England face mouthwatering last-16 tie against Germany at Wembley after rollercoaster night saw them finish second in Group of Death – after France, Portugal AND Hungary had all been set to play Southgate and Co at one point!
England will play Germany in their Euro 2020 last-16 match after a rollercoaster night of football saw Hungary suffer late heartbreak to miss out on qualification.
England’s last-16 opponents had changed five times throughout the 90 minutes of both games, with every team in the Group of Death due to play Gareth Southgate’s men at one point or another.
For much of the night it seemed as though it would be Hungary, who twice led against Germany, but Leon Goretzka’s 86th-minute equaliser spared German blushes and set up a mouth-watering clash with England at Wembley on Tuesday.
Germany have been confirmed as England’s last-16 opponents at European Championships
Leon Goretzka’s 86th-minute equaliser confirmed Germany’s place in the next round
Germany were staring down the barrel but Goretzka came off the bench to set-up England tie
England vs Germany head to head at major tournaments
FIFA World Cup 1966
England 4-2 West Germany W
FIFA World Cup 1970
West Germany 3-2 England L
FIFA World Cup 1982
England 0-0 West Germany D
FIFA World Cup 1990
Germany 1-1 England L
*Germany won on penalties
European Championship 1996
England 1-1 Germany L
*Germany won on penalties
European Championship 2000
England 1-0 Germany W
FIFA World Cup 2010
Germany 4-1 England L
The 2-2 result in Budapest meant England avoided games against France and Portugal as they went through in first and third place respectively while Germany finished in second.
It was a remarkable night full of drama and twists and turns which almost saw Hungary pull off the impossible by qualifying at the expense of Germany.
Southgate and Co would have had one eye on both games as they waited to discover who they would face next after sealing qualification earlier this week with the 1-0 win over Czech Republic – and looked set to receive a favourable tie against Hungary for the majority of the evening.
Hungary took a shock lead through Adam Szalai before Kai Havertz netted an equaliser shortly after the hour mark. But within one minute of conceding, Hungary scored again to go 2-1 up, this time through Andras Schafer.
With France and Portugal drawing, Germany were heading out with a few minutes remaining but Goretzka stepped up to save their skin and book an eagerly-anticipated game with England.
It will be the latest episode in this historical fixture and the eighth time these two countries have met at major tournaments.
The psychological edge will very much lie with Germany if past results are anything to be considered, with England winning just two and losing four times against them at European Championships and World Cups, drawing the other one.
BBC pundit Danny Murphy however believes England were better off getting Germany than world champions France.
‘From the games I’ve seen, I would rather have Germany in the next round than France,’ the form Three Lions star said.
Germany legend Jurgen Klinsmann believes there is little to separate both sides and is expecting a close affair at Wembley on Tuesday.
He said on BBC: ‘Both Germany and England are in a similar situation, position by position. I think it will be a very even battle and it will be about the form of the day.
‘We saw a different face against Portugal and we saw a different face tonight and England were the same against Scotland and Croatia.
‘We will see a fascinating game in England v Germany because we do not know what to expect.’