This 1990 FIFA World Cup semi-final match between West Germany vs England was played on July 4, 1990 at the Stadio delle Alpi in Turin, Italy….which proved to be one heck of a contest between two storied European powerhouse countries….West Germany, who entered the game with two World Cup Championship victories…..while their opponents, England, entered this game with one world cup victory. This match was a typical battle between these two countries….as they had a long history of playing really highly competitive games….and this was no exception….as they would play to a 1 – 1 tie after regular time on goals by German star defenseman Andreas Brehme and British forward Gary Lineker….and the match remained tied after extra period….which led to the penalty shootout….where the 1st four Germans to take a penalty kick including Brehme, Matthaus, Riedle and Thon would score….while the 1st three Brits Lineker, Beardsley and Platt would score….but Pearce and Waddle would miss….thus giving West Germany the semi-final victory with a 4 – 3 penalty kick margin.
This semi-final between West Germany and England was played at the home stadium of Juventus in Turin, Italy….for the match was goalless at half-time….which is pretty much typical when Germany and England face off on the soccer pitch….but then in the 60th minute….a shot from German Defenseman Andreas Brehme was deflected by British goalie Paul Parker into his own net….when England evened the score with ten minutes left on Forward Gary Lineker’s score….sending the teams into halftime with a 1 – 1 score.
The game ended with the same score of 1–1….as Extra Time yielded more chances than in the 2nd Half….in which German all tournament forward Jurgen. Klinsmann was guilty of two glaring misses….and both sides struck a post in the process. England had another Platt goal disallowed for offside….so, the match went to penalties….and West Germany went on to win the shoot-out 4 – 3. After the game, the English striker Gary Lineker left his most remarks: ‘”Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win.”
Simply put for any FIFA World Cup fans….this classic match is MUST SEE TV….and Germany vs England does not dissappoint….for this is top notch futbol.