Portugal taken to penalties; beat England and reach historic semi-final

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Saturday, July 1, 2006

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Portugal reached the semi-final of the Fifa World Cup for the first time since 1966 after a penalty shootout win over England, Saturday.

Ricardo was the hero for Portugal making three saves to defeat a resolute England team that had been down to 10 men since 62 minutes.

Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen.

Portugal were the better team on the day having got twice as many shots than England and 57 per cent of ball possession. Ronaldo was a terror holding down England's left flank.

However; England's excellent defending kept the score level for 120 minutes. Portugal captain Luis Figo was one of Portugal's less effective players due to England's quickness into the challenge and was substituted for Helder Postiga on 86 minutes.

Owen Hargreaves won the Fifa Man of the Match award for many important tackles breaking up dangerous Portugal plays near the England penalty area. The crowd in the Veltins Arena enjoyed the drama of penalties in part due to the hard work of the Bayern Munich player, particularly when England were down to ten.

The turning point of an uneventful first hour, which saw neither keeper troubled, was Wayne Rooney's sending off. The striker was visibly frustrated with his lone role in England's attack and with two Portugal players attempting to tackle alerted the attention of Horacio Elizondo. A red card rose above the melee in front of the referee and Rooney was off to the dressing room.

Portugal used the extra-man to apply more pressure on England's goal, with Miguel getting to England's goal line. But Luiz Felipe Scolari's team did not finish well. Paul Robinson made nine saves but none tested him.

In extra-time England mounted counter attacks but did not cross well and managed only four shots on target in the game.

Portugal won on penalties against England in the Euro 2004 championship and after Frank Lampard's effort was saved by the magnificent Ricardo the result did not look like it would go any other way.

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Match 59

July 1, 2006
Flag of England.svg England 0–0 Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal Veltins Arena

Attendance: 52'000


Flag of England.svg Notes Result Flag of Portugal.svg Notes Result
Simao Low hard right Soccerball.jpg
Lampard Saved low left X Viana Hit right post X
Hargreaves Hard low right Soccerball.jpg Petit Hard low right X
Gerrard Saved low left X Postiga High hard right Soccerball.jpg
Carragher Saved low right X Ronaldo High hard left Soccerball.jpg

Notes are from the goalkeeper's view.



Flag of England.svg
Right wing Right Center Left Left wing
Flag of England.svg Paul Robinson (GK)
Flag of England.svgGary Neville Flag of England.svgRio Ferdinand Flag of England.svgJohn Terry 30'Yellow card.svg Flag of England.svgAshley Cole
Flag of England.svgOwen Hargreaves 107' Yellow card.svg
Flag of England.svgDavid Beckham Flag of England.svgFrank Lampard Flag of England.svgSteven Gerrard Flag of England.svgJoe Cole
Flag of England.svgWayne Rooney 62'Red card.svg


  • 52'+ Aaron Lennon (-119')
  • 65' Peter Crouch for Joe Cole
  • 119' Jamie Carragher for Lennon

Coach: Sven Goran Eriksson

Soccerball.jpg denotes one goal scored.


Flag of Portugal.svg
Right wing Right Center Left Left wing
Flag of Portugal.svgRicardo (GK)
Flag of Portugal.svgMiguel Flag of Portugal.svgFernando Meira Flag of Portugal.svgRicardo Carvalho 111'Yellow card.svg Flag of Portugal.svgNuno Valente
Flag of Portugal.svgPetit 44'Yellow card.svg Flag of Portugal.svgManiche Flag of Portugal.svgTiago
Flag of Portugal.svgLuis Figo Flag of Portugal.svgCristiano Ronaldo
Flag of Portugal.svgPauleta


  • 63'+ Simao Sabrosa for Pauleta
  • 74'+ Hugo Viana for Tiago
  • 86'+ Helder Postiga for Luis Figo

Coach: Luiz Felipe Scolari

Soccerball.jpg denotes one goal scored.


Flag of Argentina.svg Referee: Horacio Elizondo Yellow card.svgRed card.svg

Flag of Argentina.svg Assistant referee: Dario Garcia

Flag of Argentina.svg Assistant referee: Rodolfo Otero

Flag of Benin.svg Fourth referee: Coffi Codija

Flag of Benin.svg Fifth referee: Aboudou Aderodjou

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