England v Spain, 22 June 1996

Score0-0 :: penalties 4-2 to England
RefereeMarc Batta
CompetitionUEFA European Championship Finals quarter-final
VenueWembley Stadium
Attendance75,440
Kick Off: 15:00 BST England won 4-2 on penalties After extra time 0-0 after 90 and 120 minutes On the crest of a wave after their memorable 4-1 against the Netherlands, hosts England beat Spain 4-2 on penalties to move into the semi-finals. Terry Venables' side had produced a truly thrilling display in their final group game and now had an ever more enthusiastic nation behind them. Their momentum was checked by a well-organised Spanish side, however, with only the spot-kick heroics of Stuart Pearce and David Seaman enough to take them past Javier Clemente's charges and into the last four. No one had played a more pivotal role in England's resurgent tournament than Alan Shearer, and Spain were all too aware of the threat posed by the burly, yet mobile striker. Immediately gifted little room in which to work, Shearer made a rare escape into space on four minutes but his fierce shot was well stopped by Andoni Zubizarreta. Spain swiftly gained a foothold, however, twice denied by an offside flag before carving open the England defence just before half-time; Javier Manjarín was clean through but hesitated long enough for Seaman to advance and block with his legs. Such a moment of laxness appeared to prompt England to tighten up after the interval, with Steve McManaman and Paul Gascoigne finally starting to work the openings denied to them earlier on. Indeed it was Gascoigne who fashioned the best opportunity of the game on 73 minutes when he chipped to the far post for Shearer, who somehow turned over from close range. Extra time was required and the golden goal was in play for the first time – one goal was all that was needed. It was not forthcoming, though, and EURO '96 had its first penalty shoot-out. England edged in front when Fernando Hierro struck the bar with Spain's first attempt and were 2-1 ahead by the time Pearce stepped up. The lionhearted left-back, who had missed in England's shoot-out loss to Germany in the FIFA World Cup semi-finals six years earlier, dispatched emphatically and celebrated with gusto. His team-mates followed suit before Seaman stopped Miguel Nadal to cement his country's progress.

0 (4)  England

Manager: Terry Venables

0 (2)  Spain

Manager: Javier Clemente

Starting lineup:

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

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Zubizarreta (captain)
Defender Alkorta
Defender Belsué
Defender/Centre back Abelardo
Centre back Nadal
Defender/Midfielder Hierro
Defender/Left back Sergi
Midfielder Amor
Forward Kiko
Forward Manjarín
Forward Salinas

Substitutions:

Steve Stone for Darren Anderton 109
Nick Barmby for Steve McManaman 109
Robbie Fowler for Teddy Sheringham 109

Substitutions:

Alfonso for Manjarín 46
Caminero for Salinas 46
Lopez for Alkorta 73

Cards:

Gary Neville 47 Y

Cards:

Belsué 40 Y
Alfonso 50 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 Canizares
Goalkeeper Jose Molina
Defender Lopez
Defender Otero
Midfielder Amavisca
Midfielder Caminero
Midfielder Donato
Midfielder Guerrero
Midfielder Luis Enrique
Forward Alfonso
Forward Pizzi

Comments:

Penalty shoot-out details (England went first) 1. Alan Shearer [scores] 2. David Platt [scores] 3. Stuart Pearce [scores] 4. Paul Gascoigne [scores]

Comments:

Penalty shoot-out details (Spain went second) 1. Hierro [misses] 2. Amor [scores] 3. Belsué [scores] 4. Nadal [misses]