Monday, September 05, 2005

[World Soccer Club] Digest Number 1591

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1. Re: Cole claims England clincher
From: "Nick Morris" <>


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Date: Sun, 04 Sep 2005 17:37:59 -0000
From: "Nick Morris" <>
Subject: Re: Cole claims England clincher

we'll win the group


--- In, "jer_vanlint"
<jer_vanlint@y...> wrote:
> 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.
> *******************************
> 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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