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Last Updated: Saturday, 9 October, 2004, 12:49 GMT 13:49 UK
World Cup clockwatch
Group Four result:
France 0-0 Republic of Ireland

Group Five result:
Scotland 0-1 Norway

Group Six results:
England 2-0 Wales


Azerbaijan 0-0 Northern Ireland


Goalflashes and major incidents:

2155: RESULT France 0-0 Republic of Ireland
The full-time whistle goes in Paris and Republic of Ireland have secured a fantastic point against the disappointing French.

2138: Shay Given makes an important save to deny Thierry Henry after the Arsenal striker had controlled a pass and looked likely to score.

2130: John O'Shea goes agonisingly close to giving Ireland the lead again but his snap-shot from 10 yards drifts just wide with Fabien Barthez beaten.

2122: Damien Duff sends in a stunning volley from 20 yards that Fabien Barthez does superbly well to punch away for a corner.

2115: France striker Djibril Cisse tries an acrobatic volley but Kenny Cunningham gets in a brave block to stop the goalbound effort.

2113: Thierry Henry goes on a mazy run at the heart of the Irish defence, but Brian Kerr's side have defended stoutly all evening and they clear the danger.

2049: The half-time whistle blows in the Stade de France with Republic of Ireland holding the hosts.

2042: Republic of Ireland are forced into a substitution with Clinton Morrison injured, so Andy Reid replaces the Birmingham hitman.

2038: France have upped the tempo and Robert Pires sends a well-struck shot towards the bottom right-hand corner only for Shay Given to brilliantly fingertip the ball away for a corner.

2036: William Gallas rifles in a shot from 22 yards that Shay Given does well to parry.

2030: Kevin Kilbane races into the France area but falls in the presence of Mikael Silvestre, the referee rightly waving away his claims for a penalty.

2025: Steve Finnan finds himself in space on the edge of the French box but his drive flies straight into Fabien Barthez's arms.

2016: Olivier Dacourt fires in a shot from well outside the area, but it fails to test Republic keeper Shay Given.

2013: Kevin Kilbane finds space and tries his luck from outside the box, but his powerully struck shot deflects off Sebastien Squillaci and out for a corner.

2003: The Republic get off to a bright start as Roy Keane almost releases Clinton Morrison but Fabien Barthez comes out quickly to save at his feet.

2000: The France-Republic game gets under way.

1930: Republic of Ireland boss Brian Kerr does not recall Matt Holland in France so Kevin Kilbane keeps his place with Steve Finnan taking over from Andy Reid on the right of midfield.

1923: RESULT Azerbaijan 0-0 Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland will be disappointed with only taking a point from a game which they had been hoping to win.

1922: Azerbaijan throw everybody forward for a late free-kick but Northern Ireland clear.

1920: The fourth official indicates three minutes of added time.

1919: Substitute Andrew Smith is denied by keeper Jahangir Hasanzade in a dramatic finish.

1918: A second X-ray reveals that England captain David Beckham has a hairline fracture of a rib.

1912: Jeff Whitley volleys wide from another good Northern Ireland chance after the ball pings around the Azerbaijan area following a free-kick.

1910: Damien Johnson turns away in despair as his curling shot from 20 yards goes inches wide of the far post.

1906: Azerbaijan send on their record goalscorer Gurban Gurbanov to replace Samir Aliyev and join one of his brothers on the pitch.

At the same time Northern Ireland replace James Quinn with Andrew Smith.

1858: An alert James Quinn almost gives Northern Ireland a bizarre lead as he charges down a woeful clearance from keeper Jahangir Hasanzade inside the area but watches the ball fizz agonisingly wide of the post.

1857: At the other end Jeff Whitley's rising drive is pushed over the bar by Jahangir Hasanzade, who then comfortable saves Colin Murdock's header from the resultant corner.

1856: Samir Aliyev comes within inches of putting Azerbaijan ahead as his chip from the edge of the Northern Ireland area lands on the roof of the net.

1853: Azerbaijan try to fight their way back into the game but a long-range shot flies way over the Northern Ireland bar.

1850: Stuart Elliott is furious as he feels he is impeded inside the Azerbaijan penalty area as he tries to reach a cross from Keith Gillespie as Northern Ireland continue to attack.

1847: Azerbaijan make a change - bringing on Anatoliy Ponomarev for Makhmud Gurbanov.

1845: Northern Ireland cause problems in the Azerbaijan area with a right wing free-kick which keeper Jahangir Hasanzade unconvincingly fists away.

Seconds later he makes a better save to turn away a shot from James Quinn for a corner which comes to nothing.

1844: Azerbaijan make their first substitution - bringing on Ilgar Gurbanov for Ismail Mamedov.

1835: The action resumes in Baku with Northern Ireland kicking off and neither side having made any half-time substitutions.

1823: England captain David Beckham is given the all-clear after X-rays to his ribs in hospital.

1817: HALF-TIME Azerbaijan 0-0 Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland recover from the early loss of Chris Baird and a slow start to hit back and hold their own up until the break.

1816: One minute of added time will be played in Baku.

1808: Colin Murdock has a chance to put Northern Ireland ahead but his header from a right-wing cross following a corner flies wide of the near post.

1800: Northern Ireland battle their way back into the game and win a corner but it is cleared harmlessly away.

1747: Rashad Sadygov tries his luck with a free-kick from 35 yards out but it whistles over the Northern Ireland bar.

1743: Azerbaijan come within inches of taking the lead as Makhmud Gurbanov fires inches wide from the edge of the area. The chance is a reward for a good spell of pressure from the home side.

1740: An early blow for Northern Ireland as Chris Baird is forced off injured with Keith Gillespie replacing him.

The Southampton defender fell awkwardly and hobbled off with suspected ankle damage.

1737: England skipper David Beckham goes to hospital for X-rays on his ribs.

He left the field injured near the end of England's 2-0 win over Wales.

1731: Azerbaijan kick off against Northern Ireland - a match starting at 9.30pm local time.

1659: Northern Ireland are half an hour away from kicking off their match in Azerbaijan.

Bristol City's Tommy Doherty is confirmed in the line-up for his first international since last April. He lines up alongside Damien Johnson, Jeff Whitley and Colin Murdock in midfield.

Top scorer David Healy is suspended after his sending-off against Wales.

1652: RESULT England 2-0 Wales
The whistle goes at Old Trafford as goals from Frank Lampard and David Beckham wrap up victory for England in their first game with Wales for 20 years.

1651: RESULT Scotland 0-1 Norway
Scotland lose a home World Cup qualifier to foreign opposition for the first time since October 1965 as they fail to find an equaliser to Steffen Iversen's penalty.

1650: Scotland pack the Norway area for a last-gasp free-kick but fail to find anyone as the ball is cleared.

1647: Four minutes of added time are signalled at Old Trafford with three extra minutes to be played at Hampden Park.

1646: Norway almost make the game safe at Hampden but an alert Craig Gordon saves from John Carew.

1646: Michael Owen is denied yet again as Paul Jones at full-stretch tips away his flying header after the Real striker is set up by Alan Smith.

1644: England make their final substitution with Ledley King replacing Wayne Rooney.

1642: Beckham, who has clearly not recovered from his knock, leaves the field for good to be replaced by Owen Hargreaves.

1640: David Beckham, who has come back on to the pitch, is booked for a challenge on Ben Thatcher - ruling him out of Wednesday's game against Azerbaijan.

1639: Wayne Rooney goes on the kind of run Paul Gascoigne made against Scotland in Euro 1996 and is only denied a goal by another good Danny Gabbidon challenge.

1639: Scotland win a couple of quick corners but fail to find the equaliser.

1638: David Beckham is winded after an accidental collision with Ben Thatcher and hobbles on to the sidelines after treatment.

1635: Danny Gabbidon clears off the line from Wayne Rooney after Paul Jones brilliantly denies David Beckham.

1633: GOAL England 2-0 Wales
David Beckham sends the home fans wild with a superb second goal - curling the ball home into the top corner from fully 25 yards out on the left-hand side.

1633: Scotland take off Paul Dickov, to the annoyance of the fans, and bring on Kenny Miller.

1632: Michael Owen collects Wayne Rooney's pass inside the Wales area, turns and shoots but Mark Delaney blocks his attempt at the expense of a corner.

1631: Wales bring on striker Robert Earnshaw for midfielder Jason Koumas, who only started the game after Andy Melville's injury in the warm-up.

1627: Sol Campbell powers a header over the Wales bar from David Beckham's right-wing corner.

Before play can restart, England bring on Alan Smith in place of Jermain Defoe.

1625: Craig Bellamy has a chance to equalise for Wales but he blazes his first-time effort after the ball falls for him following a double rebound off Rio Ferdinand and then his own team-mate Jason Koumas

1624: Scotland have their best chance of the second half as a falling Paul Dickov forces Norway goalkeeper Thomas Myhre to save his low shot from the edge of the area.

1623: Paul Robinson plucks Craig Bellamy's cross out of the air with John Hartson waiting at the far post.

1621: Scotland replace Richard Hughes with Stephen Pearson.

1617: Wales make a change, replacing Mark Pembridge with Carl Robinson.

1615: England attack again and this time Michael Owen fires over after another good run at the Wales defence.

1614: David Beckham tries a cheeky chip from the edge of the Wales area but Paul Jones makes a good save.

1613: Wayne Rooney fails to make the most of a good position inside the Wales area when his shot from a tight angle on the left is parried with team-mates screaming for a pass.

1612: GOAL Scotland 0-1 Norway
Steffen Iversen coolly beats Craig Gordon from the resulting spot-kick to put Norway ahead.

1611: SENDING-OFF James McFadden (Scotland)
McFadden is dismissed for handling Claus Lundekvam's goalbound header on the line and Norway are awarded a penalty.

1610: Michael Owen holds off a series of Wales challenges after collecting the ball on the left-hand side but is denied a shooting chance by a superb tackle by Danny Gabbidon.

1606: Wales' Danny Gabbidon is injured in an accidental collision with Jermain Defoe. A stretcher is brought on but is not required as Gabbidon leaves the field after treatment for the required few seconds before being beckoned back on by the referee.

1603: Wales and Norway get the respective games under way again within seconds of each other.

1547: HALF-TIME England 1-0 Wales
Warm applause rings round Old Trafford as the England and Wales players head off for a breather.

1545: HALF-TIME Scotland 0-0 Norway
The teams troop off at Hampden Park as Scotland coach Berti Vogts waits to ask referee Paul Allaerts about the "goal" by Richard Hughes which was not given.

1544: Gary Speed causes a moment of alarm in the England defence as he dives to meet a Ryan Giggs free-kick but his firm header is well held by Paul Robinson.

1539: David Beckham comes close to scoring on his old home ground but his curling shot from the edge of the area drifts wide of the far post.

1537: Scotland striker Paul Dickov is booked for a foul on Erik Hagen - a caution which rules him out of Wednesday's qualifying game in Moldova.

1534: Jermain Defoe makes a chance for himself with some clever footwork but his sliderule shot is easily gathered by Paul Jones.

1533: England hit back and Michael Owen is just denied the chance to shoot by Mark Delaney after Wayne Rooney's deflected shot falls to him inside the Wales area.

1532: Wales are now getting more of the possession but are finding it difficult to break down England.

1529: Controversy at Hampden Park as Scotland feel that Richard Hughes' close-range shot in a goalmouth scramble has crossed the Norway line before being cleared by Steffen Iversen, seconds after Paul Dickov's shot is saved by Thomas Myhre.

1528: Wayne Rooney's shot from the edge of the area is blocked after he is teed up by David Beckham.

1526: Gary Speed has Wales' first chance of the match after John Hartson heads the ball on but he turns in the area before looping the ball over the England bar.

1522: Michael Owen almost makes it two for England. A beautiful flowing move involving David Beckham and Wayne Rooney sets Owen free but Paul Jones makes a good save with his legs.

1521: Another let-off for Scotland as John Carew heads just over from a right-wing corner.

1519: Norway striker John Carew just fails to get on the end of Magne Hoseth's teasing left-wing cross under pressure from Gary Naysmith so the game at Hampden remains goalless.

1515: Jermain Defoe fires wide from just inside the Wales area as England keep up the pressure.

1513: Wanye Rooney almost doubles England's lead after his shot from 30 yards, following a mazy run, is tipped away for a corner by Paul Jones.

1511: David Beckham's curling free-kick from the edge of the area is comfortably saved by Wales keeper Paul Jones.

1509: Scotland's Richard Hughes clears the danger as John Carew sends a dangerous cross from the left is played into the penalty area.

1507: James McFadden has Scotland's first chance but his free-kick from 25 yards is taken low down by Thomas Myhre.

1505: GOAL England 1-0 Wales
England make the perfect start as Frank Lampard's shot from 20 yards deflects in off Michael Owen's heel and flies into the bottom corner after Owen lays back Nicky Butt's pass.

1503: England start brightly with Michael Owen twisting and turning in the Wales box before the ball is cleared to Frank Lampard, whose left-wing cross drifts harmlessly over.

1502: England kick off the game at Old Trafford after a minute's silence for murdered British hostage Ken Bigley.

1458: Scotland and Norway kick off two minutes early with both sides searching for their first wins of the campaign.

1454: England and Wales stride on to the Old Trafford pitch to an amazing welcome from the crowd.

1454: Wales suffer a major blow before kick-off as Andy Melville is injured in the warm-up and is ruled out of the game. Jason Koumas comes into the team with Simon Davies moving to right-back.

1453: The Scotland and Norway teams enter the field at Hampden Park to a tumultous welcome. A full Hampden Park is in good voice for the national anthem.

1430: Old Trafford is already a cauldron of noise with half an hour to go to England's first meeting with Wales for 20 years.

Supporters mingle inside and outside the ground without any hint of trouble as a capacity near-68,000 crowd prepare for the game.

The carnival atmosphere is boosted before kick-off as double Olympic champion Kelly Holmes is paraded to the crowd.




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