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Last Updated: Thursday, 17 June, 2004, 17:52 GMT 18:52 UK
England 3-0 Switzerland

David Beckham and Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney inspired England to victory over a dogged Switzerland.

Rooney, 18, became the youngest player to score in a European Championship after he guided a header past Joerg Stiel from a Michael Owen cross.

On the hour Bernt Haas was red-carded and soon after Rooney's rifled shot hit the post and richocheted off keeper Stiel's head into the net.

Late on Steven Gerrard arrived to score a third when he popped up to scoop home Gary Neville's cross from the right.

The early signs for England were distinctly unpromising as the players struggled to adapt to playing in temperatures above 30 degrees.

We're back on track now
Wayne Rooney
England striker

Sven-Goran Eriksson's side struggled to retain possession, while Switzerland looked dangerous probing England's left flank.

Even more worringly, a series of set-pieces taken by the left-footed Hakan Yakin gave England's defence all sorts of problems.

In that edgy opening phase, England's best attacking chance was Rooney's futile chase for a Frank Lampard pass,
KEY MOMENTS
23mins: Rooney gives England an early lead
60 mins: Haas is sent off
75mins: Rooney's shot ends up in the net via the post and Stiel's head
82 mins: Gerrard wraps up England's victory with a third
which ended up with the Everton youngster picking up a yellow card for his lunge at Swiss goalkeeper Stiel.

Completely against the run of the play, England took the lead.

Gerrard burst forward and, as he was tackled, he released the ball to David Beckham.

The England captain quickly flighted a diagonal pass to Owen, who picked out Rooney with his cross and the youngster wrote himself into the history books with a powerful header.

The goal served to sharpen England's passing and movement and just past the half-hour Ashley Cole's low cross from the left just eluded both Owen and Rooney.

Even so, the Swiss - prompted by Hakan Yakin's passing and vision - continued to probe a nervous English defence and just before the break the Stuttgart midfielder went close from another free-kick.

The introduction of youngster Daniel Gygax further pepped up Switzerland's attack.

However, just before the hour Koebi Kuhn's side suffered a blow when Haas was dismissed after he picked up two yellow cards in the space of 10 minutes.

Switzerland's hopes evaporated with Haas' sending off.

That's the second time we've had to finish with 10 players
Jakob Kuhn
Switzerland coach

More good work from Rooney led to the Everton striker rattling the post with a rifled shot - an effort that landed up in the net after richocheting off the unfortunate Stiel.

And in the closing stages Gerrard made it three when he forced Neville's cross past Stiel.


England: James, Gary Neville, Campbell, Terry, Ashley Cole, Beckham, Gerrard, Lampard, Scholes (Hargreaves 70), Owen (Vassell 72), Rooney (Dyer 83).
Subs Not Used: Robinson, Walker, Bridge, Phil Neville, King, Carragher, Butt, Joe Cole, Heskey.

Booked: Rooney.

Switzerland: Stiel, Haas, Murat Yakin, Muller, Spycher, Huggel, Celestini (Cabanas 53), Wicky, Chapuisat (Gygax 45), Hakan Yakin (Vonlanthen 84), Frei.
Subs Not Used: Zuberbuhler, Roth, Berner, Henchoz, Zwyssig, Magnin, Barnetta, Rama.

Sent Off: Haas (60).

Booked: Celestini, Haas.

Attendance: 30,000.

Referee: Valentin Ivanov (Russia).


OFFICIAL STATS BY UEFA
Category England Switzerland
Total shots 9 11
Shots on target 7 1
Possession 45% 55%
Corners won 0 5
Fouls committed 16 19
Offsides 4 2
Bookings 1 4
Sent Off 0 1



TRIVIA

  • Wayne Rooney has become the youngest ever goal scorer in the history of the competition by netting England's opening goal against Switzerland.
  • With his second goal of the match, Rooney became the third Englishman to have scored a brace in a European Championship match. He joins Teddy Sheringham and Alan Shearer who both scored twice against Holland on 18 June 1996. No English player has netted more than twice in a European Championship match.
  • With the dismissal of Bernt Haas, Switzerland became the seventh nation to have had more than one player sent off in the history of the European Championship finals. On June 13, Euro 2004 team mate Johann Vogel was red carded.





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