West Germany, playing unhurried precision soccer, reached the European semi-finals for the first time when they drew 0-0 with England in West Berlin on Saturday (13 May).
West Germany, playing unhurried precision soccer, reached the European semi-finals for the first time when they drew 0-0 with England in West Berlin on Saturday (13 May). West Germany won on aggregate, as they had defeated England 3-1 in the first leg of the quarter-final at Wembley Stadium in London.
The game was played on a pitch made greasy by rain at the Olympic Stadium before a crowd of 77,000.
England went into the match with a 4-4-2 line-up, which gave them tightness at the back and parity in midfield, but failed to provide the finished thrust necessary to pierce the German defence. England tried to compensate for their deficiencies in pace and skill by tight marking and heavy tackling, which West German Manager Helmut Schoen later described at "brutal" and "aimed at the bones." He said he was "happy and a little bit proud that we eliminated England from the cup."
SYNOPSIS: West Germany kicked off to England in the second leg of their European Championship quarter-final in the Olympic Stadium in West Berlin on Saturday. The Germans had won the Saturday. The Germans had won the first leg at London's Wembley Stadium by three-to-one. The German team seemed content to keep their aggregate lead, but England went at them hard.
Netzer takes the free kick awarded after the foul by England's Hughes.
For England, Marsh was brought to West Berlin as a substitute for Hurst in the first-leg, but he made little impression in the first-half. Although the German play was unhurried, they did manage to keep the English goalkeeper under pressure. But at half-time, it was nil-nil.
England kicked off the second-half, but it was apparent that their coach, Sir Alf Ramsey, and decided to stick with the four-four-two line-up used in the first half. The line-up gave the England team tightness at the back and parity in midfield, but it failed to provide the finishing thrust necessary to pierce the stiff German defence.
Late substitutes by England Failed to give the team added impact. West Germany maintained their defence and continued to make skilful drives on the England goal. Their precision soccer certainly did not diminish in the late minutes of the game as West Germany sensed they could make the semi-finals for the first time.
The game ended as a oil nil draw, but West Germany Went through to the European Championship semi-finals based on aggregate.