Euro 2020 briefing: England face Germany in last 16 clash
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England will take on Germany in the last-16 at Euro 2020 in a mouth-watering knockout clash. The two rivals have been involved in some truly iconic matches in the past, and this Wembley fixture has some huge expectations to live up to if previous encounters are anything to go by.
Old enemies England host Germany in the round of 16 at Euro 2020 on Tuesday, with a place in the quarter-finals on the line.
The exciting clash is littered with history – both sides enjoying iconic wins over the other over the last 50-plus years.
England are the strongest they have been for some time, while Germany, who are in a transition phase, struggled a little in the group stage.
Ahead of the huge knockout clash, Express Sport looks back at five truly memorable clashes between England and Germany.
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1966 World Cup final: England 4-2 West Germany
The finest moment in English footballing history – when football came home!
From Geoff Hurst’s brilliant hat-trick too Bobby Moore being held aloft, there are too many iconic moments to name from the 1966 World Cup final at the old Wembley.
Replicating this 4-2 victory over then-West Germany has been the aim for English football ever since, and the dream remains the same more than 50 years on.
Hopefully the current Three Lions crop can recreate that ’66 spirit on Tuesday.
1990 World Cup semi-final: England 1-1 West Germany (West Germany win 4-3 on pens)
From ecstasy to agony; this was the first of two heartbreaking shootout defeats Germany would inflict on England over the next few years.
Gary Lineker’s late equaliser took the clash against a West German side featuring the likes of Lothar Matthaus and Jurgen Klinsmann to extra-time.
A goalless 30 minutes later and it was into penalties, which of course ended in defeat as Stuart Pearce and Chris Waddle failed to convert, and Paul Gascoigne was left in tears.
Euro 96 semi-final: England 1-1 Germany (Germany win 6-5 on pens)
England were out for revenge after Italia ’90, and Alan Shearer got them off to the perfect start, before Stefan Kuntz levelled for Germany, all inside the opening 15 or so minutes.
The two sides could not be settled inside 90 minutes so once again headed for extra-time and then penalties.
Neither team missed any of their opening five spot kicks, but current Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate saw his penalty saved by Andreas Kopke, and Germany went on to win Euro 96.
2002 World Cup qualifier: Germany 1-5 England (2001)
Undoubtely one of the best England performance of all-time, this iconic thrashing in Munich was only England’s second competitive win since 1966; the only other victory coming at Euro 2000 a year before.
There was plenty of pressure on the Three Lions going into the game as well, with a win needed to put the pressure on Germany in the top spot of qualification group for the 2002 World Cup.
Carsten Jancker opened the scoring for the Germans, but of course, a prime Michael Owen bagged a hat-trick, backed up by goals from Liverpool team-mates Steven Gerrard and Emile Heskey.
England went on to top the group thanks to that David Beckham free-kick against Greece, leaving Germany in the play-offs, which they won, and went on to lose the final to Brazil the following the summer.
2010 World Cup round of 16: Germany 4-1 England
More agony for English fans, the 2010 World Cup defeat was a game of what-ifs as Frank Lampard had his clear goal not given, despite the ball being clearly over the line.
Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski had given Germany an early lead, before Matthew Upson’s header pulled one back for England, minutes before referee Jorge Larrionda and his officials completely missed Lampard’s wonder goal clearly going over the goal line.
A young Thomas Muller then put the game beyond doubt with a second half double, leaving England fans a mixture of distraught and furious.
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