Germany v England
FIFA 2002 World Cup Qualifier
Saturday 1st September 2001
Olympic Stadium, Munich
Set the Scene
Qualifying for the 2002 World Cup to be held in Japan and South Korea. they were joined in the Group by Greece, Finland and Albania. With only one certain Qualifier and the Runners-Up going into the Play-Offs it were the Germans who topped the Group going into this fixture in Munich having a 6 point lead over England having played a Game more.
The Germans had already beaten England 1-0 at Wembley in what proved to be Kevin Keegan’s final match in Charge of England in the last game before Wembley was demolished and rebuilt. Sven Goran-Eriksen was the new England Manager heading into the Fixture at the Olympiastadion in Munich on September 1st 2001. Anything but an England win and Germany would win the Group
With England needing to win to stand any chance of Qualification outright, optimism was not high among the English fans and the Germans were of course confident having already beaten England at Wembley and had an unbelievable run of just One Defeat in 60 Qualifying Games and were unbeaten at The Olympiastadion since 1973. Germany started brightly and after just 6 Minutes they were ahead through Carsten Janker who reacted quickest to Oliver Neuville’s head to prod the ball past the advancing David Seaman in the England Goal.
Germany were not ahead for long however, in-fact just 6 Minutes later England were on level terms in the 12th Minute when a David Beckham Free-Kick was partially cleared by the German defence before being headed back into the area by Gary Neville towards Nick Barmby who had beaten the Offside Trap and he headed the ball down before being clattered by German Keeper Oliver Kahn to Michael Owen who finished into an empty net.
Sebastien Deisler miss a glorious chance to put Germany back in front mid way through the first half but it was England who would head into half time leading. Another David Beckham Free Kick didnt quite hit its mark but as The Germans thought they had cleared the ball Steven Gerrard chested the ball down and volleyed in from 25 Yards, narrowly avoiding Nick Barmby on the way through and beyond the despairing dive of Oliver Kahn. 5000 England fans went ballistic and were starting to believe they were going to witness a famous England win.
With most in Attendance expecting a German Response after Half-Time it was England who took the initiative and increased there lead just 3 minutes into the 2nd Half. Beckham was again involved in the build up and his cross was nodded down by Emile Heskey to Michael Owen whose shot surprised Kahn in the German Goal and despite getting a hand to the ball it went past him and England led 3-1. It was all England in the first 20 Minutes of the 2nd Half and after 65 Minutes Michael Owen completed his Hat-Trick after Steven Gerrard won possession in Midfield he split the German defence and his Liverpool team mate ran through one on one with Kahn and buried the ball high into the German net and England led by 4 goals to 1 with still 25 minutes to play.
Germany created a couple of half chances in the following minutes but they over committed in the 73rd Minute and were well and truly caught on the counter by rampant England. This time it was Paul Scholes providing the assist for Emile Heskey to go through one on one with Kahn and again it was the England man who prevailed shooting low beyond Kahn to complete one of the most amazing performances in the history of the England National Team.
Kahn, Rehmer, Linke, Nowotny, Wörns, Böhme, Hamann, Ballack, Deisler, Jancker, Neuville,
Subs Used: Kehl, Asamoah, Klose,
Seaman, Neville, Ferdinand, Campbell, Cole, Beckham, Scholes, Gerrard, Barmby, Heskey, Owen
Subs Used: Carragher, McManaman, Hargreaves