Penalty misses, ‘ghost goals’ and tears – it’s Germany again

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    Euro 2020 on the BBC
    Dates: 11 June-11 July. Venues: Amsterdam, Baku, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Glasgow, London, Munich, Rome, Seville, St Petersburg. Coverage: Live on BBC TV, BBC Radio 5 Live, iPlayer and the BBC Sport website and app.

    It had to be, didn't it?

    It could have been any one of four teams – and at different points during a dizzying couple of hours on Wednesday night, England were pencilled in to face all of them – but in the end, it was Germany.

    Gareth Southgate's side will line up against Joachim Low's men in the last 16 of Euro 2020 on Tuesday in front of around 40,000 spectators at Wembley, in a fixture with as much drama as it has history over the years.

    "Now we travel to England," said Low after his side squeaked through with a 2-2 draw against Hungary. "It's great news to play in London at Wembley against England."

    Despite Germany's lukewarm start to the tournament, Low's upbeat demeanour is understandable – it generally has not gone well for England in previous meetings.

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    World Cup 2010: Three Lions haunted by 'ghost goal'

    England's World Cup ended in a mixture of humiliation and controversy as they were thrashed by Germany in Bloemfontein in 2010.

    Germany's deserved win and convincing victory margin was overshadowed by a moment England believe robbed them of the hope of reaching the last eight of the tournament in South Africa.

    Matthew Upson had thrown England a lifeline just before half-time after a vastly superior Germany had taken a stranglehold on the game with goals from Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski.

    And moments after Upson's header, Frank Lampard's superb lofted finish landed feet over the line behind German keeper Manuel Neuer, a fact obvious to almost everyone inside the Free State Stadium.

    But the goal was not given and Thomas Muller added two more goals as Germany ran out convincing winners.

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    Euro 2000: England win, just…..

    It has not always been one-way traffic when England and Germany have faced one another at a tournament.

    The Three Lions finally overcame their footballing nemesis in a nail-biting Euro 2000 clash.

    Skipper Alan Shearer scored the goal that gave the English a first competitive win over their arch-rivals since the 1966 World Cup final.

    However, it was still not enough for England to progress from the group stage.

    They lost their next game to Romania and made an early exit.

    Euro 1996: Southgate misses from the spot

    On 26 June 1996, England and Germany met at Wembley with the prize being a place in the Euro 96 final.

    Shearer gave England a dream start with a goal after three minutes before Stefan Kuntz equalised after 16 minutes.

    A tense semi-final went to extra time but the two teams could still not be separated so it came down to penalties.

    England scored their first five before current England manager Southgate missed his attempt.

    And when Andreas Moller tucked his attempt away, it sparked wild German celebrations to leave England fans heartbroken.

    Will England overcome Germany this time?

    This is Joachim Low's last tournament in charge of Germany. Low has already announced he will step down from his role after the Euros.

    Will next Tuesday's match with England be his last?

    The three-time European champions and four-time world champions were dumped out of the 2018 World Cup at the group stage.

    Despite three years of experimenting since then, Low has yet to find a settled side or system and for long spells on Wednesday results as they stood would have left them bottom of Group F and eliminated.

    One thing is for sure, England is likely to come to a standstill next Tuesday as Southgate's side look to win their first major tournament since they beat West Germany in the World Cup final in 1966.

    If they get past Germany, England will meet the winners of Sweden against Ukraine in the quarter-finals in Rome on 3 July.

    Another penalty shootout?

    Former England midfielder Danny Murphy says England have nothing to fear against Germany.

    Speaking on BBC One, Murphy said: "We have players that could cause them and Portugal problems if we get them at a later stage.

    "If you're sat in that England squad, [you] shouldn't have any fear."

    Former Germany head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said he was relishing the match.

    "Both Germany and England are in a similar situation, position by position," he added. "I think it will be a very even battle and it will be about the form on the day.

    Euro 2020: So Jurgen it's England v Germany, will there be penalties…?

    "We saw a different Germany face against Portugal and we saw a different face tonight, and England were the same against Scotland and Croatia.

    "We will see a fascinating game in England v Germany because we do not know what to expect.

    "If you go player by player and team by team in Germany and England, this is a 50/50 situation that could end up again in a penalty shootout."

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    • C

      Comment posted by Commentier, today at 01:04

      Enough of the “oh no not Germany again” nonsense. You think Germans sit there thinking about the 5-1 defeat? Doesn’t matter. Bring on Germany! Bring on Italy, France, whoever! For goodness sake have some b alls get out there and earn your coin!!45343

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        Reply posted by Lets Agree To Disagree, today at 03:18

        "Enough of the “oh no not Germany again” nonsense. You think Germans sit there thinking about the 5-1 defeat? Doesn’t matter. Bring on Germany! Bring on Italy, France, whoever! For goodness sake have some b alls get out there and earn your coin!!"Lets Agree To Disagree replied: After what Germany has done to England over and over again over the last few decades and all England can show in return is 1966 and 5 – 1, of course England will be worried about facing Germany again. Past scars take a long time to disappear.80175

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      Comment posted by Lul, today at 00:34

      If Hungary can go toe to toe with Germany in Munich, we should be giving them a good game at Wembley. Need to ditch this inferiority complex Southgate has instilled and play to win, not scape a 1-0 or play for pens.32527

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        Reply posted by Snowwie, today at 00:44

        "If Hungary can go toe to toe with Germany in Munich, we should be giving them a good game at Wembley. Need to ditch this inferiority complex Southgate has instilled and play to win, not scape a 1-0 or play for pens."Snowwie replied: Playing for penalties is sheer folly. England have such a poor record in penalty shoot outs that would be a slam dunk for Germany.11310

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      Comment posted by Chelseaphilip, today at 01:25

      Just Play Sako and Grealish these 2 will play without fear and can win the game for England without penalties being needed . This is the worst German side in living memory not even ranked in the top 10 in the world. Recently beaten by North Macedonia , 10 minutes away from going out of this tournament . So come on Gareth and England nothing to fear a game we should win30117

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        Reply posted by More on this story, today at 06:59

        "Just Play Sako and Grealish these 2 will play without fear and can win the game for England without penalties being needed . This is the worst German side in living memory not even ranked in the top 10 in the world. Recently beaten by North Macedonia , 10 minutes away from going out of this tournament . So come on Gareth and England nothing to fear a game we should win"More on this story replied: Sako, Foden, Grealish would rip them to shreds!

        Go for it Southgate and leave Henderson in his hotel!15431

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      Comment posted by MJF_dodo, today at 00:34

      Penalties 1966 5-1 Euro 96 Ghost Goal.
      It’s going to be a long week of rehashing the same old stuff.1541

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        Reply posted by Commentier, today at 01:23

        "Penalties 1966 5-1 Euro 96 Ghost Goal.It’s going to be a long week of rehashing the same old stuff."Commentier replied: Maybe Stuart Pearce can come on before the game and do a reenactment of his famous penalty miss. Southgate too. You know, rouse the troops etcetera.5330

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      Comment posted by RU32, today at 06:13

      Dear media and tv pundits
      IF we do win next Tuesday. please don’t go over the top and make us out to be the best England team ever. It’s embarrassing and unnecessary. If England do win, they will have done no more than their pay packets dictate. I dread a repeat of the WC semi final when the only tv pundit making sense was Roy Keen.15611

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        Reply posted by moggy55, today at 07:09

        "Dear media and tv pundits IF we do win next Tuesday. please don’t go over the top and make us out to be the best England team ever. It’s embarrassing and unnecessary. If England do win, they will have done no more than their pay packets dictate. I dread a repeat of the WC semi final when the only tv pundit making sense was Roy Keen."moggy55 replied: Ahhh didums1197

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      Comment posted by Cookie, today at 00:43

      If the England players are left to play the way they know, we will win.
      If it is Southgates way, no chance.
      I would rather lose with our heads held high and give it a real go, than a bore draw and lose on pens.16121

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        Reply posted by facts, today at 06:17

        "If the England players are left to play the way they know, we will win.If it is Southgates way, no chance.I would rather lose with our heads held high and give it a real go, than a bore draw and lose on pens."facts replied: Please please please please. When have you seen this team play well? Get real. They are more interested in they hairstyles.9839

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      Comment posted by Steely_Dan54, today at 00:28

      Fabulous occasion, England v Germany at Wembley. It doesn’t get much bigger than that. I’d say both sides are about evens for it. England have been a bit lethargic at times, but have done well to be the only side alongside Italy not to concede so far, and haven’t conceded in their last 5 fixtures. But whilst Germany have been scoring plenty, they’ve also been leaky at the back, shipping 5 so far.875

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        Reply posted by Honez, today at 00:52

        "Fabulous occasion, England v Germany at Wembley. It doesn’t get much bigger than that. I’d say both sides are about evens for it. England have been a bit lethargic at times, but have done well to be the only side alongside Italy not to concede so far, and haven’t conceded in their last 5 fixtures. But whilst Germany have been scoring plenty, they’ve also been leaky at the back, shipping 5 so far."Honez replied: you’re not scoring much though2134

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      Comment posted by kickabout, today at 00:30

      I’m optimistic about our chances but surely that’s the point of supporting your national team. To believe.6612

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        Reply posted by chris, today at 01:21

        "I’m optimistic about our chances but surely that’s the point of supporting your national team. To believe."chris replied: Still just about a ‘national’ team1361

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      Comment posted by Brij, today at 01:45

      Typical brits, using spurious historical facts to predict everything down to the colour of underpants Southgate will be wearing!
      England are World Cup semi finalists and a good team. Next Tuesday is a 50/50, so I’m looking forward to a good match and praying for an England victory however it comes.8129

      • M

        Reply posted by ME, today at 01:59

        "Typical brits, using spurious historical facts to predict everything down to the colour of underpants Southgate will be wearing!England are World Cup semi finalists and a good team. Next Tuesday is a 50/50, so I’m looking forward to a good match and praying for an England victory however it comes."ME replied: LOL – don’t forget we won the World Cup 54 years ago (having been given a bye through the group stages 😂) – Surely that makes us the greatest team ever to grace a football field. 😂3975

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      Comment posted by JOdeNJS4E, today at 00:29

      Surely, this is the year to beat the Germans.6022

      • M

        Reply posted by maineroad8, today at 06:22

        "Surely, this is the year to beat the Germans."maineroad8 replied: You’d hope so. But for the sake of our nerves shall we just give them a bye to the next round and we’ll all have a nice cup of tea. No need to hype up the youngsters or tear into the senior players. Southgate can get a job as a plumber in a sleepy seaside town where he belongs and we won’t have to listen to the pundits drivel on.
        We won’t of course, we’ll lose 0-1.287

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      Comment posted by KR, today at 01:16

      Who cares about defending? Attack is the best form of defense. Southgate ought to throw caution to the wind and throw everything including the kitchen sink at Germany in the first half. After all they have 5 subs. Go in 4-0 up at half time then park the bus. Simples 👍4710

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        Reply posted by More on this story, today at 07:07

        "Who cares about defending? Attack is the best form of defense. Southgate ought to throw caution to the wind and throw everything including the kitchen sink at Germany in the first half. After all they have 5 subs. Go in 4-0 up at half time then park the bus. Simples 👍"More on this story replied: However well England play, what’s the betting they fall foul to yet another dodgy REFERREE decision?1436

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      Comment posted by Your Comment, today at 00:30

      The only people looking forward to the England v Germany match are the ABEs.

      It is what it is, you can’t go through the tournament all the way without meeting the top teams at some point.

      The advantage we have is that its a home game for us and that may be the boost we need.396

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        Reply posted by Lets Agree To Disagree, today at 03:21

        "The only people looking forward to the England v Germany match are the ABEs. It is what it is, you can’t go through the tournament all the way without meeting the top teams at some point. The advantage we have is that its a home game for us and that may be the boost we need."Lets Agree To Disagree replied: Alternatively, playing at home could just increase the burden on England to perform well.1617

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      Comment posted by Chelseaphilip, today at 00:37

      Please Gareth Play Sako and Grealish , these 2 will play without fear and in what should be a tight game these 2 together will frighten a very mediocre German side and we may be able to win without going to penalties . Question is will Gareth Southgate pick a side that is bold ? and include these 2 gifted players389

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        Reply posted by TheBlaggert, today at 03:02

        "Please Gareth Play Sako and Grealish , these 2 will play without fear and in what should be a tight game these 2 together will frighten a very mediocre German side and we may be able to win without going to penalties . Question is will Gareth Southgate pick a side that is bold ? and include these 2 gifted players"TheBlaggert replied: Lol “mediocre”. Don’t be thinking the Germans are anywhere near as bad as the world beaters127

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      Comment posted by karl, today at 00:50

      If we can get past Germany, the route to the final is actually pretty decent. But that is a big if! As poor as Germany have been (relative to their usual standards) I just know come Tuesday they will find a way to get past us. Probably on penalties…357

    • N

      Comment posted by nickymp, today at 06:34

      I’m very optimistic about the result of this game, I am confident that we will get beat.359

      • J

        Reply posted by James 62, today at 09:43

        "I’m very optimistic about the result of this game, I am confident that we will get beat."James 62 replied: Even if England win they will not win the euros. The team is full of nobodies, players that make little contribution to the premier league top teams, only 5 of them at most. I guess ‘my’ country needs to win football to make itself seem important, but the team – who are these players?210

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      Comment posted by Force Kin, today at 01:57

      Here we go, the hype machines are going into overdrive again, trying hard to whip up interest in the inevitable turgid disappointment339

    • S

      Comment posted by shportyshpice, today at 00:34

      Relatively similar match up I reckon, with Germany looking a bit out of sorts and certainly lacking that inspiration just as England are. As German sides go, gotta say this is one we could and probably should win, especially at home! And would surely be our biggest challenge up until the semis if we can do it. Come on England!!253

      • M

        Reply posted by MDestro, today at 00:54

        "Relatively similar match up I reckon, with Germany looking a bit out of sorts and certainly lacking that inspiration just as England are. As German sides go, gotta say this is one we could and probably should win, especially at home! And would surely be our biggest challenge up until the semis if we can do it. Come on England!!"MDestro replied: England haven’t beaten a good side in a knockout game since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

        Easy win for Germany. Even a poor generation of Germany beats almost every England generation5060

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      Comment posted by Eunesta, today at 02:01

      The english media let go of nothing – Im 50 next year and England have not won a major trophy in my life time.298

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        Reply posted by ME, today at 02:09

        "The english media let go of nothing – Im 50 next year and England have not won a major trophy in my life time."ME replied: They have beaten Asan Marino and Bulgaria a few times though 😂1018

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      Comment posted by 1fell, today at 01:53

      here we go again. defeat’s coming home298

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      Comment posted by fasteddie88, today at 06:57

      I’m Welsh and I will be supporting England! Germany are nowhere near the team they were and I believe England have the firepower to open them up. But if Southgate makes it a cagey affair that will play in to the Germans hands. IMO his job is on the line here.212

      • M

        Reply posted by More on this story, today at 07:13

        "I’m Welsh and I will be supporting England! Germany are nowhere near the team they were and I believe England have the firepower to open them up. But if Southgate makes it a cagey affair that will play in to the Germans hands. IMO his job is on the line here."More on this story replied: An England Wales final would be a cracker!
        Good luck to both sides!61

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