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Tuesday, June 30, 1998 Published at 23:01 GMT 00:01 UK

Sport: Football

England pay penalty again

David Batty misses the final kick

England are out of the World Cup after yet another penalty shoot-out disappointment in the most dramatic match of the tournament so far.

Radio 5 Live's Mike Ingham describes Batty's crucial miss
Argentina won 4-3 on penalties after a game containing four goals, two penalties, a sending off and another 'goal' being disallowed.

Paul Ince and David Batty both missed their kicks in the shoot-out after a heroic effort by England who played all but a minute of the second half and the whole of golden goal extra time with 10 men.

Glenn Hoddle speaking on Radio 5 Live after the match
David Beckham left his team-mates facing an uphill task by getting sent off just a minute into the second half, with the score at 2-2.

He appeared to kick out at Diego Simeone after the Argentine captain fouled him.

Simeone was booked, but Beckham's retaliation resulted in him seeing red.

Early penalty drama

The game started dramatically with the referee a central figure from the start.

[ image: Seaman got his hand to the Argentine penalty]
Seaman got his hand to the Argentine penalty
After six minutes he gave Argentina a penalty when David Seaman brought Diego Simeone down in the area.

Gabriel Batistuta scored, but then so did Alan Shearer when England were given a spot kick just four minutes later.

Teenage sensation Michael Owen ran straight at the Argentine defence and also went down under a challenge in the box.

[ image: Carlos Roa also went the right way - but still conceded]
Carlos Roa also went the right way - but still conceded
But that was nothing compared to what the 18-year-old did next.

After 16 minutes the Liverpool striker ran through half the South Americans' defence before coolly finishing to give England a 2-1 lead.

Both penalties looked harsh decisions but there was no question about Owen's superb effort and the 18-year-old's pace continued to trouble the Argentine defence which until tonight had not conceded a goal in the tournament.

[ image: Michael Owen causes the Argentine defence more problems]
Michael Owen causes the Argentine defence more problems
On 31 minutes Owen again picked the ball up on the half-way line and ran directly at goal, winning a corner with a long-range effort.

But England's best chance towards the end of the half was from a long ball which Shearer headed perfectly into the path of Paul Scholes, only for the Manchester United player to hit the chance a yard wide with only Roa to beat.

Michael Owen's goal - one of England's best ever
Just seconds before the interval a clever free-kick routine saw Batistuta step over the ball, Juan Veron slip a pass beyond the edge of the wall for Javier Zanetti who steadied himself before firing past Seaman to make it 2-2.

Beckham sees red

The players returned after half-time with everyone watching anticipating another 45 minutes of thrilling football.

Radio 5 Live describes Beckham's sending off
But within a minute the scene was set for a different kind of match after Beckham's dismissal.

The midfielder was sent off for violent conduct after clashing with Simeone.

[ image: Danish referee Kim Nielsen]
Danish referee Kim Nielsen
Despite the shortage of a man, England continued to make chances in the second half with Shearer forcing a fine save from a free kick 25 yards out.

But the England captain was also doing a defensive job, tracking back to cover for Beckham's absence, and on one occasion clearing from virtually off the line.

Glenn Hoddle was forced into replacing the injured Graeme Le Saux with Gareth Southgate, and also brought on Paul Merson for Paul Scholes.

[ image: Beckham's sending off]
Beckham's sending off
Meanwhile Argentina coach Daniel Passarella also made changes during the second half with Gabriel Batistuta being taken off.

England continued to defend well and Sol Campbell even thought he had won it when he headed a corner into the goal on 81 minutes.

But the Danish referee produced another contraversial decision and disallowed the effort.

[ image: Sol Campbell asks why his 'goal' was disallowed]
Sol Campbell asks why his 'goal' was disallowed
At least 3 England players were still celebrating as the Argentinians surged forwards and only a superb saving tackle from Darren Anderton prevented the score going 3-2 in Argentina's favour.

However it remained 2-2 at the end of 90 minutes and despite further pressure there was no golden goal.

England's chances were restricted to occasional free kicks, but their opponents also carved out few clear cut opportunities despite their one man advantage.

Then came the shootout and Shearer following substitute Sergio Berti in scoring the first kicks.

[ image: Despair and delight for Batty and Roa]
Despair and delight for Batty and Roa
Hernan Crespo and Paul Ince both saw theirs saved, before Juan Veron and Paul Merson both scored.

Argentina's fourth from Gallardo also went in, and Owen again showed no nerves at all in dispatching his.

Then Ayala scored to put all the pressure on the last of England's five takers, David Batty.

But his kick was saved by Roa and Argentina went through.



David Seaman, Gary Neville, Tony Adams, Sol Campbell, Darren Anderton, David Beckham, Paul Ince, Paul Scholes, Graeme Le Saux, Michael Owen, Alan Shearer (captain).


Carlos Roa, Nelson Vivas, Roberto Ayala, Jose Chamot, Javier Zanetti, Matias Almeyda, Juan Veron, Ariel Ortega, Diego Simeone (captain), Gabriel Batistuta, Claudio Lopez.

Referee: Kim Nielsen (Denmark)

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