Saturday 20 January 2018

old enemies, Old scores

1966 World Cup final

England 4 West Germany 2

England earned bragging rights in the first meeting of the sides at a major tournament. A hat-trick from Geoff Hurst and a goal from Martin Peters won the day in extra-time in a game you hardly ever hear about now.

1970 World Cup quarter-final

West Germany 3 England 2

Defending champions England looked to be on the way to the semi-final as they went into an early 2-0 lead. But they failed to hang on to it and, in extra-time, England were sent crashing out by a Gerd Muller goal.

1972 European Championship


Germany 3 England 1

Advantage was with the Germans after the first round of this two-legged tie in Wembley when two late goals, one from Muller again, gave them a 3-1 advantage. A 0-0 draw in Berlin secured Germany's passage.

1982 World Cup second round

Germany 0 England 0

The goalless draw was less dramatic than previous encounters between the two, but it contributed to Germany going forward and England going out of the tournament -- remarkably without having lost a game.

1990 World Cup semi-final

West Germany 1 England 1

Another deadlock after 90 minutes sent the game into extra-time and a penalty shoot-out. It may have been one of the greatest matches played in the competition but the game is remembered for Gazza's tears as England went out to the eventual champs.

1996 European Championships


Germany 1 England 1

The heartbreak of penalties continued for England in this sudden-death decider with Gareth Southgate crucially missing. Germany again went on to win the competition.

2000 European Championships

group stages

England 1 Germany 0

England's victory, thanks to a second-half header by Alan Shearer (left), was the first time they had beaten Germany in a competitive game since the 1966 World Cup final. Neither team made it past the first round of the competition.


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