Czech Republic vs Portugal

Underdogs Czech Republic rode an impressive defensive performance, and a virtuoso goal from Karel Poborsky to earn a spot in the EURO 96 semi finals with a 1-0 win over Portugal at Villa Park. Czech coach Dusan Uhrin would go into this game without star midfielder Pavel Nedved, who was suspended for two yellow cards […]

Germany vs Croatia

Germany moved into the semi finals of EURO 96 with a hard fought 2-1 win over Croatia at Old Trafford.  Defender Matthias Sammer was a key presence for the Germans, winning the penalty from which Jurgen Klinsmann opened the scoring.  Sammer rounded out his match winning performance by scoring a second half winner after Davor […]

France vs Holland

France earned a place in the Euro 96 semi finals after a 5-4 penalty shootout win that followed a hard fought 0-0 game through extra time.  Right back Lilian Thuram was among the star performers for France as they were forced to defend long spells of Dutch pressure late in regulation and during extra time. […]

England vs Spain

England advanced to the semi finals of Euro 96 with a nerve wracking and somewhat fortunate victory over Spain at Wembley Stadium.  After a scoreless, but not uneventful draw over 120 minutes, a David Seaman save secured a 4-2 penalty shootout victory for the Three Lions. England manager Terry Venables made a change to his […]

Italy vs Germany

Germany and Italy battled to a 0-0 stalemate to end Group C play, the result saw Germany advance as group winners, whereas Italy were eliminated.  While the game may have lacked goals, it did not lack incident, as the Italians saw their Euro 96 campaign cut disappointingly short. Germany lined up in their 5-3-2 formation […]

Russia vs Czech Republic

Czech Republic qualified for the last eight of Euro 96 in dramatic fashion, with events both in this game, and in the Germany v Italy fixture played at the same time in Manchester playing pivotal roles in Group C’s final standings. The Czech’s came into this game without suspended defender and captain Miroslav Hadlek, but […]

Turkey vs Denmark

Denmark finished off their Euro 96 campaign on a high note with an emphatic 3-0 win over Turkey.  Denmark had a mathematical chance of qualification to the knockout stages, but a 3-0 win for Portugal over Croatia in Nottingham saw the reigning European champions bow out in the group stages.  Turkey finished their campaign pointless […]

Croatia vs Portugal

Portugal topped Group D with an emphatic 3-0 win over Croatia to round out group play.  Despite the heavy defeat, Croatia also qualified for the last eight having secured progression with 2 wins from their prior games. Coach Antonio Oliveira lined up Portugal in a 4-5-1 formation with star duo Rui Costa and Luis Figo […]

Holland vs England

England sealed their progress into the Euro 96 quarter finals with a famous win over Holland at Wembley Stadium.  English strike pair Alan Shearer and Teddy Sheringham netted two goals each, while Patrick Kluivert netted a late goal that sealed progress for Netherlands in dramatic fashion despite this heavy defeat. Recent history gave little clue […]

Scotland vs Switzerland

Scotland achieved their first win of Euro 96 when Ally McCoist netted the decisive goal over Switzerland at Villa Park.  Events in Group A’s other game made the final stages dramatic, but ultimately both teams were eliminated from the tournament after this result.   Going into the game, Scotland knew they needed to win, and also […]