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England Nips Argentina 3-2 on Late Goals

November 12, 2005

GENEVA (AP) _ Michael Owen headed in two late goals Saturday, rallying England to a 3-2 exhibition victory over Argentina in injury time.

Owen tied it 2-2 in the 86th minute and then jumped to meet Joe Cole’s cross for the winner in the second minute of injury time. It was his third goal in three games against Argentina.

``To come back twice was great, these are what these warmup games for the World Cup are for,″ Owen said. ``It was cracking, excitement, so much more to it than a friendly. Even when they scored, their fans and their players were going mad.″

Hernan Crespo opened the scoring for Argentina in the first half and Wayne Rooney tied it for England. Walter Samuel put the Argentines up 2-1 in the 54th minute before Owen took command.

Owen had a goal disallowed for offside with the score 0-0. His goals came after Argentina removed playmaker Juan Ramon Riquelme, who played a major part in both his team’s goals.

Riquelme, who forced goalkeeper Paul Robinson into an acrobatic fifth-minute push over the top, was controlling midfield and regularly brought Crespo and Carlos Tevez into play.

``There were chances at both ends, it really could have gone either way today,″ Owen said. ``That just shows you there’s not much between the top few teams in the world.″

Owen tied it 2-2 when he arrived at the far post to head Steven Gerrard’s cross. Argentine goalkeeper Roberto Abbondanzieri saved a close-range header from Beckham before Owen struck again when Cole floated the ball in from the left and the striker headed inside the near post.

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