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Near miss no comfort as France hold England

Published: Sunday 5 October 2003, 15.16CET
France 0-0 England
Stuart Pearce hit the bar but a second successive draw set alarm bells ringing for the two Group A favourites.
Near miss no comfort as France hold England
Stuart Pearce went closest to scoring for England ©Getty Images

Match statistics

FranceEngland

Goals scored0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 12:09 CET

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Published: Sunday 5 October 2003, 15.16CET

Near miss no comfort as France hold England

France 0-0 England
Stuart Pearce hit the bar but a second successive draw set alarm bells ringing for the two Group A favourites.

A cruel bounce off the crossbar denied Stuart Pearce a goal as France smothered England's attacking intentions in Malmo in their second Group A game.

Still bleeding following a clash with France's Basile Boli, Pearce delivered a tremendous effort from 25 metres but it smacked the underside of the bar and did not cross the line. The result leaves both sides in a frustrating situation – after two games they have two points apiece, and with Sweden subsequently beating Denmark, the nominal favourites are in trouble.

France coach Michel Platini set out his stall to defend, with Luis Fernández fielded in place of Christian Perez, who had looked lively in their 1-1 opening draw against Sweden. There would be few sights of goal for either side, with Gary Lineker frustrated in the first half when his strike partner Alan Shearer could not produce the right ball to exploit a rare French blunder.

Defender Des Walker could take credit for denying the dangerous Jean-Pierre Papin any room for manoeuvre at the other end. That was scant consolation for manager Graham Taylor, whose direct tactics were proving ineffective in Sweden and unpopular back at home.

Last updated: 24/01/12 13.58CET

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Lineups

France

France

England

England

1
MartiniBruno Martini
1
WoodsChris Woods
2
AmorosManuel Amoros (C)
3
PearceStuart Pearce
5
BlancLaurent Blanc
4
KeownMartin Keown
6
CasoniBernard Casoni
5
WalkerDes Walker
7
DeschampsDidier Deschamps
7
PlattDavid Platt
8
SauzéeFranck Sauzée
Substitution46
8
StevenTrevor Steven
9
PapinJean-Pierre Papin
10
LinekerGary Lineker (C)
10
FernándezLuis Fernández
Yellow Card31
Substitution75
11
SintonAndy Sinton
13
BoliBasile Boli
12
PalmerCarlton Palmer
14
DurandJean-Philippe Durand
19
BattyDavid Batty
Yellow Card69
18
CantonaEric Cantona
20
ShearerAlan Shearer

Substitutes

3
SilvestreFranck Silvestre
2
CurleKeith Curle
4
PetitEmmanuel Petit
9
CloughNigel Clough
11
PerezChristian Perez
Substitution75
13
MartynNigel Martyn
12
CocardChristophe Cocard
14
DorigoTony Dorigo
15
DivertFabrice Divert
15
WebbNeil Webb
16
VahiruaPascal Vahirua
16
MersonPaul Merson
17
GardeRemi Garde
17
SmithAlan Smith
19
RoussetGilles Rousset
18
DaleyTony Daley
20
AnglomaJocelyn Angloma
Substitution46

Coach

Michel Platini (FRA) Graham Taylor (ENG)

Referee

Sándor Puhl (HUN)

Assistant referees

Laszlo Varga (HUN), Sandor Szilagyi (HUN)

Fourth official

Sándor Varga (HUN)

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