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    Two Zinedine Zidane goals in added time at the end of the match gave France an incredible win against England in UEFA EURO 2004™ Group B.

    Stunning free-kick
    Trailing to Frank Lampard's 38th-minute header, it seemed that the holders would begin their 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.

    Penalty drama
    Moments later Steven Gerrard's misplaced pass set Thierry Henry clear and the French striker was brought down by England goalkeeper David James. Zidane kept his nerve from the spot to cap an incredible turnaround.

    Defensive reshuffles
    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.

    Early chances
    France forced the early pace, winning a corner in the first minute and then some hesitant England defending left an opening for Patrick Vieira but the Arsenal FC midfield player shot over from 25 metres. 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 Pires's cross and Zidane's free-kick highlighted the French menace while England's lively approach play had yet to yield a productive final ball.

    Trezeguet miss
    Gradually, the defending champions' superior passing pinned England back and a Zidane snapshot that flew wide testified to their burgeoning superiority. And France should have opened the scoring seconds later when Vieira's cross from the left was met by David Trezeguet – who has more international goals to his name than any other current French international – but his header glanced narrowly over.

    Sterile stalemate
    France's fluency contrasted with England's inertia as Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen were starved of service. But for all their pretty passing, France lacked a cutting edge and soon sterility and stalemate supplanted the early adventure.

    Lampard lift
    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 this season, rose above Mikaël Silvestre at the near post to head past Fabien Barthez for this third international goal on his 20th appearance. Lampard's 18th strike in all competitions this season was also the first goal that France had conceded in 1,078 minutes of football.

    Henry chances
    Jacques Santini elected not to make any half-time changes and his confidence was almost vindicated within a minute of the restart but Henry shot straight at James when well-placed and then spurned two half-chances in quick succession.

    Rooney run
    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 in the 70th minute but it was his strike partner Rooney who brought England to the brink of victory two minutes later when his devastating direct run was ended illegally by Silvestre's trip in the penalty area.

    Brilliant save
    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 was to prove crucial at the death.

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    Really?!? Are you joking? :rolleyes:
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    surprised theres not been a thread on this already...
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    Although England team lost the game, I still sustain England team more .There are so many great people in England team. I firmly believe that England team will go to 1/4 final .

    They are young team .maybe we should not blame the failure on David Beckham. I think he is very sad now . France goalie understand Beckham's skill very well . they are work in same club. anyways ,it is just a begin . England team has a long way to go .

    I have to admit that France team is a great team . they have rich experience . althoung they lost football until 89 minture , they didn't give up .I celebrate them . I hope England team can meet France team again .
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    Beckham doesn't play in the same team as Barthez (the french goalkeeper). Who's blaiming the loss on Beckham anyway? The whole team played awful and if Beckham wasn't on the pitch, England wouldn't have scored at all.
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    (Original post by G4ry)
    Beckham doesn't play in the same team as Barthez (the french goalkeeper)
    lolllllllllllllllllllllll
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    (Original post by tammypotato)
    lolllllllllllllllllllllll
    I think they're a bit behind on the latest football news
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    (Original post by G4ry)
    I think they're a bit behind on the latest football news
    lol yeah!
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    (Original post by G4ry)
    Beckham doesn't play in the same team as Barthez (the french goalkeeper). Who's blaiming the loss on Beckham anyway? The whole team played awful and if Beckham wasn't on the pitch, England wouldn't have scored at all.
    He did ! before Beckham went to spain , he played in England club . Barthez play in the same club with Beckham and they were often play togeter . after , England club give up Barthez.so he understand Beckham's skill very well.
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    (Original post by haiwei0567)
    France goalie understand Beckham's skill very well . they are work in same club.
    (Original post by haiwei0567)
    He did ! before Beckham went to spain , he played in England club . Barthez play in the same club with Beckham and they were often play togeter . after , England club give up Barthez.so he understand Beckham's skill very well.
    Not quite the same thing as you originally said though. Just for the record they both played in Manchester United. Barthez went to Monaco and Beckham went to Real Madrid.
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    sounds liek u know what ure talking about lol that english team was manchester unied!

    (Original post by G4ry)
    Barthez went to Monaco and Beckham went to Real Madrid.
    barthez went to marseille!
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    (Original post by gemstone)
    barthez went to marseille!
    True, i knew it began with an "M", how embarassing
 
 
 
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