On This Day in 1996: England win a penalty shoot-out

Stuart Pearce celebrates scoring his penalty for England in Spain shoot-out - Euro 96

England took on Spain in the quarter-finals of Euro 96.

Stuart Pearce celebrates scoring his penalty for England in Spain shoot-out - Euro 96

England are famous for going out of tournaments on penalties. It seems to be the dread surrounding the side going into any knockout game at a major tournament, even if it is a completely new set of players. 

There is always talk about whether the side has practiced penalties or not, and you'd think that they always lose on them, but 20 years ago today England actually won a penalty shoot-out.

Spain's Fernando Hierro misses the goal as England's David Seaman dives to save during the Penalty Shoot Out - Euro 96

It was only their second shoot-out at the time, the first being back in Italia 90 when they missed out to West Germany in the World Cup semi-final, so there was not the kind of trepidation surrounding spot-kicks as there would be if England were to be involved in one at Euro 2016.

After a goalless draw with Spain during their Euro 96 quarter-final at Wembley, spot-kicks were needed to determine who would progress to the last four. 


1996 (June 22) England 0-Spain 0 (European... by sp1873

England got an early advantage when Alan Shearer found the net before Fernando Hierro hit the crossbar. David Platt would cement England's advantage before Guillermo Amor got the Spaniard's on the board.

The most famous penalty of the shoot-out is Stuart Pearce's. After missing six years earlier against West Germany, Pearce confidently dispatched his spot-kick prompting one of the more pumped up celebrations in a shoot-out you are likely to see.

Alberto Belsue kept Spain in contention before Paul Gascoigne heaped the pressure on Spain by making it 4-2 to England. Miguel Angel Nadal could not keep the contest alive, as his penalty was saved by David Seaman. 

It remains the only penalty shoot-out that England have won to date.

England players celebrate after win over Spain - Euro 96

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