Time check, 18:00 hrs, old rivals England and German face off tonight at the ongoing Euro2020.
These rival teams have enjoyed plenty of memorable encounters over the years, with their EURO ’96 semi-final likely to be a focal point of reference as the teams meet again at Wembley in the round of 16 of UEFA EURO 2020.
This will be England’s fourth game of the tournament at Wembley, where they remained unbeaten with three clean sheets in securing first place in Group B.
Germany, meanwhile, recovered from losing their opening game to finish second in Group F, although they needed a late equaliser on Matchday 3 to send them through.
The winners will travel to Rome to take on Sweden or Ukraine in the quarter-finals on 3 July.
There is nothing to choose between the teams over their previous 32 meetings, with 13 wins each, though England have the slight edge in goals scored, 51 to Germany’s 42.
Current England head coach Gareth Southgate was a pivotal figure in their last UEFA European Championship knockout meeting, missing England’s sixth penalty as Germany prevailed 6-5 in the shoot-out after a 1-1 draw at Wembley in the EURO ’96 semi-finals.
Alan Shearer had given England a third-minute lead; Stefan Kuntz levelled for Germany 13 minutes later. Germany went on to beat the Czech Republic 2-1 via a golden goal in the Wembley final.
England gained a measure of revenge at UEFA EURO 2000, Shearer scoring the only goal against the holders in Charleroi on Matchday 2, although neither England nor Germany would progress to the knockout rounds.
The only other EURO fixtures between the sides came in the 1972 quarter-finals, Günter Netzer – who scored the second goal from the penalty spot – inspiring West Germany to a 3-1 first-leg win at Wembley with Uli Hoeness and Gerd Müller also on target. The second leg finished goalless, West Germany going on to lift the trophy for the first time.