Czech Republic 1-2 Germany (aet)
(Berger 59pen; Bierhoff 73 95)
1996 final, London
A few wheels came full circle here. Twenty years earlier, Germany had lost to Czechoslovakia, underdogs then as now, in the UEFA European Championship final; they were beaten by dark horses Denmark in 1992; and in the 1966 FIFA World Cup final, also at Wembley, they lost to a contentious goal. Payback time.
A Patrik Berger penalty put the Czechs ahead and a shock was on the cards, albeit against favourites depleted by injury. On came Oliver Bierhoff. The striker, whom Berti Vogts' wife insisted her husband took to England, demonstrated his power in the air almost immediately to equalise and, five minutes into extra time, he scored senior international football's first golden goal. Sudden death for the Czech Republic's unexpected run.
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