Sunday, June 25, 2006
Bend it like Beckham
David Beckham became the first England player to score at three World Cups as his free-kick earned a quarter-final tie against Portugal or Holland.
Beckham beautifully curled home from 30 yards on the hour mark, but England made hard work of Ecuador in a dreary game.
The South Americans could have gone in front early on, Carlos Tenorio's shot deflecting off Ashley Cole and on to the bar after John Terry's mistake.
Frank Lampard missed two fine chances but England had done enough to win.
Sven-Goran Eriksson's side will now play Portugal after a very strange game of 16 yellow cards and 4 reds ( sending offs). Shame Figo wasn't carded for his heatbutt , hopefully FIFA will ban him, fkin 2 faced cheat shouldn't have been off the pitch before Van Bronkhurst was sent off.
WTG Valentin Ivanov , you useless ref! but thanks for the fun