England v Paraguay, 10 June 2006

Score1-0 to England
RefereeMarco Rodriguez
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Finals Group B
VenueCommerzbank Arena, Frankfurt
Attendance48,000
Kick-Off: 15:00 Local (14:00 BST) Assistant referees: José Luis Camargo (Mexico) Leonel Leal (Costa Rica) Fourth official: Coffi Codjia (Benin) Fifth official: Celestin Ntagungira (Rwanda) Man of the Match: Frank Lampard (England) England stuttered to victory in their Group B opener in Frankfurt thanks to a third-minute Paraguay own goal. Carlos Gamarra put David Beckham's left-wing free-kick past his own keeper to set up a half dominated by England. It was a different story in the second half as Paraguay threatened more as a cautious England put themselves under unnecessary pressure. Frank Lampard came closest to extending the lead with two long-range efforts as the South Americans pressed for a draw. England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson will be happier with the points than the performance. But England will not complain, and rightly so with their history of making slow starts to major tournaments.

1  England

Manager: Sven-Goran Eriksson

0  Paraguay

Manager: Anibal Ruiz

Goals:

Carlos Gamarra own goal 3 OG

Goals:

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Paul Robinson
Defender/Right back Gary Neville
Defender/Centre back Rio Ferdinand
Defender/Centre back John Terry
Defender/Left back Ashley Cole
Midfielder David Beckham (captain)
Midfielder Joe Cole
Midfielder Steven Gerrard
Midfielder Frank Lampard
Forward Peter Crouch
Forward Michael Owen

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Justo Villar
Defender Julio Caceres
Defender Denis Caniza
Defender Carlos Gamarra (captain)
Defender/Midfielder Carlos Paredes
Midfielder Carlos Bonet
Midfielder Cristian Riveros
Forward Nelson Valdez

Substitutions:

Stewart Downing for Michael Owen 56
Owen Hargreaves for Joe Cole 82

Substitutions:

Aldo Bobadilla for Justo Villar 8
Nelson Cuevas for Carlos Bonet 68
Jorge Nunez for Delio César Toledo 82

Cards:

Steven Gerrard 18 Y
Peter Crouch 63 Y

Cards:

Nelson Valdez 21 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Scott Carson
Goalkeeper David James
Defender/Centre back Sol Campbell
Defender/Midfielder Jamie Carragher
Defender/Midfielder Owen Hargreaves
Defender/Left back Wayne Bridge
Midfielder Michael Carrick
Midfielder Stewart Downing
Midfielder Jermaine Jenas
Midfielder Aaron Lennon
Midfielder/Forward Theo Walcott
Forward Wayne Rooney

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Aldo Bobadilla
Goalkeeper Derlis Gomez
Defender Paulo da Silva
Defender Jorge Nunez
Midfielder Edgar Barreto
Midfielder Julio dos Santos
Midfielder Diego Gavilan
Midfielder Jose Montiel
Forward Nelson Cuevas
Forward Dante Lopez

Comments:

This was England's first win in their opening game of a World Cup finals since 1982 when Ron Greenwood's team beat France 3-1 in Bilbao. The last time England won a game via an own goal was in the World Cup qualifying game against Poland in Chorzow in September 2004. Arkadiusz Głowacki 'scored' England's second in a vital 2-1 victory.

Comments:

Paraguay have now failed to score in their three meetings with England.