By CHRIS LEHOURITES
The Associated Press
The goals didn't come easily Saturday at the World Cup.
One was enough for England, even if it was Paraguay that scored it. Trinidad and Tobago didn't need a goal to feel like champions, holding Sweden to a 0-0 draw in Group B and setting off celebrations within the Caribbean camp.
The only goal in the first two games Saturday came from Paraguay captain Carlos Gamarra, who inadvertently headed David Beckham's curling free kick into his own net in the third minute. It was enough to give the English a 1-0 win and first place in Group B.
Argentina was the biggest scorer, getting goals from Hernan Crespo and Javier Saviola to beat World Cup newcomer Ivory Coast 2-1 in Hamburg in a night game.
Paraguay had more to deal with than just the own-goal in Frankfurt. Besides a decidedly pro-England crowd, goalkeeper Justo Villar left the game injured in the eighth minute.
"I am extremely pleased with the three points at the start," England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson said. "I know that to win the World Cup we need to play better football, but we will play better."
The weather was the biggest problem for England, which won its only World Cup title in 1966. The team was cooked by the increasing heat, which rose to about 86 degrees.
"We let them pass the ball around too much," Beckham said. "But we were exhausted. We can put it down to that because we are usually strong and our fitness levels are high."
Villar, who got injured while sliding to clear the ball, could miss the rest of the World Cup.
"We still have to wait for a final medical exam to draw a definite conclusion, but honestly I think he will be out," team doctor Osvaldo Pangrazio said.
Trinidad, despite playing nearly the entire second half in Dortmund with 10 men, played like it belongs on soccer's biggest stage. The Caribbeans earned the scoreless draw against a team that is one of the favorites to advance to the second round.
As the final whistle blew, the Trinidad players mobbed goalkeeper Shaka Hislop. After the dejected Swedes left the field, Dwight Yorke led his teammates to the stands, where they applauded their fans who had waited years for this game.
Hislop turned aside count
less chances from the heavily favored Swedes, and Yorke provided a steadying influence.
"This is like a win for us," Trinidad forward Cornell Glen said. "We can finally get some respect from people. You have to earn it and I think we did that today."
Despite a decided edge in experience and talent, as well as the one-man advantage after Avery John was sent off in the 46th minute, Sweden couldn't end its opening-match funk.
Sweden, which has more players on its current squad from the 2002 World Cup than any other team in Germany, is now winless in seven opening matches since 1958, with two losses and five draws.
"Naturally, it was frustrating because we had four, five excellent scoring chances," said midfielder Kim Kallstrom, a late second-half substitute. "Normally we score on those chances. This is a game that we just should have won."
Crespo pounced on a loose ball in the 24th minute and scored from close range after the African team's defense failed to clear Juan Roman Riquelme's free kick.
Saviola doubled the lead in the 38th. He timed a run to beat the offside trap, took Riquelme's pass before slipping the ball past goalkeeper Jean-Jacques Tizie.
Didier Drogba got one back for the Elephants in the 82nd minute, sliding the ball past Argentina goalkeeper Roberto Abbondanzieri after missing with a header seconds before.
The win was cheered on by an exuberant Diego Maradona.