France v England, 13 June 2004

Score2-1 to France
RefereeMarkus Merk
CompetitionUEFA European Championship Finals Group B
VenueEstádio da Luz, Lisbon
Attendance62,487
Kick-off: 7.45pm local and BST Assistant referees: Christian Schräer (Germany) Jan-Hendrik Salver (Germany) Fourth official: Ľuboš Micheľ (Slovakia) Man of the Match: Zinedine Zidane (France) Two last-gasp Zinédine Zidane goals gave France an incredible win against England in Group B. Trailing to Frank Lampard's 38th-minute header it seemed the holders, who also conceded a penalty, would begin their UEFA EURO 2004 campaign with a disappointing defeat. However, the Real Madrid CF playmaker curled in a free-kick a minute into added time to seemingly rescue a point. Moments later Steven Gerrard's misplaced pass set Thierry Henry clear and the striker was brought down by goalkeeper David James. Zidane kept his nerve from the spot to cap an incredible turnaround. Both lineups revealed enforced defensive changes. In the absence of the banned Rio Ferdinand and the injured John Terry, Ledley King partnered Sol Campbell in the centre of the England defence. Meanwhile, William Gallas came in for his injured Chelsea FC colleague Marcel Desailly, lining up at right-back with Lilian Thuram – making his 100th appearance for France – moving into the centre. France forced the early pace, winning a corner in the first minute and threatening through Patrick Vieira. First-match tension and the ennui of acquaintance were not in evidence in a engaging opening spell in which the play flowed from end to end. Robert Pirès's cross and Zidane's free-kick highlighted France's menace while England's lively approach play had yet to yield a productive final ball. Gradually, the defending champions' superior passing pinned England back and a Zidane snapshot that flew wide testified to their burgeoning superiority. France should have opened when Vieira's cross from the left was met by David Trezeguet but his glanced header went narrowly over. France's fluency contrasted with England's inertia as Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen were starved of service. Yet for all their pretty passing, France lacked a cutting edge and soon sterility and stalemate supplanted the early adventure. The opening goal, therefore, came as something of a shock but it was no surprise that it took a set piece to break the deadlock. David Beckham produced a trademark delivery from a free-kick on the right and Lampard, so prolific for Chelsea FC, rose above Mikaël Silvestre at the near post to head past Fabien Barthez for this third international goal on his 20th appearance. It was the first goal France had conceded in 1,078 minutes of football. Jacques Santini elected not to make any half-time changes and his confidence was almost vindicated. Within a minute of the restart Henry shot straight at James when well placed and then spurned two half-chances in quick succession. That early endeavour failed to herald a French renaissance and England were now looking the better team with Campbell and King playing like long-term partners at the back. Darius Vassell, celebrating his 25th birthday, replaced the subdued Owen on 70 minutes but it was strike partner Rooney who brought England to the brink of victory two minutes later when his devastating direct run was ended by Silvestre's trip. The Manchester United FC defender escaped with a caution and there was reprieve too for France as Barthez dived to his right to save Beckham's penalty. It was the England captain's second penalty miss in as many competitive internationals. Barthez was in the thick of the action again minutes later when he misjudged Vassell's shot and made an unorthodox stop with his nose. It would prove crucial.

2  France

Manager: Jacques Santini

1  England

Manager: Sven-Göran Eriksson

Goals:

Zinédine Zidane 89 G
Zinédine Zidane penalty 90 P

Goals:

Frank Lampard 38 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Fabien Barthez
Defender William Gallas
Defender Bixente Lizarazu
Defender Lilian Thuram
Midfielder Claude Makélélé
Midfielder Robert Pirés
Midfielder Patrick Vieira
Midfielder Zinédine Zidane (captain)
Forward Thierry Henry

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper David James
Defender Sol Campbell
Defender Gary Neville
Defender/Midfielder Ledley King
Defender/Left back Ashley Cole
Midfielder David Beckham (captain)
Midfielder Steven Gerrard
Midfielder Frank Lampard
Midfielder Paul Scholes
Forward Michael Owen
Forward Wayne Rooney

Substitutions:

Sylvain Wiltord for Robert Pirés 76
Willy Sagnol for Mikaël Silvestre 79
Olivier Dacourt for Claude Makélélé 90

Substitutions:

Darius Vassell for Michael Owen 69
Owen Hargreaves for Paul Scholes 76
Emile Heskey for Wayne Rooney 76

Cards:

Robert Pirés 49 Y
Mikaël Silvestre 72 Y

Cards:

Paul Scholes 54 Y
Frank Lampard 71 Y
David James 90 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Gregory Coupet
Goalkeeper Mickaël Landreau
Defender Willy Sagnol
Midfielder Olivier Dacourt
Midfielder Benoît Pedretti
Midfielder Jerome Rothen
Forward Sidney Govou
Forward Steve Marlet
Forward Louis Saha
Forward Sylvain Wiltord

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Paul Robinson
Goalkeeper Ian Walker
Defender Phil Neville
Defender/Midfielder Jamie Carragher
Defender/Midfielder Owen Hargreaves
Defender/Left back Wayne Bridge
Midfielder Nicky Butt
Midfielder Joe Cole
Midfielder Kieron Dyer
Forward Emile Heskey
Forward Darius Vassell