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Hosts England first team into last four

Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 11.08CET
Spain 0-0 England (England win 4-2 on penalties)
Goalkeeper David Seaman and left-back Stuart Pearce were the penalty shoot-out heroes as the hosts squeezed into the semi-finals.
Hosts England first team into last four
David Seaman sends England through with a shoot-out save ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SpainEngland

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target0
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 11.08CET

Hosts England first team into last four

Spain 0-0 England (England win 4-2 on penalties)
Goalkeeper David Seaman and left-back Stuart Pearce were the penalty shoot-out heroes as the hosts squeezed into the semi-finals.

On the crest of a wave after their memorable 4-1 against the Netherlands, hosts England beat Spain 4-2 on penalties to move into the semi-finals.

Terry Venables' side had produced a truly thrilling display in their final group game and now had an ever more enthusiastic nation behind them. Their momentum was checked by a well-organised Spanish side, however, with only the spot-kick heroics of Stuart Pearce and David Seaman enough to take them past Javier Clemente's charges and into the last four.

No one had played a more pivotal role in England's resurgent tournament than Alan Shearer, and Spain were all too aware of the threat posed by the burly, yet mobile striker. Immediately gifted little room in which to work, Shearer made a rare escape into space on four minutes but his fierce shot was well stopped by Andoni Zubizarreta.

Spain swiftly gained a foothold, however, twice denied by an offside flag before carving open the England defence just before half-time; Javier Manjarín was clean through but hesitated long enough for Seaman to advance and block with his legs.

Such a moment of laxness appeared to prompt England to tighten up after the interval, with Steve McManaman and Paul Gascoigne finally starting to work the openings denied to them earlier on. Indeed it was Gascoigne who fashioned the best opportunity of the game on 73 minutes when he chipped to the far post for Shearer, who somehow turned over from close range.

Extra time was required and the golden goal was in play for the first time – one goal was all that was needed. It was not forthcoming, though, and EURO '96 had its first penalty shoot-out.

England edged in front when Fernando Hierro struck the bar with Spain's first attempt and were 2-1 ahead by the time Pearce stepped up. The lionhearted left-back, who had missed in England's shoot-out loss to Germany in the FIFA World Cup semi-finals six years earlier, dispatched emphatically and celebrated with gusto. His team-mates followed suit before Seaman stopped Miguel Nadal to cement his country's progress.

Last updated: 23/01/12 14.41CET

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Lineups

Spain

Spain

England

England

1
ZubizarretaAndoni Zubizarreta (GK) (C)
1
SeamanDavid Seaman (GK)
3
BelsuéAlberto Belsué
Yellow Card40
2
G. NevilleGary Neville
Yellow Card47
4
AlkortaRafael Alkorta
Substitution72
3
PearceStuart Pearce
5
AbelardoAbelardo
Yellow Card1
5
AdamsTony Adams (C)
6
HierroFernando Hierro
6
SouthgateGareth Southgate
12
Sergi BarjuánSergi Barjuán
7
PlattDavid Platt
14
KikoKiko
8
GascoignePaul Gascoigne
17
ManjarínJavier Manjarín
Substitution46
9
ShearerAlan Shearer
18
AmorGuillermo Amor
10
SheringhamTeddy Sheringham
Substitution109 ET
19
SalinasJulio Salinas
Substitution46
11
AndertonDarren Anderton
Substitution109 ET
20
NadalMiguel Nadal
17
McManamanSteve McManaman
Substitution109 ET

Substitutes

2
LópezJuan Manuel López
Substitution72
13
FlowersTim Flowers (GK)
7
AmaviscaJosé Emilio Amavisca
14
BarmbyNick Barmby
Substitution109 ET
8
GuerreroJulen Guerrero
16
CampbellSol Campbell
9
PizziJuan Antonio Pizzi
18
FerdinandLes Ferdinand
10
DonatoDonato
19
P. NevillePhil Neville
11
Alfonso PérezAlfonso Pérez
Substitution46
Yellow Card50
20
StoneSteve Stone
Substitution109 ET
13
CañizaresSantiago Cañizares (GK)
21
FowlerRobbie Fowler
Substitution109 ET
15
CamineroJosé Luis Caminero
Substitution46
22
WalkerIan Walker (GK)
16
OteroJorge Otero
21
Luis EnriqueLuis Enrique
22
MolinaJosé Francisco Molina (GK)

Coach

Javier Clemente Lázaro (ESP) Terry Venables (ENG)

Referee

Marc Batta (FRA)

Assistant referees

Pierre Ufrasi (FRA), Jacques Mas (FRA)

Fourth official

Alain Sars (FRA)

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