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  Qualifying Round

  

Group 7

Before the qualifying campaign for UEFA EURO 2004 got under way, Group 7 looked to be one of the most intriguing sections, featuring as it did the side who finished third in the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Turkey, along with England, who reached the last eight in Korea/Japan. Slovakia - who finished third in Group 4 behind Sweden and Turkey in qualifying for the World Cup - Macedonia and Liechtenstein completed the section. 

Turkey began the campaign solidly, disposing of Slovakia 3-0 at home with Arif Erdem scoring twice, while Liechtenstein earned a creditable 1-1 draw at home against F.Y.R. Macedonia. The two group favourites both earned 2-1 away wins in the next round of matches, although both had to come from behind, with Turkey winning in Skopje against F.Y.R. Macedonia and England defeating Slovakia. 

However, Sven-Göran Eriksson's side were pegged back in their next match, Macedonia earning an unexpected point with a 2-2 draw at Southampton's St Mary's stadium, while Turkey maintained their perfect record, Serhat Akin scoring twice in a 5-0 win against Liechtenstein. 

A 2-0 victory in Liechtenstein got England back on track, with Slovakia winning away to Macedonia by the same scoreline, and following that performance up with an emphatic 4-0 win at home to Liechtenstein, Szilárd Nemeth scoring twice. Next the group's top two met at Sunderland AFC's Stadium of Light, with England taking over at the head of the standings as late goals from Darius Vassell and David Beckham earned a 2-0 win against Turkey. 

Senol Gunes's side returned to winning ways, and the top of the section, in June when Nihat Kahveci's goal earned a 1-0 victory in Slovakia. Meanwhile, Macedonia were 3-1 winners at home to Liechtenstein. Two Michael Owen goals helped England to another 2-1 win at home to Slovakia four days later, with Turkey defeating Macedonia 3-2 the same night. 

Next up, England recorded a 2-1 win away against Macedonia and Turkey won 3-0 in Liechtenstein, with the English winning 2-0 against the same opponents in their next fixture to retake top spot. All that meant England travelled to Istanbul for their final game against Turkey knowing a point would guarantee automatic qualification for the finals in Portugal. 

A disciplined defensive display ensured Eriksson's side gained the draw they needed, relegating Turkey to a play-off against Latvia. Meanwhile Slovakia finished third in the section and ended their campaign with a 2-0 win away at bottom side Liechtenstein.
  - UEFA.com

 
Turkey 3-0 Slovakia 07/09/02
Serhat 15
Arif 44, 65
 
Liechtenstein 1-1 Macedonia 07/09/02
Michael Stocklasa 90 Hristov 8
Slovakia 1-2 England 12/10/02
Nemeth 24 Beckham 65
Owen 82
Macedonia 1-2 Turkey 12/10/02
Grozdanovski 2 Buruk 29
Nihat 53
Turkey 5-0 Liechtenstein 16/10/02
Buruk 7
Davala 14
Mansiz 23
Serhat 81, 90
 
England 2-2 Macedonia 16/10/02
Beckham 14
Gerrard 36
Sakiri 11
Trajanov 25
Liechtenstein 0-2 England 29/03/03
  Owen 28
Beckham 53
Macedonia 0-2 Slovakia 29/03/03
  Petras 28
Reiter 90
England 2-0 Turkey 02/04/03
Vassell 76
Beckham pen 90
 
Slovakia 4-0 Liechtenstein 02/04/03
Reiter 18
Nemeth 51, 64
Janocko 90
 
Slovakia 0-1 Turkey 07/06/03
  Nihat 12
Macedonia 3-1 Liechtenstein 07/06/03
Sedloski pen 31
Krstev 51
Stojkov 81
Beck 20
England 2-1 Slovakia 11/06/03
Owen pen 62, 73 Janocko 31
Turkey 3-2 Macedonia 11/06/03
Kahveci 27
Gokdeniz 48
Sukur 60
Grozdanovski 24
Sakiri 28
Liechtenstein 0-3 Turkey 06/09/03
  Metin 14
Okan 41
Sukur 50
Macedonia 1-2 England 06/09/03
Hristov 28 Rooney 53
Beckham pen 63
England 2-0 Liechtenstein 10/09/03
Owen 46
Rooney 52
 
Slovakia 1-1 Macedonia 10/09/03
Nemeth 25 Dimitrovski 63
Turkey 0-0 England 11/10/03
   
Liechtenstein 0-2 Slovakia 11/10/03
  Vittek 40, 56

 

 

 

 

 

 « Group Standings »

Group 7
England
Turkey
Slovakia
Macedonia
L'tenstein

P
8
8
8
8
8

W
6
6
3
1
0

D
2
1
1
3
1

L
0
1
4
4
7

F
14
17
11
11
2

A
5
5
9
14
22

Pt
20
19
10
6
1

 

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