England v Germany, 26 June 1996

Score1-1 :: penalties 6-5 to Germany
RefereeSandor Puhl
CompetitionUEFA European Championship Finals semi-final
VenueWembley Stadium
Attendance75,862
Kick Off: 19:30 Germany won 6-5 on penalties. After extra time. 1-1 after 90 and 120 minutes The hosts' bandwagon finally came to a juddering halt as Germany once again got the better of England to reach a second successive UEFA European Championship final. England's campaign had been carried by a wave of passion and patriotism ever since their splendid display in defeating the Netherlands 4-1 in the group stage. That optimism was checked, however, when Germany, England's vanquishers in an epic 1990 FIFA World Cup semi-final, once again stood between them and a major showpiece. Confidence was renewed when Alan Shearer headed Terry Venables' side into a third-minute lead, but Stefan Kuntz levelled the scores just after the quarter-hour. Though England came agonisingly close going in front once more, there was no separating the sides and another penalty shoot-out was required. Gareth Southgate was this time the fall guy, spurning the first effort of sudden death to hand captain Andreas Möller the duty of sending his country through. That was the end of a blockbuster encounter which had kicked into life in just the second minute, Paul Ince's rasping volley athletically turned over by Andreas Köpke. The Germany goalkeeper was beaten just 30 seconds later, however, Tony Adams flicking on Paul Gascoigne's corner for Shearer to swoop and register his fifth goal of the tournament. Germany bit back on 16 minutes, though, Möller feeding Thomas Helmer who swivelled inside the area and crossed for Kuntz to force past David Seaman. But England were not cowed by squandering their advantage, Teddy Sheringham denied on the goal line after a trademark near-post dart to meet a corner and Shearer heading Darren Anderton's cross wide. Helmer put over the best opportunity of the second half as both sides attempted to tighten up. Golden goal extra time brought them out of their shells, though, with England showing particular endeavour having suffered such heartache at the hands of the penalties in the past. Anderton struck a post and Gascoigne came a stud's length from poking in Shearer's cross but there was no avoiding the shoot-out; Southgate was the man who suffered most as a jubilant Germany dashed the hopes of a nation.

1 (5)  England

Manager: Terry Venables

1 (6)  Germany

Manager: Berti Vogts

Goals:

Alan Shearer 3 G

Goals:

Stefan Kuntz 16 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper David Seaman
Defender Tony Adams (captain)
Defender Stuart Pearce
Defender/Centre back Gareth Southgate
Midfielder Darren Anderton
Midfielder Paul Gascoigne
Midfielder Paul Ince
Midfielder Steve McManaman
Midfielder David Platt
Forward Alan Shearer

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Andreas Köpke
Defender Markus Babbel
Defender/Centre back Thomas Helmer
Defender/Midfielder Stefan Reuter
Midfielder Dieter Eilts
Midfielder Steffen Freund
Midfielder Andreas Möller (captain)
Midfielder Matthias Sammer
Midfielder Mehmet Scholl
Midfielder Christian Ziege
Forward Stefan Kuntz

Substitutions:

Substitutions:

Thomas Häßler for Mehmet Scholl 76
Marco Bode for Thomas Helmer 110
Thomas Strunz for Steffen Freund 119

Cards:

Paul Gascoigne 73 Y

Cards:

Stefan Reuter 46 Y
Andreas Möller 80 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Tim Flowers
Goalkeeper Ian Walker
Defender/Centre back Sol Campbell
Defender/Midfielder Phil Neville
Midfielder Steve Stone
Midfielder/Forward Nick Barmby
Forward Les Ferdinand
Forward Robbie Fowler

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Oliver Kahn
Goalkeeper Oliver Reck
Defender Rene Schneider
Midfielder Thomas Häßler
Midfielder Thomas Strunz
Forward Oliver Bierhoff
Forward Marco Bode

Comments:

Penalty shoot-out details (England went first) 1. Alan Shearer [scores] 2. David Platt [scores] 3. Stuart Pearce [scores] 4. Paul Gascoigne [scores] 5. Teddy Sheringham [scores] 6. Gareth Southgate [misses]

Comments:

Penalty shoot-out details (Germany went second) 1. Thomas Häßler [scores] 2. Thomas Strunz [scores] 3. Stefan Reuter [scores] 4. Christian Ziege [scores] 5. Stefan Kuntz [scores] 6. Andreas Möller [scores]