Quarter-finals - 23 June 1996 16:00 CET (15:00 local time)
Old Trafford - Manchester
Germany2 - 1
Croatia
Klinsmann 20 pen, Sammer 59 Šuker 51
Referee: Leif Sundell (SWE)
Assistant referee: Kenneth Petersson (SWE) Mikael Hansson (SWE) Fourth official: Karl-Erik Nilsson (SWE) UEFA Delegate: Harry M. Been (NED) UEFA Referee observer: Alexis Ponnet (BEL)
Germany overcome ten-man Croatia

As usual, Germany seem to have worked their opponents out to a perfection. Hitting their tackles hard from the start, they drew Croatia into a dogfight which was not really their game. As a bonus, the Germans had to play against only ten men at a critical time.

Stimac off
Mattias Sammer was shown a yellow card for an early foul on Mario Stani, but Igor Stimac was sent off for bringing down Mehmet Scholl. Croatia, provoked into abandoning their natural game, simply lost it. Content to soak up initial pressure, Germany took the lead with virtually their first attack. Sammer, the man of the match, chested down a chip from Scholl, panicking Stanic into an absurd handball. Croatia equalised when Nikola Jurcevic won the ball and moved it to the right, where Davor Šuker rolled it under his foot to take it wide of the goalkeeper before knocking it in. But then Stimac got himself sent off, Germany immediately regained the lead, and that was that.

Croatia out
Even the winning goal added to Croatia's irritation. A foul (Markus Babbel's push on Nikola Jerkan) was followed by a stroke of luck (Sammer putting in the rebound when his header came back off Slaven Bilic) and Croatia were left with nothing but bruises from a match they felt they should have won. The frustration was eased by their 3-0 win over the same opponents in the next FIFA World Cup, but for now Miroslav Blazevic must have wished he had put out a full-strength team against Portugal.

Other matches

Germany
Final
Czech Republic2-1
Semi-finals
England1-1(6-5p)
Final tournament - Group phase
Czech Republic0-2
Russia3-0
Italy0-0
Preliminary round
Albania(A)2-1
Moldova(A)3-0
Albania(H)1-2
Georgia(A)2-0
Wales(H)1-1
Bulgaria(A)2-3
Georgia(H)1-4
Moldova(H)1-6
Wales(A)2-1
Bulgaria(H)1-3
Croatia
Final tournament - Group phase
Turkey1-0
Denmark0-3
Portugal3-0
Preliminary round
Estonia(A)2-0
Lithuania(H)0-2
Italy(A)2-1
Ukraine(H)0-4
Lithuania(A)0-0
Slovenia(H)0-2
Ukraine(A)0-1
Estonia(H)1-7
Italy(H)1-1
Slovenia(A)2-1

Events

Min.EventNoPlayer NameTeam
5Yellow card6Matthias SammerGermany
7Yellow card18Jürgen KlinsmannGermany
20Penalties18Jürgen KlinsmannGermany
39Substitution18
4
Jürgen Klinsmann (out)
Steffen Freund (in)
Germany
46Substitution9
11
Fredi Bobic (out)
Stefan Kuntz (in)
Germany
51Goals9Davor ŠukerCroatia
56Red card4Igor ŠtimacCroatia
59Goals6Matthias SammerGermany
78Substitution2
16
Nikola Jurcevic (out)
Mladen Mladenovic (in)
Croatia
88Substitution8
10
Mehmet Scholl (out)
Thomas Hässler (in)
Germany
GoalsGoalsOwn goalOwn goalPenaltiesPenaltiesMissed penaltyMissed penalty
Yellow cardYellow cardRed cardRed cardSubstitutionSubstitution

Lineups

Germany

NoPlayer Name
1Andreas Köpke
2Stefan Reuter
5Thomas Helmer
7Andreas Möller
8Mehmet Scholl
9Fredi Bobic
14Markus Babbel
17Christian Ziege
18Jürgen Klinsmann
21Dieter Eilts
6Matthias Sammer
Substitutes
10Thomas Hässler
11Stefan Kuntz
4Steffen Freund
3Marco Bode
12Oliver Kahn
16René Schneider
20Oliver Bierhoff
22Oliver Reck

Croatia

NoPlayer Name
1Drazen Ladic
2Nikola Jurcevic
3Robert Jarni
4Igor Štimac
5Nikola Jerkan
6Slaven Bilic
7Aljosa Asanovic
9Davor Šuker
10Zvonimir Boban
13Mario Stanic
19Goran Vlaovic
Substitutes
8Robert Prosinecki
11Alen Bokšic
12Marijan Mrmic
14Zvonimir Soldo
15Dubravko Pavlicic
16Mladen Mladenovic
17Igor Pamic
18Elvis Brajkovic
20Dario Šimić
21Igor Cvitanovic
22Tonci Gabric

Teams Statistics

GermanyCroatia
2Goals scored1
2Yellow card0
0Red card1