides and Owen passes him and runs at Okoronkow. He goes for the shot - and the defender does well to get a foot in. Corner

  • 34'

    Corner but England clear and Sinclair leads the attack

  • 34'

    Akwegby stands up a cross to the far post. Seaman was floundering there and Mills did well to head it behing.

  • 33'

    Very quiet game so far and as things stand, Sweden will win the group.

  • 32'

    Just about - but it never threatened to go in even if Enyeama did spill it.

  • 32'

    Okoronkwo brings down Owen 40 yards out. Beckham territory?

  • 30'

    He shoots and goes for the near corner. It should be comfortable for Seaman... but it's not. He spills it and Campbell did well to reach the ball before teh on-rushing Agahowa

  • 30'

    And Nigeria earn another free kick in a much more dangerous position. Butt was penalised even though Udeze tripped over the ball. Poor decision by the American ref, but a chance for Okocha...

  • 29'

    England are content to let Nigeria pass it around in their half. Sodje ends that by charging down the byline and is upended by Ashley Cole

  • 28'

    Not the best game so far. A draw will do for England - how much will they push for the win?

  • 28'

    Scholes kicks teh ball out so the Nigerian danger man, Agahowa, can have treatment after a clash with Sol Campbell

  • 27'

    Heskey dummies for Scholes but Yobo intercepts. He looks for Opabumni but once again Rio Ferdinand reads the game really well

  • 26'

    England attack with Sinclair but Heskey can't reach his cross.

  • 25'

    Few real chances so far, but England must be wary of Agahowa, who is finding plenty of room in the Nigerian right wing

  • 24'

    Fine challenge from Rio Ferdinand to end an Agahowa solo run - Ashley Cole lost the ball when he trod on it and the young striker burst forward and cut inside Campbell before Ferdinand halted him

  • 23'

    Okocha takes, Sodje leaps but the bandana-donning Crewe man is penalised

  • 23'

    ... but Nigeria attack to earn a corner of their own as Ferdinand beats Obiorah to Agahowa's pass

  • 22'

    Beckham takes, Ferdinand can't reach it and Nigeria clear

  • 21'

    Excellent passing from England, involving Butt and Scholes. Mills tries a cross - deflected behind for a corner

  • 20'

    Beckham is on the edge of the box. He's looking for room to shoot - and goes for the curler, but it's straight into Enyeama's midriff

  • 19'

    Owen wins a corner. Beckham, of course, takes and Enyeama really flaps at that - he only punched it about ten yards and wasn't under pressure

  • 19'

    ... but a diving Enyeama saves. Heskey did well to get the shot in - he got ahead of Yobo there

  • 19'

    Mills chases a long ball to the byline and pulls back the cross. Heskey's heading for the near post and he gets a shot in...

  • 18'

    Udeze aims for Agahowa at the back post. It's a long cross but the striker retrieves the ball and finds Sodje. He tries to whip one in and Rio Ferdinand rises well to head away

  • 17'

    Another strong challenge by Sinclair, sliding in on Agahowa. Nigeria corner, but Beckham at the near post heads away

  • 16'

    Scholes robs Okocha and England look to launch a quick attack.. but Owen is wrong-footed and tackled

  • 15'

    Agahowa chases a ball to the corner, wrestles with Campbell and is penalised

  • 14'

    The long pass to Owen looks England's main tactic so far. Heskey's been quieter and they've not used the flanks much

  • 13'

    And once again England are looking to release Owen with a ball over the top - just too powerful and it's Enyeama's ball

  • 12'

    ... the keeper comes and misses. Chance at the backpost for Ferdinand? No, but England will want to test the keeper again

  • 12'

    Mills finds Beckham who tries a low cross. It's a poor effort which hits Okoronkwo and goes behind. Corner.

  • 11'

    Another fine Udeze cross is headed back across goal by Agahowa. He was looking for Opabumni, but Campbell can clear

  • 10'

    Nigeria threatening in the early minutes with England's defence looking a little shaky, especially on the left

  • 9'

    ... with Enyeama punches unconvincingly - but Nigeria go up the other end and Obiorah has a go from 25 yards. It's a tame shot which is easy for Seaman

  • 8'

    ... but Agahowa has it now - he turns Cole and Campbell slides in - it deflects to Seaman. England break and Yobo concedes a corner

  • 8'

    Great cross from Udeze just in front of Agahowa - Udeze sprinted past Beckham and Mills and bent in a dangerous cross

  • 7'

    ... and England immediately looks to release Owen with a long ball - the keeper takes it.

  • 6'

    Okocha hangs a cross up and Akwegbu has got between Campbell and Ferdinand - there's a scramble but Seaman claims...

  • 6'

    Okocha tries a trick but is well tackled by Trevor Sinclair, already looking at ease in the England side after his fine game against Argentina

  • 5'

    Beckham looks for Scholes making a straight run into the box. He got between the centre backs but the youing keeper Enyeama was out quickly to claim it

  • 4'

    Agahowa makes a break but Campbell shepherds it out for a goal kick. Agahowa has had little support so far

  • 4'

    Both sides are in no rush early on in stifling heat

  • 3'

    Great backheel from Scholes to find Cole. His low cross is cleared but only as far as Scholes who drills in the first shot, but he can't find the target

  • 2'

    Butt picks out Heskey with a long ball and England work it up and down the left flank before Scholes wins a throw

  • 1'

    Okocha finds Agahowa but his pass only finds Ashley Cole

  • 1'

    Nigeria kick off and immediately Okocha embarks on a leisurely solo run

  •  

    Will England be facing Denmark or Senegal in the second round... or heading home early like France?

  •  

    A great chance for England to top the group against an inexperienced and much-changed Nigeria side while current group leaders Sweden take on Argentina, who may need to win to qualify.

  •  

    With Owen Hargreaves still injured, Trevor Sinclair keeps the left-sided role he filled with distinction as a replacement against Argentina. England Team: Seaman, Mills, Ferdinand, Campbell, Ashley Cole, Beckham, Scholes, Butt, Sinclair, Heskey, Owen.

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    The Super Eagles must 'play for pride' without injured Nwankwo Kanu. Team: Enyeama, Yobo, Okoronkwo, Udeze, Christopher, Sodje, Okocha, Opabunmi, Akwuegbu, Obiorah, Aghahowa.

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Goal Shot Video
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  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Nigeria

  • 10(5)

  • -

  • 11

  • 0%

    0%

  • England

  • 18(6)

  • -

  • 6

Nigeria

Line-up
POS No Name

G

22 Vincent Enyeama

D

2 Joseph Yobo

D

5 Isaac Okoronkwo

D

14 Ifeanyi Udeze

D

15 Justice Christopher

D

16 Efe Sodje

M

10 Jay-Jay Okocha

M

18 Benedict Akwuegbu

M

20 James Obiorah

M

23 Femi Opabumni
F
7 Pius Ikedia

F

17 Julius Agahowa
 
Substitutes
POS No Name
F 7 Pius Ikedia

England

Line-up
POS No Name

G

1 David Seaman

D

2 Danny Mills

D

3 Ashley Cole
D
14 Wayne Bridge

D

5 Rio Ferdinand

D

6 Sol Campbell

M

4 Trevor Sinclair

M

7 David Beckham

M

8 Paul Scholes

M

21 Nicky Butt

F

10 Michael Owen
F
20 Darius Vassell

F

11 Emile Heskey
F
17 Teddy Sheringham
 
Substitutes
POS No Name
D 14 Wayne Bridge
F 17 Teddy Sheringham
F 20 Darius Vassell

Match Stats

  • Nigeria
  • England
10(5) Shots (on goal) 18(6)
11 Fouls 6
5 Corner kicks 7
1 Offsides 1
0% Time of Possession 0%
0 Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
5 Saves 5