England have beaten Liechtenstein 2-0 in their Euro 2004 qualifier at Old Traffo
England have beaten Liechtenstein 2-0 in their Euro 2004 qualifier at Old Trafford tonight. Click here to read TheFA.com's minute-by-minute coverage...
Both national anthems - with exactly the same tune - were wonderfully well observed and we're ready for kick-off...
1': The first action of the match sees Mario Frick weave his way past David Beckham only to shoot high and wide of James' goal.
2': The referee blows for a foul by James Beattie on Ritter.
3': Wayne Rooney tries an audacious shot from the right edge of the area - Jehle gets back to save on his line.
4': Frank Lampard tries his luck from 22 yards - Jehle saves but England look hungry for goals.
5': Gerster cuts out a Beckham cross-field pass as Liechtenstein reorganise after a period of pressure from England.
8': Owen cuts into the area down the inside-left channel, shoots but sees his effort blocked. Rooney follows up with a looping header which Jehle tips over.
9': Liechtenstein mounbt an impressive counter-attack which, after a deflection off an English boot, ends with Burgmeier's wild right-footed volley.
11': Rooney and Beckham try a one-two on the right touch-line only for a well-timed foot to intercept.
12': After a cross into the box is cleared, Rooney tries a thumping volley from the edge of the box... it flies narrowly over.
13': Gerrard charges down the right but his cross, though clearing Jehle's outstretched hands, goes over Owen as well.
14': Gary Neville's throw-in is headed on by Rooney but it doesn't quite find the awaiting English players. Liechtenstein clear.
15': Beckham and Neville work a corner, the cross from which finds Beattie, whose header is saved by Jehle.
17': Rooney's pinged cross from the right evades Owen and Beattie but Beckham slides in at the far post to connect well. His effort hits the crossbar but the linesman gives offside anyway.
19': Jehle comfortably catches Beckham's 35-yard free-kick.
20': Bridge and Lampard start an attack deep on the left-hand side before moving the ball onwards through Rooney and Neville.
20' Liechtenstein booking
Martin Stocklasa's name goes down in referee Walter Hormann's book.
21': Neville crosses from the right but Beattie's header can't find the target.
23': England enjoy some midfield possession as they try to break down a stubborn Liechtenstein defence.
25': Michael Owen is put through by Rooney's measured pass but is given offside.
26': Beckham's ball into the box hangs in the air and Jehle and Beattie go up for it. The keeper falls to the ground but the ref allows play to go on... the ball falls for Owen, but the Liverpool hit-man skews the ball narrowly wide of the gaping goal - what a chance!
27' Liechtenstein booking
After having had such a good game, it's a shame Jehle's booked after falling to the ground under Beattie's challenge.
29': Beckham beats his man inside the box and delivers a low cross towards Owen. Jehle finds it easy to cut out.
32': A nifty ball is played through to Owen but ricochets into the pathod Rooney, whose shot is too close to Jehle. The keeper saves yet again.
34': Jehle's at it again as he claims yet another cross from the left - the man is playing out of his skin.
36': Beckham's cross is flicked on by Beattie and Rooney tries an ambitious over-head kick, which sails over the bar.
38': Neville and Beckham do well to create an overlap and the defender's cross from the byline is good but goes behind the poaching strikers.
40': Beckham gets behind the Liechtenstein defence once more, delievers a delicious cross to the back post where Beattie chests it down and crashes a powerful shot straight onto the crossbar... the ball bounces to safety.
41': Another effort from the big Saints forward is saved by Jehle falling to his right.
43': Lampard tries to thread a clever ball through but it runs out of play.
45': Owen falls under a challene on the edge of the area but the referee shakes his head.
Half-Time: ENGLAND 0-0 LIECHTENSTEIN
45' Liechtenstein substitution
Michael Stocklasa comes off for Maierhofer
46' GOAL! ENGLAND 1-0 LIECHTENSTEIN
Michael Owen scores his 24th international goal after a bit of a scramble in the Liechtenstein penalty area - the break-through at last!
48': England looking purposeful in this spell after the break.
49': Good movement down the right leads to nothing as Beckham's cross is charged down.
52' GOAL! ENGLAND 2-0 LIECHTENSTEIN
Owen slips a great ball out to Beckham on the right and his cross finds Gerrard at the back post. The Liverpool midfielder heads down for Wayne Rooney to shoot into the net with a well-placed drive.
55' Liechtenstein substitution
Roger Beck comes off for Thomas Beck.
Philip Neville replaces Gerrard
Owen Hargreaves replaces David Beckham
Michael Owen is the new captain
56' England booking
Wayne Bridge's name goes in the book after he tugs back D'Elia.
59': A scrappy phase of play sees both side squander possession.
60': After the substitutions, England have lost the fluency they had immediately after the interval.
61: Upson cleans up an infant Liechtenstein attack with ease.
62': Lampard finds Hargreaves but his attempted cross goes out of play.
65': Bridge's cross from the left wing finds the feet of Owen but gets stuck there - the Anfield man just can't get a shot away.
68': Rooney's cross finds Owen and his header looks destined for the back of the net only for Jehle to scramble across to save.
69' England substitution
Joe Cole replaces Wayne Rooney
70': Cole cleverly weaves past two defenders but his shot's blocked.
71' Liechtenstein substitution
Buchel on for D'Elia
73': Beattie beats two defenders to create a shooting angle and his well hit right-footed drive goes just past the far post, after a touch from the 'keeper.
76': The crowd's gone quiet as the game enteres a bit of a lull.
77': After Hargreaves retains possession well, England work the ball from right to left before winning a free-kick to the left of the 'D'. The shot comes to nothing.
80': Joe Cole finds a little bit of time and space on the edge of the area and shoots towards goal. The effort is beyond Jehle but also the left-hand post. It stays at 2-0.
81': Cole cuts in from the left but Jehle saves again.
82': Bridge's shot is cleared as far as Hargreaves on the edge of the area and his viciously hit shot goes just wide with Jehle beaten.
84': A flicked ball from Lampard finds Owen who tries to lay the ball off to Beattie. The Saints man is closed down quickly though.
87': Lampard and Cole, with old West Ham and new Chelsea links, try to inject some life into England.
88': Mario Frick suddenly gets the chance to shoot at James' goal, but the big keeper dives low to his right to save.
90': A lofted ball out to the right fails to find Hargreaves and Liechtenstein head back to Jehle.
90+2': Lampard runs into the penalty-area, avoids a sliding challenge before seeing his cross go out for a corner.
90+3: The corner from the right comes to nothing as Jehle comes miles off his line to claim well.
90+3: Liechtenstein hack the ball away again and the whistle goes - England win!
Full Time: ENGLAND 2-0 LIECHTENSTEIN
Full match report to follow...
England: James, G Neville, Bridge, Gerrard (P Neville, 55), Terry, Upson, Beckham (Hargreaves, 55), Lampard, Rooney (J Cole, 69), Owen, Beattie
Subs not used: Robinson, Campbell, Dyer, Heskey
Liechtenstein: Jehle; Telser, Michael Stocklasa (Maierhofer, 45), Hasler, Ritter, Martin Stocklasa, R Beck (T Beck, 55), Gerster, D'Elia (Buchel, 71), Frick, Burgmeier
Subs not used: Hebb, Ospelt, M Beck, Vogt
Bookings: Martin Stocklasa (20), Jehle (27), Bridge (56)
Referee: Knud Erik Fisker
Assistant Referees: Bill Rene Hansen & Jorgen Jepsen