- UEFA preliminary draw for Qatar 2022 takes place on Monday 7 December
- FIFA.com units the scene by trying again at ten traditional European qualifiers
- Part 2 features a shock Spanish saviour, a Portuguese “joke” and a vital free-kick
6) Spain-Denmark, 1993: Danish goals dashed once more by La Roja
“What Spain gave me in club success, it took back with its national team,” Denmark’s Michael Laudrup as soon as advised FIFA.com. With good cause too, the Scandinavian aspect having fallen sufferer to their bête noire within the Round of 16 at Mexico 1986, two years after dropping out within the semi-finals of UEFA EURO 1984. Then, in November 1993, the groups crossed paths once more – with Denmark some extent away from Spain in Group 3 forward of this remaining qualifier. European champions in 1992, the Danes had already defeated La Roja1-0 in Copenhagen and boasted the best technology of their historical past, so would they lastly flip the tables?
17 November 1993, Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Seville, Spain 1-0 Denmark
Goal: Fernando Hierro 63′ (Spain)
It started to appear like mission unimaginable for Javier Clemente’s Spain after simply ten minutes, when Andoni Zubizarreta handed a clearance to Michael Laudrup and introduced the ahead down, making an attempt to restrict the injury. The goalkeeper was proven a straight purple card and abruptly a younger Santiago Canizares, denied the time to heat up, was despatched into the fray. Despite the strain, Canizares pulled off an distinctive efficiency as Denmark laid siege to his purpose for the 80 minutes that remained.
At the opposite finish, ten-man Spain relied completely on set-items to create hazard. And, with simply over an hour gone, it was from an Andoni Goikoetxea nook that they broke the impasse, Fernando Hierro discovering the web after Peter Schmeichel’s misjudged try to assert the ball. Thanks to a defensive stalwart and a novice keeper, Spain had thwarted Denmark as soon as once more, denying them the purpose they wanted to achieve USA 1994.
7) Germany-England, 2001: Owen’s hat-trick heroics
In October 2000, Germany triumphed 1-0 within the final recreation on the previous Wembley Stadium, a outcome that spelled the tip of the highway for England supervisor Kevin Keegan and introduced Sven-Goran Eriksson into the hotseat. The return fixture on the Olympiastadion – the place Germany remained unbeaten since 1973 – would show essential to the Three Lions’ probabilities of reaching Korea/Japan 2002.
1 September 2001, Olympiastadion, Munich, Germany 1-5 England
Goals: Carsten Jancker 6′ (Germany); Michael Owen 12′, 48′, 66′, Steven Gerrard 45+2′, Emile Heskey 74′ (England)
To no one’s nice shock, Germany kicked off the encounter with confidence, and it didn’t take lengthy for Carsten Jancker to open the scoring. Just a couple of minutes later, nevertheless, England struck again through Michael Owen. Their tails now up, the guests have been beginning to develop in perception when, on the cusp of half-time, Steven Gerrard fired in a robust effort from distance. England elevated their lead two minutes after the restart, Owen pouncing on Heskey’s headed lay-off. The Liverpool striker was on the peak of his powers and accomplished his hat-trick after latching onto Gerrard’s via-ball. And an eye fixed-catching turnaround grew to become a soccer lesson when Heskey obtained his personal title on the scoresheet.
“I’ve never seen an England team play better,” stated Franz Beckenbauer. “They had pace, aggression, movement and technique. It was fantasy football. When they scored their third goal, they started to play football that would have beaten anyone in the world.” Four days later, England defeated Albania to take prime spot within the group on purpose distinction – and second-positioned Germany would in the end be left dealing with the play-offs.
8) England-Greece, 2001: Beckham’s redemption
At kick-off, England have been degree with Germany on the head of Group 9. Sven-Goran Eriksson’s males now wanted a outcome at house towards Greece to make sure of ending above their rivals.
6 October 2001, Old Trafford, Manchester, England 2-2 Greece
Goals: Teddy Sheringham 68′, Beckham 90+3′ (England); Angelos Charisteas 36′, Demis Nikolaidis 69′ (Greece)
Boosted by their very good 5-1 success in Germany the earlier month and a comply with-up win towards Albania, England had no intention of dropping to a Greece aspect crushed of their final three away journeys. The guests had different concepts, and every little thing modified as they went forward shortly after the half-hour mark. But when Teddy Sheringham levelled the scores ten seconds after approaching, it appeared as if the Three Lions have been again on observe – not least since they nonetheless had over 20 minutes to make the distinction.
Less than a minute later, nevertheless, the England defence was breached once more, this time by Demis Nikolaidis. Now trailing 2-1 as the sport ebbed into added time, the hosts appeared destined for the play-offs. Instead, David Beckham stepped ahead to take his sixth free-kick of the match, the earlier 5 having introduced no pleasure.
The Manchester United midfielder had been criticised by a portion of the fanbase since his sending-off towards Argentina at France 1998, however he rescued his workforce with an unstoppable effort. Better but, England swiftly realized that Germany had did not beat Finland, that means the Three Lions have been heading to Korea/Japan 2002 and Germany must deal with the play-offs
9) Germany-Ukraine, 2001: Ballack at his finest
Next up, that very play-off! Having gone neck and neck with England all through the group section, Germany completed second and confronted a two-legged showdown with Ukraine, anxious to keep away from lacking out on a FIFA World Cup™ finals for the primary time as a consequence of sporting causes.
14 November 2001, Westfalenstadion, Dortmund, Germany 4-1 Ukraine
Goals: Michael Ballack 4′, 51′, Oliver Neuville 11′, Marko Rehmer 15′ (Germany); Andriy Shevchenko 90′ (Ukraine)
Rudi Voller’s aspect went into the second leg below strain, regardless of having opened the tie with a 1-1 attract Ukraine. That strain started to ease as early because the fourth minute, when Michael Ballack headed in from a pinpoint Bernd Schneider cross. Seven minutes later, Oliver Neuville gave the hosts extra respiratory house from shut vary. And it was 3-0 after only a quarter of an hour as Marko Rehmer beefed up the scoreline by nodding in from a nook. That sample of domination solely continued after the break, with Neuville accumulating an beautiful 40-metre cross from Schneider and crossing for Ballack, who plundered his second purpose of the sport. Andriy Shevchenko conjured a final-minute riposte, however it was not more than a comfort for the crushed guests.
Having already struck within the first leg, Ballack was at his perfect that night time, and his inspirational efficiency helped Germany stave off catastrophe and qualify for Korea/Japan 2002. To widespread shock, they then went on to achieve the Final, the place – with Ballack suspended – their trophy hopes have been ended by Brazil.
10) Liechtenstein-Portugal, 2004: “The joke of Europe”
For Liechtenstein, even taking some extent towards a conventional European energy counts as a historic sporting achievement. So it was that the principality aspect celebrated their second of glory on the highway to the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
9 October 2004, Rheinpark, Vaduz, Liechtenstein 2-2 Portugal
Goals: Franz Burgmeier 48′, Thomas Beck 76′ (Liechtenstein); Pauleta 23′, Daniel Hasler 39′ og (Portugal)
The final result in Vaduz appeared inevitable, and the early exchanges merely adopted the script, with Portugal tenting out in Liechtenstein’s half because the hosts dug deep. Their resistance was damaged on 23 minutes when a younger Cristiano Ronaldo crossed for Pauleta to go in. Liechtenstein goalkeeper Peter Jehle steadied himself for an extended night time, and his workforce’s job solely obtained harder six minutes earlier than half-time, Daniel Hasler diverting a Simao cross into his personal internet.
Soon after the restart, nevertheless, the locals surprised Luiz Felipe Scolari’s males when Thomas Beck arrange Franz Burgmeier to halve the deficit. Then, with 14 minutes to go, the miracle was full, Beck turning from supplier to goalscorer to assist the minnows claw again a 2-0 deficit towards the EURO 2004 runners-up.
The press response in Portugal the following day made for uncomfortable studying for A Seleção das Quinas. The headline in A Bola stated all of it, the paper lambasting “The joke of Europe” and including that “Portugal produced one of the worst performances in their history, playing a football that was lifeless, soulless and lacking inspiration”.