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We've met before - England vs Germany
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We've met before - England vs Germany

ENGLAND v GERMANY: WE’VE MET BEFORE

 

The last time the teams met in March marked Gareth Southgate’s first game in charge since his permanent appointment as England Manager. That friendly fixture in Dortmund was decided by Lukas Podolski’s solitary strike, as the German forward marked his 130th and final international with a spectacular winner – his 49th goal for his country. Here, we look back at five classic matches between these two great rivals in competitive action, including World Cup glory, revenge, penalty heartache and Michael Owen’s finest hour.

 

ENGLAND 4-2 WEST GERMANY – 1966 World Cup Final

 

The first competitive meeting between the two nations and undoubtedly the greatest achievement in English football history, as England lifted the World Cup on home soil. The signs were ominous for the hosts early on when Helmut Haller opened the scoring after 12 minutes, but England levelled just six minutes later through Geoff Hurst. Martin Peters gave England the lead 12 minutes from time, only for Wolfgang Weber to score a late leveller and force extra-time in front of almost 97,000 fans at Wembley. But England were not to be denied and made it 3-2 when Hurst grabbed his second with arguably the biggest goal-line controversy of all time, before completing his hat-trick in the last minute.

 

WEST GERMANY 3-2 ENGLAND – 1970 World Cup Quarter-Final

 

Fast forward four years and England, the reigning champions, once again met West Germany, this time at the quarter-final stage in Mexico. Everything was going to plan for Alf Ramsey’s men as goals from Alan Mullery and Martin Peters gave them a two-goal lead just after the interval. But West Germany, still stung by their final defeat in 1966, launched one of the greatest comebacks in World Cup history. Goals from Franz Beckenbauer and Uwe Seeler sent the game into extra-time before the great Gerd Muller netted an 108th-minute winner to book Germany’s place in the last four.

 

WEST GERMANY 1-1 ENGLAND (4-3 pens) – 1990 World Cup Semi-Final

 

A gutsy and heroic performance from the Three Lions ultimately ended in tears and heartbreak, as eventual winners West Germany advanced to the final via a penalty shootout. Andreas Brehme scored a fortuitous opener on the hour before Gary Lineker produced a fine finish with just ten minutes on the clock to take the game into extra-time. Neither side could find a decisive goal in the extra period which will be forever remembered for Paul Gascoigne’s tears after collecting a booking that would have ruled him out of the final. The penalty shootout saw successful spot-kicks from Lineker, Peter Beardsley and David Platt but misses from Stuart Pearce and Chris Waddle, as West Germany went through to face Argentina in the final, which they won 1-0.

 

GERMANY 1-1 ENGLAND (6-5 pens) – 1996 European Championship Semi-Final


Six years later, it was deja-vu, with more penalty shootout heartbreak and another tournament success for the Germans. 1996 was a memorable summer as England hosted the European Championship. Frank Skinner, David Baddiel and the Lightning Seeds’ ‘Three Lions (Football’s Coming Home)’ collaboration became the fans’ anthem as the country united behind the team. Gascoigne’s solo strike against Scotland, the dismantling of a highly-rated Holland team and a penalty shootout victory over Spain set up the tantalising prospect of another crack at Germany in the last four. Alan Shearer and Stefan Kuntz scored first-half goals for each side and that was how the score would stay despite an extra-time period which saw Germany have a goal disallowed and ‘Gazza’ come within inches of converting a Shearer cross. Penalties followed and after ten successful spot-kicks, Southgate saw his effort saved by Andreas Kopke, leaving captain Andreas Moller to fire his side into the final, which Germany won by beating the Czech Republic.

 

GERMANY 1-5 ENGLAND – 2001 World Cup Qualifier

 

One of the greatest performances by an England team, Germany were humiliated on their own patch as Sven-Goran Eriksson’s side ran riot. After the Germans ruined England’s final fixture at the old Wembley 11 months earlier thanks to Dietmar Hamann’s long-range winner, in what proved Kevin Keegan’s final game in charge, the Three Lions appeared to be heading for more misery when Carsten Jancker prodded home an early goal in Munich. But from then on it was all England. Michael Owen levelled before Steven Gerrard fired home his first England goal from distance on the stroke of half-time to put the visitors 2-1 up at the break. Owen scored twice more to seal a stunning hat-trick, before Emile Heskey added a fifth to complete the rout.

 

 

 

LAST 20 MEETINGS

 

13 May 1972

Olympiastadion, Berlin

West Germany 0 England 0

Euro 1972 qualifier

12 March 1975

Wembley Stadium, London

England 2 West Germany 0

Friendly match

22 February 1978

OlympiastadionMunich

West Germany 2 England 1

Friendly match

29 June 1982

Estadio Santiago BernabeuMadrid

England 0 West Germany 0

1982 FIFA World Cup

13 October 1982

Wembley Stadium, London

England 1 West Germany 2

Friendly match

12 June 1985

Estadio AztecaMexico City

England 3 West Germany 0

Azteca 2000 Tournament

9 September 1987

RheinstadionDusseldorf

West Germany 3 England 1

Friendly match

4 July 1990

Stadio delle AlpiTurin

England 1–1 West Germany aet
(
Pens 3–4)

1990 FIFA World Cup

11 September 1991

Wembley Stadium, London

England 0 Germany 1

Friendly match

19 June 1993

Pontiac SilverdomeDetroit

England 1 Germany 2

United States Cup

26 June 1996

Wembley Stadium, London

England 1 Germany 1 aet
(
Pens 5–6)

Euro 1996

17 June 2000

Stade du Pays de CharleroiCharleroi

England 1 Germany 0

Euro 2000

7 October 2000

Wembley Stadium, London

England 0 Germany 1

2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier

1 September 2001

OlympiastadionMunich

Germany 1 England 5

2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier

22 August 2007

Wembley Stadium, London

England 1 Germany 2

Friendly match

19 November 2008

Olympiastadion, Berlin

Germany 1 England 2

Friendly match

27 June 2010

Free State StadiumBloemfontein

England 1 Germany 4

2010 FIFA World Cup

19 November 2013

Wembley Stadium, London

England 0 Germany 1

Friendly match

26 March 2016

Olympiastadion, Berlin

Germany 2 England 3

Friendly match

22 March 2017

Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund

Germany 1 England 0

Friendly match

 

OVERALL RECORD  

 

Type

Matches

England win

Draw

Germany win

Euros (Finals & Qualifiers)

4

1

1

2 (incl. 1 Penalty Shootout)

World Cup (Finals & Qualifiers)

7

2

1

4 (incl 1 Penalty Shootout)

All Competitive

11

3

2

6

Friendly

20

10

1

9

Total

31

13

3

15

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