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Friday, 14 June, 2002, 14:35 GMT 15:35 UK
Clockwatch: Denmark 0-3 England


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90 mins (+1): The final whistle goes and England are into the quarter-finals with a fine 3-0 victory.

This World Cup is over for Denmark, but England now move on to face either Brazil or Belgium in the last eight.

89 mins: It's a case of playing out time now - Dennis Rommedahl's wild shot looks like Denmark's last meaningful effort. There will be one minute of injury-time.

85 mins: England lose concentration briefly with a couple of sloppy passes, but by and large they remain in firm control and are five minutes away from the quarter-finals.

82 mins: To their credit, Denmark are still pushing for a goal, and David Seaman does well to keep out a neat Niclas Jensen chip.

79 mins: Robbie Fowler releases the overlapping David Beckham, but his shot doesn't really test Thomas Sorensen.

75 mins: Ebbe Sand's cushioned knockdown falls for David Seaman rather than strike partner Jon Dahl Tomasson.

73 mins: The England fans are in good voice, with an impromptu rendition of the national anthem. Clearly they think the game is won, and Denmark are doing little to suggest they are wrong.

72 mins: Wingers Jesper Gronkjaer and Dennis Rommedahl switch flanks in a bid to get Denmark going, but to no avail just yet.

70 mins: After surviving a few minutes of Danish pressure, England move forward, and Robbie Fowler's teasing centre is headed just over by the energetic Trevor Sinclair.

68 mins: England's third and final substitution, and another chance for Sven-Goran Eriksson to give someone else a run-out. Emile Heskey is the man to make way for Teddy Sheringham, who comes on to win his 50th cap.

65 mins: Emile Heskey is back in his own box to block an Ebbe Sand effort. From the resulting corner, Kasper Bogelund finds space but his fierce shot deflects off a team-mate and over the bar.

61 mins: The official attendance is confirmed as 40,582 - still some 2,000 short of official capacity and another example of the ticketing problems at the tournament.

60 mins: David Seaman is unable to cling onto a decent low strike from Niclas Jensen. But Sol Campbell comes to Seaman's rescue.

58 mins: Substitution for Denmark - Claus Jensen replaces fellow midfielder Stig Tofting. But will the switch trigger an improvement from the Danes?

56 mins: Good possession play from England, with David Beckham at the heart of it. He eventually shoots from 30 yards, but it's tipped over by Thomas Sorensen.

54 mins: The rain has eased as England look to maintain their control of the game.

50 mins: The first slight negative for England, as Danny Mills is booked for overreacting to a clumsy challenge.

49 mins: Another switch for England, and it's Paul Scholes who makes way for Kieron Dyer, who will slot into central midfield.

48 mins: Denmark substitute Kasper Bogelund does well to steer a dangerous cross away from Robbie Fowler.

47 mins: A poor pass from Paul Scholes hands Denmark a chance to attack, but Jesper Gronkjaer makes a mess of his shot and it sails harmlessly over the bar.

46 mins: Robbie Fowler replaces Michael Owen up front for England at the start of the second half.


1317: The half-time whistle goes, and a buoyant England go in three goals to the good.

Denmark, who have defended poorly from the start, will need to produce something special to save their World Cup hopes.

45 mins: In first-half injury time, David Seaman has to tip over a Thomas Gravesen effort.

44 mins: Denmark fail to clear a Danny Mills throw, and David Beckham feeds Emile Heskey who rifles the ball home. But good as Heskey's strike was, goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen must again shoulder some of the blame.
Denmark 0-3 England

43 mins: Emile Heskey is caught offside from Trevor Sinclair's lofted through-ball.

40 mins: A rare mistake from Rio Ferdinand allows Ebbe Sand to cross, but Sol Campbell clears the danger.

39 mins: Nicky Butt is hobbling slightly but seems OK to continue.

37 mins: Dennis Rommedahl is undoubtedly Denmark's danger man. As yet, he hasn't perfected his final ball, but the warning signs are there.

35 mins: The drizzle has turned into a torrential downpour, but both sides are still looking to play the ball quickly to feet.

34 mins: Dennis Rommedahl tries to speed past Ashley Cole, but England's left-back covers the danger.

32 mins: Another quick burst from England, and once more initiated by Rio Ferdinand. He finds David Beckham on the right touchline, but Emile Heskey just fails to get on the end of his first-time cross.

29 mins: The rain starts to fall in Niigata.

26 mins: Thomas Gravesen releases Ebbe Sand. He runs purposefully at the England defence, but sends a low left-foot shot just wide.

24 mins: The Danes are rattled - midfielder Stig Tofting is booked for dissent.

22 mins: After good build-up play, Trevor Sinclair rolls the ball across the edge of the box to Nicky Butt. His flick forward eventually falls to Michael Owen, who controls and steers the ball home with his left foot. It's his 17th international goal in 40 games - his first in this World Cup - and it puts England in total command.
Denmark 0-2 England

17 mins: After a frantic opening, the pattern of play settles. Denmark are looking to threaten down both flanks, while England aim to release Emile Heskey and Michael Owen whenever possible.

15 mins: Another good chance for England - Emile Heskey shrugs off the last defender but can't beat Thomas Sorensen.

12 mins: Jesper Gronkjaer curls a dangerous cross in from the left wing, but none of his team-mates can get on the end of it.

10 mins: David Beckham clips a neat ball over the Danish defence to Michael Owen, but Owen can't get any power in his shot.

8 mins: Denmark try to hit back - but Dennis Rommedahl can't reach Jon Dahl Tomasson's pass.

7 mins: Kasper Bogelund comes on for the injured Thomas Helveg.

5 mins: Danish defender Martin Laursen concedes an unnecessary corner, which David Beckham whips across from the left. Rio Ferdinand heads across the box but goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen diverts the ball into his own net. It's an own goal, and England have the perfect start.
Denmark 0-1 England

3 mins: Rio Ferdinand picks out Emile Heskey with a precise long ball, but Heskey is unable to control it.

1 min: Both teams set their stall out as expected, with Denmark's Jon Dahl Tomasson playing behind main striker Ebbe Sand, and England's midfielders forming a compact four.

1230: Referee Markus Merk gets the game underway.

1227: The crowd belt out both anthems before the players shake hands with one another and pose for pre-match pictures.

1223: Both teams get a rousing reception as they walk out at the Big Swan stadium.


Team news:

England are unchanged for the match, retaining Trevor Sinclair down the left and Emile Heskey up front alongside Michael Owen.

Injury doubts Jon Dahl Tomasson and Stig Tofting are fit to start for Denmark, who recall star striker Ebbe Sand and winger Jesper Gronkjaer.

England: David Seaman, Danny Mills, Sol Campbell, Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Cole, David Beckham (capt), Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Trevor Sinclair, Michael Owen, Emile Heskey

Denmark: Thomas Sorensen, Thomas Helveg, Rene Henriksen (capt), Martin Laursen, Niclas Jensen, Dennis Rommedahl, Stig Tofting, Thomas Gravesen, Jesper Gronkjaer, Ebbe Sand, Jon Dahl Tomasson.

Referee: M Merk (Germany)


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