England v Switzerland, 08 June 1996

Score1-1
RefereeManuel Díaz Vega
CompetitionUEFA European Championship Finals Group A
VenueWembley Stadium
Attendance76,567
Kick-off: 3.00pm BST Alan Shearer put the hosts in front with his first goal in 13 internationals but Kübilay Türkyilmaz's late penalty ensured the spoils were shared. With dreams of winning on home soil a first major trophy in thirty years, England's EURO '96 expectations were checked by a 1-1 draw with Switzerland in their Group A opener. Englishman Roy Hodgson may have guided Switzerland through a comfortable qualifying campaign, but his departure for FC Internazionale Milano had left them struggling for momentum ahead of the finals. A 3-1 friendly defeat at Wembley in November 1995 made it little surprise that the Swiss fell behind to Alan Shearer's strike midway through the first half. Now under the charge of Artur Jorge, they fought back, however, earning an impressive point courtesy of Kübilay Türkyilmaz's 83rd-minute penalty. Such an outcome had looked unlikely when Shearer ended his 12-game international scoring drought, collecting Paul Ince's cute inside pass before unleashing a fearsome shot high into the roof of the net. Weighed down by the hopes of an expectant nation, Terry Venables' side now looked well placed to remove the shackles. It proved a false dawn, though, with Switzerland working their way back into the game in impressive fashion. They nearly drew level just prior to the interval when Marco Grassi somehow contrived to turn on to the bar after Türkyilmaz had ghosted past Stuart Pearce and delivered a pinpoint pass from the right. Unperturbed by that miss, the Swiss remained buoyant in the second half. Ciriaco Sforza and Johann Vogel were commanding linchpins in midfield, the latter going close with a rasping drive before the equaliser finally arrive; Pearce handled in the area and Türkyilmaz calmly slotted into the bottom right-hand corner. It would not be the last of the spot-kick drama involving the hosts.

1  England

Manager: Terry Venables

1  Switzerland

Manager: Artur Jorge

Goals:

Alan Shearer 22 G

Goals:

Kubilay Türkyilmaz penalty 82 P

Starting lineup:

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

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Marco Pascolo
Defender Alain Geiger (captain)
Defender Yvan Quentin
Defender Ramon Vega
Midfielder Christophe Bonvin
Midfielder Ciriaco Sforza
Midfielder Johann Vogel
Forward Marco Grassi

Substitutions:

Steve Stone for Steve McManaman 69
Nick Barmby for Teddy Sheringham 69
David Platt for Paul Gascoigne 76

Substitutions:

Stéphane Chapuisat for Christophe Bonvin 67
Marcel Koller for Alain Geiger 69

Cards:

Gary Neville 26 Y
Tony Adams 80 Y

Cards:

Alain Geiger 28 Y
Yvan Quentin 42 Y
Marco Grassi 83 Y
Ramon Vega 89 Y

On the bench:

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

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Joel Corminboeuf
Goalkeeper Stephan Lehmann
Midfielder Alexandre Comisetti
Midfielder Sébastien Fournier
Midfielder Marcel Koller
Midfielder Patrick Sylvestre
Forward Davide Sesa