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Saturday, 17 June, 2000, 21:47 GMT 22:47 UK
England beat Germany - at last
Beckham and Shearer
About time: Beckham congratulates goalscorer Shearer
England 1-0 Germany
(Charleroi - Att: 30,000)

England finally overcame their footballing nemesis with victory over Germany in a nailbiting Euro 2000 clash in Charleroi.

Skipper Alan Shearer scored the goal that gave the English a first competitive win over their arch rivals since the 1966 World Cup final.

The victory takes England into second place in Group A and revives their chances of reaching the quarter-finals following their opening 3-2 defeat by Portugal.

And with it Kevin Keegan's team went some way to avenging a string of famous defeats by the reigning European champions - most recently on penalties in the semi-finals of Euro 96.


Kevin Keegan
Nervous spectator: Kevin Keegan looks on
It may not have been a vintage performance by Keegan's men - but none of their fans will be complaining after England finally earned some luck against the Germans and clinched victory with a dogged display.

A draw against Romania next Tuesday will take England through to the last eight behind group winners Portugal.

Shearer headed what proved the winner on 53 minutes, after David Beckham's fizzing free-kick had caused chaos in the German area, eluding everyone until it found the Newcastle frontman at the far post.

The goal sparked wild celebrations among England fans, but rather than settle the team's nerves, it merely served to launch a German revival - and for the next 15 minutes David Seaman's goal lived something of a charmed life.


Ince and Nowotny
Ince holds off the challenge of Nowotny
Carsten Jancker blazed over the bar and Mehmet Scholl dragged a shot past the post when both were in excellent positions.

And there were more heart-stopping moments to come for England fans. Ulf Kirsten's point-blank shot was somehow kept out by Seaman's legs and Jancker completely fluffed the follow-up, slicing the ball wide with the goal gaping.

Victory looked far from England's ambitions after a nervous opening 35 minutes in which Germany created what few chances there were.


Alan Shearer
Captain marvel: Alan Shearer answered his critics
But they suddenly forced their way into the contest 10 minutes before half-time, as Michael Owen's header was palmed on to the post by German keeper Oliver Kahn, who then denied Paul Scholes.

The momentum was kept up at the start of the second half, and England's most trusted offensive weapon - the Beckham set-piece - produced the breakthrough.

Keegan knew that defeat would end his team's participation in the tournament.

But for once it was England - and their inspirational captain Shearer - who were to have the last laugh.


Teams:

England: Seaman, G. Neville, P. Neville, Campbell, Keown, Beckham, Scholes (Barmby 72), Shearer, Owen (Gerrard 61), Ince, Wise.

Germany: Kahn, Babbel, Nowotny, Scholl, Kirsten (Rink 70), Matthaus, Hamann, Jeremies (Bode 78), Ziege, Deisler (Ballack 72), Jancker.

Referee: P Collina (Italy)

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