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Post match summary from Malta
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Saturday, 3 June, 2000, 16:17 GMT 17:17 UK
Malta v England: Clockwatch
Malta score from the spot.
Carabott's penalty hits the post and goes in off Wright.
Malta 1-2 England

1 min: The game kicks off at 4.00 local time with a light breeze but a temperature in the high 80s.

4 mins: The first chance of the game falls to Malta. Carabott tries his luck from 25 yards but a tame shot doesn't trouble Richard Wright on his debut.

5 mins: Paul Scholes breaks down the right-hand side and his near-post cross is scrambled clear.

8 mins: Brincat runs clear down the inside right channel and strikes the ball first time on the volley. He connects well but the ball deflects off Sol Campbell for a corner.

11 mins: David Beckham delivers a trademark free-kick to the back post. Campbell nods down for Martin Keown to slot home but Kevin Phillips is offside and there is no goal.

19 mins: Malta are frustrating England but Dennis Wise finds Kevin Phillips free in the penalty area. But the ball won't drop quickly enough and Spiteri does well to block his shot.

22 mins - Malta 0-1 England: Another Beckham free-kick from the right flank finds Keown unmarked at the far post and he scores easily with a header.


Martin Keown
Martin Keown celebrates putting England in the lead
23 mins: Malta almost catch England sleeping from the kick-off and Campbell just does enough to put Busuttil off.

24 mins: The game starts to hot up and Gary Neville breaks down the right and picks Nick Barmby out in the area but his point-blank header is saved by Barry.

27 mins: After two near scrapes, Malta win a penalty when Phil Neville and Wright get in a tangle and the keeper brings Carabott down. The Maltese player picks himself up and puts the penalty away but referee Braschi orders the kick to be retaken for encroachment.

28 mins - Malta 1-1 England: Carabott aims for the same corner but the ball hits the post and cannons in off Wright's head to give Malta a historic goal against England.

30 mins: Shearer accidentally catches Debono as they challenge for a high ball and blood pours from the Maltese player's head. Camilleri comes on to replace Debono.


Paul Scholes
Phil Neville tangles with Carabott as Scholes looks on
35 mins: Beckham wins the ball in midfield and the ball drops to Scholes. The Man United player slips Shearer through on goal but his shot slams into the advertising boards just past the right-hand post.

37 mins: Quick footwork from Phillips wins England a free-kick on the edge of the area and Shearer claims the ball. But he drives the ball at the wall and it goes out for a corner.

39 mins: Barmby cuts open the Maltese defence with an exquisite through ball to Phillips who rounds the keeper but hits the side-netting from an acute angle.

40 mins: Theuma replaces the veteran Vella who is bringing the curtain down on a long and illustrious career for Malta.

42 mins: Campbell gets a clear header from a Beckham corner but the ball comes off the top of his head.


Alan Shearer
Alan Shearer bursts between two Maltese defenders
43 mins: A long ball up from Wright in the England goal finds Phillips who flicks on to put Shearer clear on goal. The England captain aims for the far corner but Barry just deflects the ball wide with his foot.

45 mins: The half-time whistle goes with England on the back foot. Sol Campbell has to scramble back to save England from going in at the break 2-1 down.

46 mins: England try to play the offside trap but get their timing wrong and Turner runs clear on goal. He delays his shot and Gary Neville gets back to block his shot.

50 mins: Shearer lands awkwardly after challenging for a high ball and Emile Heskey comes on to replace him. The problem seems to be with Shearer's knee.

53 mins: A Beckham free-kick appears to hit the arm of one of the Maltese defenders, but the linesman has already flagged for offside.


Kevin Phillips
Kevin Phillips takes on Theuma
57 mins: Scholes brings the ball down on the edge of the area and slips the ball to Barmby. The Everton player's chip seems to be heading for the top corner but Barry just gets back to tip it over the bar.

58 mins: England make a double substitution bringing on Robbie Fowler and Gareth Southgate for Phillips and Keown.

63 mins: Heskey surges down the right flank and drives the ball low and hard to the near post where Scholes meets it first time and puts it just over the bar.

64 mins: England have the ball in the back of the net again, but Fowler's effort is ruled out for a foul by Campbell.

66 mins: Beckham's free-kicks are proving to be England's most dangerous weapon and Campbell heads just wide as he stretches to meet the ball.


Kevin Keegan
Kevin Keegan looks on as England struggle
68 mins: Heskey again breaks down the right and Fowler meets his cross with a looping header which Barry is just able to hold on to.

69 mins: Another double substitution sees Steve McManaman replace Scholes and Paul Ince win his 50th cap in place of Wise.

71 mins: England are starting to exert some pressure and Paul Ince gets his head to a corner but the ball bounces wide of the post.

74 mins: Ince picks up the ball as a Maltese attack breaks down. The Boro player surges upfield and feeds Barmby who crosses for Heskey, but the Liverpool striker puts his header over the bar.

75 mins - Malta 1-2 England: McManaman runs at the defence and slips the ball through to Barmby. The Everton player evades one challenge and pulls the ball back to Heskey who makes up for his last miss with a simple tap-in.

79 mins: Heskey is in the thick of the action as Fowler picks out his Liverpool team-mate with a chip and Heskey puts a powerful header wide of the post.


Nick Barmby
Barmby did his chances no harm
80 mins: Gareth Barry wins his second cap as substitute for Beckham.

81 mins: Barmby is doing his chances of making the starting line-up for England's match with Portugal no harm as he meets a Barry cross with a powerful volley that the keeper does well to save.

87 mins: Fowler thinks he's won a penalty but the referee's assistant is flagging for offside.

88 mins: Wright's debut turns into a nightmare as he gives away a second penalty. But Wright makes up for his own error by saving Carabott's spot-kick with his feet.

89 mins: England are fortunate once again as Wright saves with his feet once more with a Maltese attacker clean through on goal.

92 mins: Barmby is unfortunate to finish the game without a goal as Gary Neville picks him out but he heads over the bar.

Full-time: The final whistle blows on an unconvincing 2-1 win which completes England's Euro 2000 bulid-up.


Malta: Barry (Muscat 90), Debono (Camilleri 34), Buttigieg (Chetcutti 55), Said (Dimech 78), Spiteri (Okonkwo 78), Carrabott (Cinatar 90), Vella (Theuma 41), Turner (Veselji 87), Busuttil (Nwoko 46), Brincat (Holland 83), Agius (Mallia 60).

England: Wright, G Neville, Keown (Southgate 59), Campbell, P Neville, Beckham (Barry 80), Wise (Ince 69), Scholes (McManaman 69), Barmby, Shearer (Heskey 51), Phillips (Fowler 59). Subs (Not used): Martyn, Owen.

Referee: S Braschi (Italy).

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