Match No. 777 - Saturday, 24th March 2001, 3:00pm

  • Assist: Andrew Cole. "...Beckham ran at Finland and found Neville on the overlap to his right. The full-back did well to ride a challenge and reach the by-line, but though his driven low cross was hit too firmly for Cole to control, the ball eventually reached Owen, who lashed it left-footed past Niemi, again with the aid of a deflection." Michael Owen9th of 40 goals. Left-footed from 19 yards., 43' 42:56
  • Assist: Paul Scholes. "This time it was McManaman who engaged Finland's defence, running as freely through central midfield as he does for his club before slipping the ball to his right to Scholes, who instantly moved it right again to give his team-mate a clear view of goal. Beckham needed no further invitation, and from the way he power-swerved the ball past a helpless Niemi, his prowess as a finisher has been underestimated." David Beckham2nd of 17 goals. Right-footed from 15 yards., 50' 49:28
    • 1
    • David SeamanArsenal, 63rd of 75 caps
      37 years, 6 months, 5 days
    • 2
    • Gary NevilleMan Utd, 43rd of 85 caps
      26 years, 1 month, 6 days
    • 3
    • Chris PowellCharlton, 2nd of 5 caps
      31 years, 6 months, 16 days
    • 6
    • Sol CampbellSpurs, 39th of 73 caps
      26 years, 6 months, 6 days
    • 7
    • David BeckhamMan Utd, 39th of 115 caps
      25 years, 10 months, 22 days
      (c)3rd captaincy
    • 8
    • Paul ScholesMan Utd, 32nd of 66 caps
      26 years, 4 months, 8 days
      63:51 Clumsy tackle on Wiss.
    • 9
    • Andrew ColeMan Utd, 12th of 15 caps
      29 years, 5 months, 9 days
    • '8382:03
    • 10
    • Michael OwenLiverpool, 26th of 89 caps
      21 years, 3 months, 10 days
    • '9190:01
    • 11
    • Steve McManamanReal Madrid, 32nd of 37 caps
      29 years, 1 month, 13 days
      69:57 Late challenge on Riihilahti.
    • '7271:35
    • 16
    • Emile HeskeyLiverpool, 13th of 62 caps
      23 years, 2 months, 13 days
    • '7271:35
    • 17
    • Robbie FowlerLiverpool, 16th of 26 caps
      25 years, 11 month, 15 days
    • '8382:03
    • 15
    • Nicky ButtMan Utd, 11th of 39 caps
      26 years, 2 months, 3 days
    • '9190:01
  • "They had fallen behind shortly before the half-hour through a chapter of accidents. Ferdinand failed to mark Aki Riihilahti at a corner, allowing the midfielder a free header that was deflected past Seaman off Gary Neville's knee." Aki Riihilahti, 26'25:43
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    • 1
    • Antti NiemiAntti Mikko Niemi.
      Born 31st May 1972, Oulu.
    • 2
    • Petri PasanenPetri Pasanen.
      Born 24th Sep 1980, Lahti.
      81:31 Pulling Gerrard down to stop him getting past him.
    • 3
    • Harri YlönenHarri Ylönen.
      Born 21st Dec 1971, Kuopio.
    • '8988:15
    • 4
    • Sami HyypiaSami Tuomas Hyypiä.
      Born 7th Oct 1973, Porvoo.
      74:41 Bringing down Heskey on the edge of the box after the Englishman had gone on a run from his own half. Heskey went down with minimal contact.
    • 5
    • Hannu TihinenHannu Tihinen.
      Born 1st Jul 1976, Kemi Mlk.
    • 6
    • Aki RiihilahtiAki Pasinpoika Riihilahti.
      Born 9th Sep 1976, Helsinki.
    • 7
    • Mika NurmelaMika Nurmela.
      Born 26th Dec 1971, Oulu.
      17:17 Trip on Michael Owen.
    • '6463:00
    • 8
    • Jarkko Wiss Jarkko Wiss.
      Born 17th Apr 1972, Tampere.
      77:39 Tripping Cole.
    • 9
    • Jonatan JohanssonJonatan Lillebror Johansson.
      Born 16th Aug 1975, Stockholm, Sweden.
    • 10
    • Jari LitmanenJari Olavi Litmanen.
      Born 20th Feb 1971, Lahti.
      (c)
    • 11
    • Joonas KolkkaJoonas Einari Kolkka.
      Born 28th Sep 1974, Lahti.
    • '6463:01
    • 17
    • Mikael ForssellMikael Kaj Forssell.
      Born 15th Mar 1981, Steinfurt, Germany.
    • '6463:00
    • 18
    • Shefki KuqiShefki Kuqi.
      Born 10th Nov 1976, Vushtiri, Kosovo.
    • '6463:01
    • 16
    • Petri HelinPetri Juhani Helin.
      Born 13th Dec 1969, Helsinki.
    • '8988:15

Notes

Sources

  • englandstats.com Digital Archive
  • BBC Football "Beckham completes England fightback", Saturday 24th March 2001.
  • The Guardian "Anfield rises to salute hero Beckham"
  • YouTube

Managers

Referee

  • Russia Valentin Ivanov

Attendance

  • 44,262

Half Time Score

ELO Ratings

  • No change in rank, gaining 5 ranking points to 1873 points England - 12th
  • Finland - 56th

World Cup 2002 Q

(Group 9)

    •  
    • Pts
    • GD
    • L
    • D
    • W
    • P
    • England
    • 17
    • +10
    • 1
    • 2
    • 5
    • 8
    • Germany
    • 17
    • +4
    • 1
    • 2
    • 5
    • 8
    • Finland
    • 12
    • +5
    • 2
    • 3
    • 3
    • 8
    • Greece
    • 7
    • -10
    • 5
    • 1
    • 2
    • 8
    • Albania
    • 3
    • -9
    • 7
    • 0
    • 1
    • 8
    • Final Standings.