Sven’s men beaten in tense shoot out

The Mirror, 25/06/2004, p2&3

PORTUGUESE ‘keeper Ricardo last night drove home the penalty which
shattered England’s Euro 2004 dream.
The home nation’s hero had already looked on as English skipper David
Beckham smacked his team’s first spot kick over the bar.
With the teams locked at 2-2 after 120 minutes of dramatic football, it
had taken a cruel shoot-out to finally decide a winner.
England were handed a lifeline when Portuguese star Rui Costa also
missed a penalty.
But Darius Vassell missed his sudden death kick to give Ricardo the
chance to fire past his opposite number David James.
The result ended a brave challenge by England but leaves Portugal with
a semi-final spot and kept the dream alive of winning the trophy on
their home turf.
But for England they are left with only tears for souvenirs and a
lonely journey home.
As the Portuguese partied, there were unconfirmed reports of trouble in
several bars on the Algarve involving the throngs of disappointed
English fans.
But it was a carnival atmosphere at full time in Lisbon as some of the
lucky 40,000 home fans celebrated the win.
It was truly Portugal’s night, after a thrilling game in Lisbon’s
Stadium of Light in front of a passionate sell-out crowd.
A cauldron of sound greeted the players as they emerged on to the
pitch, some 45,000 England fans taking their places in the stands.
They even outnumbered the home supporters, despite a plea earlier in
the day from the national coach for Portugal fans to turn out in
numbers. All day long, fans snaked their way through the streets of
Lisbon and to vantage points in resorts across the Algarve.
Back in Britain, huge screens in Manchester, Birmingham and London
beamed back the pictures.
In Uddingston, Lanarkshire, former England and Rangers star Paul
Gascoigne – in Scotland to sign copies of his new book – watched the
game with pals.
He told the Mirror: “I think Portugal have been great, they’re a very
strong side.”
There were wild celebrations across the host nation as Portugal won 6-5
on penalties.
Thousands of fans poured on to the streets to salute the victory as
glum England fans saluted their own team.
As an estimated 25million Britons watched the match on TV, there were
tears on the pitch and in the stands as skipper Beckham and his team
mates saluted their supporters.
But England had got off to a dream start when Michael Owen flicked home
after three minutes.
Owen’s dad Terry leapt from his seat as his son ran to the England
fans, celebrating his first goal of the tournament.
However, things looked grim when 18-year-old wonderboy Wayne Rooney
limped off midway through the first half after he was stamped on by
defender Jorge Andrade.
Rooney disappeared down the tunnel shaking his head and was taken
straight from the stadium for an X-ray on his right ankle.
He was replaced by Vassell but Portugal substitute Helder Postiga, who
plays for Spurs, equalised with just eight minutes to spare.
England thought they had won it minutes later when Campbell headed in.
But Swiss referee Urs Meier gave a foul on the keeper.
The match went into extra time and just 10 minutes from the end Rui
Costa put Portugal ahead, only for Frank Lampard to level for England.
In the penalty shootout, Beckham missed the opener, then Deco put
Portugal ahead. Owen scored for England, but Simao then restored
Portugal’s lead.
Lampard got one for England then Rui Costa missed.
Terry put them in front before Ronaldo levelled to make it 3-3.
Hargreaves scored England’s fourth before Maniche equalised.
As they reached the sudden death stage, Ashley Cole scored for England.
Then Postiga equalised.
Vassell’s shot was saved by Ricardo, who promptly went on to score
Portugal’s winner.
Despite England’s exit, Rooney has become the undisputed star of Euro
2004, with some experts claiming he is now worth £50m.
Watching him from the stand last night were his father Wayne senior,
mum Jeanette, his brothers, Graham, 15, and John 12, and fiancee Coleen
Also there were Rooney’s grandad, Bill Morrey, 74, and uncle Robbie.
Celebrity fans spotted relaxing in the city earlier in the day included
comedian Alan Davies, who was with his girlfriend Emily Dean.
Actor Jude Law and girlfriend Sienna Miller were also in Lisbon for the
Ticket touts did a roaring trade before kick-off, as fans dug deep in
their pockets.
And the supporters had earlier earned praise for their behaviour, with
barely a handful of arrests
David Swift, the senior police British officer advising the Portuguese,
said there had been a change of atmosphere since the murder of
supporter Stephen Smith, 28, from Wolverhampton, earlier in the week.
He said: “There is 100 per cent condemnation of criminal acts and
support for the person involved.”
The British ambassador, Glynne Evans, who laid a wreath yesterday,
said: “It’s an absolute tragedy.”
UEFA spokesman William Gaillard said: “The tournament has been a great
success so far.”


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