England. Versus Germany. In an International tournament. In a Knockout round. At Wembley.
Does it get any better?
Following England topping Group D at Euro 2020, and Germany finishing second in Group F, dubbed ‘The Group of Death’ it was confirmed that the two will meet on Tuesday 29th of June, in the last-16 of the Euro’s.
Following this news, Football fans everywhere were filled with excitement at the prospect of one of the great international rivalry’s being revived on the big stage, with the whole of Europe watching.
So, with that in mind, here are some of the most famous matches from the England vs Germany rivalry.
2001: Germany 1-5 England
One of the most famous moments in the rivalry, a famous night in Munich for the Three Lions.
As a part of qualifying for the 2002 World Cup, England and Germany were drawn into the same group. Going into the game, Germany were topping the group, knowing a win would secure qualification, with England were in need of a result to remain within touching distance at the top.
The game started well for Germany, after only six minutes, Carlsten Jancker tapped the ball past David Seaman in the England goal. However, this lead would not last long as Michael Owen, recalled to the England starting XI for the fixture volleyed past Oliver Kahn to equalise.
After this opening flurry, the game quietened down, this was until just before half-time, in the fourth minute of added time at the end of the first half when Steven Gerrard connected sweetly on the half-volley from range to give England the lead.
From here, England remained on top.
In 48th minute, Owen struck again, finishing after Emile Heskey had headed down a David Beckham cross. 3-1 to England.
Owen wasn’t done however, in the 66th minute, Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard won the ball back, before playing Owen through on goal, firing in to secure his hattrick. Incredibly, the game wasn’t done yet, Heskey got in on the act, firing past Kahn to make it 5-1 after a neat pass from Paul Scholes.
What a night in Munich for England.
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Euro 1996: England 1-1 Germany (Germany win 6-5 on penalties)
One of the most famous meeting’s between the two, with the result heartbreakingly etched into the history of English football.
In 1996, Football was coming home, the Euro’s were hosted in England and the Three Lions stood a great chance.
In the Semi-finals of the tournament, the old foes were drawn together again with a place in the European Championship final at stake.
Tournament top-goal scorer Alan Shearer opened the scoring for England, sending Wembley into raptures, not to be outdone however, the Germans would equalise just 13 minutes later, through Stefan Kuntz.
In a tightly contested game, with many chances both sides, the clock ran down, the only way to settle the game and find a finalist, would be penalties.
Alan Shearer, David Platt, Stuart Pearce – who had missed a penalty in the 1990 World cup Semi-final against West Germany, Paul Gascoigne and Teddy Sheringham all stepped up and scored for England. Whilst, Thomas Häßler, Thomas Strunz, Stefan Reuter, Christian Ziege and Stefan Kuntz all scored for Germany.
With the game into sudden death, a 25-year old Gareth Southgate would step up for England and see his penalty saved by Andreas Kopke. Andreas Moller would then step up for Germany, scoring to send his side through to the final, which they would also emerge victorious from.
1966 World Cup final: England 4-2 West Germany (AET)
Whilst not against a united Germany, it would be impossible to exclude England’s most famous victory.
In 1966, the World Cup was hosted in England and the team did not disappoint. After a 0-0 draw with Uruguay in the opening game, England wouldn’t concede again until the Semi-final, (a 2-1 victory over Portugal) as they stormed to the final.
Their opponents would be West Germany, and the final would not disappoint.
Germany shocked the estimated 96,000 fans in attendance as Helmut Haller opened the scoring after just 12 minutes. This wouldn’t last long however as Geoff Hurst would swiftly equalise just six minutes after. Game On.
As the clock ticked down, neither side were able to find the net once again, this was until the 78th minute, when England’s Martin Peters scored, sending Wembley into meltdown – just 12 minutes away from a World cup triumph. It was not to be for the Three Lions though as in the 89th minute Germany equalised through Wolfgang Weber. 2-2. Extra-time.
In Extra-time, Geoff Hurst was able to make himself a hero, scoring in the 101st minute with one of the most controversial goals of all-time – smashing the ball off of the crossbar and, debatably – so much so that it is still argued today, over the line to make it 3-2 to England.
Hurst would secure his Hattrick in the 120th minute, making it 4-2 to England – securing their only World cup to date.
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