IN PICS & VIDS: Classic England-Germany showdowns

Aditya Devavrat 14:02 21/03/2017

World champions Germany host England in Dortmund on Wednesday in a mouth-watering international friendly.

Here, we take a look at five historic clashes between the European powerhouses.


England 4 (Hurst 18, 101, 120, Peters 78)

West Germany 2 (Haller 12, Weber 89)

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.

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 at the death of extra-time as BBC commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme uttered one of the most famous phrases in football’s history.


West Germany 3 (Beckenbauer 68, Seller 82, Mueller 108)

England 2 (Mullery 31, Peters 49)

The Germans came back from two-goals down to beat the Three Lions and reach the 1970 World Cup semi-finals where they eventually 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 an extra-time winner.


West Germany 1 (Brehme 60)

England 1 (Lineker 80)

West Germany win 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 then penalties.

Both teams scored 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.


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 from 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.

Emile Heskey hit England’s fifth after a move started by Beckham and Paul Scholes to cap a glorious night for the English and those on Merseyside as all five goals were scored by Liverpool players.


Germany 4 (Klose 20, Podolski 32, Mueller 67, 70)

England 1 (Upson 37)

A youthful Germany team won a classic knockout 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.

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.