Portugal v England, 12 June 2000

Score3-2 to Portugal
RefereeAnders Frisk
CompetitionUEFA European Championship Finals Group A
VenuePhilips Stadium, Eindhoven
Attendance31,500
Kick-off: 8.45pm local (7.45pm BST) Assistant referees: Leif Lindberg (Sweden) Emanuel Zammit (Malta) Fourth official: Urs Meier (Switzerland) Man of the Match: Luís Figo (Portugal) Portugal pulled off a famous victory in Eindhoven, coming from two goals down to beat England 3-2 in a memorable Group A encounter. England's UEFA EURO 2000 campaign got off to a dream start as Paul Scholes and Steve McManaman converted David Beckham crosses inside the opening 18 minutes. Yet Portugal's star-studded midfield, directed by Rui Costa, stole the show. They were level before half-time courtesy of goals from Luís Figo and João Pinto, and with England licking their wounds – salted by injuries to Michael Owen and McManaman – Nuno Gomes completed a remarkable turnaround before the hour. Kevin Keegan's men regained their composure, with Alan Shearer and Scholes going close to an equaliser, but it was Portugal's night. Winning a Portuguese-record 71st cap, captain Vítor Baía will certainly remember it, though for a while it looked like being for all the wrong reasons. He had already kept out Shearer's header when, on three minutes, Beckham retrieved Phil Neville's over-hit cross and his more measure delivery caught the back line napping. Scholes, timing his run well, headed in off the underside of the bar. Portugal brushed themselves down and, prompted by Figo and Rui Costa, they were soon dictating matters. João Pinto should have done better from Rui Costa's cross from the right but he mistimed his header and the ball bounced harmlessly over. Rui Costa himself brought the best out of keeper David Seaman, who flung himself to his left to turn aside a powerful drive; Figo fired a free-kick over the bar. Then, against the run of play, England went two up. Owen combined well with Beckham and another pinpoint cross was turned in on the half-volley by McManaman. The backlash began immediately, and Nuno Gomes had been denied, first by the offside flag and then by Seaman diving at his feet, when Figo reduced the arrears. The winger picked up a loose ball in midfield, advanced and unleashed a shot that deflected off Tony Adams and into the top corner. Eight minutes before half-time it was all square as João Pinto sent a flying header in off the far post following another Rui Costa cross. The loss of Owen and McManaman darkened England's mood, but not as much as Portugal's 59th-minute winner as another fantastic ball from Rui Costa spilt their defence asunder. Nuno Gomes brought it under instant control and, as Adams slid in, he lashed his shot into the roof of the net.

3  Portugal

Manager: Humberto Coelho

2  England

Manager: Kevin Keegan

Goals:

Luís Figo 21 G
João Vieira Pinto 37 G
Nuno Gomes 59 G

Goals:

Paul Scholes 3 G
Steve McManaman 17 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Vítor Baía (captain)
Defender Dimas
Defender Jorge Costa
Defender/Centre back Fernando Couto
Defender/Midfielder Abel Xavier
Midfielder Paulo Bento
Midfielder Rui Costa
Midfielder Vidigal
Forward Luís Figo
Forward Nuno Gomes

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper David Seaman
Defender/Right back Gary Neville
Defender Tony Adams
Defender/Centre back Sol Campbell
Defender/Midfielder Phil Neville
Midfielder David Beckham
Midfielder Paul Ince
Midfielder Steve McManaman
Midfielder Paul Scholes
Forward Michael Owen
Forward Alan Shearer (captain)

Substitutions:

Conceicao for João Vieira Pinto 76
Beto for Rui Costa 85
Capucho for Nuno Gomes 90

Substitutions:

Emile Heskey for Michael Owen 46
Dennis Wise for Steve McManaman 57
Martin Keown for Tony Adams 81

Cards:

Vítor Baía 89 Y

Cards:

Paul Ince 44 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Pedro Espinha
Goalkeeper Quim
Defender Beto
Defender Rui Jorge
Defender Secretário
Midfielder Conceicao
Midfielder Costinha
Midfielder Paulo Sousa
Forward Capucho
Forward Sá Pinto

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Nigel Martyn
Goalkeeper Richard Wright
Defender/Centre back Martin Keown
Defender/Centre back Gareth Southgate
Defender/Midfielder Gareth Barry
Midfielder Steven Gerrard
Midfielder Dennis Wise
Midfielder/Forward Nick Barmby
Forward Robbie Fowler
Forward Emile Heskey
Forward Kevin Phillips