Germany v Czech Republic, 09 June 1996

Score2-0 to Germany
RefereeDavid Elleray
CompetitionUEFA European Championship Finals Group C
VenueOld Trafford
Attendance37,300
Kick-off: 5.00pm local Germany justified their traditional position as tournament favourites with a comprehensive opening-day victory against a Czech side of whom little was expected either before or after the match. Making light of striker Jürgen Klinsmann's suspension and an early injury to Jürgen Kohler, one of the great man-markers, Germany scored two almost identical goals that exemplified the touch, power and confidence of their game. Christian Ziege, a new find at left-back, and Andreas Möller, an established midfielder, each took return passes before shooting low past Petr Kouba's right hand from outside the area to decide the match within the first 32 minutes. The EURO '92 runners-up took a 26th-minute lead against Dušan Uhrin's charges when Ziege embarked on a marauding run. The 24-year-old played a one-two with Fredi Bobic, brushed off the challenge of Radoslav Látal and cut inside Miroslav Kadlec to beat Kouba from 20 metres. It was no less than the dynamic Germans deserved, having already tested Kouba with a close-range Bobic volley and sent efforts by Möller and Thomas Hässler whistling narrowly wide. Germany had also lost their captain, Kohler, after just 14 minutes with a tournament-ending injury, although his successor to the armband, Mattias Sammer, would rise to the responsibility by leading the team to silverware. It was not all plain sailing, however, and had Pavel Nedvěd not passed up the chance to score a first international goal on two occasions, the outcome may have differed. As it was, Möller doubled Germany's lead with just over half an hour played, finishing a 40-metre run with a low drive. The second half was more of a holding operation, the Czechs looking more purposeful for the introduction of Patrik Berger. However, it was the two-time European champions who came closest to adding to their tally – Kouba denying Thomas Helmer and Hässler, and Nedvěd clearing another Ziege effort off the line. It was a match which left very few predicting that these sides would meet again in the final.

2  Germany

Manager: Berti Vogts

0  Czech Republic

Manager: Dusan Uhrin

Goals:

Christian Ziege 26 G
Andreas Möller 32 G

Goals:

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Andreas Köpke
Defender Thomas Helmer
Defender Jürgen Kohler (captain)
Defender/Midfielder Stefan Reuter
Midfielder Dieter Eilts
Midfielder Thomas Hässler
Midfielder Andreas Möller
Midfielder Matthias Sammer
Midfielder Christian Ziege
Forward Fredi Bobic
Forward Stefan Kuntz

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Petr Kouba
Defender Michal Horňák
Defender Miroslav Kadlec (captain)
Defender Jan Suchopárek
Midfielder Radek Bejbl
Midfielder Martin Frýdek
Midfielder Radoslav Látal
Midfielder Pavel Nedvěd
Midfielder Jiří Němec
Midfielder Karel Poborský
Forward Pavel Kuka

Substitutions:

Markus Babbel for Jürgen Kohler 14
Thomas Strunz for Andreas Möller 65
Oliver Bierhoff for Thomas Strunz 82

Substitutions:

Radek Drulák for Martin Frýdek 46
Patrik Berger for Karel Poborský 46

Cards:

Christian Ziege 28 Y
Stefan Kuntz 52 Y
Andreas Möller 58 Y
Markus Babbel 59 Y
Stefan Reuter 69 Y
Thomas Hässler 77 Y

Cards:

Radek Bejbl 19 Y
Pavel Nedvěd 45 Y
Radek Drulák 67 Y
Miroslav Kadlec 67 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Oliver Kahn
Goalkeeper Oliver Reck
Defender Markus Babbel
Defender Rene Schneider
Midfielder Mehmet Scholl
Midfielder Thomas Strunz
Forward Oliver Bierhoff
Forward Marco Bode

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Ladislav Maier
Goalkeeper Pavel Srníček
Defender Martin Kotulek
Defender Karel Rada
Midfielder Patrik Berger
Midfielder Václav Němeček
Midfielder Pavel Novotny
Midfielder Vladimír Smicer
Forward Radek Drulák
Forward Milan Kerbr