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England challenge ignited by Rooney

Published: Tuesday 22 June 2004, 0.59CET
Croatia 2-4 England
Two goals from Wayne Rooney helped stylish England come from behind to book a quarter-final berth.
by Adrian Harte
from Estádio da Luz
England challenge ignited by Rooney
Wayne Rooney celebrates after scoring his second and England's third goal against Croatia ©Getty Images

Match statistics

CroatiaEngland

Goals scored2
 
4
Attempts on target8
 
14
Attempts off target3
 
3
Corners4
 
6
Fouls committed17
 
15
Yellow cards1
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:57 CET

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Published: Tuesday 22 June 2004, 0.59CET

England challenge ignited by Rooney

Croatia 2-4 England
Two goals from Wayne Rooney helped stylish England come from behind to book a quarter-final berth.

Wayne Rooney scored twice as England came from behind to defeat Croatia in Lisbon and progress to the UEFA EURO 2004 quarter-finals.

England's win secured second spot in Group B and a quarter-final meeting with hosts Portugal here on Thursday. Sven-Göran Eriksson's side had trailed to Niko Kovač's fifth-minute opener before two goals at the end of the first half. Rooney assisted Paul Scholes for the first and the midfielder returned the favour on the stroke of half-time. Rooney sealed England's progress with his fourth goal of the competition after 68 minutes before Igor Tudor and Frank Lampard traded goals.

England, unchanged from the victory over Switzerland, were quickly in their stride and Michael Owen's early break promised much before Dario Šimić's well-timed interception. Croatia responded and scored with their first attack as England's set-piece vulnerability was again exposed.

David Beckham conceded a free-kick on the right and Milan Rapaić's excellent delivery caused chaos in the England defence. David James was forced to parry Ashley Cole's skewed attempt at a clearance and midfielder Niko Kovač pounced to squeeze in the rebound.

England almost issued an immediate riposte but Tomislav Butina saved smartly from Scholes. Croatia responded with an attack of their own and James had to be alert to save from Tomislav Šokota. Back came England, with Rooney particularly prominent, but Croatia gave a reminder of their own menace when Dado Pršo's shot from the edge of the box was saved by James.

Suitably warned, England finally drew level five minutes before half-time. Butina was forced off his line to deny Owen, put through by Lampard's pass, and the ball broke to Rooney. The forward headed goalwards with Scholes applying a close-range headed finish; his first international goal since June 2001.

The roles were reversed a minute into added time as a good passing move culminated in Scholes teeing up Rooney 20 metres from goal. The striker took one touch and lashed the ball beyond Butina. The England duo combined again soon after the restart with a threaded Rooney pass setting up Scholes but his fierce shot from 25 metres was well saved by Butina at full stretch. Again England came close to sealing the win but Owen chipped narrowly over after a swift break.

Needing victory to progress, Croatia responded and Šokota's fine low ball somehow eluded his team-mates. Pršo then did well to create space on the edge of the area but his subsequent shot was blocked. Giovanni Rosso fired in a further shot just after the hour as Croatia attacked with purpose.

The match slipped from their grasp when Owen's excellent pass on the turn played through Rooney, who again belied his tender years with an assured finish. It was pretty much his last act: he went off to a rapturous reception, having all but taken England beyond the first stage of the UEFA European Championship final for the first time on foreign soil.

Not quite, as Croatia creditably hit back within minutes when Tudor headed in from a free-kick, but Lampard cancelled that strike out after 79 minutes with a typical run and shot beyond Butina.

Last updated: 12/01/12 15.08CET

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Lineups

Croatia

Croatia

England

England

12
ButinaTomislav Butina (GK)
1
JamesDavid James (GK)
3
ŠimunićJosip Šimunić
2
G. NevilleGary Neville
5
TudorIgor Tudor
Goal73
3
A. ColeAshley Cole
6
ŽivkovićBoris Živković (C)
4
GerrardSteven Gerrard
7
RapaićMilan Rapaić
Substitution55
5
TerryJohn Terry
9
PršoDado Pršo
6
CampbellSol Campbell
10
N.KovačNiko Kovač
Goal5
7
BeckhamDavid Beckham (C)
11
ŠokotaTomo Šokota
8
ScholesPaul Scholes
Goal40
Substitution70
13
ŠimićDario Šimić
Yellow Card63
Substitution67
9
RooneyWayne Rooney
Goal45+1
Goal68
Substitution72
20
RossoGiovanni Rosso
10
OwenMichael Owen
21
R.KovačRobert Kovač
Substitution46
11
LampardFrank Lampard
Goal79
Substitution84

Substitutes

1
VasiljVladimir Vasilj (GK)
13
RobinsonPaul Robinson (GK)
23
DidulicaJoey Didulica (GK)
22
WalkerIan Walker (GK)
8
SrnaDarijo Srna
Substitution67
14
P. NevillePhil Neville
Substitution84
18
OlićIvica Olić
Substitution55
15
KingLedley King
Substitution70
19
MornarIvica Mornar
Substitution46
23
VassellDarius Vassell
Substitution72
2
TokićMario Tokić
12
BridgeWayne Bridge
4
TomasStjepan Tomas
16
CarragherJamie Carragher
14
NeretljakMato Neretljak
17
ButtNicky Butt
15
LekoJerko Leko
18
HargreavesOwen Hargreaves
16
BabićMarko Babić
19
J. ColeJoe Cole
17
KlasnićIvan Klasnić
20
DyerKieron Dyer
22
BjelicaNenad Bjelica
21
HeskeyEmile Heskey

Coach

Otto Barić (SRB) Sven-Göran Eriksson (SWE)

Referee

Pierluigi Collina (ITA)

Assistant referees

Marco Ivaldi (ITA), Narciso Pisacreta (ITA)

Fourth official

Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)

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