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Hosts denied by Germany in epic semi-final

Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 11.20CET
Germany 1-1 England (Germany win 6-5 on penalties)
The hosts took an early lead and came agonisingly close on numerous occasions but the scourge of the penalty shoot-out returned to haunt them.

Match statistics

GermanyEngland

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target1
 
1
Attempts off target0
1
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 11.20CET

Hosts denied by Germany in epic semi-final

Germany 1-1 England (Germany win 6-5 on penalties)
The hosts took an early lead and came agonisingly close on numerous occasions but the scourge of the penalty shoot-out returned to haunt them.

The hosts' bandwagon finally came to a juddering halt as Germany once again got the better of England to reach a second successive UEFA European Championship final.

England's campaign had been carried by a wave of passion and patriotism ever since their splendid display in defeating the Netherlands 4-1 in the group stage. That optimism was checked, however, when Germany, England's vanquishers in an epic 1990 FIFA World Cup semi-final, once again stood between them and a major showpiece. Confidence was renewed when Alan Shearer headed Terry Venables' side into a third-minute lead, but Stefan Kuntz levelled the scores just after the quarter-hour.

Though England came agonisingly close going in front once more, there was no separating the sides and another penalty shoot-out was required. Gareth Southgate was this time the fall guy, spurning the first effort of sudden death to hand captain Andreas Möller the duty of sending his country through.

That was the end of a blockbuster encounter which had kicked into life in just the second minute, Paul Ince's rasping volley athletically turned over by Andreas Köpke. The Germany goalkeeper was beaten just 30 seconds later, however, Tony Adams flicking on Paul Gascoigne's corner for Shearer to swoop and register his fifth goal of the tournament.

Germany bit back on 16 minutes, though, Möller feeding Thomas Helmer who swivelled inside the area and crossed for Kuntz to force past David Seaman. But England were not cowed by squandering their advantage, Teddy Sheringham denied on the goal line after a trademark near-post dart to meet a corner and Shearer heading Darren Anderton's cross wide.

Helmer put over the best opportunity of the second half as both sides attempted to tighten up. Golden goal extra time brought them out of their shells, though, with England showing particular endeavour having suffered such heartache at the hands of the penalties in the past.

Anderton struck a post and Gascoigne came a stud's length from poking in Shearer's cross but there was no avoiding the shoot-out; Southgate was the man who suffered most as a jubilant Germany dashed the hopes of a nation.

Last updated: 28/09/14 3.15CET

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Lineups

Germany

Germany

England

England

1
KöpkeAndreas Köpke
1
SeamanDavid Seaman
2
ReuterStefan Reuter
Yellow Card46
3
PearceStuart Pearce
4
FreundSteffen Freund
Substitution118 ET
4
IncePaul Ince
5
HelmerThomas Helmer
Substitution110 ET
5
AdamsTony Adams (C)
6
SammerMatthias Sammer
6
SouthgateGareth Southgate
7
MöllerAndreas Möller (C)
Yellow Card80
7
PlattDavid Platt
8
SchollMehmet Scholl
Substitution77
8
GascoignePaul Gascoigne
Yellow Card73
11
KuntzStefan Kuntz
Goal16
9
ShearerAlan Shearer
Goal3
14
BabbelMarkus Babbel
10
SheringhamTeddy Sheringham
17
ZiegeChristian Ziege
11
AndertonDarren Anderton
21
EiltsDieter Eilts
17
McManamanSteve McManaman

Substitutes

3
BodeMarco Bode
Substitution110 ET
13
FlowersTim Flowers
10
HässlerThomas Hässler
Substitution77
14
BarmbyNick Barmby
12
KahnOliver Kahn
16
CampbellSol Campbell
16
SchneiderRené Schneider
18
L. FerdinandLes Ferdinand
19
StrunzThomas Strunz
Substitution118 ET
19
P. NevillePhil Neville
20
BierhoffOliver Bierhoff
20
StoneSteve Stone
22
ReckOliver Reck
21
FowlerRobbie Fowler
22
WalkerIan Walker

Coach

Berti Vogts (GER) Terry Venables (ENG)

Referee

Sándor Puhl (HUN)

Assistant referees

Laszlo Hamar (HUN), Imre Bozóky (HUN)

Fourth official

Sándor Piller (HUN)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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