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England in the European Championship 1992
Final Tournament

  European Championship 1992 Final Tournament
10 - 26 June in Sweden

Group 1 Table
Team P W D L F A GD Pts
Sweden 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 5
Denmark 3 1 1 1 2 2 =0 3
France 3 0 2 1 2 3 -1 2
England 3 0 2 1 1 2 -1 2

 

Group 1 Matches
Date Match Score H.T. Venue Att.
10-Jun-1992 Sweden 1 France 1 [1-0] Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna kommun, Stockholms län, kickoff 8.15 pm BST 30,000
11-Jun-1992 Denmark 0 England 0 [0-0] Malm� Stadion, Malm�, kickoff 8.15 pm BST 26,385
14-Jun-1992 France 0 England 0 [0-0] Malm� Stadion, Malm�, kickoff 5.15 pm BST 26,535
14-Jun-1992 Sweden 1 Denmark 0 [0-0] Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna kommun, Stockholms län, kickoff 8.15 pm BST 29,902
17-Jun-1992 France 1 Denmark 2 [0-1] Malm� Stadion, Malm�, kickoff 8.15 pm BST 25,763
17-Jun-1992 Sweden 2 England 1 [0-1] Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna kommun, Stockholms län, kickoff 8.15 pm BST 30,126

Notes

England sent to Sweden the weakest squad they had ever assembled for a major international tournament.  Injuries had robbed the squad of several top players--including those chiefly responsible for providing the team's creative impulses in midfield--and underscored the paucity in talent available to the national side.

With manager Graham Taylor, at his first major tournament, desperately shuffling players, positional assignments and team formations, England struggled to scoreless draws with latecomers and eventual champions Denmark and the much-fancied France before succumbing to Sweden as two second half goals erased an early lead.  In that last match, Taylor took off national hero Gary Lineker, making his 80th and final international appearance, with almost 30 minutes to go and the score still level, stripping him of his chance to equal Bobby Charlton's England goal record of 49 and, as it turned out, England of any chance they had of advancing.  

The next day the Sun carried the notorious headline which is almost always resurrected when Taylor's England tenure is mentioned--"Swedes 2, Turnips 1," and the following day the infamous picture of Taylor's head superimposed on a turnip.  It was the beginning of the end for Taylor, who never recovered, in part because the relentless press never allowed him to.

Group 2 Table
Team P W D L F A GD Pts
Netherlands 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 5
Germany 3 1 1 1 4 4 =0 3
Scotland 3 1 0 2 3 3 =0 2
C.I.S. 3 0 2 1 1 4 -3 2

 

Group 2 Matches
Date Match Score H.T. Venue Att.
12-Jun-1992 Netherlands 1 Scotland 0 [0-0] Nya Ullevi Stadion, Heden, Göteborg, kickoff 5.15 pm BST 35,720
12-Jun-1992 C.I.S. 1 Germany 1 [0-0] Norrk�pings Idrottsparken , Norrk�ping, kickoff 8.15 pm BST 17,700
15-Jun-1992 Scotland 0 Germany 2 [0-1] Norrk�pings Idrottsparken , Norrk�ping, kickoff 5.15 pm BST 17,800
15-Jun-1992 Netherlands 0 C.I.S. 0 [0-0] Nya Ullevi Stadion, Heden, Göteborg, kickoff 8.15 pm BST 34,440
18-Jun-1992 Netherlands 3 Germany 1 [2-0] Nya Ullevi Stadion, Heden, Göteborg, kickoff 8.15 pm BST 37,725
18-Jun-1992 Scotland 3 C.I.S. 0 [2-0] Norrk�pings Idrottsparken , Norrk�ping, kickoff 8.15 pm BST 14,660

 

Second Phase Matches

Semifinal Matches

Date Match Score H.T. Venue Att.
21-Jun-1992 Sweden 2 Germany 3 [0-1] Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna kommun, Stockholms län, kickoff 8.15 pm BST 27,827
22-Jun-1992 Netherlands 2 Denmark 2 [1-2] Nya Ullevi Stadion, Heden, Göteborg, kickoff 8.15 pm BST 37,450

2-2 full-time, 2-2  after extra time, 4-5 penalty kicks

Final Match

Date Match Score H.T. Venue Att.
26-Jun-1992 Denmark 2 Germany 0 [1-0] Nya Ullevi Stadion, Heden, Göteborg, kickoff 8.15 pm BST 37,800

Notes

[Still to come]

Further Information

UEFA's Euro 2000 official website has brief match reports and detailed summaries for the 1992 final tournament.  Match summaries are also available on the general UEFA website and in the archives of La Gazetta della Sport.

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