Sunday, September 04, 2005

[World Soccer Club] Digest Number 1590

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1. Cole claims England clincher
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>

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Message: 1
Date: Sat, 03 Sep 2005 19:20:59 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: Cole claims England clincher

Joe Cole's second-half goal was enough for England to defeat a
determined Wales at the Millennium Stadium.

Not convincing
It was not always a convincing performance from Sven-Göran Eriksson's
men and, although they controlled most of the first half, it took an
outstanding save from Paul Robinson to keep it scoreless at the break.

Rooney frustration
Wales kept a good shape and were quick to get players round the ball.
Consequently Wayne Rooney, cast in a lone striker's role with Michael
Owen suspended, got frustrated and often came deep to try and get
involved. He had one outstanding chance early on after Steven Gerrard
had set him up but Danny Coyne parried well.

Welsh chances
Wales had barely created a chance in the corresponding game last
October but three followed for them here in quick succession after
the half-hour mark, starting with a Richard Duffy effort that he
sliced disappointingly wide. Ashley Cole then did well to head clear
as John Hartson prepared to pounce at the far post and four minutes
later another expert Ryan Giggs cross was this time won by Hartson
only for Robinson to respond brilliantly.

Cole winner
At the other end, Coyne denied Shaun Wright-Phillips but was finally
beaten in the 54th minute after the Chelsea winger guided the ball
into club-mate Cole's path, and his shot diverted in off the head of
Danny Gabbidon.

Late chance
Wales fought until the end to grab an equaliser, their last chance
being a Giggs effort blocked by Rio Ferdinand, but the visitors held
on to claim three vital points. England visit Northern Ireland on
Wednesday looking to keep the pressure on fellow Group 6 hopefuls
Poland - who welcome the fifth-placed Welsh.

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Well, it wasn't a great game but England had just more class and won.
It's still very open for the 1st place in the duo race with Poland.

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