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Top 5: England vs. Germany Matches

Tom WebbUK Staff WriterMarch 23, 2016

Top 5: England vs. Germany Matches

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    England travel to Berlin on Saturday to resume their historic rivalry with current world champions, Germany.

    It may be something of a one-sided rivalry, with Germany placing a much greater emphasis on their tussles with the Netherlands, but it's a fixture that tends to produce entertainment and controversy in significant measure.

    Germany have had the better of it in recent years, with the Three Lions' most recent win coming in a friendly back in 2008.

    But there's no room for friendlies on our list, oh no. Click through to read more on the titanic tussles that have shaped one of international football's greatest rivalries...

5. England 1-1 Germany (5-6 on Penalties), 1996

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    There was a heartbreaking sense of deja vu for England fans in 1996, as the hosts exited the European Championships on penalties to the same side at the same stage in the same manner as they had the World Cup just six years earlier.

    It all started so well for England, as Alan Shearer headed them ahead within three minutes at Wembley.

    But Germany hit back quickly through Stefan Kuntz and no further goals in 90 minutes meant the game went into extra-time.

    Darren Anderton hit the post and Paul Gascoigne's desperate slide brought him within inches of scoring what would have been a golden goal, but it wasn't to be.

    Into the shootout and both sides scored their first five penalties before Gareth Southgate's tame effort was saved by Andreas Kopke and Andreas Muller scored to take Germany into the final.

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4. West Germany 1-1 England (4-3 on Penalties), 1990

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    Before Euro 96, there was Italia 90.

    The World Cup semi-finals saw England and West Germany come together in Turin for a game that came to be remembered for one man's tears as much as anything else.

    After a goalless first half, the Germans took the lead after an hour through a deflected Andreas Brehme free-kick, only for Gary Lineker to level with 10 minutes remaining. 

    The game had entered extra time when Paul Gascoigne, England's star man but carrying a yellow card from a previous match, lunged in on Thomas Berthold. The midfielder was swiftly booked, ruling him out of the final should England make it. Cue the tears.

    In the end, it was to prove incidental, as Stuart Pearce and Chris Waddle missed in the penalty shootout and West Germany progressed to the final where they beat Argentina 1-0.

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3. Germany 1-5 England, 2001

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    Rewind to the turn of the millennium, and England and Germany were drawn in the same qualifying group for the 2002 World Cup.

    After Germany won 1-0 in the last game to be played at the old Wembley stadium, Sven-Goran Eriksson's side travelled to Munich's Olympic Stadium in September 2001 looking for revenge.

    They found it with an emphatic 5-1 win that kept alive their qualification hopes.

    Michael Owen scored a hat-trick, while Steven Gerrard and Emile Heskey were also on target as England shocked their hosts with a huge win.

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2. Germany 4-1 England, 2010

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    The controversial one.

    Goals from Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski had given Germany a 2-0 lead within 32 minutes of their 2010 World Cup last-16 tie with England in Bloemfontein, South Africa, before a Matthew Upson header got England back into the game with 37 minutes gone.

    Then came the ghost goal. Half-time was moments away when England midfielder Frank Lampard latched on to a loose ball on the edge of Germany's penalty area and sent a looping effort over stranded goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. 

    The ball hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced down, seemingly just beyond the goal line, only for the referee and his officials to signal play on.

    Replays showed the ball had bounced comfortably past the line, and England had been robbed of a dramatic equaliser.

    Perhaps deflated by their bad fortune, Fabio Capello's side were then blown away in the second half as Germany stormed to a 4-1 victory. But England fans were left wondering, what if...

    FIFA president at the time Sepp Blatter later identified that incident as key to the governing body's decision to introduce goal-line technology, telling BBC Sport in 2012: "That [Lampard goal] was the moment for me to say, 'You can't afford for something similar to happen in the next World Cup'."

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1. England 4-2 West Germany (AET), 1966

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    What else?

    Top of our list is the 1966 World Cup final, the one and only time football's biggest tournament has been held in England.

    The hosts went into the final at Wembley Stadium on the back of a semi-final win over Portugal, while West Germany joined them after beating the Soviet Union.

    What followed was a classic final, as an 89th-minute equaliser from Wolfgang Weber levelled the score at 2-2 and took the game to extra-time.

    That's when the drama really began, as five minutes later Geoff Hurst's shot hit the crossbar and bounced down, either on, or just beyond, the goal line.

    The goal was given, and Hurst added another in the final minute to complete his hat-trick and spark the immortal line from commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme:

    "Some people are on the pitch...they think it's all over...it is now!"

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