Russia v Germany, 16 June 1996

Score3-0 to Germany
RefereeKim Milton Nelsen
CompetitionUEFA European Championship Finals Group C
VenueOld Trafford
Attendance50,760
Kick-off: 4.00pm Jürgen Klinsmann made a telling return from suspension with two late goals that followed Matthias Sammer's opener and Yuri Kovtun's dismissal for the beleaguered Russians. Germany had already asserted their authority on the tournament with a 2-0 opening victory against the Czech Republic – this, though, was a real statement of intent. Sammer set the ball rolling 11 minutes after half-time, but it was not until Kovtun was shown red with 20 minutes left that Berti Vogts' team went into overdrive; Klinsmann was at his brilliant best. It could all have been so different if Russia, a match for their opponents in the first half, had taken the lead when Aleksandr Mostovoi was sent clean through by Dmitri Khokhlov. Ilya Tsymbalar's deflected shot also hit a post but it was not to be – the second half belonged to Germany. Sammer, previously a strong midfield player, was now a high-class sweeper whose performances in this tournament made him European Footballer of the Year. Coming through from the back, he took Andreas Möller's fine pass, had his first shot saved, and chipped the goalkeeper with his second. Kovtun was sent off for a foul on Dieter Eilts and that was the end of the Russian challenge; Klinsmann was suddenly allowed far more room up front and duly flourished. His first goal was a virtuoso effort, a clever turn away from Yuri Nikiforov followed by a shot with the outside of his foot which curled high past Dmitri Kharin's right hand. Germany's third arrived in added time when Nikiforov was robbed of possession by Stefan Kuntz, whose cross was tapped in by Klinsmann to all but cement his country's place in the last eight.

0  Russia

Manager: Oleg Romantsev

3  Germany

Manager: Berti Vogts

Goals:

Goals:

Matthias Sammer 56 G
Jurgen Klinsmann 77 G
Jurgen Klinsmann 90 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Dimitri Kharine
Defender Yuri Kovtun
Defender Youri Nikiforov
Defender Viktor Onopko (captain)
Defender Omari Tetradze
Midfielder Andrei Kanchelskis
Midfielder Dmitri Khokhlov
Midfielder Alexandr Mostovoi
Midfielder Vladislav Radimov
Midfielder Ilia Tsymbalar
Forward Igor Kolyvanov

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Andreas Köpke
Defender Markus Babbel
Defender/Centre back Thomas Helmer
Defender/Midfielder Stefan Reuter
Midfielder Dieter Eilts
Midfielder Thomas Hässler
Midfielder Andreas Möller
Midfielder Matthias Sammer
Midfielder Christian Ziege
Forward Oliver Bierhoff
Forward Jurgen Klinsmann (captain)

Substitutions:

Valery Karpin for Vladislav Radimov 46
Igor Simutenkov for Dmitri Khokhlov 66

Substitutions:

Steffen Freund for Thomas Hässler 66
Stefan Kuntz for Oliver Bierhoff 84
Thomas Strunz for Andreas Möller 87

Cards:

Andrei Kanchelskis 12 Y
Viktor Onopko 30 Y
Yuri Kovtun 71 R

Cards:

Markus Babbel 16 Y
Oliver Bierhoff 31 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Stanisav Cherchesov
Goalkeeper Sergei Ovchinnikov
Midfielder Valery Karpin
Midfielder Igor Shalimov
Midfielder Igor Yanovski
Forward Sergei Kiryakov
Forward Igor Simutenkov

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Oliver Kahn
Goalkeeper Oliver Reck
Defender Rene Schneider
Midfielder Steffen Freund
Midfielder Mehmet Scholl
Midfielder Thomas Strunz
Forward Fredi Bobic
Forward Marco Bode
Forward Stefan Kuntz