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October 09, 2005

England qualifies for WC 2006

Well, they did it. England managed to qualify for the World Cup finals in Germany next summer, topping Austria 1-0 and assisted by the Dutch beating the Czechs in Prague.

_40888588_lamps300.jpgFrank Lampard sealed the victory with a penalty kick in the first half after Michael Owen was held in the box. A ridiculous penalty by Austria, but what do you expect. That is a professional view of the kick to the left.

Beckham was unfairly sent off after getting two yellow cards in two minutes...apparently not the first time the Spanish ref has done this. In any case, it was thoroughly undeserved - the referee was a complete idiot. Owen was also robbed of a sure penalty kick in the box after a clanging tackle, which the ref also missed.

Having said all that, England should have put the game away in the first half. They won't go very far in Germany if they play the way they have over the last month.

Posted by Kirk on October 9, 2005 06:18 AM