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Last Updated: Wednesday, 11 June, 2003, 19:45 GMT 20:45 UK
Clockwatch: Euro 2004 qualifiers

Results

England 2-1 Slovakia

Northern Ireland 0-0 Spain

Republic of Ireland 2-0 Georgia


Goalflashes and major incidents...

2152: Full-time: Northern Ireland 0-0 Spain Northern Ireland earn a superb point against Spain with a draw at Windsor Park.

2148: Full-time: England 2-1 Slovakia Michael Owen's brace has won the game for England and kept their Euro 2004 qualification on track. With Turkey beating Macedonia 3-2 earlier in the day, it is a crucial victory.

2148: Steven Gerrard is completely through on goal but cannot beat Miroslav Konig.

2147: Paul Scholes plays an exquisite through ball to Owen Hargreaves, who spurns the chance with a poor first touch and eventually hits his shot wide.

2144: Darius Vassell threatens to run at goal from a wide position but is crudely hauled down by a Slovakia defender.

2140: With less than 10 minutes left England seem the most likely to score again. Slovakia, who tore England apart at times in the opening 45 minutes, now seem to possess little threat.

2134: Frank Lampard pushes forward again and is picked out by Darius Vassell, but the midfielder cannot quite get his shot on target. England have dominated the last 20 minutes.

2131: Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole combine to create a scoring chance for Michael Owen, but the skipper's hopes of completing a hat-trick are thwarted first by Miroslav Konig in the Slovakia goal and then by the crossbar.

2128: GOAL: England 2-1 Slovakia
Michael Owen
puts England in the lead with a header from seven yards. The England skipper has Steven Gerrard to thank, who played an absolutely sublime cross that bisected the two Slovakia central defenders with absolute precision.

2124: Lampard puts the ball in the net from one yard and charges off to celebrate. His celebrations are short-lived as an off-side flag cancels out the goal. Replays show that several Slovakia players were playing the midfielder on-side and the goal should have stood.

2123: Full-time. Republic of Ireland 2-0 Georgia The final whistle goes in Dublin with the Republic of Ireland another step closer to qualifying for Euro 2004.

2121: England are now firmly in command and Lampard almost puts them in the lead after a mazy run and shot, but Miroslav Konig makes a good one-handed save.

2120: Gareth Southgate is blatantly fouled inside the Slovakia penalty area by Robert Vittek but the referee waves play on.

2117: GOAL: England 1-1 Slovakia
Michael Owen
converts coolly from the penalty spot to pull England level. The spot kick was awarded after a foul on Owen by Marian Zeman, though Slovakia will feel the England captain went to ground far too easily.

2113: Wayne Rooney - starved of service throughout the match - is replaced by Vassell.

2112: Steven Gerrard weaves his way across the Slovakia defence with brilliant skill but his chipped shot is comfortably over the Slovakia crossbar.

2111: England win a free-kick which Owen Hargreaves takes in David Beckham's absence. The ball strikes the Slovakia wall and the danger is easily cleared as the frustration continues to mount.

2108: England try to push forward but are still struggling to find space through the middle of the park. Paul Scholes has been man-marked throughout the match and has been able to showcase precious few of his attacking skills.

2104: The second-half starts at the Riverside with England desperate to impose themselves on the match after a torrid opening half. Gerrard creates a shooting chance from 20 yards but his strike misses by a substantial margin.

2048: GOAL: Republic of Ireland 2-0 Georgia
Robbie Keane
doubles the Republic lead with a cool finish after being set up by Lee Carsley.

2045: The half-time whistle goes at the Riverside. It has been a worrying 45 minutes for England, who have been sliced open on numerous occasions while creating only a few chances themselves.

2041: England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson substitutes Danny Mills, who has looked very out of sorts, and brings on Owen Hargreaves. Making the change just minutes before half-time is a real sign of how concerned the England coach is by the gaping holes in his team's defence.

2040: The game has exploded into life, with a series of chances at both ends.
Slovakia blow another great opportunity. With the England defence once again absent without leave, it is Szilard Nemeth who fails to hit the target from a great position.

2036: Michael Owen is through on goal but a poor first touch forces him to shoot with his left foot and Miroslav Konig in the Slovakia goal saves.

2035: Igor Demo blows a great chance to double the lead for Slovakia. He is completely unmarked 10 yards from goal but drags his shot wide.

2034: England almost equalise. A series of attacks culminates in the ball breaking to Ashley Cole on the left but he just fails to pick out Owen and the chance is gone.

2031: Slovakia almost double their lead, but David James does well to save Michal Hanek's header.

2029: GOAL: England 0-1 Slovakia
Vladimir Janocko
opens the scoring for Slovakia. England goalkeeper James will be disappointed in the extreme.
Janocko's deep floated cross from a seemingly innocuous position defeats everyone, including the England keeper, and nestles in the bottom corner.

2028: Miroslav Konig flaps at a Gerrard cross but no England players are lurking to capitalise on the mistake.

2025: The England fans are trying to lift their team but, with the exception of the opening minutes, the performance so far lacks a cutting edge.

2016: Georgia almost equalise but Stephen Carr manages to head Shota Averladze's shot off the line.

2014: GOAL: Republic of Ireland 1-0 Georgia
Gary Doherty
gives his team the lead, heading Kevin Kilbane's free-kick past George Lomaia.

2011: Sloppy defending from Gareth Southgate allows Robert Vittek through on goal. The Slovakia striker forces a good save from David James with a rasping drive from a tight angle. The visitors have started to impose themselves on the game.

2008: Northern Ireland almost scores against Spain, but Iker Casillas just tips Tommy Doherty's curling shot over the post.

2008: James makes his first save of the evening in the England goal to deny Vladimir Janocko's long-range strike.

2006: England have enjoyed a lively start, with Michael Owen almost bursting clear of the Slovakia defence on several occasions.

2005: Malkahz Asatiani almost scores for Georgia but his shot flies inches over the Republic crossbar.

2000: Owen is inches from giving England the leading after Steven Gerrard's incisive pass puts the England captain through on goal, but Miroslav Konig just manages to tip the ball around the post.

2000: The match between England and Slovakia at the Riverside Stadium and Northern Ireland's fixture against Spain both start.

1950: A knock-down from Doherty picks out Kevin Kilbane, who cannot keep his shot down.

1945: The Republic of Ireland almost open the scoring but Doherty cannot quite reach Carr's teasing ball across the face of the Georgia goal.

1942: The Republic of Ireland win two corners in succession as they look to break the deadlock. The second almost results in a goal, but John O'Shea heads narrowly wide.

1940: The Republic of Ireland have had the better of the opening exchanges, starting at a frenetic pace and attacking as quickly as possible.

1930: The Republic of Ireland's game with Georgia starts at a packed Lansdowne Road.

1900 BST: The atmosphere is starting to build outside the Riverside Stadium.

The England supporters are hopeful of an England win against Slovakia to boost the team's chances of qualifying for Euro 2004.


Team news

England start with Michael Owen alongside Wayne Rooney in attack as they hope to repeat the success they enjoyed in the crucial victory over Turkey.

Damien Duff is out for the Republic of Ireland with a knee injury, so Gary Doherty partners Robbie Keane in attack.

Lee Carsley partners Colin Healy in the centre of midfield.

Glentoran's Andy Smith plays as the lone striker for Northern Ireland, with manager Sammy McIlroy making one change to the team that lose a friendly in Italy last week.

Crewe's Steve Jones replaces Norwich City player Paul McVeigh for the match against Spain, who lost to Greece on Saturday.

Real Madrid trio Fernando Morientes, Michael Salgado and Raul Bravo are dropped from Saturday's team, with Juan Fran, Sergio and Ruben Baraja drafted into the side.




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