England do enough against Ecuador; through to quarter-final

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Sunday, June 25, 2006

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A David Beckham free kick was the difference as England went through to the quarter-finals of the 2006 Fifa World Cup after a 1-0 win over Ecuador, Sunday.

Gottlieb Daimler Stadion, Stuttgart.

For the neutral football fan the game was not especially attractive to look at. There were only 7 shots on target in the 90 minutes and neither team controlled the play well. The scrappy match was broken by up 37 fouls.

The game had temperatures at around 90 degrees Fahrenheit, which caused several English players, including Beckham, to suffer from heat exhaustion and dehydration. Beckham was sick on the pitch shortly after his goal and was substituted before the end. [1]

Ecuador had the best of the first 45 minutes. The slow tempo of the game seemed to lead to simple errors of concentration from England and favoured Ecuador's passing play.

Ecuador had slightly more ball possession over the game and also the first chance. John Terry's back header to his keeper fell short but Ashley Cole slid in to deflect Carlos Tenorio's shot onto Paul Robinson's crossbar.

In the second half England put more pressure on Ecuador's goal. However, passes into lone striker Wayne Rooney – who played 90 minutes for the first time since he recovered from injury – were often off-target.

England's best chance to score from free play followed Wayne Rooney trickery on the left touchline. The striker evaded his marker but Frank Lampard spooned Rooney's cut back high over the bar.

Beckham's free kick was a trademark fast curled pass from over 30 yards which beat the opposition wall and took a small touch off the fingertips of Cristian Mora before nestling into the bottom right corner of the net. The goal meant David Beckham had broken an English record by scoring in the 1998, 2002 and 2006 World Cups, the first English player ever to score in three different World Cups.

England were scheduled to meet the winner of game 52, Portugal, in the quarter-final of the World Cup in Gelsenkirchen on July 1.

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Round of sixteen

Match 51

June 25, 2006
Flag of England.svg England 1–0 Flag of Ecuador.svg Ecuador Gottlieb Daimler Stadion
Beckham 60'

Attendance: 52'000



Flag of England.svg
Right wing Right Center Left Left wing
Flag of England.svg Paul Robinson (GK) 78'Yellow card.svg
Flag of England.svg Owen Hargreaves Flag of England.svg Rio Ferdinand Flag of England.svg John Terry 18'Yellow card.svg Flag of England.svg Ashley Cole
Flag of England.svg Michael Carrick
Flag of England.svg David Beckham (C) Soccerball.jpg Flag of England.svg Joe Cole
Flag of England.svg Steven Gerrard Flag of England.svg Frank Lampard
Flag of England.svg Wayne Rooney


  • 77' Jamie Carragher 82'Yellow card.svg for Joe Cole
  • 87' Aaron Lennon for Beckham
  • 92'+ Stewart Downing for Steven Gerrard

Soccerball.jpg denotes one goal scored.


Flag of Ecuador.svg
Right wing Right Center Left Left wing
Flag of Ecuador.svg Cristian Mora (GK)
Flag of Ecuador.svg Ulises De La Cruz 67'Yellow card.svg Flag of Ecuador.svg Ivan Hurtado (C) Flag of Ecuador.svg Giovanny Espinoza Flag of Ecuador.svg Neicer Reasco
Flag of Ecuador.svg Luis Valencia 24'Yellow card.svg Flag of Ecuador.svg Edwin Tenorio Flag of Ecuador.svg Segundo Castillo Flag of Ecuador.svg Edison Mendez
Flag of Ecuador.svg Carlos Tenorio 37'Yellow card.svg Flag of Ecuador.svg Augustin Delgado


  • 69' Christian Lara for Edwin Tenorio
  • 72' Ivan Kaviedes for Carlos Tenorio

Soccerball.jpg denotes one goal scored.


Flag of Belgium.svg Referee: Frank De Bleeckere Yellow card.svg Red card.svg

Flag of Belgium.svg Assistant referee: Peter Hermans

Flag of Belgium.svg Assistant referee: Walter Vromans

Flag of Colombia.svg Fourth referee: Oscar Ruiz

Flag of Colombia.svg Fifth referee: Jose Navia

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