Match No. 692 - Wednesday, 17th February 1993, 8:00pm

  • Assist: John Barnes. "All the goals stemmed from crosses of some description. Platt's first two in the 13th and 24th minutes, were far-post headers - one after Barnes had nodded on Gascoigne's corner from the left, the other after Batty's searching ball from the right had exposed San Marino's last defender." David Platt13th of 27 goals. Header from 3 yards., 13' 12:50
  • Assist: David Batty. "All the goals stemmed from crosses of some description. Platt's first two in the 13th and 24th minutes, were far-post headers - one after Barnes had nodded on Gascoigne's corner from the left, the other after Batty's searching ball from the right had exposed San Marino's last defender." David Platt14th of 27 goals. Header from 2 yards., 24' 23:43
  • Assist: Les Ferdinand. "Platt's third, six minutes past the hour, was forced in from close range after Ferdinand had headed forward Dorigo's free-kick." David Platt15th of 27 goals. Left-footed from 3 yards., 67' 66:38
  • Assist: Les Ferdinand. "With 12 minutes remaining [Ferdinand] showed his speed in racing through the defence to set up a chance for Palmer, who accepted it with a fine diving header." Carlton PalmerOnly Goal. Header from 6 yards., 79' 78:20
  • Assist: Lee Dixon. "In the 83rd minute Dixon met Adam's short cross from the left with a shot that Platt deflected past Benedettini." David Platt16th of 27 goals. Left-footed from 5 yards., 84' 83:17
  • Assist: Tony Adams. "Three minutes later Dixon's cross reached Adams, whose header seemed to have bounced down behind the line after it had hit the underside of the bar, but Ferdinand was given the goal after he had managed to make the final touch." Les Ferdinand1st of 5 goals. Header from 1 yard., 86' 85:57
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    • Chris WoodsSheffield Wed, 38th of 43 caps
      33 years, 3 months, 3 days
      Goalkeeper
    • 2
    • Lee DixonArsenal, 16th of 22 caps
      28 years, 11 month, 0 days
      Right Back
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    • Tony DorigoLeeds, 11th of 15 caps
      27 years, 1 month, 17 days
      Left Back
    • 4
    • Carlton PalmerSheffield Wed, 11th of 18 caps
      27 years, 2 months, 12 days
      Midfield
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    • Des WalkerSampdoria, 51st of 59 caps
      27 years, 2 months, 21 day
      Centre Back
    • 6
    • Tony AdamsArsenal, 22nd of 66 caps
      26 years, 4 months, 7 days
      Centre Back
    • 7
    • David PlattJuventus, 36th of 62 caps
      26 years, 8 months, 7 days
      Centre Forward
      (c)1st captaincy
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    • Paul GascoigneLazio, 23rd of 57 caps
      25 years, 8 months, 21 day
      Attacking Midfield
    • 9
    • Les FerdinandQPR, 1st of 17 caps
      26 years, 2 months, 9 days
      Centre Forward
    • 10
    • John BarnesLiverpool, 68th of 79 caps
      29 years, 3 months, 10 days
      Midfield
    • 11
    • David BattyLeeds, 12th of 42 caps
      24 years, 2 months, 15 days
      Defensive Midfield
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    • Pierluigi BenedettiniPierluigi Benedettini.
      Born 18th Aug 1961, Murata.
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    • Bruno MuccioliBruno Muccioli.
      Born 7th Aug 1960, Detroit, USA.
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    • Mirco GennariMirco Gennari.
      Born 29th Mar 1966, San Marino.
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    • Loris ZanottiLoris Zanotti.
      Born 13th Sep 1962.
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    • Claudio CantiClaudio Canti.
      Born 24th Jan 1969.
    • 6
    • William GuerraWilliam Guerra.
      Born 24th Feb 1968, Detroit, USA.
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    • Pierangelo ManzaroliPierangelo Manzaroli.
      Born 25th Mar 1969, Rimini.
    • 8
    • Marco MazzaMarco Mazza.
      Born 1st Jun 1963, San Marino.
    • 9
    • Nicola BacciocchiNicola Bacciocchi.
      Born 16th Dec 1971, Domagnano.
    • Off '6463:45
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    • Massimo BoniniMassimo Bonini.
      Born 13th Oct 1959, San Marino.
      (c) 83:45 Arguing with the referee over England's fifth goal.
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    • Fabio FranciniFabio Francini.
      Born 6th Mar 1969, San Marino.
    • Off '8180:59
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    • Paolo MazzaPaolo Mazza.
      Born 27th Oct 1961.
      Not ot be confused with Paolo Mazza the Italian coach of the 1962 World Cup.
    • On '6463:45
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    • Ivan MatteoniIvan Matteoni.
      Born 21st Aug 1971, San Marino.
    • On '8180:59

Notes

  • World RankingsThe first match after FIFA adopted their world ranking procedure. England are ranked 5th but are not assessed again until August 1993.
  • Contentious goalsFor Platt's second: From TV replays it's evident that Benedettini gets a palm to the ball and beats it out before it crosses the line. However, the linesman awards the goal. For his fourth: Adams, after keeping the ball in play, fell to the ground on the byline and should have been flagged for offside as Platt poked the ball home.
  • Missed Penalty: David Platt1st miss from 2nd taken (50.0%). England's 74th overall. 91st minute. "Apart from Platt's predictably struck penalty [90:09], awarded after Dorigo had been fouled by Manzaroli [89:07]..."
  • Hat-Trick: David Platt1st hat-trick (72nd overall). Benedettini's fine penalty save prevented Platt equaling Malcolm MacDonald's 5 goal tally set at Wembley 18 years previously.
  • Player MilestoneLes Ferdinand's 1st Cap
  • Goal MilestoneCarlton Palmer's 1st Goal
  • Goal MilestoneLes Ferdinand's 1st Goal

Sources

  • Wembley - The Complete Record 1923 - 2000 by Glen Isherwood (Sports Books 2006)
  • England - The Quest for the World Cup - A Complete Record by Clive Leatherdale (Two Heads Publishing 1994)
  • The Independent Four-goal Platt lifts labouring England
  • England: The Complete Post-War Record by Mike Payne (Breedon Books Publishing Company 1993)
  • The Guardian "Platt to the four as England finally come good", Thursday 18th Februrary 1993, page 16.
  • YouTube

Managers

Referee

  • Luxembourg Roger Philippi

Attendance

  • 51,154

Half Time Score

ELO Ratings

  • No change in rank, with no loss of ranking points to 1945 points England - 6th
  • San Marino - 185th

World Cup 1994 Q

(Group 2)

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    • Norway
    • 16
    • +20
    • 1
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    • 7
    • 10
    • Flag of Netherland...
    • Netherland...
    • 15
    • +20
    • 1
    • 3
    • 6
    • 10
    • Flag of England
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    • 13
    • +17
    • 2
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    • 5
    • 10
    • Flag of Poland
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    • 8
    • -5
    • 5
    • 2
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    • Flag of Turkey
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    • 7
    • -8
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    • 1
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    • Flag of San Marino
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    • 1
    • -44
    • 9
    • 1
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    • Final Standings.