England v Germany, 17 June 2000

Score1-0 to England
RefereePierluigi Collina
CompetitionUEFA European Championship Finals Group A
VenueStade du Pays de Charleroi, Charleroi
Attendance30,000
Kick-off: 8.45pm local (7.45pm BST) Assistant referees: Sergio Zuccolini (Italy) Carlos Martín Nieto (Spain) Fourth official: Gamal Al-Ghandour (Egypt) Man of the Match: Alan Shearer (England) England are well placed to join Group A winners Portugal in the UEFA EURO 2000 quarter-finals after beating Germany in a major tournament for the first time since 1966. Captain Alan Shearer scored the only goal of the game eight minutes after half-time, heading in at the far post when David Beckham's dangerous free-kick eluded everyone in a crowded box. Germany pushed hard in vain for an equaliser, and the continuation of their defence now rests on beating Portugal in their final group game and hoping Romania defeat England. Erich Ribbeck's men will not be bereft of hope after making a bright start in Charleroi. The height and strength of Carsten Jancker caused problems for Martin Keown and Sol Campbell at the heart of England's defence and Sebastian Deisler, one of four changes to the Germany starting XI, brought the supporters to their feet with a buccaneering run down the right. Dietmar Hamann and Mehmet Scholl also caused palpitations in the England penalty box, then slowly but surely Kevin Keegan's men came into the game. Michael Owen rose to meet Phil Neville's cross but the diving Oliver Kahn pushed the header on to the inside of the post and away. Paul Scholes then volleyed just over. Two minutes before half-time Beckham picked out Scholes in the penalty area but once again Kahn was equal to the task, parrying the Manchester United FC midfielder's fierce left-foot drive. Germany responded with Hamann shooting just wide and at the interval there was little to choose between the sides – Shearer changed all that. Germany tried to hit back and Jancker's shot on the turn flew just over. The 39-year-old Lothar Matthäus passed cleverly to Scholl but his shot crept past the post and Seaman then stuck out a leg to save from Ulf Kirsten after a corner before Jancker put the rebound wide. England held on, and a draw against Romania will send them through.

1  England

Manager: Kevin Keegan

0  Germany

Manager: Erich Ribbeck

Goals:

Alan Shearer 53 G

Goals:

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper David Seaman
Defender Sol Campbell
Defender Martin Keown
Defender Gary Neville
Defender Phil Neville
Midfielder David Beckham
Midfielder Paul Ince
Midfielder Paul Scholes
Midfielder Dennis Wise
Forward Michael Owen
Forward Alan Shearer (captain)

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Oliver Kahn (captain)
Defender Markus Babbel
Defender Jens Nowotny
Midfielder Sebastian Deisler
Midfielder Dietmar Hamann
Midfielder Jens Jeremies
Midfielder Lothar Matthäus
Midfielder Mehmet Scholl
Midfielder Christian Ziege
Forward Carsten Jancker
Forward Ulf Kirsten

Substitutions:

Steven Gerrard for Michael Owen 60
Nick Barmby for Paul Scholes 71

Substitutions:

Paulo Rink for Ulf Kirsten 69
Michael Ballack for Sebastian Deisler 71
Marco Bode for Jens Jeremies 77

Cards:

David Beckham 41 Y

Cards:

Jens Jeremies 42 Y
Markus Babbel 89 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Nigel Martyn
Goalkeeper Richard Wright
Defender Tony Adams
Defender Gareth Southgate
Defender/Midfielder Gareth Barry
Midfielder Steven Gerrard
Midfielder Steve McManaman
Midfielder/Forward Nick Barmby
Forward Robbie Fowler
Forward Emile Heskey
Forward Kevin Phillips

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Hans-Jorg Butt
Goalkeeper Jens Lehmann
Defender Thomas Linke
Defender Marko Rehmer
Midfielder Michael Ballack
Midfielder Thomas Hässler
Midfielder Carsten Ramelow
Midfielder Dariusz Wosz
Forward Oliver Bierhoff
Forward Marco Bode
Forward Paulo Rink