BERLIN, March 21 ― World champions Germany host England in Dortmund tomorrow in a mouth-watering international friendly. AFP Sports looks at five historic clashes between the European powerhouses:
June 27 2010, World Cup Round of 16, Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein, South Africa
Germany 4 (Klose 20, Podolski 32, Mueller 67, 70) England 1 (Upson 37)
A youthful Germany team won a classic shoot-out in Bloemfontein in a match which generated goal-line controversy reminiscent of the 1966 World Cup final at Wembley.
Joachim Low’s side went 2-0 up through early goals from Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski.
Matthew Upson reduced the deficit before the break and 60 seconds later Frank Lampard was left with his head in his hands after being denied an equaliser for England.
His shot from the edge of the box beat Manuel Neuer, struck the underside of the crossbar and bounced down, clearly over the line, but Uruguay referee Jorge Larrionda waved play on.
Germany decided the fixture in impressive style when Thomas Mueller finished off a break by Bastian Schweinsteiger on 67 minutes, then converted a chance created by Mesut Ozil three minutes later.
September 1 2001, World Cup qualifier, Olympiastadion, Munich, Germany
Germany 1 (Jancker 6) England 5 (Owen 12, 48, 66, Gerrard 45+3, Heskey 74)
Michael Owen became the first Englishman since Geoff Hurst to score a hat-trick as the Germans were humbled in Munich on the path to the 2002 World Cup.
Carsten Jancker gave Germany the lead after six minutes, but it was all England as a David Beckham free-kick was tapped home by Owen on 12 minutes before Steven Gerrard put England 2-1 up at the break.
Owen grabbed his second on 48 after a Beckham cross and wrapped up his hat-trick after Gerrard won the ball and put in a pass which Owen floated over Germany goalkeeper Oliver Kahn on 66 minutes.
Emile Heskey hit England’s fifth after a move started by Beckham and Paul Scholes on 74 minutes to gap a glorious night for the English and Merseyside as all five goals were scored by Liverpool players.
July 4 1990, World Cup semi-final, Stadio delle Alpi, Turin, Italy
West Germany 1 (Brehme 60) England 1 (Lineker 80) — after extra-time. West Germany won 4-3 on penalties
There were Tears in Turin as England crashed out in the penalty shoot-out and Paul Gascoigne was left sobbing after his yellow card in extra time meant he would have missed the final.
With an hour gone, Germany defender Andreas Brehme fired in a free kick which took a deflection off Paul Parker and looped over England goalkeeper Peter Shilton.
England equalised when Gary Lineker capitalised on a mistake in the German defence to take the game to extra time and penalties.
Both teams scored on their first three spot-kicks, but German goalkeeper Bodo Illgner saved Stuart Pearce’s shot before Chris Waddle fired over the bar to put Germany in the final they would ultimately win against Argentina.
June 14 1970, World Cup quarter-final, Estadio Nou Camp, Leon, Mexico
West Germany 3 (Beckenbauer 68, Seller 82, Mueller 108) England 2 (Mullery 31, Peters 49) — after extra-time
The Germans came back from two-goals down to beat the Three Lions and reach the 1970 World Cup semi-finals where they lost to Italy.
Missing goalkeeper Gordon Banks, who was laid low by a stomach upset, England went 2-0 up just after the break thanks to goals from Alan Mullery and Martin Peters, before disaster struck.
Banks’s replacement Peter Bonetti allowed a Franz Beckenbauer shot to slip under his body, then Uwe Seeler levelled before Germany’s goal machine Gerd Mueller, who finished with 10 goals in six games, turned and fired in the winner.
July 30 1966, World Cup final, Wembley stadium, London
England 4 (Hurst 18, 101, 120, Peters 78) West Germany 2 (Haller 12, Weber 89) – after extra-time
Geoff Hurst wrote himself into footballing folklore by becoming the only player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final as England lifted the Jules Rimet trophy in controversial fashion.
After Germany had taken an early lead through Helmut Haller, Hurst levelled with a header then Martin Peters put England 2-1 up thirteen minutes from time.
Germany took the game to extra-time with a goal from Wolfgang Weber just 15 seconds from the end of 90 minutes.
Hurst’s second goal in the 101st minute has been the subject of hot debate after it bounced on the line, but was given by the Soviet linesman.
But Hurst put the game beyond Germany’s reach by scoring his third goal on 120 minutes as BBC commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme uttered: “some people are on the pitch. They think it’s all over. It is now, it’s four!” ― AFP