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Mon. 22nd June:
Colombia went into this match without Asprilla, who was sent home for critisizing the coach on radio.
Valderrama seemed to play too deep, and perhaps the Colombians could have troubled the Tunisians more if the hair took the play to them more.
Both teams had close chances, with an almost freak goal looking the most
interesting. Chokri el-Oauer punched out, and the ball rebounded off the back of Bouazizi.
What an own goal that would have been.
In the second half, Ben Slimane had the best chances for Tunisia, but it was not to be their day.
Instead, it was the Colombian substitute, Preciado, who received the ball from Valderrama in the 83rd minute and beat off two defenders to set up an important contest with England on the 26th.
The late Colombian goal puts pressure on England in the
last game. A draw will do for England, but they will need to win to boost confidence again
after a last minute winner by Romania denied them of a point.
A frustrating first half; almost as monotonous as the England fans singing: De le, le le le, le-le-le-le-le-le-le-le-le, England!
On the quarter hour, Darren Anderton crossed in for Sheringham. Tony Adams came close to his shot from the hip; not close enough.
Ilie stunned Seaman on the 27th minute with a chip that skimmed off the front of the bar. Shearer came deep a plenty to bring himself into the game, and England seemed content not to concede a goal. Caution was the name of the game.
Just after the half-hour, Hoddle went through the notes with Beckham, and sent the Spice Boy on for Paul Ince. (Half-time: 0-0).
Two minutes into the second-half. A throw-in for Romania in line with the England area. Hagi receives it and chips the ball over Sol Campbell; Moldovan chests it past Tony Adams and fires past Seaman.
Ten minutes after coming on for the lacklustre Sheringham, Michael Owen becomes the youngest English goalscorer in the World Cup finals.
Petrescu dampened his glory with a bustled goal between his defender and David Seaman on the last minute of normal time.
The young Michael Owen almost equalized again in injury
time, hitting the post with a low diagonal shot through three defenders. Surely he must
start against Colombia and let the old boys worry about his hunger for further World Cup
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